“ Genre: Television - Family Guy / Theatrical Release: 2009 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Actors: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, Seth Green ... / DVD released 2009-12-26 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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I like Family Guy and I like American Dad, but I do wish my partner wouldn't put money in the creators pockets by buying rip-off spin-off's like this.
Following on from Blue Harvest which was undeniably average, this is nothing more than Family Guy characters recreating the best Star Wars Film (Empire Strikes Back) with a couple of topical gags, this is fine as part of the Family Guy series, but as a standalone £9.99 DVD I don't think it is at all justifiable and i'm disappointed we own this in our house. Add into this the fact that it really doesn't feel like the makers did anything more than a lazy spin-off and I can't advise you to buy this at all.
Basically the plot is exactly the same as Empire Strikes back, Luke Skywalker (Chris Griffin played by Seth Green) joins forces with Peter (Han Solo played by Seth McFarlane) and Princess Leia (Lois) and other members of the Jedi fleet to fight the evil of Vader (Stewie) and the Imperial forces.
It's hard to add anything more into this, Carl (Chris' boss) plays Yoda in his Kevin smith rip-off way, the Giant Chicken plays Boba Fett and these are the few highlights I could think of.
This is something purely aimed at Star Wars fans or fans of family guy.
For Star Wars fans some of the gags about the film will be funny, others will be pretty lame, it is basically the story of Empire Strikes Back retold in cartoon form with jokes, nothing more, nothing less. There are some nice touches as the animators and writers clearly love Star Wars, but other than that there isn't anything you couldn't get from the two or three original versions of the film.
For Family Guy fans it's fun seeing your favourite characters in a new setting, but that is it really. The writing is weak, the animation is fine, but nothing more and this just feels like either the creator or Fox are keen to drag as much flesh as they can from this franchise.
For 52 minutes of a cartoon, the price we paid for this is ridiculous and I really don't think it is worth more than £2.99, or realistically it could have been a bonus on one of the very expensive boxsets. It is currently available for £6.99 on Amazon or £37.99 with the other two offerings as a trilogy, again this is a rip-off for three episodes of Family Guy which are at best slightly below average.
If you check out the reviews of this DVD on Amazon you will find it has an unusual mix of scores, when you read many of the 5 star reviews, its clear that the purchaser was disappointed but is either a die hard fan of Star Wars or Family Guy, please read these carefully to read between the lines before buying, as this is an insult to fans of Family Guy.
I can't really offer much to sell this to you, it is interesting to see which Family Guy character is playing which Star Wars character, but other than this, apart from the occasional gag which really hits home, the majority don't. It's disappointing and for me I feel like it is a rip off, as i've seen this on tv at no cost at all, it was originally the final episode of season 8.
The DVD was released in 2009 and this for me coincided with the worst season of Family Guy ever, perhaps as Seth Macfarlane is developing a film career with Hellboy 2 and other films, he's taken his foot off the pedal with this, nonetheless it isn't great, it isn't even very good and is a limping follow up to a pretty weak first Family Guy spin off, I bet George Lucas is glad he gave permission for this lame duck, I will review the third dvd soon (Yep some people just don't learn!!) and can promise things don't get any better!!!!
There are extras, with plenty of commentaries, I've avoided them as the last thing I want to hear is somebody laughing and joking about this lazy grab for money, if they had fun making it, awesome, I only wish I'd had some watching it.
A lot of people have said this isn't a particularly funny DVD but give it kudos for the attention to detail in recreating Empire Strikes Back, but then why buy it to see some fairly average cartoon characters recreating an exceptional film with some poorly pieced together dialogue. I really enjoy Family Guy but on every level I don't get this and found it utterly disappointing.
The DVD features a digital copy which allows you to transfer this to your computer or your i-pod, but unfortunately as its so poor you probably really wouldn't want to!!!
Upon finding myself in the flat alone for the evening yet again I decided that it would be a good opportunity to get some work done and start packing for moving back home. What I actually did, however, was write several reviews to post at a later date and watch lots of TV. Since I hadn't been too mad on Family Guy's first Star Wars parody, Blue Harvest, I wasn't too enthusiastic about watching the second one, but since I had little else I could be bothered doing and it was lying around I decided to give it a watch.
Something, Something, Something Dark Side is a remake of Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back made by the makers of Family Guy with their characters replacing the characters of the original trilogy. It is not a serious remake and is definitely a pisstake with many silly moments added and many jokes that only fans of the films or the show will understand. It has also been shortened to only 45 minutes instead of being feature length, so a lot of the plot is condensed or left out over the course of this episode. It really is little more than a double length episode of Family Guy and was shown as part of the eighth series of the programme on TV in the USA, so it seems a bit bizarre to me that many people would actually want to pay the £7 or so it costs to buy this by itself.
After finding Blue Harvest fairly disappointing, with obvious jokes and characters seemingly thrown in for the hell of it, I was expecting Dark Side to be equally as lacklustre. I was, however, pleasantly surprised with this sequel and found it to be a much better episode than the parody of Episode IV. Most of the characters were still there and I thought that their choices for some of the new characters were well chosen and didn't seem to be thrown in willy nilly just for the sake of it. I also thought that the jokes were better thought out and genuinely funnier than those in the first episode and I actually enjoyed watching Dark Side whereas I felt quite bored during Blue Harvest. I criticised Blue Harvest for being nowhere near as funny as either a normal Family Guy episode or the original film, but I would say that Dark Side is the same quality as a good episode of the cartoon. The Empire Strikes Back itself is significantly better than this parody, but as far as things go Something, Something, Something Dark Side isn't bad at all.
Having said that, I would never in a million years buy this episode on DVD by itself even if it came with millions of extras (this is a film only review, by the way). I know that it isn't good to watch things for free on the internet but if I were to watch this again I would rather stream it than shell out the £6.99 that it costs on Amazon to buy it. It essentially is just a double length episode of Family Guy in terms of what you're getting entertainment and lengthwise, so I would only buy it if you absolutely love Family Guy and want to collect everything on DVD. It may make a good present for a fan of the cartoon, but I wouldn't recommend buying it if you haven't already seen it and aren't sure whether you'd like it or not. I would, however, say that it's worth a watch if a friend or family member has a copy that you could borrow if you are familiar with Family Guy. It is worth saying as well that if you haven't seen the original Star Wars film then it's pretty much pointless watching this as you won't understand most of the references, and it will ruin it for you if you ever do decide to watch the Empire Strikes Back.
In conclusion: watch - yes, buy - no. It's really not worth the money unless you absolutely love it, and since I merely liked it I doubt it'll ever become part of my DVD collection.
Well, what to say about this. We all saw it coming - and we can certainly see at least one more of these in the near future (if not the prequel trilogy to follow).
So this outing of the Family Guy Star Wars parodies sees Luke Skywalker (Chris Griffin) at rebel base in Hoth. They are being chased by the evil Darth Vader (Stewie). He has a vision of Obi-Wan (Herbert) telling him to go to Dagobah to learn the ways of the force, under the guidance of Yoda (played by that guy from the mini-mart). Meanwhile Leia (Lois), Han (Peter), Chewie (Brian) and the rest of the main characters go to Cloud City where they're betrayed by Lando (Mort), and ... oh, hell you know the story. If you're watching this without having seen The Empire Strikes Back then I don't know what you're doing.
Something Something Something Dark Side plays out in exactly the same fashion as the first one (Blue Harvest) did, which is pretty good and is pretty funny. But the thing is that it gets a bit repetitive at times, and you can see exactly what jokes are coming your way. To say that this is how the whole show Family Guy is becoming these days is another argument altogether I'd rather not get into but it's true that Dark Side simply seems to be reusing the same jokes from before and while it will amuse the Family Guy diehard fans, it's really not enough to keep you hooked. Simply put, if it wasn't a Star Wars parody (which, let's face it, isn't that just way dated? People said Mel Brooks' Spaceballs was too late) I probably would have turned it off a long time before.
It's entertaining, certainly, and it's quite funny in places but it just doesn't seem enough to justify buying the entire DVD for, especially at the prices they were selling it at when it was first released. And it's only, what, forty-five minutes long? I don't' know if it was worth buying at all.
That said, the average Family Guy fan will find it amusing, but I'd say wait out for the TV release
Family Guy: Something Something Something Dark Side strikes back with this hilarious parody of a legendary sci-fi saga. The laughs will be rolling out as Chris Griffin (Luke Skywalker) joins forces with Peter Griffin (Hans Solo) and Lois Griffin (Princess Leia) to battle Stewie (Darth Vader) and his imperial henchmen. Plenty of well-known new characters join the ride including Mort Goldman as Lando Calrissian and Chris' boss Carl as Yoda.
The new cast also involves the Giant Chicken as the notorious Boba Fett, which I thought was a very funny addition. It is a very wild ride which had me laughing every few minutes.
The DVD contains a commentary by the executive producers, a very informative "Family Guy fact ups" which involves intresting facts about something a character does popping up when it happens on screen, The Dark Side of poster art, and an exclusive table read of the next addition in the series, in which I heard some very funny jokes that I can't wait to see myself.
I absolutely loved this film, especially as I am an avid fan of Family Guy, and its dark jokes had me laughing all the way through.
Sorry about the short review!
Something Something Something Dark Side is the Family Guy sequel to the brilliant Blue Harvest which poked a little fun at George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy, and in paticular Episode IV: A New Hope, in the all too familiar Family Guy way. Those who have followed some of my reviews will remember that I actually had quite a high opinion of Blue Harvest and thouight it brilliantly concieved and excellentlly executed. Unfortunately Something Something, which takes on Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, is slightly less intelligent fare.
Once again, all the familiar set-pieces from the original source material are there but it just feels to me as though less care has been taken with this effort and that it has been made simply as a cash-in on the success and the coat-tails of Blue Harvest! The jokes and comedy feels a lot lazier and less relevant to Star Wars or its universe and a lot more random and scatter-brained. From an opening scene that sees the Ice-Creature on Hoth depicted as The Cookie Monster, you know that this time around the humour is going to be a lot more hit and miss. Some of the jokes about Darth Vader's troops aboard their Imperial Star Destroyer also seem as though they have been lifted straight from Mel Brook's Spaceballs, which itself was very hit and miss in places! Yoda too is absolutely awful and the scenes with him are some of the worst in the film with added film clips stolen/ borrowed/ needlessly inserted from one of the Rocky films. (the one with Dolph Lungdren)
Lando Calrissian is played here by the Jewish character from the regular series (whose name I forget) and one thing that puzzled me was the fact that they make a big deal about Lando being the only black character in the Star Wars universe and yet he is not played here by Family Guy's token coloured character, Cleveland but instead by Marty Goldstein or whatever his name is! Err...I'm sorry, have I mised something here? This is no doubt due to the fact that Cleveland had already been cast in the role of R2D2 in Blue Harvest but this is just another thing that suggests that there has been little forward thinking with this concept and that this latest offering has been made solely because Blue Harvest was a commercial success. From the extras available on this DVD, it quickly becomes apparent that there are intentions to parody Return Of The Jedi, the final part of the original trilogy, at some later stage when we see the actors involved performing a read-through of the script, but from the basis of this I very much doubt if I would go out to buy the final episode when it comes out!
I soooo wanted to like this and had been looking forward to it ever since I saw Blue Harvest, so you can imagine my disappointment that Something Something is not up to par!! My only consolation is that I did not pay hard cash for it and instead used my Tesco Clubcard vouchers, getting Pixar's Up for £8.99 as well because I had bought a chart DVD!
The full retail price is £14.99 but I would recommend either renting it or getting it out from the library because it is not paticulary inspired and no match for the previous effort! Something Something is good but a masterpiece it is not!