Seth MacFarlane On The "Family Guy" "Star Wars" Parody

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Scott Collins

Seth MacFarlane, 36, created "Family Guy," Fox's animated sitcom, which this year became the first cartoon series nominated for a prime-time Emmy since "The Flintstones" in 1961. Fox just released the DVD "Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side," a follow-up to the 2007 "Blue Harvest" episode that spoofed the "Star Wars" franchise.

Why do an extended "Star Wars" parody?

Everybody knows "Star Wars" -- at least, everybody in our audience. And Lucasfilm is probably the only company out there right now that is progressive enough to allow this. Certainly we would have a laugh doing this with "Indiana Jones" or "Wrath of Khan." But I can't imagine in a billion years that Paramount would give us permission.