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(Deadline)   Apparently, the idea of an abusive, foul-mouthed teddy bear was not Seth MacFarlane's original idea, as he's now being sued by someone with an animated web series about a foul-mouthed, abusive teddy bear   (deadline.com ) divider line
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2014-07-16 05:07:49 PM  
http://blip.tv/acting-school-academy/acting-school-academy-episode-7- t he-business-2998101

1m 20s in.

Then you'll realise just how exactly Seth MacFarlane and et al will not be giving any farks about this.
 
2014-07-16 05:16:10 PM  
Didn't he steal Stewie from a comic called, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid in the Word?
 
2014-07-16 05:17:59 PM  
 
2014-07-16 05:42:41 PM  
I think they thought Seth was an easy target because really most of his humor is "Hey remember that thing from that movie? Remember Doc Brown from Back to the Future 3? Well I'm doing a western and here's Doc Brown....we don't have anything for him to do but that's the joke" type humor.
 
2014-07-16 06:29:24 PM  
there was a 2008 Supernatural episode with a teddy bear that uses foul language and likes booze and porn. And it came to live because of a child's wish. It becomes suicidal and depressed when it becomes aware of how terrible the world really is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l9weXq85q8
 
2014-07-16 07:34:41 PM  

theflatline: [theeightees.com image 250x250]


I got a whole bunch of blank stares this past weekend when I started belting out "I am singing the quiet song". Genius is never recognized in its time.
 
2014-07-16 07:48:24 PM  

tlchwi02: Dr Dreidel: every other show of his is "Family Guy set in [new place]";

american dad from season 2 on is very much not 'family guy in new place.' particularly the holiday episodes.


Yep, American Dad started to hit its stride (around Stan of Arabia) after MacFarlane backed off of it and left it to competent writers. Anyone who says it's a clone hasn't watched an episode since the first season.

/The Christmas episodes are some of the most ingenious Christmas specials of any show
//And the episode with Jeff in space. The musical number is fantastic
 
2014-07-16 09:02:02 PM  
FTFA: "...a foul-mouthed teddy bear with a penchant for drinking, smoking and prostitutes " and he sits on living room couch drinking beer and smoking.

Except for the "teddy bear" part, it sounds like they're describing Bender from Futurama.
 
2014-07-17 02:18:02 AM  

scottydoesntknow: Yep, American Dad started to hit its stride (around Stan of Arabia) after MacFarlane backed off of it and left it to competent writers. Anyone who says it's a clone hasn't watched an episode since the first season. stopped using it as a platform to bash conservatives.


Fixed.

Once the overt politics were dropped they could write actual comedy.

Plus they decided to just go nuts with it, and it worked.
 
2014-07-17 09:33:42 AM  

peterthx: scottydoesntknow: Yep, American Dad started to hit its stride (around Stan of Arabia) after MacFarlane backed off of it and left it to competent writers. Anyone who says it's a clone hasn't watched an episode since the first season. stopped using it as a platform to bash conservatives.

Fixed.

Once the overt politics were dropped they could write actual comedy.

Plus they decided to just go nuts with it, and it worked.


They did that once MacFarlane got frustrated and left the running of the show to other people. The shift in staff made a HUGE difference. Unlike MacFarlane, they realized that the funny can't be tied to topical humor to the same extent, and that political humor has a very limited shelf life.

Quoth Wikipedia:
Early episodes of the series featured political banter between the conservative Stan and liberal Hayley. However, the creators learned quickly that political banter between Stan and Hayley had only "a limited shelf life." Creators described the approach as not providing them as much as they originally thought it would. Said co-creator Matt Weitzman, "There are times when we still have that kind of dynamic between them, but not nearly what it was in the first season. And I think the show, honestly, has grown and benefited from it, because that would have gotten boring after a while."
 
2014-07-17 11:34:06 AM  
scottydoesntknow:
//And the episode with Jeff in space. The musical number is fantastic

The Majestic was farking awesome.
 
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