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Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest
Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest Not having watched
  even one episode of the
  series of Family Guy,
  I really didn’t know what
  to expect from the new
  DVD Family Guy Presents:
  Blue Harvest

THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE been watching it since
it first appeared could have told me that Family
Guy is a wildly-irreverent, shrewdly-subversive animated comedy sensation that has been confounding the PC Police since
the millennium.

As it turned out I was delighted to discover a gem of an animated production where all the characters fit well together — the gross Peter Griffin, his long-suffering wife Lois and their three children (Meg, 18; Chris, 15; and two-year-old Stewie, the world's smartest toddler and who apparently strives for world domination!) are ably helped by a very mature, self-asured and clever dog called Brian who can not only drive a car and baby-sit but who can also change nappies!

So far, so good. Apart, that is, from the first (thankfully brief) flush of toilet humour. The series does, however, have some fantastic moments of hilarity in its own right as it takes a poke at life in general. Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest itself is a wickedly magnificent spoof of Star Wars™ that starts with the lights going out. Without electricity, there is nothing for it but for Peter Griffin to tell a story — his version of the intergalactic adventure.

This DVD, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, is an absolute must for both Family Guy and Star Wars fans — or anyone who, like me, loves spoofs and well-observed digs at human behaviour. The title, incidentally, takes its name from the code name used when filming Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.

Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest is a parody of the Star Wars movie that started it all — Episode IV: A New Hope. The irreverent shenani-gans include the opening sequence with introductory information scrolling through deep space: "A long time ago, but somehow in the future… It is a time of civil war, and renegade paragraphs floating through space." Brilliant!

Cue for the Griffin family and a host of Quahog's finest to find them-selves in the middle of George Lucas' beloved science-fiction epic. Feel the Farce as Peter becomes Han Solo; Lois is the sexy Princess Leia; Stewie is less-than-scary as a Darth Vader whose nappy-soiling dark side is revealed; Chris is Luke Skywalker battling against 'Thai' fighters and Quagmire is C-3PO flirting with a 1980's dot-matrix printer. Along with Brian as Chewbacca — who makes a pig's ear of reverting to type — and Cleveland as a hip, black, R2-D2, there are also some highly-amusing cameos from Rush Limbaugh, Chevy Chase, Beverley D'Angelo and Helen Reddy. And watch out for Simply Red!

The Griffin clan put a freakin' sweet spin on the greatest sci-fi saga ever told and the laughs come Full Force. Enjoy the outrageous gags and more intergalactic satire than you can shake your light-sabre at — complete with spaced-out droids and a fascinating 'cast'. There is also the odd gay reference, 'nappy' humour and Obi-Wan Kenobi's wilting light-sabre!

Created by Seth MacFarlane, who was also one of the Executive Producers and a star, Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest is written by Alec Sulkin and Directed by Dominic Polcino. The episode also stars Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis and Mike Henry and was produced at Fox Television Animation.

The many zany antics and very clever touches include a dance routine with Obi-Wan Kenobi and a dance troupe of stormtroopers — unfor-gettable. And watch out for the side-splitting sequence with a sofa in the middle of a shoot-out with Lord Vader's stormtroopers. Han Solo delivers numerous razor-sharp one-liners such as: "I'm the only one whose career isn't wrecked by the movie!" Even an image of Tom Baker as Dr Who makes a very brief appearance!

The series contained so many references to Star Wars that generated a positive reception that the producers ended up going to Lucasfilm
Ltd to see if they could do a complete spoof episode of Star Wars.
The result is this 'extra-ceptional' DVD — Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest. [We watched it four times in one week and still laughed out loud at every screening! — Ed]

May the Farce be with you!

Watch the trailers: Quicktime | Windows | Real Media.

Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest is available on DVD from Twen-tieth Century Fox Home Entertainment from its release date of 21 January (2008) at an RRP of £15.99 (UK) for the standard edition and £22.99 (UK) for the special edition.

Standard Edition Special Features: More than four minutes of ex-clusive DVD material | Animatics/Commentaries | Interviews with Seth MacFarlane and George Lucas | Uncensored Track | Teaser of next Star Wars spoof: Something, Something, Something Dark Side.

Special Edition Special Features: Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest Standard Edition DVD | Collectible Packaging | 3-D Fight Scene | 3-D Glasses | T-Shirt | Trading Cards | Exclusive Brochure.

Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest is "a dead-on homage that hilariously picks apart Star Wars, along with much of real life" — Associated Press

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