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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Family Guy Funnies

As you may recall, I recently admitted to finally liking The Family Guy cartoon TV series.

Let's just say that a certain male Canadian with even more dubious taste in women than humour, finally wore me down.

Every night, with the TBS and the Toon Network re-runs, oy.

But how I finally came around to it, was because of Brian, the Family Guy pooch.



Brian is an urbane, but tortured intellectual, the equivalent to the Simpsons' Lisa.

Like her, he is just an idealist at heart, but unlike her, covers himself with a veneer of ultra-sophisticated cynicism to better be able to bear life's disappointments. Which are many. Especially if you are not anatomically correct.

Of course, Stewie might just be funnier -- but he's too obvious, seeing as how it's too easy for me to declare for Stewie, being British.

(Don't think I don't get the snide love-hate American inference about Brits being snooty wiseacres, either. I do, and I tell ya, it hurts)

No, it's Brian or bust for me.

Especially after last night's episode, which prompted this blogpost.

Just being a relative newcomer to the series, I have no idea what season it was in, but there was a Clinton integrity joke, so I'm guessing muy-early FG.

Peter is sick to death with the heroics of his new neighbour, who happens to be handicapped, but in every way, 10x the man he is.

So he devises a cunning plan to impress his family and friends with his own courage, by listening to a police scanner radio for crimes-in-progress.

Police Dispatcher: "Calling all cars, there's a robbery at 12 and Elm. Code 4-10."

Brian: "Is it just me, or is rap getting lazier?"


You know that bust-out laughing wheeze you get when something JUST hilarious broadsides you?

That's what this series is about.

As that Canadian mentioned to me last night,

"You know that line which the Simpsons' don't cross? Well, the Family Guy crosses it."

"Crosses it?? It steps on it, goes over it, looks back and waves at it!"


Like when Peter catches sight of wheel-chair bound Joe, that heroic neighbour, the first time, after having recruited him for his work softball team.

"Holy crip. He's a crapple!".

Or any time that ultra-creep, child-molesting, old neighbour shows up, trying to get into Chris' tidy-whiteys.

Ah yes. It's nice to know I've at last joined the Gross-Out Party.

Suggested Links

Brian's Bar (All-Brian, all the Time)
Family Guy Quotes (What the lady said)
Family Guy Torrents (Not that I'm encouraging any of you to download them illicitly. Consider me like a dealer. I don't inject you with the smack. I just point you in the right direction)

4 Comments:

  • And then there's Stewie tormenting Brian...So, uh, big guy....How's that novel comin'? [half-octave higher] Got a strong protagonist? [half-octave higher] Working on a good plot? Hemmm??

    Stewie probably torments that dog in a pitch only a dog can hear.

    My appreciation for humor improved when I had a man in my life. Ditto for movie selection.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Tue Dec 06, 04:31:00 pm GMT-5  

  • And then there's Stewie tormenting Brian...So, uh, big guy....How's that novel comin'? [half-octave higher] Got a strong protagonist? [half-octave higher] Working on a good plot? Hemmm??

    Oooh, that is one of my favourite pieces of FG dialogues!

    It took your fine writer's eye to catch that, Ruth Anne.

    I also like that in cartoons, you can go back to the old vaudevillian trick of the "slow burn", where you hold a position, or attitude for an INORDINATE and uncomfortable amount of time, especially for television.

    Jack Benny was the master of the slow-burn.

    Case in point, when Stewie watches Bewitched, the movie, with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell.

    Then, after rushing out of the theatre, he boards a plane, gets on a bus, gets a map of the stars homes, gets out of the bus, goes up the stairs to ring the doorbell, and when Will Ferrell answers it, he punches him in the face, whilst yelling, "That was NOT FUNNY!!".

    I died.

    Stewie probably torments that dog in a pitch only a dog can hear.

    *LOL*

    My appreciation for humor improved when I had a man in my life. Ditto for movie selection.

    And the same can be said for me, and all my boyfriends.

    Every last one of them fell in love with my fave, Ninotchka. *g*

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Dec 06, 07:37:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Family Guy has been nominated for eleven Primetime Emmy Awards and eleven Annie Awards, and has won three of each. It has garnered three Golden Reel Award nominations, winning once. In 2009, it was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, the first time an animated series was nominated for the award since The Flintstones in 1961. Family Guy has also received negative criticism, including unfavorable comparisons for its similarities to The Simpsons.
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  • Many tie-in media have been released, including Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, a straight-to-DVD special released in 2005; Family Guy: Live in Vegas, a soundtrack-DVD combo released in 2005, featuring music from the show as well as original music created by MacFarlane and Walter Murphy; a video game and pinball machine, released in 2006 and 2007, respectively; and, since 2005, six books published by HarperCollins based on the Family Guy universe.
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