November 24, 2009

"Family Guy" Tackles "Empire Strikes Back"

In 2007, Family Guy did a fantastic spoof of Star Wars called Blue Harvest, which was a surprisingly faithful re-telling of the films story with some very clever casting choices in terms of matching characters from the show to the movie. It was a big hit on TV, and also sold well on DVD, so it was inevitable that they would return to the well for a sequel. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is essentially Fox's golden boy (and he's got the $100 million plus contract to prove it) and as a result, he's able to raid the vaults and mine gold from some of the properties in the Fox catalog, which includes the Star Wars films. I was stunned watching Blue Harvest (which was the fake working title of the third Star Wars flick Return of the Jedi) by what they got away with and some of the liberties they took with the Star Wars universe. For example, the local town pedophile was cast as Obi Wan Kenobi and openly lusted after Luke Skywalker. Had they been forced to be too precious with the material, it wouldn't have been nearly as funny, or as a fun, so I applaud Fox for allowing MacFarlane to do what he does best with their most sacred of lambs.
Today the trailer for the long-awaited sequel finally arrived. The follow up, titled Something Something Something Dark Side is their spoof of The Empire Strikes Back, and it's set to hit iTunes, DVD and Blu Ray on December 22nd. You can only assume that their decision to spoof Empire means a Family Guy take on Return of the Jedi is a virtual certainty.

Check out the trailer above.

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