It took a while before The Simpsons could make the leap from the small screen to the big screen. The same could be said for Seth MacFarlane’s successful animated hit Family Guy. But that isn’t exactly the first thing on the comedian’s mind right now. After all, he is hosting the Oscars next year, Universal has greenlit the sequel for Ted, and there are still many seasons of Family Guy to get through before he can figure out a story. Speaking to a group of UCLA students at The Oscar Experience College Search – a program that recruits students interested in film careers by letting them hand out the Oscars at the ceremony – MacFarlane talked about the Family Guy movie and shared his thoughts on previous Oscar hosts.
When you have a successful directorial debut like MacFarlane did with Ted, chances are the number of projects offered will increase. It also gives you the creditability you need to start off with or continue any project of your choosing. Universal wants to continue on with Ted – and I am sure MacFarlane does too – and Fox definitely wants a Family Guy movie. But it took almost 20 seasons before a Simpsons movie could get made, so when does a Family Guy movie hit the big screen? Here’s what MacFarlane told Entertainment Weekly:
“It’s just a matter of when,” MacFarlane said. “It’s hard to do that while you have the series going on at the same time; I think that’s why it took The Simpsons 20 seasons to figure out how to do it.”
“We do know what the Family Guy movie will be. The Simpsons movie, I thought, was hilarious, but the one criticism I would have is that it’s a story they probably could’ve done on TV. There could’ve been an episode that had that plotline,” he said. “That’s the challenge with animation. You pretty much can do any story you want, so what is the reason for the movie? We finally hit on the answer to that question, and it will be something that would be impossible to do on TV.”
MacFarlane pretty much said the same thing in a recent episode of Family Guy – which just recently celebrated 200 episodes. Hopefully Fox will give MacFarlane the creative freedom to make Family Guy rated R.
When asked about the Oscar hosting failure that was James Franco, MacFarlane responded with this:
“The people who have not done well, I would classify every single one of them as a noble failure, as an honorable failure, because at least they were trying something new,”
He also talked about when David Letterman hosted the 67th Academy Awards:
“Letterman was not well received when he hosted the Oscars,” he went on. “But I loved it. I remember watching that and thinking, ‘He’s doing something fresh,’ which is always a good thing. That’s going to be the challenge. And if I can do it without torpedoing my career and getting drummed out of the business … then that would be good, too. All I can do is work my very best.”
We’ll have to see how much he has learned from previous Oscar hosts when 85th Academy Awards airs on February 24, 2013 on ABC.