American Dad, 9-11 - Dedication?

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by BrianW, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. BrianW

    BrianW Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 1999
    Messages:
    2,564
    Likes Received:
    29
    Real Name:
    Brian
    I know there's nothing above parody on this show, so I wonder whether the dedication at the end of this episode was for real. If a member of their crew had in fact met with an untimely death, would they have done it any other way? I don't think so. But then if it was a joke, they would have played it the same way.

    So does anyone know if the dedication was real? Or was it just a humorous call-back to Klaus's voice-over commentary of the fight scene? If it is real, I'll feel bad since a young member of a crew of a show I like is no longer with us. But if the dedication is fake, then I'll feel bad for feeling bad.

    I checked the credits but didn't spot his name anywhere.
     
  2. AnthonyC

    AnthonyC Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2004
    Messages:
    2,342
    Likes Received:
    0
    I doubt Seth MacFarlane would joke about it considering how close he was to losing his life that day.
     
  3. Bill GrandPre

    Bill GrandPre Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2001
    Messages:
    2,068
    Likes Received:
    1

    Yeah, but terrorism was fair game before he was nearly killed. It was apparently OK to do an Osama bin Laden joke back before 9/11 when he had "only" commited acts of atrocity such as the U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa. The moral of the story? Terrorism that effects MacFarlane directly: off-limits and tragic. Terrorism that doesn't directly effect Seth MacFarlane: "comedy gold". Any attempt to play tribute to the victim of a terrorist act after trivializing bin Laden's previous crimes only makes MacFarlane look hypocritical and insincere.
     
  4. Jason Adams

    Jason Adams Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2002
    Messages:
    633
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Roger Jason Adams



    ...And in comes Bill GrandPre on cue with the Mcfarlane bashing.

    I thought you would use the FG episode "Petoria" when he invites such despots as Saddam Hussain and Fidel Castro to a pool party. Again, for someone who hates him so, you know so much. And that scene isn't even on the boxed set DVD's.

    And considering the nature of American Dad, terrorism is STILL fair game. Let him give tribute to his staff in peace. (if true)
     
  5. BrianW

    BrianW Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 1999
    Messages:
    2,564
    Likes Received:
    29
    Real Name:
    Brian
    You guys didn't see the episode, did you?

    I see I should have made myself clearer.

    Although the episode in question aired on Sept 11, 2005 (yesterday, as of this writing), the dedication had nothing to do with 9-11 or terrorism.

    Rather, the dedication at the end was: "In loving memory of Trahn 'Jimmy' Ng", with a short (cartoon) behind-the-scenes video of him with the cast and crew of the show. During the fight scene, Klaus mentioned that Mr. Ng was killed in a car accident on his way to the studio, so they had to scramble to get a substitute to take his place as an extra in the background.

    Notwithstanding the fact that cartoon character extras with no lines don't need understudies (that's the joke, btw), the dedication to Mr. Ng's memory at the end seemed sincere, very touching, and affectionate.

    My question is this: Was Mr. Ng a real person; was his life tragically (and recently -- not in 2001) cut short; and did the crew fondly send him up with -- what else? -- a send-up?
     
  6. Phil_L

    Phil_L Second Unit

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2003
    Messages:
    377
    Likes Received:
    0


    You obviously didn't see the episode, so why are you even posting? I hate these damn threadcraps. Waste of time and brain cells.

    The dedication to which Brian referred had nothing to do with terrorism and the 9-11 in the thread title simple refers to the date on which the program aired.

    Brian, I think the dedication was a joke and the there was no Mr. Ng. They were just sending up DVD commentary tracks.
     
  7. JamieD

    JamieD Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2002
    Messages:
    557
    Likes Received:
    0
    Bill gets added to the general ignore list.

    Brian, have you checked IMDB?
     
  8. BrianW

    BrianW Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 1999
    Messages:
    2,564
    Likes Received:
    29
    Real Name:
    Brian
    I searched IMDB and Google. I got no hits for "Trahn Ng" or "Jimmy Ng" on IMDB. Google didn't give me any hits for "Trahn Ng", and a zillion for "Jimmy Ng". I tried to narrow my search with "Fox" and "American Dad", but then the hits dropped to zero again.

    The closest thing I found was a young trooper (Jimmy Ng) who was killed September 15, 2002, when street racers smashed into his patrol car.

    Too long ago, and not related to American Dad.

    But then, if Mr. Ng had been a minor (albeit well-liked) member of the crew, I wouldn't expext his name to turn up anywhere.
     
  9. Scott-S

    Scott-S Cinematographer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2001
    Messages:
    2,173
    Likes Received:
    67
    Location:
    The Land of Zion
    Real Name:
    Scott
    Ok, I know I should probably know this, but I don't. I'll ask for all those like me who are confused...

    What happened to Seth that was terrorist related?
     
  10. Nigel McN

    Nigel McN Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2000
    Messages:
    848
    Likes Received:
    0
    Believe it or not, but Seth was actually scheduled to be on one of the planes that flew into the World Trade Center, but due to being told the wrong time, he arrived to late to board it.
     
  11. BrianV

    BrianV Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2002
    Messages:
    98
    Likes Received:
    0
    I also wondered if the dedication (and thus the reference in the show) was for someone real, but the the way they did the "off-camera" characters made me think it was probably just another joke meant to reference the earlier on in the show.
     
  12. WillG

    WillG Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2003
    Messages:
    5,613
    Likes Received:
    129
    Well, in spite of what the dedication was about (I just figured it was a joke about the earlier reference) I thought it was a pretty good episode. It may have even beaten out that night's episode of "Family Guy" for laughs.

    "Do you have any Gatorade? I left all my electrolytes with your daughter"

    "Oh come on Haley, I'm hungry. I've just been riden like an animal by this guy for three hours, you don't know what that's like"

    Haley, raises eyebrows

    "Well I'm not hungry now!"
     
  13. Thomas H G

    Thomas H G Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Messages:
    1,034
    Likes Received:
    0
    That was a funny episode of American Dad, and those quotes that WillG posted had me rolling.

    As for the dedication at the end, I thought it was in reference to Klaus' running commentary.
     
  14. MarkHastings

    MarkHastings Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2003
    Messages:
    12,013
    Likes Received:
    1
    Bill, can you PLEASE start your own "I hate Seth McFarlene" site and stay the heck out of these threads? [​IMG]

    p.s. The funniest part of the episode was Hailey's ex boyfriend's photo of her on the toilet [​IMG]
     
  15. James T

    James T Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 1999
    Messages:
    1,643
    Likes Received:
    0
    The dedication, IMO, looks authentic. During the fight, I thought it was meant as a joke, but the end animation sequence contained characters not seen in Family or American Dad, which makes me believe that they are real life people animated.
     
  16. Thomas H G

    Thomas H G Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Messages:
    1,034
    Likes Received:
    0
  17. Semiahmoo

    Semiahmoo Auditioning

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2011
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Tranh "Jimmy" Ng was a friend of someone within the American Dad show. He was an RCMP Constable who was killed by a street racer in Richmond, BC near Vancouver. He had a green light and died instantly. He was an only child. His parents were on the news a lot after his death and they were really messed up. More at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3552908/bio
     
  18. Aaron Silverman

    Aaron Silverman Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 1999
    Messages:
    10,728
    Likes Received:
    566
    Location:
    Florida
    Real Name:
    Aaron Silverman
    Wow. . .he killed a cop while street racing and got 18 months in jail for "negligence?" Wow. . .
     

Share This Page