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October 4, 2015

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Fox issues cease-and-desist order to Swiss Family Guy Robinson

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 5th 2007 5:32PM
Froud Swiss Family Guy RobinsonBack in July, Richard gave you the scoop on comedian Brian Froud's theater show Swiss Family Guy Robinson. Froud's one-man act is essentially a staged mash-up of Johann Rudolf Wyss' 1812 novel and Seth MacFarlane's animated series. Froud's show was a hit at Toronto's Fringe Festival, but his chances of ever staging the show again are slim to none. Fox has slapped Froud with a cease-and-desist order for unauthorized use of Family Guy characters.

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The Simpsons do Macbeth

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 22nd 2006 8:48PM
Homer SimpsonModern-day animated comedy. Elizabethan stage tragedy. Two great tastes that taste great together? Directors just love to "update" Shakespeare so why not let actor Rick Miller transport the Bard's Scotland to Matt Groening's Springfield? "Is this a doughnut which I see before me?"

Miller's MacHomer is a one-man, staged version of Macbeth employing over 50 character voices from The Simpsons. Homer and Marge are recast as MacHomer and Lady MacHomer. Mr. Burns is King Duncan. Krusty is the Porter, and Bart is transformed into Fleance, Banquo's son and the prophesized threat to Macbeth's throne.

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