'Family Guy' Celebrates Third 'Star Wars' Spoof15 Dec, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Whether you were a major Hollywood talent or just a mere mortal lucky enough to get into Hollywood Boulevard’s Supperclub Dec. 14, everyone was hoping for the same thing at the Family Guy: It’s a Trap launch party: a free copy of the DVD or Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
“I’m a huge ‘Family Guy’ fan,” admitted actress Alyssa Milano, who once joked in a “Family Guy” episode that she would sue the show for making fun of her.
She may or may not have glanced down at a quickly dwindling pile of advance DVDs of the animation sitting outside the club.
“If there are any copies around, I’m grabbing one,” said Tim Martin Gleason, who just wrapped up a stint as The Phantom at the nearby Pantages Theatre presentation of The Phantom of the Opera. “If not, I’ll buy one. Blu-ray, for sure.”
Gleason, Milano, music legend Peter Frampton, the electro-hop group LMFAO, TV host/comedian Bill Maher, and nearly everyone else went home empty-handed this night. They’ll have to wait until Dec. 21 like the rest of the country, when Fox releases the Return of the Jedi spoof on DVD ($22.98), Blu-ray ($29.99) and as part of a slick trilogy boxed set ($34.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray).
“These ‘Star Wars’ spoofs have been absolutely amazing,” said Mary Daily, EVP of North America marketing for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. “Both the ‘Family Guy’ and the ‘Star Wars’ fans have really embraced them.”
“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane was hesitant to predict the same success for It’s a Trap! that was enjoyed by Blue Harvest (the 2007 parody of the original Star Wars) and Something, Something, Something, Dark Side (The Empire Strikes Back parody released in 2009).
“Success? We don’t know yet,” he said when asked about It’s a Trap! “It could do horribly. You never know.”
If ratings and home entertainment sales for the first two installments are any indication, he shouldn’t be worried. Fox isn’t.
“Nobody can say what's on Seth's mind, but of course we would be interested,” Fox’s Daily said about the possibility of a “Family Guy” trilogy the “Star Wars” prequels. “Everyone has collaborated so well on [episodes 4-6].”
Stewie as a juvenile, pod-racing Anakin Skywalker, anyone?
“I’m never in the writers’ room, so I think you’re asking the wrong guy,” said Seth Green, voice of “Family Guy’s” Chris Griffin and co-creator of “Robot Chicken,” when asked about the possibility. “If they wanted to get into the prequels, I’d be interested.”
For now, everyone will have to settle for It’s a Trap! The Dec. 21 home video releases include deleted scenes, several featurettes about the making of the animation, an original voice-over skit and a “Family Guy at Comic-Con 2010” bonus.
Seth Green and wife Clare Grant attended the Family Guy: It's a Trap launch party Dec. 14 in Hollywood, Calif. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will launch the show’s third "Star Wars" spoof on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 21.