SETH MACFARLANE INTERVIEW
think we are all hardwired to laugh at fart jokes” Family Guy
creator, Seth Macfarlane chuckles down the phone. “It’s a base of the
brain thing. You hear a fart and you want to laugh and I don’t think there
is anything wrong with that.”
Much though we tend to agree with
Macfarlane’s analysis of the intricacies of modern comedy, there is much
more to this animated amalgam of Monty Python Surrealism and American
moral satire than just bodily function gags.
“Monty Python were always definitely an
influence. That random, left field comedy is what we like. And The Far
Side.” MacFarlane agrees. It is this delicate mix of the puerile and the
profound that has given Family Guy the power to literally return
from the dead. Initially dropped from it’s American home at Fox TV, the
subversive Griffiths family instantly became a cult hit, creating an
underground following of DVD buying devotees that brought this hilarious
cartoon back from the doldrums of cancelled series and broken dreams that
have been the dumping ground for many a great cartoon including
Futurama and the incomparable Ren and Stimpy.
Still, Macfarlane is by nature a lucky sod.
Originally booked on to one of the hijacked planes that devastated America
on 9/11 he only missed becoming another statistic in the war on terror
because his agent messed up the reservation. “Thanks God for a terrible
travel agent” is all he can manage now by way of explanation.
For those of you who have yet to have the
pleasure, Family Guy is oft-described as The Simpsons on
Acid. Featuring the life and times of the all American Griffiths family,
this is a tale of simple folk, matricidal babies, talking dogs and broken
dreams. Oh, and a few fart jokes thrown in.
Family Guy - The Freakin' Sweet Collection
is available on
DVD on 25th April from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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