Family-GuyWithout a doubt, one of the funniest people of all time, Seth MacFarlane found even greater heights beyond the likes of Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland show this year with the release of Ted, the record-breaking R-rated comedy that saw MacFarlane make his feature directorial debut to a brilliant reception.

MacFarlane is hosting the Academy Awards in February, and whilst talking to a classroom full of college kids at UCLA, EW report that not only did he announce a contest for young US filmmakers – the prize for which is the chance to help MacFarlane hand out the Oscars live on stage – but he also gave some rather awesome updates on a long-awaited and hoped-for Family Guy movie.

“It’s just a matter of when,” MacFarlane said. “It’s hard to do that while you have the series going on at the same time; I think that’s why it took The Simpsons 20 seasons to figure out how to do it.”

“We do know what the Family Guy movie will be. The Simpsons movie, I thought, was hilarious, but the one criticism I would have is that it’s a story they probably could’ve done on TV. There could’ve been an episode that had that plotline,” he said. “That’s the challenge with animation. You pretty much can do any story you want, so what is the reason for the movie? We finally hit on the answer to that question, and it will be something that would be impossible to do on TV.”

Addressing that issue, of it needing to be more than just a regular episode, is very much a good sign. MacFarlane is clearly already ensuring that the movie will need to be just that – a movie. You have to have a reason for choosing your format, and I can’t wait to see the answer they’ve finally hit upon.

And it’s certainly encouraging to read that MacFarlane says it is “just a matter of when,” and not if. That, my friends, is excellent news, and incredibly exciting.

MacFarlane will be hosting the Academy Awards on Sunday, 24th February, 2013, and you can be sure we’ll be following events as they happen on the night, and we hope that you’ll join us. In the meantime, here’s a little clip from Family Guy to set the tone. Enjoy.

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