'Family Guy' En Route To The Big Screen

121130_MacFarlaneThe Griffins have sung their way through the small screen, making a Broadway-style splash at the start of each program about "Violence in movies and Sex on TV." And apparently, they'll have their chance to do just that on the big screen.

Family Guy creator - who of course will fete the big screen as this year's Oscar telecast host - said that a feature length movie about the animated irreverent nuclear family is in the offing, though it is not clear when it will actually happen.

During a visit to UCLA for MTV's series Stand In, MacFarlane said that "it will happen at some point," he's quoted as saying via Huffington Post.

MacFarlane also announced a new Oscars contest in the surprise visit to the Westwood campus in L.A.'s Westside. He told an undergraduate film and television class that a contest sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will allow college students to appear on the February 24th Oscar telecast. Up to six winners will serve as trophy carriers during the show, replacing models who typically carry in the statuettes.

"In re-imagining what we want the Oscar show to be, we wanted everyone appearing on that stage to feel a deep commitment to film and its legacy, and most importantly, its future," said Oscar telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement. "That was the impetus in creating this special honor for young film students who will inspire a new generation to create the films that will be honored in the future."

MacFarlane said that Family Guy is based on his own student film.

Speaking of Oscars hosts past, MacFarlane offered up his empathy, noting jokingly that the event is a "crazy little variety show," adding, "all I can do is do what I think is funny and most entertaining."

He noted to the UCLA class: "The Oscars is a tricky venue. The (hosts) who have not done well, I would classify them as a noble failure, an honorable failure, because at least they were trying something new... If I can do it without torpedoing my career and getting drummed out of the business... All I can do is my very best."

[Source: Huffington Post]