Family Guy Season 13 DVD Review
“Family Guy” is running on fumes in its thirteenth season.
In the 18 episode thirteenth season, “Family Guy” fans can expect to see stories involving a novel, a cookie store, exercise, cough medicine, Brian becoming a real estate agent, turkeys, Jesus, the Titanic, IQ, Meg becoming a “model,” Quagmire being arrested, Quagmire’s mother, Peter becoming a detective, a viral video, Brian and Stewie’s friendship, Cleveland becoming a therapist, Peter becoming a hero, Brian’s behavior, Peter being fed up with his friends, Liam Neeson, the marriage woes of Peter and Lois, and the long awaited “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” crossover.
When “Family Guy” first hit the air, it was a raunchy, funny, and often clever animated series filled with great and sometimes demented characters. Now, 16 years after the first episode premiered, the cult classic animated series is clearly running out of creative juice.
If you need evidence, look no further than the much anticipated hour long “The Simpsons Guy” episode (the “Family Guy”/”The Simpsons” crossover). For years, fans have pondered the possibilities of this crossover. Once it aired, however, there was very little fanfare and deservedly so. Sure, it was fun to see Homer and Peter bond, but so many scenes fell flat such as the overlong climactic fight and the gross-out car wash scene.
Now, I’m not saying the series is without humor. Of course there are laughs to be found in this batch of episodes (the Duff Beer and Amazon prime jokes immediately spring to mind), but it feels like it’s time for the show to wrap up now. I still hold out hope that the oft rumored film will be something special, but other than that, the series is clearly on its last legs.
Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? The animation looks solid in standard definition. No complaints.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The voice acting, sound f/x, and music are all handled with care with this 5.1 track.
* Deleted scenes for all 18 episodes (including some from “The Simpsons Guy”).
* “On The Road To Springfield: The Making of The Simpsons Guy”- A nearly 13 minute featurette about the making of this epic episode.
* Commentary on “The Simpsons Guy” by Rich Appel, Patrick Meighan, Peter Shin, Shannon Smith and David Silverman.
* Commentary on “Turkey Guys” by Steve Callaghan, Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, Julius Wu, Mick Cassidy and Michael Upperco.
* Full animatic for “Stewie, Chris, and Brian’s Excellent Adventure.”
* Commentary on the controversial “The 2000-Year-Old Virgin” by Rich Apel, Ted Jessup, Joseph Lee, Mike Elias and Alex Borstein.
* Commentary on “Stewie, Chris, and Brian’s Excellent Adventure” by Steve Callaghan, Alex Carter, Joe Vaux, Mark Covell and Sharon Ross.
* “Baby Ways”- A montage of classic Stewie moments.
* “Who Let The Dog Out”- A montage of Brian moments.
* Commentary on “Once Bitten” by Steve Callaghan, Joseph Lee, Kim Fertman, Anthony Blasucci and Brent Crowe.
* Commentary on “Roasted Guy” by Rich Appel, Andrew Goldberg, Joe Vaux, Shannon Smith and Annie Brown.