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Seth MacFarlane: 'Oscars will dance between traditional and the new'

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Seth MacFarlane has said that his stint hosting the Academy Awards will not be labelled as "Family Guy meets the Oscars".

The Ted director said that he wants to acknowledge the traditional, yet still allow the ceremony to have some "bite".

Seth MacFarlane - The American animator and Family Guy creator is 38 on Wednesday.

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When asked why Oscars ceremonies 'frequently suck', MacFarlane told Rolling Stone: "All of them have had redeeming qualities. It's about finding that balance between doing what I do, but acknowledging that this is the Academy Awards, not the roast of Donald Trump.

"It's walking that line between old-fashioned showmanship and allowing it to be contemporary with a little bit of bite. Johnny Carson and Billy Crystal are two hosts who walked that line.

"There's a moment on Family Guy that's just Gene Kelly dancing with Stewie - that's what we have to achieve, a dance between the traditional and the new."

MacFarlane also said that he feels that imposing his own successes onto the ceremony would not be a good move.

Photo gallery - Academy Awards hosts through the years:
"This is not going to be Family Guy Meets the Oscars," he explained.

"Hosts who come in with a specific brand and try to turn the show into the brand, it never works. You have to adapt yourself to the Oscars, not vice versa."

MacFarlane, who will make his Oscars hosting debut at the 85th Academy Awards, was recently quoted as saying that he hopes he can take charge of the awards show "without torpedoing my career and getting drummed out of the business".

The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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