Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin - The Untold Story [UMD for PSP]
In this exclusive 88 minute DVD premiere, featuring brand new, never before seen content, Stewie, the maniacal baby genius, is distracted from his plans for world domination when he sees a man who looks just like him on television. Convinced that this man must be his real father (after all, how could he possibly share genetic material with the dimwitted Peter?), Stewie sets off on a cross-country road trip to find him. But his incredible journey leads him to discoveries far more vile and shocking that anything found in his diaper.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #33900 in DVD
- Released on: 2005-09-27
- Rating: NR (Not Rated)
- Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Formats: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Original language: English
- Subtitled in: English, Spanish
- Dubbed in: English
- Number of discs: 1
- Running time: 88 minutes
For Family Guy fans, there are no freakin' sweeter words than "Never Before Seen." A triumphant homecoming for the Griffins, Stewie Griffin is not so much a movie as it is a not-yet-aired three-episode story arc enhanced with a home-video-exclusive "red carpet premiere" prologue and an epilogue (capped, of course, with a fart joke). Family Guy's resurrection is a television miracle, and its creators have rewarded the faithful by picking up right where they left off, offending any and all sensibilities (recasting Jesus as comic magician Art Metrano), dissing the celebrity disenfranchised (Ellen Cleghorne references, anyone?), and generally taking potshots at anyone on their enemies list (Stewie breaks the neck of a reporter for Entertainment Weekly, the magazine that once called Family Guy "the Awful Show They Just Keep Putting on the Air"). The Untold Story! is a star vehicle for Family Guy's breakout character, in which the mega maniacal and matricidal infant has a Grinch-like change of heart after a near-death experience (and a disturbing encounter with Steve Allen in Hell) and, more life-altering, discovers a football-pated man who could be his father (the truth is more shocking!). As go the gags, so goes Family Guy, and there are enough good ones here to compensate for the many misfires. The Miller-esque (as in Dennis) penchant for channeling arcane pop culture can grow tiresome. But for those who remember the words to the Who's the Boss theme song, know (or still care) who Steve Bartman is, and are always up for "a sexy party," this will be the greatest story ever untold. --Donald Liebenson
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Regarding the censor comments
****The movie only is censored if you don't go into the language selection menu and select the uncensored option.****
While it started as a simple three part episode, it ends as one of the best Family Guy outings ever.
The classic animated series "Family Guy", follows up the success of its return to the Prime Time lineup, with a DVD movie, "Stewie Griffin, the Untold Story". The film is a three part story wrapped around and intro and wrap up that parodies a Hollywood premiere and party.
The jokes fly fast and bawdy and pull no punches. Every pop culture reference no matter how obscure and some of the more controversial issues of the day are tossed in, and for the most part, work.
The story follows the evil genius Stewie, who after a near death experience decides to change his ways as Hell does not hold much appeal for him. After the family gets Tivo, Stewie spots a person on television that is a spitting image of him. Convinced that the man is his real father, Stewie and the family dog Brian, join the hormonally driven Quagmire on a cross country trek.
When Stewie reaches the coast he is shocked to discover the true identity of the man which will propel the remained of the story.
While the show has a few misfires, it is mostly filled with one effective joke after another. The laughs were constant and I found myself enjoying every moment of the film. The laughs are very good, and if you are a fan of the show and do not mind some biting, and crude humor, this is a great escape.
Fans of the show will love the usual interplay of the characters and the familiar style and pacing as the film plays out like a regular episode of the show, as it was initiated as a three part episode. The inclusion of segments that would not have likely made it past the networks Standards and Practices department only ads to the enjoyment of the show as it is nice to see a shown known for pushing the envelope taking steps that it would not otherwise be able to take.
4 stars out of 5.
Gareth Von Kallenbach
I was a little shocked to actually hear the F word come out of the characters mouths- I was expecting a decent amount of bleeps- but was pleasently suprised when there were no bleeps to be heard- no blurs or black boxes (except for one- but I feel it needed to be done)- and I almost peed my pants at the sight of Sgt Scrotes, and the line "......anything with an amputee" (you'll have to see it to understand). As with any Family Guy episode there are the occassional groaner, but for the most part it stays true to the TV series.
After a near death experience, Stewie tries to be a better person as to not end up in hell (his glimpse into his possible eternity of damnation left him frightened for his soul) After giving up on being nice, Stewie happens to catch a glimpse of a man on Television who has an uncanny resemblence to him- so he sets out, with Brian, to find the man who he believes is his REAL father.
The movie gives a glimpse into a possible future for the Griffin family, and, as in the TV series, Meg's future is the most interesting, and as it always is in the show, the meanest (what do they have against Meg anyway?)
For the Hardcore Family Guy fan (those that felt that it's first cancellation was a crime to TV, and rushed out to grab a copy of the the first season when they heard it was being released and missed many nights of sleep waiting for the day- yep - like me)- this is a must see, for casual fans of the show- eh- maybe- if you hate the show- just avoid it. Sure, it's not a pinnacle in animation- far from it (rememeber, this is a show that pushes the envelope on good taste, it's no Beauty and the Beast) I do think it would've been fun as a musical (which could've used a ton of Disney/Classic Musical movie parodies- but still funny)