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The Life of Larry and Larry & Steve

The Life of Larry
The Life of Larry title card.png
Title card for The Life of Larry.
Directed by Seth MacFarlane
Produced by Seth MacFarlane
Davis Doi (supervising)
Written by Seth MacFarlane
Starring Seth MacFarlane
Chang S. Han
Music by Seth MacFarlane
Edited by Seth MacFarlane
Production
company
Distributed by Rhode Island School of Design
Release date
July 26, 1995
Running time
11 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Larry & Steve
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Title card for Larry & Steve.
Directed by Seth MacFarlane
Produced by Davis Doi (supervising)
Victoria McCollum (supervising)
Executive producer:
Larry Huber
Sherry Gunther
Written by Seth MacFarlane
Starring Seth MacFarlane
Lori Alan
Music by Ron Jones
Gary Lionelli (Theme)
Bodie Chandler (director)
Edited by Pat Foley
Paul Douglas (supervising)
Production
company
Distributed by Cartoon Network
Release date
February 5, 1997
Running time
7 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Life of Larry and Larry & Steve are two animated short films created by Seth MacFarlane in the mid 1990s that eventually led to the development of the animated sitcom Family Guy. MacFarlane originally created The Life of Larry as a thesis film in 1995, while studying at the Rhode Island School of Design. His professor at RISD submitted MacFarlane's cartoon to Hanna-Barbera, where he was hired a year later.

Later that year, MacFarlane created a sequel to The Life of Larry called Larry & Steve, which featured the main character of his first film, the middle-aged Larry, and an intellectual dog named Steve. The short was broadcast as one of Cartoon Network's World Premiere Toons in 1997. Executives at Fox saw both Larry shorts and contracted MacFarlane to create a series based on the characters, to be called Family Guy.Peter Griffin, one of the main characters in Family Guy, was largely based on Larry.

In addition, Steve would be the main inspiration behind the Griffin family dog, Brian. Fox proposed MacFarlane complete a 15-minute short, giving him a budget of $50,000. MacFarlane stated that the pilot for Family Guy took half a year to create and produce.

Recalling the experience in an interview with The New York Times, MacFarlane stated, "I spent about six months with no sleep and no life, just drawing like crazy in my kitchen and doing this pilot." Upon completion of the pilot, the series went on the air. The network executives were impressed with the pilot and ordered thirteen episodes, seven of which aired during the first season of Family Guy. MacFarlane was offered a $2 million per-season contract.

The Life of Larry is a 1995 animated film directed by Seth MacFarlane, who also stars as the majority of the characters. It also features a brief appearance from American politician Newt Gingrich in a cutaway gag that employs audio of one of Gingrich's speeches. The short features a middle-aged slob named Larry Cummings, his cynical talking dog, Steve, patient wife Lois, and overweight teenage son Milt.



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