Family Guy has been a timeless American animated comedy series for decades. Millions of Americans tune into Fox on Sunday night for another rowdy adventure with the Griffin Family. Peter, Lois, Chris, Meg, Stewie, and Brian Griffin go through one crazy story after another in the colorful town of Quahog. Sixteen seasons and hundreds of episodes later, Family Guy is still a favorite among viewers.
It’s still amazing to think that Family Guy was once cancelled by FOX over a decade ago. With skyrocketing DVD sales and Cartoon Network’s strategic PR move to air repeats, Family Guy proved to be a major hit amongst many audiences. There’s no slowing down this animated comedy series from its tracks (it’s just moving towards more hysterical jokes!).
As silly as the show has gotten, there’s one serious milestone for the series – Family Guy reached its 300th episode on January 14th! That’s right…there are now 300 episodes of Family Guy that have premiered on television. Just…wow. Kudos to the employees of the Family Guy series for bringing a show up for THAT long!
The Griffin family have been at it for almost 19 years. 300 episodes of hilarity, nonsense, shocking humor, gruesome battles, and just pure silliness. Whether it was another one of Peter’s jackass antics or Brian and Stewie taking another road trip (my personal favorite sub-stories!), there was always another incredible adventure to enjoy.
To celebrate Family Guy’s 300th episode, FOX launched a website called Family Guy Yourself (familyguyyourself.com). Family Guy Yourself is an entertaining interactive site where you can create a Bitmoji style avatar from Family Guy. The generator allows you to customize a series of body types, eyes, skin colors, faces, hairstyles, noses, lips, and clothing to create your own avatar. Once you’re all set creating your character, you can choose from a list of frames to put your character in. You could choose to place him in a plain colored background or have him on the streets of Quahog.
Being that I love Family Guy, I decided to have some fun with this dress-up game. I decided to create a personal avatar that reflects who I am as a professional writer.
Here’s the set-up:
First, I had to choose a specific body type for my avatar. I choose the thin male body type.
From there, I looked through a series of skin color to choose from. The colors ranged from white to black. I decided to just leave it as it was.
Next it was time to choose a hair piece. You could choose from a variety of hair styles that were short or long. There was even an option to go completely bald as well! With that, I chose to have a short blond hairstyle.
Chin structure was next on the list. Many chin shapes were available to choose from. Other than chins, you could also give them facial hair if you wanted. I went with the blonde beard-mustache combo.
Now I had to give him a pair of eyes (literally!). You can choose a set of eyes to give your avatar. Glasses are even a option for him or her as well. I thought my avatar would be too cool for glasses, so I gave him a more animated look.
After the eyes came the nose. Many noses, big and small, were available to pick from. Noses weren’t that important for me, so I just left it alone.
You can’t have a nose without a mouth! Mouths or lips are options as well. Whether you want them cheerful or look serious all day, that option is all up to you. Since my avatar is a happy and adventurous guy, I gave him a stiff upper lip.
Fashion is extremely important for my character. I really wanted my avatar to look hip, so I dressed him down as casually I could. The large variety of clothes will help you style your man or woman the best way possible. To keep him casual (yet professional), I dressed my avatar with a T-shirt and a sleeveless button-up shirt.
Avatars had fashion choices for bottoms as well. I wanted my avatar to be in a warmer climate, so I gave him shorts.
Once you were done creating your avatar, you get choose an image format to save the file in. Image formats come in tall, square, round, or wide. Then there’s the image backdrop to put your character in. There’s four backdrops to choose from as well as background scenes from the TV series.
I wanted my character to stand out in a nice portrait form, so I placed him a blue backdrop. The fourth selection really came out nicer than the other choices.
And… voila! There’s my amazing avatar, all dressed in red and black. He’s ready to get some professional writing done, yet he’s daydreaming about his next trip to the beach! This Family Guy avatar would definitely live well on the west coast.
This was a lot of fun to play through! I really enjoyed the wide selection of choices to create your character with. They really help provide enough selections to really pinpoint my idea for the character.
An interactive avatar game where users could share their character on social media is absolutely genius. PR stunts like this really help FOX draw in more audiences to tune into Family Guy. Many other series like South Park or even Powerpuff Girls (read about that stunt here) created their own avatar games for their audiences as well. It’s not like a video game with any enemies, but it was meant to serve as an interactive piece of the show.
FOX definitely struck gold with this PR stunt and many people are getting in on the action. Family Guy aired their 300th episode, which was fantastic news to hear about beforehand. It still amazes me that Family Guy have captivated audiences for so long. Ever since they landed on Fox back in 1999, Family Guy continues to flourish throughout the years.
That’s all for today’s PR miracle by FOX. Be sure to tune in on Sunday nights at 9 PM to see another one of Peter’s wacky antics or another misadventure featuring Brian and Stewie!