Seth MacFarlane has had such a visible presence in recent years with his animated series Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad! that it was only a matter of time before his producing/writing talents would spill over onto the big screen. Fans of his series work should easily relate to his live-action comedy, Ted. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish for his beloved teddy bear to come to life was granted in his youth, but whose relationship with his stuffed pal has gotten a lot more complicated over the years. Now, almost 30 years later, Johnâ€™s girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) is waiting for him to grow up.
For MacFarlane, the example was set long before CGI was so integrated into filmmaking. â€śThe guy I look to as the epitome of doing that right was Jim Henson,â€ť MacFarlane continues. â€śThe Muppets were real people. In that world it was normal for Muppets to be walking around. In The Great Muppet Caper, Kermit and Fozzie work at a newspaper and Jack Warden is their boss. They have the same relationship that newspapermen and their boss have in any movie â€” they just happen to be puppets. That was what we wanted.â€ť
Ted is available on Video On Demand starting Dec. 11. Check your cable system for availability.
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