MacFarlane dropped by a UCLA undergrad class to make a special announcement about this year’s Oscars (which he’ll be hosting), but also spilled the beans on “Family Guy” movie plans during a Q&A session with the students.
As Entertainment Weekly reports, MacFarlane told the class a “Family Guy” movie is a sure thing: “It’s just a matter of when. 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.”
But MacFarlane also said he feels the “Family Guy” movie should go in a different direction than 2007’s “The Simpsons Movie.”
“‘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,” MacFarlane explained. “There could’ve been an episode that had that plotline. 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.”
But he wouldn’t reveal any details beyond that. However, his “criticism” of “The Simpsons” shouldn’t be taken as a revival of the old “feud” between the dueling Fox animated hits.
MacFarlane is such a “Simpsons” fan he’ll voice a character who attempts to seduce Marge on the show’s 25th season premiere, scheduled to air next fall. Entertainment Weekly also broke the news that the episode, titled “Dangers on a Train,” will involve Marge bonding with unhappily married man Ben (MacFarlane) over their mutual love of the “Downton Abbey”-esque show “Upton Rectory.”
As “Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean tells EW: “There’s been a little rivalry [between ‘Family Guy’ and ‘The Simpsons’]. We’re both humor shows and we make jokes, but it’s always been friendly.”