Sunday, January 22, 2006

Family Guy Database

I've added an advanced search "Family Guy" database to the SAVE SMC Website. You can also access the hyperlink to the database on the Phoenix Genesis SAVE SMC Search Guide page. This is the official search page for both this blog and the related website. I highly recommend bookmarking this search page. Keep your eyes out for an advanced SAVE SMC search index page slated for the near future.

This "Family Guy" index includes all the SAVE SMC weblog articles in chronological order. It also includes the "Family Guy" pilot episode chart with five pages of screenshots from the short animated pilot episode produced by Jim Keeshen and Seth MacFarlane. Through Jim Keeshen Productions, Inc., Keeshen used several Santa Monica College students from the Academy of Entertainment and Technology to create the pilot. This animated pilot was pitched to Fox Broadcasting Company. Fox eventually used a portion of it on one of their "Family Guy" DVDs, but did not include the credits.

Fox eventually decided not to employ Jim Keeshen Productions, instead choosing Film Roman. The show aired on prime time television and became an instant hit. Although "Family Guy" was eventually cancelled, public outcry and protests from fans revived the show on Fox. This was a milestone in television history. Keeshen eventually sued Fox, Seth MacFarlane, his agent Irv Shechter, and John Goldsmith. I've included the key legal pleadings from Keeshen's lawsuit.

I want to thank everyone who helped me piece this story together. It took a tremendous amount of time and effort. Hopefully, Fox will eventually put aside their discontent with Jim Keeshen and give credit to all the talented individuals who worked on this animated pilot.

-- Des Manttari,
Editor-in-Chief,
Phoenix Genesis

(c) 2006: Phoenix Genesis/MBS LP

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