In this episode, the Griffin family are at the State Fair. Stewie wins a hog contest and shows Brian his pig. It's a genetically engineered pig from another universe. Stewie takes Brian home and tells him all about the theory, that there are multiple universes, and that he had created a machine to take him there. They go to another universe, I can't remember if it's by accident or on purpose, but anyway they do. Now that I think about it more, I think Stewie purposely took Brian to another universe. They go to a universe in which Christianity never existed, therefore, the world is a thousand years more advanced. The only character from the show we see there, is Meg, who looks great, and is apparently still one of the ugly ones. They go to many different universes. Such as one with good looking men in their underwear, one made up entirely of fire hydrants, one where 3D clay, one where they are real-life people and dogs, one where it's like the Flintstones, a Disney universe, which was very racist, a Japanese universe. And my personal favorite: one where everyone has two heads. One happy, one sad. Eventually they find themselves in a universe where people are the pets and dogs are the masters. Brian wanting to stay, accidentally breaks the return pad. They go visit themselves, and see that there, Brian is a human, and the Griffins are different breeds of dogs. I don't know how they're different breeds, but whatever. Dog Stewie tells normal Stewie that he knows who they are and why they've. But after human Stewie bites dog Joe, he is taken to the pound, where he will be put down. Human Brian, dog Brian and dog Stewie all go to save him. Eventually they do, and when they are about to leave, human Brian decides to come along. When home, human Brian goes to find a new adventure in a world where he will be in charge. And just to tie up loose ends, he gets hit by a car.
I love how creepy it is to see a human Brian, and a dog Stewie, Peter, Joe, Meg, Chris and Lois. It's so cool. I especially love the universe in which it's like a Disney movie. This episode is very well done.
Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10.
It's a wonderful day for Pie :-) 10/10
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.