Monday, March 13, 2006

Before we start, a quick reminder how we got here. Email me at familyguysteals@gmail.com with your own examples.


I'm mildly surprised Seth McFarland didn't just have his characters say, "hey look, it's death from South Park."

(click pics for a better look)


This one is obvious, so we'll just get it out of the way now. In Seth McFarland's defense, Brian had to look exactly like Snoopy because, in real life, all dogs are white with a few black patches and red collars and noses that are disproportionately huge and they do human things like pitch for the baseball team and drink martinis.

This may be a reach, but there was a Simpson's - and I can't remember which one - where Lisa has a quick run-in with one of the other kids, and the other kid is basically an 8 year old Dean Martin, he says something like "wo-hoah, this kittens got claws." McFarland has said that Brian is based on Dean Martin, but he probably meant to say "based on this character I saw on the Simpson's that was based on Dean Martin".

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Gee, who does this look like.



It may seem odd that Stewie looks and sounds absolutely nothing like the rest of his family, but not when you remember that Seth McFarland steals other peoples ideas. He doesn’t even have the decency to alter them the slightest bit. The cartoon above is called "Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth", and it was drawn in 1996, three years before the premier of 'Family Guy'. Artist Chris Ware created the character in 1991. In 1999, Entertainment Weekly magazine wrote this:

Comic-book fans have been buzzing about a certain familiarity they've noticed recently: namely, that Stewie, the football-shaped-headed child who loathes his mother and invents diabolical weapons on Fox's Family Guy, bears a striking resemblance to a comic-strip character: Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth (right), a football-shaped-headed child who fears his mother and invents things to escape from her. Chris Ware has been drawing Jimmy since 1991, creating a series of comic books called the Acme Novelty Library. A collection of Jimmy's adventures will be published by Pantheon next spring. Says Ware, "I don't want a book of seven years' worth of my stuff to become available and then be accused of being a rip-off of Family Guy."


In the Family Guy movie, Seth MacFarlane included a “joke” where Stewie breaks the neck of an Entertainment Weekly reporter. Man, what does Seth have against EW? Oh yeah, they had to nerve to reveal he’s a hack. (click the cartoon above for a slightly bigger view)
Wikipedia has a very good article detailing what other TV writers think about Family Guy, including this from Matt and Trey:

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have expressed their discontent at being put at the same comedic level as Family Guy. When questioned about the meanest thing anyone ever said to them, Stone replied "When people say to me, 'God, you guys have one of the best shows on television. You and Family Guy.' That fucking hurts so bad", to which Parker agreed: "Very well said. It's such a kick in the balls."


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EXAMPLE - STOLEN JOKE


I can't remember exactly what episode it was - I think it was the one where Quagmire slept with Loretta - but the scene began with Peter bringing a half dozen or so prostitutes into Cleveland’s living room. At the end of the scene, Stewie says to one of the prostitutes, “So, is there any tread left on the tires? Or at this point would it be like throwing a hot dog down a hallway?”

This is weird because “throwing a hot dog down a hallway“ sounds very much like “throwing a hot dog down a hallway”, a joke Whoopi Goldberg used in 1994 at her Friars Club Roast to describe sex with then boyfriend Ted Danson. Some may remember this because Danson wore blackface to the event. Not only does Family Guy steal, they steal from Whoopi Goldberg. That’s fuckin weak.
IN THE BEGINNING

March 12, 2006 was the last straw. 'Family Guy' began with Peter Griffin as a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. He won, and then was asked to choose prizes from the showcase. Keep in mind, Wheel of Fortune hasn’t had a prize showcase for about 15 years, but no matter, one of the prizes Peter chose was a ceramic Dalmatian for 600 dollars. Which is an old Louie Anderson joke, word for word. 'Family Guy' didn’t even bother to make it a ceramic leopard or elephant, they stole Andersons joke word for word. Ive noticed for a long time that 'Family Guy' steals other people material, but this was finally enough. And so this blog began, to finally document every instance of Seth McFarland stealing jokes, and finally ending his completely undeserved reputation as some kind of genius.