Family Guy Movie Bows Sept. 27

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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is preparing his long-awaited direct-to-DVD movie based on the exploits of his cartoon clan for a September 27 release, says The Hollywood Reporter.

“It’s been an enormous undertaking to juggle this with doing 35 new episodes of the show, but we think it turned out great,” MacFarlane said of the film, his first full-length feature, and the first direct-to-video ever made off a television franchise.

The 83-minute, unrated Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story finds Stewie, the maniacal baby genius, having a near-death experience that prompts him to change his ways. Instead of seeking to dominate the world, he sets out on a road trip to find his real father.

Guest vocal talent includes Barrymore and Ron Livingston, as well as three cast members of Beverly Hills, 90210 — Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling — “in a special gag,” MacFarlane said.

The DVD will include several special features, including deleted scenes, still galleries, animatics and a commentary from MacFarlane.

“We also sandwiched special features around the movie,” he said. “It begins with an animated movie premiere, with the family arriving to watch it, and then there’s an after-party at the end.”