Megan “Meg” Griffin is a character from the animated television series Family Guy. She is the eldest child of the Griffin family. The Meg Griffin cartoon is the black sheep of the Griffin family and receives the least of her family’s attention. The Meg Griffin cartoon was voiced by an uncredited Lacey Chabert for the first season, and by Mila Kunis in subsequent seasons after Chabert became busy with school and appearing on Party of Five at the time, although some of her work became second season episodes due to production order. Mila Kunis won the role after auditions and a slight rewrite of the character, in part due to her performance on That ’70s Show. MacFarlane called Kunis back after her first audition, instructing her to speak slower, and then told her to come back another time and enunciate more. Once she claimed that she had it under control, MacFarlane hired her. MacFarlane stated that Kunis “had a very natural quality to Meg” and she’s “in a lot of ways [...] almost more right for the character”. Kunis’ voice is first heard as the Meg Griffin cartoon in Episode 3 of season two “Da Boom”, and the voices switch back and forth until settling on Kunis.
Seth MacFarlane initially conceived Family Guy and the Meg Griffin cartoon in 1995 while studying animation at the Rhode Island School of Design. During college, he created his thesis film entitled The Life of Larry, which was submitted by his professor at RISD to Hanna-Barbera. MacFarlane was hired by the company. In 1996 MacFarlane created a sequel to The Life of Larry entitled Larry and Steve, which featured a middle-aged character named Larry and an intellectual dog, Steve; the short was broadcast in 1997 as one of Cartoon Network’s World Premiere Toons. Executives at Fox saw the Larry shorts and contracted MacFarlane to create a series, entitled Family Guy, based on the characters. Fox proposed MacFarlane complete a 15-minute short, and gave him a budget of $50,000. Several aspects of Family Guy were inspired by the Larry shorts. While working on the series, the characters of Larry and his dog Steve slowly evolved into Peter and Brian. MacFarlane stated that the difference between The Life of Larry and Family Guy was that “Life of Larry was shown primarily in my dorm room and Family Guy was shown after the Super Bowl.”
Everyone Hates Her
The Meg Griffin cartoon is so unpopular in high school that one student fires a nail gun into his own stomach twice (in shop class) in order to avoid a date with her, and then in a later episode shoots his own brother as an excuse not to go to a dance with her the following night. On another occasion, the Meg Griffin cartoon and Lois are looking for new clothes for the Meg Griffin cartoon, but with no luck (a saleswoman ended up pouring gasoline on herself, lighting a match, catching fire, and then jumping out of a window after looking at Meg in a pair of jeans). However, she is sought by nerd Neil Goldman. In 8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenage Daughter, Neil starts dating a girl named Cecilia, the Meg Griffin cartoon becomes instantly jealous and pretends to date Jake Tucker to make him jealous. This leads to her signing a contract to become Neil’s girlfriend and (not knowing at first) his slave, but she gets him to tear up the contract after Lois seduces him. Perverted neighbor Glenn Quagmire has shown a repeated interest in her, mostly due to his very low standard, asking if she has reached the age of consent (which would be 16 in Rhode Island, but he always asks if she is 18, which is what many people assume is the nation-wide age of consent). Glenn Quagmire comes close to succeeding when Lois tells Peter to back off after he was ruining the Meg Griffin cartoon and Quagmire’s ‘dates’. Then, they rescue Meg after Glenn takes her to his cabin, Peter and Lois arriving in time before anything happens.
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