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Release Date: June 29, 2012 Studio: Universal Pictures Director: Seth MacFarlane Screenwriter: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel McHale, Seth MacFarlane, Patrick Warburton, Jessica Stroup, Laura Vandervoort Genre: Live Action/CG-Animated Comedy MPAA Rating: R (for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use) Official Website:TedisReal.com
STUDIO SYNOPSIS: "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of "Ted." In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish... and has refused to leave his side ever since.
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"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of "Ted."
John Bennett, a grown man, must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish.
Theme: Childhood - To Be Or Not To Be. Mila Kunis explains that her character, Lori, is none too happy with the odd triangle in which she finds herself embedded. "Ted is a roommate who gets in the way a lot. Lori is a hard-working girl who loves John for being a child at heart, but she also wants to settle down and have a sense of security that he's not capable of giving her.
Family Guy creator, director and voice star SETH MACFARLANE
MARK WAHLBERG as John Bennett. As he read the screenplay, Wahlberg says he was quite impressed by the comedy: "People will not be disappointed. It's Seth on steroids. When I first saw Family Guy, I couldn't believe that he was getting away with some of that stuff in a cartoon. But now with this rated-R feature film, he really pushes the envelope. There's nobody that he doesn't offend, either. Across the board, everybody's fair game."
MILA KUNIS as Lori Collins, John's formerly patient girlfriend and a rising public relations executive. The actress, who has voiced the role of Family Guy's Meg for almost 13 years, grew up with her director. Says MacFarlane: "It was a logical choice to bring her on board, given my relationship with her combined with the fact that she is just blowing up right now, and deservedly so."
SETH MACFARLANE as Ted. Although MacFarlane originally conceived of Ted as an animated series, he soon realized the story would lend itself better to a motion picture, especially with enormous advances that have been made in CG imaging and VFX technology over the past several years. He enlisted fellow Family Guy writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild to help develop the story of the magical stuffed teddy bear and the owner whose development has been officially arrested.
The bear comes to life with a little child's wish, and then you cut to almost 30 years later and it's the roommate who won't leave.
John tries to guess the name of Teds girlfriend.
Life Connection: Childhood never fully goes away
Lori asks the guys for a beer
Director/Writer MacFarlane: "A big part of the comedy comes from the fact that years after the bear came to life, people have gotten used to it and nobody cares anymore, a point it would naturally get to in real life. So once that big moment has passed, what's the other 95 percent of your life going to be like? That was part of the comedy in Ted."
John and Lori have a date with Ted and Tami-Lynn
Wahlberg introduces us to his character: "John works at a rent-a-car place and has a beautiful girlfriend, Lori. He doesn't want to let go of his adolescence, but his girlfriend wants him to step up and be a man. He's enjoying life and couldn't be happier with his girlfriend and his best friend; they make the most of every moment together. But that becomes a problem because Lori wants a bigger commitment."
Lori discovers Ted hanging out with some hookers
Ted is told in the Boston, Massachusetts, of today. The filmmakers agree that you provide realism to a completely unrealistic story when you set the tale in an actual place.
The exterior of John and Lori's apartment was shot on Chandler Street, a picturesque block in Boston's Back Bay. Production designer Stephen Lineweaver: "Lori might live with a guy and his teddy bear, but she's not going to live in a frat house."
“Childhood is the sleep of reason.” -- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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