Dad in a box

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Stupendous DVD sales of Family Guy not only brought the once-canceled show back on the air, but also led to the release of a feature-length, direct-to-video movie, Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin--The Untold Story.

Now, creator Seth MacFarlane is hoping the DVD debut of American Dad!, his latest series, also will lead to a direct-to-video feature.

"It's already been talked about very seriously," he said. "The only reason it hasn't gotten under way yet is time, building time into the schedule that doesn't distract from the show."

The Family Guy movie was made at a time when the show was just returning to the air after a two-year hiatus, MacFarlane said. "We had two years' worth of story energy stored up," he said, "and we were able to come up with something that's worthy of a longer form."

MacFarlane doesn't wish for a similar luxury with Dad, the racy animated series that debuted in February 2005 and revolves around the antics of an overzealous CIA agent and his wacky family, which includes a German-speaking goldfish named Klaus.

MacFarlane is convinced that writers Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman will find time in the coming months to pen a screenplay even as they continue to work on the series. "I believe at some point soon we will commence production on the direct-to-DVD movie," he said. "Mike and Matt are incredibly talented screenwriters--they wrote a screenplay awhile back, and I thought it was one of the finest things I ever read."

American Dad! Volume One DVD Collection, which comes out Tuesday, includes the first 13 episodes of the series in a lavish three-disc set. Like the Family Guy DVD collections, the Dad set will include plenty of episode commentaries, deleted scenes, and other extras. Also included will be a bonus disc of Family Guy footage never before available on DVD, including 23 deleted scenes from the series' fourth season.

"The great thing about DVD is that it allows you to utilize things that couldn't be done on TV," MacFarlane said.

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