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Origin Stories: How Seth MacFarlane Went from a Student Film to 'Family Guy'

28 May 2014 3:21 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Origin Stories is a new feature here at Movies.com that takes a look back at how a star became, well, a star. This week's focus is A Million Ways to Die in the West actor-writer-director Seth MacFarlane. Love or hate Seth MacFarlane's brand of humor, you have to at least admire the man for being consistent. For example, take a look at one of his earliest pieces of animation, The Life of Larry, about a schluby husband, his wise-cracking dog, and his prodding wife making pop-culture jokes while living their middle-class lives. MacFarlane created The Life of Larry in 1995 as his senior thesis film while attending the Rhode Island School of Design. It helped land him a job at legendary animation house Hanna-Barbera, where he bounced around from show to show, working...

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Seth MacFarlane’s 1995 Short Film That Became ‘Family Guy’

28 May 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Why Watch? For his student thesis at Risd, Seth MacFarlane created a cartoon short film featuring a schlubby guy, his sarcastic dog best friend, sweet wife named Lois and their fat son. Naturally, MacFarlane did almost all of the voices. The cartoon was called The Life of Larry, and its status as clear precursor to Family Guy goes far beyond the synopsis. The gags, the patter, the obsession with Star Trek and bizarre political commentary. It’s all here like an unvarnished artifact buried in hand-drawn ground. In a way, it’s like watching old stand-up routines from Jim Carrey in his too-big sport coat, where the jokes and rhythms are still raw, but the DNA for future success is clearly at work. It’s also fascinating to see a creator stick so directly to a project (not to mention a student film) that he’d massage it into a network show 5 years later. There »

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Seth MacFarlane on ‘Million Ways to Die’ and Taking Projects That ‘Terrify’ Him

29 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Seth MacFarlane loves a good dare.

Directing, co-writing, producing and starring in his latest movie, a comedy Western called “A Million Ways to Die in the West” while juggling the production of four primetime series during the past year wasn’t enough for the multihyphenate. So he also taught himself how to play an exotic instrument to contribute to the film’s score.

When MacFarlane turned 40 last October, composer Joel McNeely presented him with a melodica, a mini keyboard attached to a mouthpiece that makes a sound similar to a harmonica. Attached was a note that read: “If there’s a hair on your ass, you’ll be playing this on the score, so start practicing.”

See Also: Starz Gives 20-Episode Order to Seth MacFarlane-Patrick Stewart Comedy ‘Blunt Talk’

McNeely thought the gift was mostly a joke. He’d hunted down the instrument after MacFarlane asked about a »

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Seth MacFarlane on ‘Million Ways to Die’ and Taking Projects That ‘Terrify’ Him

29 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Seth MacFarlane loves a good dare.

Directing, co-writing, producing and starring in his latest movie, a comedy Western called “A Million Ways to Die in the West” while juggling the production of four primetime series during the past year wasn’t enough for the multihyphenate. So he also taught himself how to play an exotic instrument to contribute to the film’s score.

When MacFarlane turned 40 last October, composer Joel McNeely presented him with a melodica, a mini keyboard attached to a mouthpiece that makes a sound similar to a harmonica. Attached was a note that read: “If there’s a hair on your ass, you’ll be playing this on the score, so start practicing.”

See Also: Starz Gives 20-Episode Order to Seth MacFarlane-Patrick Stewart Comedy ‘Blunt Talk’

McNeely thought the gift was mostly a joke. He’d hunted down the instrument after MacFarlane asked about a »

- Alexandra Cheney

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