Family Guy: Blue Harvest Blu-Ray ReviewJune 15, 2011
All of the Family Guy Star Wars spoofs start the same way: the family is watching TV, the power goes out, and Peter starts retelling his version of Star Wars to pass the time until the electricity comes back. So begins Family Guy: Blue Harvest.
“This is a story of love and loss, fathers and sons, and the foresight to retain international merchandising rights. This is the story of Star Wars. Let’s begin with part four!”
Next we see the familiar deep space starry scene, and the words start to cascade down the screen:
“A long time ago, but somehow in the future…”
And Blue Harvest is off to a running, hilarious start.
The characters of Family Guy are all playing the main characters of Star Wars in Blue Harvest – Peter is Han Solo, Brian is Chewie, Cleveland is R2-D2, Quagmire is C-3PO, Chris is Luke Skywalker, Stewie is Darth Vader, and Adam West is Tarkin. These guys all are perfect choices, and Meg has a running joke of being whatever the ugliest creature in the movie is.The only casting that didn’t sit right with me was the creepy old pervert guy as Obi-Wan. I might have laughed quietly to myself when I first saw him in Ben Kenobi’s garb, but then I quickly realized: “Crap, he’s going to be playing Obi-Wan for not just Blue Harvest, but the sequels too”. Prime example of a joke stretched wayyyyy too thin, something Family Guy, as much as I love it, is guilty of on many occasions. It’s to the point now where even Family Guy is making fun of its beating of a dead horse, which it does in all three of these Star Wars spoofs.
Family Guy: Blue Harvest is basically a scene for scene animated retelling of A New Hope, with some Family Guy gags thrown in pretty often. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it seems to me that the crew were great fans of the movies and got too wrapped up in the whole, “This is so cool, we get to do an animated Star Wars!” thing and forget to actually make it their own and really hit a home run.
I’m not remotely bashing this, as I am a big Star Wars fan and rather enjoyed this format, but most people will be popping this in hoping for constant laughs. I may not have been laughing the whole time, but I was never bored either.
There are some great observations about the plot holes in Star Wars, such as this great exchange with Darth Vader and one of his underlings:
Darth: “So that’s terrific! No weaknesses at all right?”
Darth: ” You uh, you hesitated there, is there something I should know, or?”
Underling: “No, no, it’s virtually indestructible , like 99.9%.”
Darth: ” Uh … ok… wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t ask, what’s the .01%?”
Underling: “Well… there’s this little hole, it was kinda an aesthetic choice by the architect, and… if you shoot a laser into this hole, the… whole station blows up.”
There are may other great jabs in Blue Harvest, including Leia trying to record a video with R2’s complicated software, the Han/ Greedo “Who Shot First? scene, and Han’s observations on the Force.
“Ha! You guys seem like crazy morons to me.”
“You don’t believe in the Force, do you?”
“Oh, you mean that thing you just found out about like, 3 hours ago and are now judging me for not believing in it?”
Also, there is a great scene in Blue Harvest featuring John Williams Vs. Danny Elfman. One of my favorite gags involves Peter finding a couch in the garbage disposal scene and actually making Brian help him carry it all the way onto the Millennium Falcon, even while they are being shot with a myriad of lasers. Also, for some reason I was laughing hysterically at the Porkins X-Fighter scene, I rewound that many times. There is also a great scene at the end where Seth McFarlane is getting some serious licks in on Seth Green. Wow, I just realized these two are like the only people I’ve ever heard of named Seth. And they’re on the same show! It’s almost like how in Star Wars Leia is the only woman in the galaxy, haha.
There are a few scenes that stay past their welcome, most notably the old pervert/ Obi-Wan’s rendition of “I’ve Had the Time of My Life”. I think he sings the ENTIRE song, and it’s not even funny in the first few bars.
However, Family Guy: Blue Harvest is more than worth your time – the animation is solid, and it’s an incredibly funny homage to Star Wars..