What better way to commemorate Star Wars' 30th anniversary than with this double-length Very Special Episode, a full-scale, awesomely animated spoof that recasts George Lucas's saga with Family Guy's galaxy of characters: Chris (Seth Green) is Luke; Lois (Alex Borstein) is Princess Leia; Peter (Seth McFarlane) is Han Solo, but not, as expected, Jabba the Hut; Brian (Seth, again) is Chewbacca; Quagmire (and again, Seth) is C3PO; Cleveland is R2D2; Herbert, the creepy senior paedophile, is Obi-Wan (both voiced by Mike Henry); and, of course, Stewie (Seth, one more time) is Darth Vader ("My diapers have gone over to the dark side"). Poor Meg is reduced to a cameo as the hideous reptilian creature that haunts the garbage compactor. Blue Harvest is reverently faithful to A New Hope, while engaging in typical Family Guy pop-culture references (everything from old commercials to Doctor Who, Airplane, Dirty Dancing, and Deal or No Deal) and bizarre digressions (the iconic opening crawl detours into an appreciation of a "way naked" Angelina Jolie in Gia). Along for the wild ride are Judd Nelson, who contributes a voice cameo as John Bender for a Breakfast Club gag, Rush Limbaugh railing against futuristic affirmative action on Tatooine talk radio, and Beverly D'Angelo and Chevy Chase as the vacationing Griswolds observing the rebellion from their orbiting station wagon. A Star Wars spoof in 2007 isn't exactly uncharted territory. As Chris Griffin notes in this episode's final moments, Robot Chicken brilliantly did it months earlier (and let us not forget Mel Brooks's Spaceballs from 1987; or, on second thought...). But the Force is strong with Family Guy, and who could resist the opportunity to hear the Muzak playing in a Death Star elevator? --Donald Liebenson, Amazon.com
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The third season of Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy finds television's most dysfunctional cartoon family even more animated than usual. As MacFarlane himself noted, he was inspired to go for broke, thinking that the series--already juggled like a hot potato in the US TV schedules (at one point, it aired opposite the mighty Friends)--had been cancelled. Just as This Is Spinal Tap walked the fine line between "clever and stupid", so Family Guy gleefully mocks the line between "edgy and offensive". Like The Simpsons, Family Guy lends itself to multiple viewings to catch each densely packed episode's way-inside "one-percenter" gags (so-called by the creators because that is the percentage of the audience who will get them), scattershot pop-culture references, surreal leaps and gratuitous pot shots at everyone from, predictably, Oprah, Kevin Costner and Bill Cosby to, unpredictably, Rita Rudner. Also like its Springfield counterpart, this series benefits from a great ensemble voice cast, with surprising contributions from a no-less-stellar roster of guest stars. --Donald Liebenson
All three special episodes of the animated comedy series, spoofing the original Star Wars films. 'Blue Harvest' tells the story of 'Star Wars: A New Hope' (1977), as Brian the dog becomes Chewbacca; Peter is Han Solo; Lois plays Princess Leia, and Chris t
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Family Guy ~ Partial Terms Of Endearment
You'll be on cloud nine with the latest season of the animated sitcom as the Griffin clan return for more hilarious hi-jinks involving everything from steroids to inter-dimensional travel. With extended episodes deemed too rude for TV, you won't want to miss a second of this side-splitting series! In Season 9, the Griffin family is back for more hilarious and inappropriate antics! This DVD includes exclusive extended episodes that were too rude for tv! Stewie and Brian travel through alternate universes in an homage to a sci-fi series; spies Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase (guest-voicing as themselves) move into Cleveland's old house, Stewie scores tickets to a sold-out concert and Lois lands a job on Fox News. Episodes Comprise: 1. Fox-y Lady 2. Not All Dogs Go To Heaven 3. 420 4. Stew-Roids 5. We Love You Conrad 6. Three Kings 7. Peter's Progress (Season Finale) 8. Road to Multi-verse (Season Premiere) 9. Family Goy 10. Spies Reminiscent of Us 11. Brian's Got A Brand New Bag 12. Hannah Banana 13. Quagmire's Baby 14. Jerome Is The New Black 15. Dog Gone Actors Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Mike Henry, Danny Smith, Patrick Warburton & Lori Alan Certificate 15 years and over Year 2009 Languages English Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.