Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy

Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy
The king of comedic non-sequiturs, Seth MacFarlane finds an outlet for his most outlandish ideas with this hilarious compilation of short films. Fans of Family Guy will recognize MacFarlane's bent for short, quick bursts of comedic mayhem, as in any given plot-driven episode of that show there are countless pop-culturally rich tangential observations. Launched initially as a series of YouTube-only shorts, Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy is essentially a gathering of those same kind of out of nowhere ideas, but all new, completely unfiltered and free of network censors — not that those folks seem to be paying that much attention to Family Guy, which gets away with murder every week. Free of his regular characters, MacFarlane can get uglier and more absurd than usual — there are no audience expectations to consider/shatter, so he and his writers have free rein to create disposable, irascible monsters. Anything close to cutesy, like "The Frog Prince," becomes sexually explicit almost immediately, while "Cat Staff Meeting" remains benign but for cursing (there's fuck load of swearing throughout). "Scotsman" is an endearing bit about a know-it-all film buff who loudly questions the plot devices of all manner of popular movies. Then there are fantastically dark pieces like "AIDS Patient Zero," which suggests that a gay man/monkey one-night stand caused the spread of the disease. The "Sex With…" and "Things You Never Hear" bits are cruel and funny, "Sheep Shearing" is strangely awesome and throughout this DVD there are tons of weirdo references to Bob Marley, shit, Quentin Tarantino, The Flintsones, Bob Dylan, Entourage, Jeff Goldblum, and have I mentioned AIDS yet? At a "Red Carpet Premiere" documented here, MacFarlane says that creating for an online vehicle simply provided him with a way to cuss more. Watching the entire Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy together reveals how the move inspired him to do a whole lot more than that. Plus: still galleries. (Fox)