Seth MacFarlane + Burger King + You Tube = new cartoons - VIDEOS
For years Seth MacFarlane has worked in the small animated universe that contains Family Guy, American Dad and soon The Cleveland Show (with some wading in the Robot Chicken pool). During that time he has provided voice and picture to the trials and tribulations of two typical American families. Yet, deep down inside, you knew that he wanted to do more than work with the Griffins and the Smiths. You could see it with in the amount of fantasy sequences placed during a typical episode of Family Guy.
Now, thanks to a combination of Internet and fast food, Seth is getting his chance to explore the world outside of his FOX Sunday night offerings. YouTube -- the dusty video cabinet of the World Wide Web -- will be hosting all new MacFarlane cartoon shorts under the short title Set MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. Sponsored by fast food giant Burger King (and featuring the giant-headed king in the opening sequence), the YouTube channel will show one to two-minute cartoons featuring all new characters and scripts. According to a press release sent to TV Squad, there will be 50 shorts that are custom-made for the web (and eventual DVD release, I'm sure.)
The first two videos of the series can be seen after the jump. Both of them seem like off-shoots of the fantasy sequences that are sprinkled (some say unnecessarily) amongst the action of a normal Family Guy episode. While "A Dog on the $25,000 Pyramid" is amusing, 'Super Mario Rescues the Princess' is much funnier and features that seemingly off-the-cuff banter that Seth and his cohorts normally provide to fantasy sequences.
Incidentally, our own Wil Wheaton will be appearing in MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon in the future, so keep a watch out for that (though on FOX, not these YouTube videos).