Red Band Trailer for Seth MacFarlane's Ted Starring Mark Wahlberg and a Foul-Mouthed Teddy Bear
04.03.12 by Ryan
There something awfully familiar about the debut trailer for Ted, especially for fans of the Fox animated sitcom Family Guy. Perhaps it's the random jokes that surround the loose plot of a Boston man (Mark Wahlberg) who can't quite grow up despite falling in love with his dream girl (Mila Kunis). Or, more likely, it's the voice of Wahlberg's walking, talking teddy bear Ted, which sounds eerily similar to Family Guy's patriarch Peter Griffin. Of course, that's because Ted is voiced by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who also co-wrote and directed the movie.
Ted seems almost directly targeted to Family Guy fans, which could be a good or bad thing depending on your appreciation of the show. There is one important distinction, however. The debut trailer is decidedly red band and, therefore, very NSFW, which could be MacFarlane's way of saying his directorial debut won't simply be Family Guy on the big screen... Or his way of saying "this movie is funny because it has a foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear in it." You be the judge, but be warned about the trailer's liberal use of the f-bomb.
If you're wondering how Wahlberg was able to memorize all those names, the actor told EW that he wrote them down "something like 1,000 times... I always pride myself on knowing my lines and showing up on time and being prepared. But that’s the only time I ever had trouble with it."
MacFarlane said he wasn't surprised at Wahlberg's memorizing skills, calling the actor "the single most prepared human being." McFarlane admitted that he would "be dead in the water" if he had to pull off the same memorization feat. "I was expecting to have to have cue cards. And Mark said, 'No, I got it.' He just rattled them all off from memory. It was insane."
Ted was written by MacFarlane and Family Guy writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. The movie co-stars Joel McHale and Giovanni Ribisi.