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Ever since I first came across Family Guy I was hooked. The blend of adult comedy with the utterly ludicrous family setting really appealed to me. so having bought just about every release they've had I was surprised to find that there was a series of Family Guy DVD's that had past me by. I am of course talking about their unique take on the Star Wars trilogy. Being more than just a little curious i opted to buy Family Guy Blue Harvest a couple of weeks ago and even in that short space of time I've watched it 4 times.
In A Galaxy Far Far Away....
When a power cut threatens to ruin the Griffin families night in front of the Tele they search for an alternative medium of entertainment. Peter transports them to a Galaxy far far away into the story of Star Wars. The plot follows that of Episode IV A New Hope and sees the regular Family Guy characters take on the roles of Luke, Hans and the entire Star Wars cast. They blend between the two tales works really well as they tell the story about the rise of Darth Vader and Luke's attempts to become a Jedi. To keep Family guy fans, Star Wars fans and generally people who like comedy entertained they blend in real life situations to keep the comedy at a decent level.
Animation and Comedy
For those unfamiliar with Family Guy it was originally the brainchild of Seth McFarlane, who has also been the brains behind American Dad and The Cleveland Show. In tackling a classic movie like Star Wars in the Family Guy style it was important that McFarlane made use of the all of the characters from both the Star Wars franchise and Family Guy. He had spent years developing Peter, Louis, Chris, Meg, Stewie and Brian, not to mention all the others that to morph them into alternate roles could have proved quite tricky.
By turning his regular characters into their Star Wars equivalent he manages to get the right combination of character and comedy out of each role. With Stewie and Chris taking on opposing roles as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker respectively it does suit their personality really well. The combination of the standard Star Wars story and blending it with modern culture seems to be happening more and more often these days, but I've not seen it done as well as they have done it in Family Guy Blue Harvest.
The animation is by now pretty standard fair to fans of Family Guy and whilst it looks pretty standard for a cartoon the detail that has gone into creating Stewie as Darth Vader alone looks really impressive. With a good use of colour and some very well drawn illustrations it works really well on the big screen. I've been watching this on DVD and can't help but imagine how good this animation would look on Blu Ray in high definition.
Voicing It Over
Perhaps the best element about the whole thing is the use of the regular Family Guy cast providing all of the voices. With McFarlane taking on the lead roles in Family Guy and supported by Seth Green, Alex Borstein and Mila Kunis playing the main supporting roles it works really well. Of course there is no real acting in the classic sense but each character has been developed well over time and they all fit really well into the Star Wars saga.
It's a little bit of a different direction for Family Guy that actually works really well. I'm not really sure how it managed to pass me by for so long but having finally watched it I've really enjoyed it. The animation is enjoyable and the way it is written to combine my favourite moments about Family Guy with the thoroughly enjoyable Star Wars story thrown in for good measure. If you like a decent cartoon with a nice blend of adult humour that doesn't just appeal to the Star Wars fans out there then I would seriously suggest giving Blue Harvest a try. In the mean time I'm hoping to get a chance to see the second instalment very soon.
Well I have an exam tomorrow, and instead of revising I've gone out the last three nights and spent my days napping and eating ice cream. I decided that today I would actually knuckle down and do something, but instead I ended up watching Family Guy's Blue Harvest episode. I had never wanted to watch it before as at the RRP of £16 it seemed very expensive for what was essentially only a double length episode, but someone had it lying around so I decided to watch it today.
Family Guy: Blue Harvest is essentially a remake of Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope, but with the Family Guy characters taking the place of the main characters and with a shorter running time of 45 minutes. Instead of just being a straight remake it is more of a pisstake, and has lots of jokes scattered throughout it and bizarre additions that are very much done in a Family Guy style. The fact that it isn't simply a word for word remake makes this 'film' more enjoyable than it could have been, and references to things that Star Wars fans would understand and find funny were good additions to the story. It wasn't a bad version and the jokes certainly made Blue Harvest watchable.
However, I can't say that I massively enjoyed watching this episode/film. Firstly, I don't really know what the point of making a Family Guy version of Star Wars was, as I imagine that it would just really annoy die hard fans of Star Wars and many would feel that Family Guy had ruined or belittled it. On the other hand, if you've never seen Star Wars before, you will in no way find many of the jokes funny and will find the plot confusing and hard to understand most of the time. I am familiar with the film so understand what a lot of the jokes were referencing but if I wasn't, I doubt that I would have laughed more than once or twice during the whole thing. Secondly, although this version wasn't poor it definitely felt like it lacked something. It seemed to be fairly half-arsed and more like the Family Guy creators would find this an entertaining project to do for themselves, rather than trying to make it excellent viewing. To their credit they did make the effort to make many of the scenes look the same as the sets in the real film which made it more true to the original Star Wars, but then I doubt I would have noticed if they hadn't.
I find it hard to say too much more about Blue Harvest, as I didn't hate it but I wasn't mad on it either, which is what I was expecting to happen before I watched it. Yes, Brian looked pretty good as Chewbacca and Meg's brief appearance was entertaining, but I found myself missing R2D2's cute droid noises when hearing Cleveland as R2D2 speaking. As was mentioned at the end of this DVD, this Star Wars parody came out only a few months after Robot Chicken did it, and I can't help but think that they probably did it a lot better. I imagine that Robot Chicken creator Seth Green (who plays Chris in Family Guy) would have been quite annoyed that although they did it first and in fact got George Lucas and Mark Hammel on board, Family Guy's rendition was more famous and popular simply because the latter is better known as a cartoon and had more of a fan base.
Anyway, in conclusion, I couldnt say that I recommend Blue Harvest for the simple reason that it was no where near as good as the original Star Wars film, nor was it as good as a traditional Family Guy episode. Since it was poorer than both of the things it amalgemated, maybe they should have just let both be.
Blue Harvest is a 2007 comedy involving the characters from hit TV show Family Guy.
A power cut in the Griffin household leads to them being without television, so Peter tells them a story, in this case Star Wars. From here we get a condensed version of A New Hope with the main characters played by Family Guy characters. So Chris Griffin is Luke Skywalker, who heads off to rescue Princess Leia (Chris' mom Lois) with the aid of C3PO (Quagmire), R2-D2 (Cleveland), Han Solo (Peter), Chewbacca (Brian) and Obi Wan Kenobi (creepy Neighbour Herbert). Standing in their way is Darth Vader (Stewie) and his Death Star. For those who have seen A New Hope you'll know how the story goes, and if you haven't already you're unlikely to so might as well watched a shorter version of it!
This began life as the season 6 premier episode of Family Guy and only clocks in at 48 minutes, but Fox obviously saw a cash cow to be milked and so released it on its own DVD. This is fine as long as you're not paying the RRP for it, as its not value for money in that regard.
The episode itself has obviously been made by fans (which creator Seth MacFarlane certainly is) and is respectful of the source material as a result. Respectful isn't usually in the Family Guy lexicon, with as many un PC jokes crammed in as possible, so this is tame compared with other episodes. Of course if you've ever watched a Family Guy episode thinking they need to tone things down, you're in luck here! However, those fans, like me, who like the close to the knuckle gags will be slightly disappointed. There were plenty of snigger-inducing scenes - the effeminate guy who says "oh nooo" as Greedo, most scenes involving Peter/Han - but there were no belly laughs. Another problem was Herbert as Obi Wan, whose laughs were supposed to come from the fact he likes young boys - they just seemed obvious and crass (FG is often crass but funny with it as well). Since he was in quite a few scenes, whole sections of the episode fell flat, in particular the dirty dancing song he sings.
With as many misses as hits, Blue Harvest still found enough of an audience on DVD to prompt a sequel - Something, Something Darkside. I've yet to see it, but if its only on par with the first I will be waiting for it to come down in price before purchasing.
If you like Family Guy or Star Wars you will enjoy this funny recreation staring the Griffin Family and Friends.
The story is based on episode four of the original star war trilogy where the Griffin family and other family guy characters take the parts of the star wars characters making fun of plot holes, using the environment for jokes and using classics from the series.
The episode is 45mins long so the story is cut down but features all of the major points so its not just a collection of clips. If you've never seen star wars then you might not understand some of the points but you can pick this up with out seeing family guy and still love it.
The extras feature a TV family guy episode, behind the scenes of how it was all done and cast and crew interviews. Don't be put off if you think this will ruin you star wars experiance because it only adds to it, as a fan of both I enjoyed it and have recomend it to everyone I know and you. Its a good laugh and not to be missed now that its cheap.
Family Guy is one of the most popular comedy series on television, following the dysfunctional Griffin family. It is a show steeped in its ability to mock everything and its fanboy love of film and sci-fi.
Blue Harvest is a Family Guy spoof of Star wars, lovingly created with the permission of George Lucas (Which is incredibly rare and shows how much love the Family Guy team put into selling this to them).
Blue Harvest recreates the story of Star Wars, putting the Griffin family and other Family Guy characters into the original roles, it allows the writers to mock elements of the film and pasts, adding the Family Guy characters own issues to the mix.
This story is narrated by Peter Griffin to his family during a blackout, he casts himself in the role of Han solo, his wife Lois plays Princess Leia, while son Chris plays Luke, Brian the dog plays Chewbacca and Stewie the baby plays Darth Vader. Cleveland and Quagmire are interesting as R2-D2 and C3-PO but they don't deliver as many laughs as regular episodes, also Meg is in it for moments only, which is disappointing, although her cameo is excellent.
The episode is a full recreation of Star Wars, but in many ways I felt disappointed as I didn't really get much new from this, I know the story of Star Wars and after a while the novelty of these comedic characters playing the main parts wears off and it has to rely on the gags, which don't match the story at all, some of the mickey takes of famous star wars scenes are spot on, while others are either too far on the geeky side or simply not funny enough to hold their own.
There are interesting jokes, as always with the Doctor Who mention being a strange one, but it shows the range of the writers sci-fi knowledge, there have previously been great star wars jokes in Family Guy episodes and some of the better ones would have added to this no end.
The recreation of the space crafts and the battles are excellent, the visuals have either had more money put in or had some help from Lucasfilm and you can really see the difference, one of my problems with this dvd though is it lacks the humour of other episodes and is a bit too fluffy, rather than having the usual edge, while we have Hubert the dodgy pensioner as Obi-Wan, his parts singing of his love for Chris/Luke are pretty weak and distract rather than add to the film, it feels like filler and there are jokes to that effect during the episode.
There is mention during the episode about tie-ins being rip offs and even for £5 the 45 minute episode seems a bit thin, there are extras on the disc, there is an introduction to Family Guy and a commentary from the writers which is informative but a bit laddy!
There is a making of feature and an interview between the Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane and George Lucas which is fun in parts.
There is a 'Star Wars Clip Show' which is a compilation of Star Wars jokes from previous Family Guy episodes too, which is good fun, but nothing special for fans of the series.
Overall what comes through from the DVD is the writers love of Star Wars, but in many ways this is distracting as they put too much effort into the recreation and not enough into making it funny, its a bit steep making this a dvd simply for a 45 minute episode and its disappointing on a lot of levels. We bought it for £14.99 when it came out and it now seems ridiculous as its only £5.48 on Amazon.
For devoted fans of Family Guy and Star Wars this is a must, for everyone else, I wouldn't recommend buying it, its not as strong as most Family Guy episodes and is too indulgent to be truly enjoyable.
I'm a huge fan of both Family Guy and Star Wars, and so naturally I rushed to the shops and bought this the moment it came out. It now occupies a proud place in my regular rotation, and I find myself enjoying it more and more with each viewing.
The premise is very simple - after a power cut in the Griffin household Peter retells the story of Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope, but replaces the original cast with the Family Guy family and their friends (the most hilarious being Herbert the Pervert as Obi Wan Kenobi, Meg as the trash crusher monster and Stewie as Darth Vader).
This spoof is literally FULL of very geeky Star Wars references, which would probably end up going over the heads of those who had only seen the movie once or twice. However, the classic Family Guy style of off-beat, politically incorrect comedy is enough to make this dvd a real gem, even for those who are not mad about the Star Wars films. It is for dye hard fans of both however, that the film really comes into its own.
Downsides; not many really, at 40 minutes it could be a bit longer, and even in the 40 minutes it provides there's a fair amount of filler that could be more usefully replaced with more in-jokes or story line. For example, just before Obi Wan Kenobi goes off into the Death Star to fight Darth Vader, he sings '(I've had) the time of my life' in full, while storm troopers dance and he uses the force to lift Luke (Chris) into the air and tickle him. It's a surreal enough sequence to pass off as genuine Family Guy, and my interpretation is that it stems from the fact that in the real movies, Luke and Obi Wan don't get a chance to say any real sort of goodbye, but it's one of the few sequences that didn't make me laugh out loud, and more of less everyone I've spoken to about it didn't really get it, or see what it added to the film. It's only one sequence though, and it doesn't detract from the overall awesomeness of the movie!
This film is basically "A New Hope" with Family Guy characters, and it works! Each of the characters in Family Guy have taken the role of a character from Star Wars; Lois is Princess Leia, Peter is Han Solo, Chris is Luke, Brian is Chewbacca, Quagmire is CP30, Cleveland is R2D2, Herbert the pervert is Obi-Wan, and Stewie is Darth Vader. Stewie is by far the best as Vader, as he plays the character amazingly.
You'd think that the creators of Family Guy wouldn't be able to pull off a spoof of Star Wars in a good way, but believe me, this works. The witty humour of the creators tied in with the setting and the characters makes a great film. Even if you don't like Star Wars, but you like Family Guy, this film will make you laugh. Many of the gags aren't Star Wars related, they're quite irrelevent to the plot, but they are still guaranteed to get a laugh.
When I saw that Family Guy had made a one hour special with a Star Wars theme, I didn't know what to expect from the feature length episode. I read many reviews on the episode before watching it, and all the reviews pointed to it being a big success. However, I was very disappointed with the show and thought that the show they had done was pretty poor and not funny.
I believe that the show was trying to cop some success that was originally made by the Star Wars team, which during it's time was one of the best things on TV around the World, although I've never been a fan of Star Wars, or sci-fi like programs, I recognize the importance and the reputation these programs have gained from the hard-work and quality they've produced.
I would recommend this DVD to those who find this type of spin off funny, but I personally believe the show could've been improved. I would have to give it a 3/5.
Given the positive reception of this TV special, I appear to be the only person who wasn't that much of a fan of Family Guy: Blue Harvest. Star Wars has always been a prime pop culture phenomenon to spoof and parody, and so I hoped that we'd get a more focused episode than Family Guy is used to, but this is a strangely laugh-free episode that's incredibly well animated, but would have benefitted from some in-jokes pertaining to the series. I mean, surely some jokes about Greedo shooting first and the stormtrooper hitting his head should have been like shooting fish in a barrel!?
The episode has the same problems that so many episodes of Family Guy have: it has some good moments, but is also distended and bloated, with the writers lazily filling time with overly long gags that just drone on and on until they become infuriating. What compounds this is how excellent the Robot Chicken Star Wars episode was by comparison, melding witty references to the films with their own comic sensibility, whereas here it mostly just falls flat. It's interesting that there is a reference to the Robot Chicken version at the end, though.
There are a few clever gags, such as the TIE Fighters being Thai Fighters (as in, Thai men), but mostly it just retells the story without adding much in the way of clever gags or pungent humour. It's almost impossible not to praise the excellent animation as usual, but also as usual, it's a very hit-and-miss episode and I'm still baffled as to why people praised it so much. For a far better rendition of the same idea, watch the Robot Chicken episode for something wittier, funnier, and more clever.
Being a great family guy fan I have all the box sets. Buying blue harvest was just to fill the hole in my collection but I paid for it so I was sure as hell going to watch it.
For thoughts who don't know blue harvest is a parody of star wars using family guy characters as the characters from the film. As you would have expected Stewie is Darth Vader and Lois is princess lair. However Chris is Luke Skywalker. Even thought he is funny in the role I would have much preferred peter was Luke rather than Han Solo.
As you can imagine the animations and voice acting is sublime as with all the other family guys. The detail on everything and the way the characters have changed into the cast of star wars is great and you can tell who they are from the series and also who they are from the film very easily. However not all the characters are here with the "greased up deaf guy" and Mr Pewtershmit no where to be seen. However what shocked me most was that the character of Meg is not in it at all ( other then a worm with her hat popping up for a second ).
There is still the gritty and at times dark humour that only Seth can come up with. However I would have liked to have seen a bit more star wars related humour as there was very little to be found. I understand that family guy often is funny as it says things that none others would say. However I think that the mark was overstepped with the leukaemia joke.
A very good parody but seems some what stretched to fit the running time.
I love family guy and the blue harvest is very very funney even by family guy standerds and this episode is very well made and i dont think that this dvd is a rip off at all this episode really deserves its own case even tho some people might think it might just be 3 episodes put on a disk to make extra money but it is a graght episode and is worth the money.
this product is a perfect gift to give to a frend or family member that has never watched family guy before and its sure to get them hooked on it and a must buy for any hard core family guy fan.
the cast of charicters is perfect and is very funney about takeing the mic out of star wars and im sure any star wars fan will be able to relate to the joaks and find them even more funney than a non star wars fan.
This is a good product and any one who apprecates haveing a good dvd collection will be sure to purchace this.
thanks for reading.
Blue Harvest is one of the best Star Wars parodies I've seen. It's funny and well animated (to be expected from a Family Guy production), but also full of Star Wars references, so-much-so you have to wonder how many times the team that made this watched the actual Star Wars film to ensure they got as many details out of it as they could. Whether it's a sandtrooper poking his head up to say "look sir, a penny", or a stormtrooper banging his head on a doorframe, fans of the first Star Wars film will love every minute of this production. And that brings me to the biggest problem with this. Clocking in at only 45 minutes long, a lot of content from the original film has been dropped.
All of the regular Family Guy characters are present, and the "casting" is pretty much spot on, especially with I-want-to-destroy-everything-and-rule-the-world Stewie being given the role of Darth Vader.
This is definitely a good buy, whether you're a Star Wars fan, or just a fan of Family Guy.
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Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest is one of my favourite movies and makes anyone/ everyone laugh.
Blue Harvest is Family Guy's take on Star Wars IV: A New Hope and has each of the different Family Guy characters as a character from the actual Star Wars movie. The movie starts of just like a normal Family Guy episode (you may need to watch a few episodes before viewing this movie so you can understand and know who each character is), everyone is sitting on the couch watching TV when there is a power cut and all that is left to do is to listen to Peter's story (which is Star Wars).I won't spoil the plot for you but anyone who has seen (or remembers!!) Star Wars IV will know the basic plot. Blue Harvest mocks the original film and comes up with comical ideas for the odd names of the characters in the real Star Wars movies.
I thought this film was hilarious, this may be because I am a huge Family Guy lover, but many friends of mine enjoyed it as well. This is a must see for anyone who likes Family Guy and is even funny for those who haven't seen Family Guy before. 5 star!
Blue Harvest is Family Guy's lampooning of the first Star Wars Film,
Star Wars: A New Hope. The 48 minute special casts the Griffin family and their neighbours as the various characters from Star Wars;
Peter as Han Solo, Lois as Princess Leia, Brian as Chewbacca, Chris as Luke Skywalker and Stewie as Darth Vader.
It is clear that Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane is a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise as the parody is made with a great deal of affection. Although it is not necessary to be a Star Wars superfan to enjoy this show, it would only really be enjoyable if you are at least familiar with the films.
There are a great deal of jokes, all of which are very funny, and there has clearly been a lot of time spent on the script, as it blatantly wasn't made on a whim. There is a tiniest hint however, that at this point Family Guy is beginning to run out of ideas, because it has lately been using a lot of parody of other popular media. There is quite a list of guest stars and cameos in this special.
There is a special edition DVD also available which has the following Special Features:
Commentary by Seth MacFarlane
"Once in a Lifetime: The Making of Blue Harvest" Featurette
A conversation with George Lucas
Blue Harvest Animatics
Family Guy Features: Star Wars Clips
Something, Something, Something Dark Side Teaser
PLUS: 3D Blue Harvest Fight Scene
Collector's T-Shirt (100% cotton, Black, XL)
12 Collector's trading cards (in same style as original Star Wars trading cards) that form a 3D scene on the back
20-page "Art of Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest" booklet including sketches, notes and a letter from Seth MacFarlane
This show is a labour of love and clearly no kind of cheap ascerbic pop at a popular series of films. Worth a watch!
Family guy blue harvest is a great dvd to watch because it's full of fun and laughter. If you have seen the actual star wars films it's more funny because it's a rip off of it. It has a great story to it and makes you laugh the hole way through because of the characters actions and jokes. I think it's really funny when the old pervert man herbert sings a song. This is one of those films you can watch over and over again because it never gets boring.
The computer graphics looks really modern and new which makes it look really clear and bold compared to older episodes of family guy.
This is also really good because all the characters are playing people in the actual film. Stewie plays darth vader, chris plays luke sky walker and many more characters play many more people.
This paticular DVD is special because it was made to celabrate the 30th year of the star wars franchise.
Overall i think that this is one of the best fims i have ever watched in my history and the best film to get if you want to laugh for a good 45 minutes or so. Buy this product it's well worth the money and good for all the family
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