Posts Tagged ‘Seth MacFarlane’

This week’s releases include: woolly vengeance; an old school action flick; an over-the-top family; a biopic; an amusing story of an unlucky guy; a sexy anthology; a memorable musical; revisiting a classic science fiction franchise; a multifaceted coming-of-age story; a flamboyant rock ‘n’ roll picture; and a life awakening. (more…)


This week’s releases include: a government agent continues to harbour an alien whose become a member of his family; a world of tiny people that teaches an oversized man a lesson; and a look at the struggle and triumph of a man who would lead a nation. (more…)

After years of The Simpsons‘ Homer existing unchallenged in his foolhardiness, Seth MacFarlane arrived on the scene. First he brought us Peter Griffin, then Stan Smith. Now Stan’s fourth season escapades are permanently captured on DVD.

Stan is a CIA agent that’s relatively good at his job despite never actually killing anyone. His wife Francine is a former party girl that epitomizes the empty-headed blonde stereotype. Their children are Haley, a rebellious, tree-hugging teen, and Steve, a leader among nerds. In addition, there’s Klaus, a German spy imprisoned in the body of a goldfish, and Roger, an alien with a love of disguises and alcohol.

The first episode of the season was an impressive Bond spoof, featuring a scantily clad Sexpun T’Come (a.k.a. Francine), a human Klaus and Stan as himself. Tearjerker (a.k.a. Roger) plans to make the world’s population cry itself to death. The story was unique and an innovation for the series; not to mention it was explosively funny. Other episodes include “Red October Sky,” in which Stan fears Steve is being turned into a Communist by a former KGB agent; “Spring Break-up,” in which Roger becomes the king of spring break and Stan falls for a sexy co-ed; and “Escape from Pearl Bailey,” a plot driven by Steve in which the rest of the family appears once briefly.

Every episode is accompanied by commentary by the directors, animators, voice talent and producers in which they discuss story decisions, character animation and development, mistakes and solutions, and voice decisions. In addition, there are numerous deleted scenes from various episodes and four featurettes, including a table read with the entire voice cast at Comic-Con 2008.

If you ever thought Family Guy or American Dad were inappropriate, this is not the DVD for you.

It’s dirty; it’s funny; and it’s uncensored. The creator of the previously mentioned primetime cartoons has gone farther than he’s ever gone before. MacFarlane releases non-stop hilarity with 50 shorts parodying all manner of pop culture, including Super Mario, Jesus Christ, Jeff Goldblum, Ted Nugent and Quentin Tarantino.

Some of the animated shorts, voiced by MacFarlane and an extensive list of guest voices, originally aired on YouTube and Now, the raw, inappropriate, laugh-out-loud episodes too outrageous for television are packed into a single DVD. See a circumcision performed with a Hattori Hanzo sword; a series of odd characters having sex; an ungrateful Princess Toadstool; a conversation between Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Popeye; a sheep that enjoys his sheering a little too much; the list goes on.

The special features include footage from the red carpet premiere of the DVD, featuring interviews with many of the voice talent including MacFarlane and Seth Green, and three still galleries that inadvertently highlight the similarities between the characters’ appearances.