In 2007, Seth MacFarlane & his crew were promoting “Family Guy” at “The San Diego Comic-Con”presenting a series of clips to fans of the show that he and his employees are working on a parody of “The Original Star Wars Trilogy” beginning with A New Hope” titled, “Blue Harvest,” as the first part aired on September 2007, second is “The Empire Strikes Back” titled, “Something Something Something Dark Side,” aired in 2009 & “Return Of The Jedi” titled, “It’s A Trap,” aired in 2010. Each episode earned good reviews from critics, viewers and fans of both Family Guy & Star Wars. A compilation DVD/Blu-Ray was later released under the name, “Laugh It Up Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy.”
Laugh It Up Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy was officially released on DVD/Blu-Ray on December 2010.
Now that “The Rise Of Skywalker” is slated to come out this Christmas as the final installment of “The Skywalker Saga,” I’d like to share my thoughts on one of my personal favorite Star Wars parodies. Don’t forget to prep up for “The Mandalorian” streaming on “Disney+ & the seventh season of The Clone Wars will also stream too! I almost forgot, a video game called, “Star Wars: Fallen Order” is coming out in November 15 on the Xbox One & PS4. Be sure to mark that on your calendar!
This review doesn’t contain any SPOILERS based on jokes from the parodies. Feel free to read my non-spoiler article for Laugh It Up Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy. Is it one of the best Star Wars parodies? Let’s find out, shall we?
Yay & Nay Elements
Yay: The Main Cast such as Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green, Alex Borstein, Patrick Warburton, Mike Henry & Mila Kunis reprise their roles and they all did a fantastic job for their respective voiceover performances.
Veteran writers of the show Alec Sulkin & Cherry Chevapravatdumrong both did a decent job writing hilarious material to recreate notable moments from The Original Trilogy. Seth MacFarlane also did some input with the scripts, because he’s an avid fan of Star Wars.
Animation looked pretty good recreating iconic scenes from the films.
George Lucas also helped Seth and his crew by giving them input. George is a fan of Family Guy.
Besides spoofing Star Wars, Family Guy is notorious for dropping random pop culture references.
John Williams’ musical score is retained. In one scene, it’s played for laughs.
In addition to characters playing a specific role of a beloved Star Wars character, a few characters from “American Dad” & “The Cleveland Show” also have selective roles. Both shows were also created by Seth MacFarlane Can you guess which character’s who’s who?
My favorite part of Blue Harvest has something to do with a couch.
All three spoofs poked fun at “The Prequel Trilogy,” careers of Seth MacFarlane & Seth Green & the mythology of Star Wars.
The spoofs did a jab at the re-released editions of The Original Trilogy. Especially that one scene from Jabba’s Palace with a band singing and dancing.
Never before seen unedited footage is added on the DVD/Blu-Ray versions.
A Plot Hole from A New Hope is brought up. “Rouge One” later retconned the issue.
Recurring jokes from the show are brought back.
Fart scenes made me laugh so hard.
Peter’s nemesis Ernie, has a role as Boba Fett.
Meg has minor roles in all three episodes. She’s basically the black sheep of the family or in this case, the Aquaman (pre-Jason Momoa) of Family Guy.
A famous icon plays a Wampa. You know the yeti like creature who captured Luke?
My favorite part of Something Something Something Dark Side is Peter’s take on Han’s line, “I know.” It deserves an Extra Point for making me laugh so hard.
At The Mos Eisley Cantina, animated characters outside of Family Guy make cameo appearances in the background sharing a booth drinking together.
Ben Burtt’s groundbreaking Sound Effects from the films are retained to match the parodies’ action. To put the icing on the cake, a “Wilhelm Scream” is used. You can’t make a Star Wars movie, television show or spoof without a Wilhelm Scream.
Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted” is referenced in the opening crawl from It’s A Trap.
My favorite line from Blue Harvest is Peter’s version of Han saying, “Great kid don’t get cocky!” It deserves an Extra Point for making me laugh so hard.
My favorite part of It’s A Trap is a dispute over an actor’s career.
A running gag involving near the end of an episode, an argument between two characters clash over which subject is better.
The late Carrie Fisher, James Woods, Phil LaMaar, H. Jon Benjamin, James Caan, Dolph Lundgren, Tom Selleck, Chevy Chase, Elizabeth Banks, Judd Nelson, Leslie Nielsen, Anne Hathaway, Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn & Russ Limbaugh have guest voiceovers.
Nay: To be honest with you guys and gals, I couldn’t find no problems with this compilation spoof. I’m giving The Cast & Crew an Extra Point for all that hard work.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
Laugh It Up Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy is one of my personal favorite Star Wars parodies alongside Spaceballs (my all time Star Wars parody) and The Robot Chicken Star Wars Specials 1-3. Seth MacFarlane and his crew all did a tremendous job retelling a beloved franchise spoofing it with their own iteration filled with clever jokes, hilarious dialogue, pop culture references among a many other things listed. If you’re gearing up for The Rise Of Skywalker, The Mandalorian, The Clone Wars: Season Seven & Fallen Order. Go ahead and buy Laugh It Up Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy.
If Seth MacFarlane and his team have a chance to spoof The Prequel Trilogy or The Sequel Trilogy in the future, I’d be happy to see their take on the Star Wars franchise again.