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'Family Guy's' Seth MacFarlane Talks About 'It's A Trap!', the 'Return of the Jedi' Spoof

by Michael Maloney, posted Dec 20th 2010 3:00PM
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane has a legion of devoted followers, but he takes nothing for granted.

When TV Squad asked MacFarlane a week ago about the success of 'Family Guy: It's A Trap!' (his spoof on 'Return of the Jedi'), which comes out on Blu-Ray and DVD on Dec. 21, he carefully replied, "We don't know [it's a success] yet. It could bomb. You never know."

Yeah, right. Who doesn't want the highly-anticipated movie as a holiday gift or stocking stuffer? (All three 'Family Guy' 'Star Wars' spoofs are now available, too, on either DVD or Blu-Ray as a boxed set -- 'Laugh It Up Fuzzball: Family Guy Three-Pack.')

In 'Trap,' the 'Family Guy' members once again reprise their interpretations of legendary 'Star Wars' characters. Chris' Luke Skywalker and Lois' Princess Leia travel to Tatooine to free Peter's Han Solo, who's being held prisoner by Joe's Jabba the Hutt. Meanwhile, Carter Pewterschmidt's Emperor and Stewie's Darth Vader attempt to bring Luke over to the dark side.

At a launch party in Hollywood, Seth Green (Chris) told us how happy he was on learning he'd be playing Luke in the parodies. "There are a lot of hilarious Luke Skywalker moments throughout the movies and I knew we'd get to make some good jokes about them," Green said. "[All the casting] was funny and made sense."

"Our fans know the 'Star Wars' movies inside and out," MacFarlane added. "We can joke about every little moment from them [in a 'Family Guy' episode] and there is a common frame of reference. Doing these movies wasn't something we had planned to do until we started dealing with Lucasfilm. We found them to be enthusiastic and accommodating. We thought, 'Well, if they're this cool, let's see if they'd mind if we just did the whole movie.' They were totally game."

Next, MacFarlane and company might take on the 'Star Trek' movies -- but not right away. "These are very tiring to do," he told us. "It's like doing a movie at the same time you're doing a TV series. Particularly with animation, that's a lot of work. We'd like to take a break first."

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Hiya all.
'Family Guy' is the reason television was invented.

January 05 2011 at 10:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dear all.
I watch Family Guy here in England, I'm sixty one and I sit there with tears rolling down my face, well done Seth and the team. Now for some advice .... Go and sign up that homeless guy who's in the news, the one with the 'Voice of radio', you could have him popping up every time they go out or every time the phone rings, he could be a new pal for Brian who turns up when the Griffin's go out seeing as they have a lot in common, his name is Ted Williams and you can find him next to interstate 71 in Ohio, he's become an internet sensation, If you don't capitalise on this someone else will ..... trust me, it just so happen's that I have a friend who's Peter Griffin's double and I can't watch the show without thinking of him. All the best and thank you for the tears of laughter. Ray Withers Eng.

January 05 2011 at 10:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Got it wrong in the title, and right in the article.

Nice editing.....Revenge of the Jedi...that's funny.

December 20 2010 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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