A week after The A.V. Club gave Brickleberry a negative review calling it a “Family Guy ripoff”, they talk to the producers of American Dad where if anyone remembers the early reviews for the now hit animated FOX show, that’s all anybody said about it including said AV Club. Recently, AV Club interviewed the American Dad guys and even preface the interview where in it the writer says:
“When American Dad debuted, it was written off by critics as a pale imitation of the then-off-the-air Family Guy, as Seth MacFarlane’s attempt to put his old show back on the air, right down to the talking animal (a fish, in this case) and the strange, sometimes malevolent figure living with the central family (an alien, in this case).
I don’t know much but ‘pale imitation’ and ‘rip off’ of Family Guy mean the same thing. But, I guess when something gets popular you are allowed to like it no matter what and do interviews, which proves to me that the writers over at AV Club don’t practice journalism rather they practice popularity akin to an IGN.
That said, a couple of the guys at AV Club asked the producers of American Dad:
AVC: When the show debuted, the beef against it was that it was just Family Guy all over again. How did you work to differentiate it from that earlier show?
MW: Tears. Lots of crying.
MB: The first thing we did was, we stayed away from flashbacks. That was like the No. 1 mandate: no flashbacks. I mean, if you have to do a flashback, it’s got to be a really good one, and we can’t do it more than once in an episode. That was the main thing.
MW: And actually to your credit, Mike, you thought in the beginning when we were beating this out with Seth [MacFarlane] that we should do less of that, and Seth and even I were like, “Oh, but that’s kind of the thing that is Seth,” and so forth. At the time, though, Family Guy was not coming back, so we thought maybe that’s okay. But the moment that Family Guy came back, we were like “No, we can’t do that.” So we just focused on stories and characters.
So, just in case you kids are keeping track at home, The AV Club has an interview scheduled with the Brickleberry creators 8 seasons from now in which case they will ask this same question. Having said that, you can read my review of Brickleberry where along with American Dad, I usually find being different shows from Family Guy.
That said you guys know where to go to when it comes to honest, and unbiased reviews of cartoons, right?? Thiiisssss guyyyyyyyy!Tweet