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Family Guy: It's A Trap!

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
5.5 out of 10
Extras Rating:
6 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Seth MacFarlane as Peter Griffin as Han Solo / Stewie Griffin as Darth Vader / Brian Griffin as Chewbacca / Glenn Quagmire as C-3PO / Carter Pewterschmidt as Emperor Palpatine / Roger as Moff Jerjerrod / Tim the Bear as Wicket (voice)

Alex Borstein as Lois Griffin as Princess Leia (voice)

Seth Green as Chris Griffin as Luke Skywalker (voice)

Mila Kunis as Meg Griffin as the Sarlaac (voice)

Patrick Warburton as Joe Swanson as Jabba the Hutt (voice)

Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard (voice)

Michael Dorn as Lieutenant Worf (voice)

Dee Bradley Baker as Klaus as Admiral Ackbar (voice)

H. Jon Benjamin as Carl as Yoda (voice)

Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown as R2-D2 / Herbert as Obi-Wan Kenobi / Rallo Tubbs as Nien Nunb (voice)

Arianna Huffington as Arianna as an Ewok (voice)

Danny Smith as Ernie the Giant Chicken as Boba Fett (voice)

Nat Faxon as Ramond as an Ewok (voice)

Rush Limbaugh as Himself as The Rancor (voice)

Special Features:
• A Very Special Message from Darth Stewie
• Star Wars Trivial Pursuit: The Ultimate Championship
• Drawing With Peter Shin
• Sock Puppets Outtakes
• It's a Trap! Animatic
• Making the Scene
• Audio Commentary

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 57 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

"Clear some space for the third chapter of the funniest freakin' trilogy in the galaxy! Once again, the Family Guy alliance travels far, far beyond the beyond the boundaries of good taste to bring you an outrageous sci-fi spoof filled with hilarious humor, adequate animation and a happy ending (giggity). So get ready to experience the lighter side of the Dark side with Peter Solo, Chris Skywalker, Princess Lois, Stewie Vader...and some surprising new faces. May the laughs be with you!"

"Family Guy: It's A Trap!" is not rated.

Mini-Review:
If you liked the first two "Family Guy" parodies then you'll probably like this one, too. And if you hated the first two, you'll hate this one as well. It's essentially more of the same with all the same strengths and weaknesses. The creators didn't learn much from making the first two.

I had the same problem with "Family Guy: It's A Trap!" as I did with its predecessors. Too much of this cartoon is simply copying "Return of the Jedi" scene for scene, just with the "Family Guy" characters put in. To illustrate my point, they literally trace over the original scenes of ships flying by. They use the same dialogue. They even populate the background with "Family Guy" versions of the aliens, Rebels, and Imperials, not parodies of them. It comes across as less parody and more the animators playing out their fantasies of making a "Star Wars" cartoon. You put this up against the "Robot Chicken" Star Wars episodes and you see what I mean. The "Robot Chicken" episodes are a lot more fun because they poke fun at the saga or expand on it rather than simply rehash the story.

All that being said, there are a few jokes that made me, as a major "Star Wars" fan, laugh. When "Family Guy" points out funny plot points or oddities in the story it is at its best. For example, when Wicket threatens Princess Leia upon meeting her, he immediately sells out his planet and race for a cookie. Then there's the scene where Luke is standing over the Rancor pit and C-3PO repeatedly tries to warn him, yet he's utterly dismissed by Luke over and over. That made a pretty funny joke. There are even some funny jokes about Seth McFarlane and Seth Green which cracked me up.

The show has some pretty great guest voices. Carrie Fisher plays Mon Mothma. Patrick Stewart and Michael Dorn also reprise their roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Lieutenant Worf for a passing joke. Also listen for cameos by Rush Limbaugh, Anne Hathaway and Arianna Huffington.

Despite the humorous "Star Wars" cover and the fact that this is not rated, it's not at all appropriate for kids. There are a few f-bombs and other profanities as well as a few pedophilia and rape jokes. Anyone that lets their kids view this should be investigated by Children's Protective Services.

There are a few bonus features included on this DVD. You'll find a brief skit where Darth Stewie leaves a long rambling message on Luke's answering machine. You'll also get featurettes on how to draw the characters, the animatics, and the "making of a scene." But the highlight is "Star Wars Trivial Pursuit: The Ultimate Championship." We see a few of the creators from the show play a game of Trivial Pursuit. It is pretty funny when you see that "Star Wars Geek Pride" is on the line. Rounding out the bonus features is a commentary and outtakes from the 'special edition' sock puppet.

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