Television producers will do crazy things for ratings, particularly when it's time to gear up for the end of a show's season. Characters perish, guest stars drop in, and sexual tension thickens to a soupy mess. But the hardest thing to pull off is the crossover--inviting one show into the universe of another.
Fox's Family Guy is both loved and hated for its in-your-face approach to comedy. Almost no group is spared the ribbing from creator Seth McFarlane and his team of writers, which is incredibly offensive to some and downright hilarious to others.
The latest from the former comes from Bourne Co., a music publishing house that owns the US copyright to the Disney classic "When You Wish Upon a Star." The company is suing Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Fox Broadcasting Co., and the Cartoon Network for copyright infringement stemming from an episode of Family Guy, according to the Associated Press.
The suit alleges that in the 2003 episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein," a parody of the song "When You Wish Upon a Star" is sung by animated patriarch and buffoon Peter Griffin with anti-Semitic lyrics. Further details of the lawsuit have not yet been released.
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Sick, twisted, politically incorrect and freakin' sweet. The animated series features the adventures of the Griffin family. Peter and Lois have three kids - the youngest is a brilliant, sadistic baby bent on killing his mother and world domination. Chris, like his father, is obese, has a low IQ and no common sense. Meg desperately tries to be part of the popular crowd, and is coldly rebuffed. Their talking dog Brian keeps baby Stewie in check while sipping martinis and sorting out his own life issues. After being canceled in 2002, having an outstanding performance in DVD sales and syndication ratings that beat late-night talk shows, its cult status reached great heights. As a result, the series was added back to the FOX Summer 2005 line-up. Family Guy returned to the small screen with new episodes on Sunday, May 1st, 2005. A DVD Movie was released in September of 2005. Family Guy has won 3 Emmy awards and 3 Annie awards.moreless