VIDEO: Seth MacFarlane’s “The Life of Larry” short that inspired “Family Guy”

Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane is hosting the Oscars this year, put out the top grossing R-rated comedy ever with Ted, released a straight-forward album, and was named as one of Barbara Walter’s 10 Most Fascinating People for 2012.

By 24 he became the youngest ever executive television producer, and it all started with two short films. The first one, “The Life of Larry,” was made in 1995 as his thesis project at the Rhode Island School of Design (see thesis projects CAN lead somewhere.) He made the follow-up “Larry and Steve” in 1997 while working for Hanna-Barbara studios on shows like Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Laboratory, I Am Weasel, and Cow and Chicken. “Larry and Steve” was actually broadcast on the Cartoon Network as part of a series called World Premiere Toons.

Larry and Steve are very similar to Family Guy characters Peter and Brian, and the voice Seth developed for Larry/Peter was based on a security guard he overheard while he was attending the Rhode Island School of Design.

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