Family Guy: Season 8, Episode 1

Road to the Multiverse (27 Sep. 2009)

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Stewie and Brian explore a series of alternate universes.

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Peter Griffin / Brian Griffin / Stewie Griffin / Glenn Quagmire / Tom Tucker / Genuine Living Homosexual (voice)
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Lois Griffin (voice)
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Chris Griffin (voice)
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Meg Griffin (voice)
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Cleveland Brown / John Herbert (voice)
John G. Brennan ...
Mort Goldman (voice)
Steve Callaghan ...
Head Executive (voice)
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Mark Hentemann ...
Dog Police Officer (voice)
Kei Ogawa ...
Danny Smith ...
Announcer (voice)
Alec Sulkin ...
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Joe Swanson (voice)
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Japanese Brian / Japanese Quagmire (voice)
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Stewie and Brian explore a series of alternate universes.

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During the Disney-style sequence, references to at least five different Disney movies appear. Meg is drawn with Ursula's legs (The Little Mermaid), both Lois' clothes and the house are in the style of Snow White, the coffeepot talks (Beauty and the Beast), Peter flies in with the style of the crows from Dumbo, and Cleveland as a skunk is directly patterned on Flower (Bambi). (The Tinkerbell ending to the sequence, however, is a television reference; Wonderful World of Disney.) See more »

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When Stewie and Brian are in the Doubleheads Universe, before leaving it, they are standing in the front with the door open. You can clearly see a picture of Chris in the back wall with just one head, when he should have two. See more »

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Stewie Griffin: [sighs as human Brian walks off at the end] "Ah, look at him go. Free in a world of his own kind, where he finally reach the full pent-OH MY GOD HE GOT HIT BY A CAR!
[tires screech off-screen, followed by an audible THUD]
Stewie Griffin: "
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Spoofs Sliders (1995) See more »

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Music by Walter Murphy
Lyrics by Wellesley Wild
Performed by Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Patrick Warburton, Mike Henry,
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Example of What's Right and What's Wrong With "Family Guy"
11 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This season opener is the perfect example of why "Family Guy" can be pretty funny at times, but also has the ability to leave the audience groaning with disgust, stunned with perplexity, or simply yawning with boredom.

I love "Road Movie" parodies on "Family Guy", and this has to be one of the best. Idea-wise, it's very creative: Brian and Stewie hop between alternate universes. Some jokes, such as the "real world" or "compliment guy" are funny and and intelligent, hearkening back to the best stuff from "Looney Tunes." My favorite---and I doubt few others will disagree that it was their favorite---was the "Disney world." The "Family Guy" animators really gave it their all to imitate the Disney style. It actually looked much more like a Don Bluth movie than anything else (Don Bluth was a former Disney animator, but his style is much more recognizable than Disney). Still, who'd laugh at a "Don Bluth" universe?

And herein lies the problem. Disney's too easy a target to lampoon, too famous and too timeworn a subject. At least "Family Guy" could have toyed with how Don Bluth preferred beautiful animation over substance, relied too much on Dom DeLuise as a voice-over artist, consistently was a box-office failure, or at least could have made a cheap "Troll in Central Park" joke (SNL did it with Alec Baldwin as Charles Nelson Reilly as King Llort---but I digress, which I love doing). But no, leave it to "Family Guy" to follow up a brilliantly funny song-and-dance number with a cheap anti-Semitism potshot at Disney. Ha! Ha! Ha! Walt was an anti-Semite! How original is that? And really, using the irony of anti-Semitism as a gag is getting as stale as week-old Wonder Bread. If only "Family Guy" could have thought of something a little less cheap than defaming Walt Disney in this way, it could have been funnier and more subtle.

We all know subtlety is not "Family Guy's" strong suit. Still, this could be mitigated with better writing overall. And need I mention perplexing anachronisms which the teenage and young adult audience will not get? Even if you are over 40, will you find it funny? The "no Christianity" universe was pretty funny until they brought in a completely unfunny John Hinckley reference. By the time I got to the "Dogs-as-sentient beings" universe, I was pooped.

Overall, this episode was uneven at best. It had its funny moments, but I was bored a lot of the time.

And am I the only one who feels sorry for the Meg character for the running gag of her being the black sheep of the family, and therefore the target of cruel jokes? It's not funny, it's just....just sad.


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