Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who not long ago moved into the live-action area of television with his hit show The Orville, says he would like to return to his first love, animation. While speaking at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, MacFarlane talked about the differences between live-action and animation work, and says he would like to work in both the live-action and animation worlds.
“I was in animation for 20 years and I still love it. I can see myself going back to it in one capacity or another. I have very much enjoyed the immediacy of working with actors and knowing what you have when you leave a scene. You know with animation you have to wait sometimes nine months to know whether or not the joke is working or not because it takes that long to do the animation. So, you know I’d like to keep a hand in both worlds if I can. At the moment, I’m very much enjoying the show. It’s oddly—I think I’m more comfortable in this genre than I have been in comedy for the past two decades. So, I feel like maybe I’ve been in the wrong job for a long time!”
While attending the Rhode Island School of Design, MacFarlane created a thesis film, The Life of Larry (If you haven’t seen it, you can check it out here), which was the precursor to Family Guy, featuring the voices we know today as Peter Griffin and his dog Brian. This film led to one of MacFarlane’s first jobs in the industry as an animator for Hanna-Barbera. So while since creating Family Guy we have seen MacFarlane in other capacities, animation is in his blood, and it seems natural he will one day return to it in some shape or form. MacFarlane was long attached to a now-shelved reboot of The Flintstones before The Orville came along, and while I would like to see him get back into producing animated content, being a big fan of The Orville, I don’t want anything to hinder its production.
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Source: SDCC (via ScreenRant)