There’s pretty much no escaping it, when you were a kid you had that one toy that just stood out from the rest. It’s the one that is probably still secretly stored in the attic, because it seemed so wrong to throw it away. Wouldn’t it be cool if that toy could come to life, and not in a ‘you don’t get to know’ Toy Story sort of way? In his feature-length directorial debut, Seth MacFarlane is making one kid’s, Mark Wahlberg’s, dreams come true.
Ted is the story of a child, John, who is granted a wish to make his stuffed bear come to life, but when he grows up he doesn’t grow out of their friendship and the bear, Ted, continues to live with him and is getting in the way of his relationship with his girlfriend Lori, Mila Kunis. Is John ready to let go of his childhood best friend or will he instead let go of his girlfriend or will there be some sort of middle ground?
Well we won’t know for sure until the film comes out on the 13th of July, but either way it does look funny. The trailer shows that both John and Ted are pretty immature, but, while you may expect that from a twenty seven year old stuffed bear (or maybe you wouldn’t), a grown man should know better. During the trailer Ted can be seen going places that no stuffed bear has gone before, by which I mean doing drugs, drinking alcohol and, how to put this gently, being sexually suggestive with a supermarket scanner and a chocolate bar in an attempt to hit on a fellow supermarket employee.
The film seems to have similar humour to that of Family Guy, which is another of Seth MacFarlane’s projects. MacFarlane, along with, Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin, who also write for Family Guy, co-wrote the screenplay for Ted. The comparisons with Family Guy are going to be unavoidable, not because of any story resemblance, there isn’t any, but the fact that Ted sounds exactly like Peter Griffin is going to draw these comparisons in, plus there’s Mila Kunis who also plays Meg Griffin in Family Guy. Out of all the voices that Seth MacFarlane does, Peter’s is probably the most suited for the role. It’s not that the characters are the exact same, but they do have a lot in common and Peter has always wondered what it would feel like to be a bear. Imagine how strange it’d be if Ted had Stewie’s voice, it would be a completely different movie. It just wouldn’t fit.
The plot seems interesting, but I’m imagining John growing up and letting go of Ted in the end and maybe even Ted going back to just being a regular stuffed bear, which would be a pretty feel bad ending for a comedy. Then again, maybe it will be much lighter. Ted and Lori could work out their differences and maybe even run off together leaving John stuffed and put in the attic, who knows. No matter how it ends, it’s seems pretty clear that if you like Family Guy you’ll probably like this movie.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing this movie? Would you like one of your old toys to come to life? Do you think John will have to pick between Ted and Lori? Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment in the section below. Also, don’t forget to follow and click the like button.