Theatrical release poster with original release date
|Directed by||Seth MacFarlane|
|Produced by||Scott Stuber
|Screenplay by||Seth MacFarlane
|Story by||Seth MacFarlane|
|Narrated by||Patrick Stewart|
|Music by||Walter Murphy|
|Edited by||Jeff Freeman|
|Media Rights Capital
Fuzzy Door Productions
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||106 minutes|
Ted (stylized as ted) is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane. The screenplay by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild is from MacFarlane's story. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and MacFarlane, with Joel McHale and Giovanni Ribisi in supporting roles. The film tells the story of John Bennett, a Boston native whose childhood wish brings his teddy bear friend Ted to life, but Ted keeps John and his love interest Lori Collins from moving on with their lives.
The film is MacFarlane's feature-length directorial debut, produced by Media Rights Capital and distributed by Universal Pictures. It was released on June 29, 2012, and received generally positive reviews and was a commercial success, becoming the twelfth highest-grossing film of 2012, the highest-grossing R-rated film of the year, and the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. The film also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
A sequel titled Ted 2 has been announced to be released on June 26, 2015 by Universal Studios.
In 1985, John Bennett is a lonely child who dearly wished for his new Christmas gift, a large teddy bear named Ted, to come to life to be his friend. That wish coincided with a falling star and Ted became a fully mobile sentient being. John's parents got over the shock, word of the miracle spread and Ted was briefly a celebrity.
In 2012, John and Ted are still staunch, if immature, companions enjoying a hedonistic life even while John is in a relationship with office worker Lori Collins. As their fourth anniversary approaches, Lori hopes to marry John, but feels he can't move ahead with his life with Ted around. John is resistant to making his lifelong companion leave, but is finally persuaded to act when the couple discover Ted at home with four prostitutes, one of whom had defecated on the floor during a game of truth or dare.
John finds Ted his own apartment and a job at a grocery store, where his grossly irresponsible behavior gets him promoted and acquainted with co-worker Tami-Lynn. Regardless, Ted and John still spend most of their time together, which frustrates Lori when she discovers John has been skipping work to do so while using her for his excuses. Things start to come to a head when Lori and John are invited to a party put on by Lori's lecherous manager Rex, and Ted lures John away to a party at his apartment with the offer to meet Sam Jones, the star of their favorite movie, Flash Gordon. Although John arrives with the intention of spending only a few minutes, he gets caught up in the occasion which goes completely out of control. Lori discovers John there and breaks up with him in a rage. At that point, John blames Ted for ruining his life and tells him to stay away.
Eventually, Ted and John confront each other about their ruined friendship and manage to reconcile after a destructive brawl in John's hotel room. To repair John's relationship with Lori, Ted arranges with an old lover, singer Norah Jones, to help by having John express his love for Lori with a song during her concert. Although John's performance proves an embarrassment, Lori is touched by the attempt and returns to her apartment after being disgusted by Rex's sneering of him. Ted comes clean to Lori about his role in John's lapse and offers to leave them alone forever if she can talk to him. Lori is persuaded, but moments after she leaves, Ted is kidnapped by Donny, a crazed stalker who idolized Ted as a child. Donny plans to make Ted the toy of his brutishly destructive son, Robert.
Ted distracts Robert and reach a phone to contact John, but is soon recaptured. Realizing that Ted is in danger, John and Lori find Donny's residence and chase him and Robert to rescue Ted. The chase leads to Fenway Park, where John knocks out Robert, but during the chase Ted is damaged and falls onto the field torn completely in half. A police car arrives, forcing Donny to flee. As John and Lori gather his stuffing, Ted relays his wish that John be happy with Lori, as the magic that gives him life fades away.
Unable to accept his best friend's death, Lori and John return to her apartment to attempt repairing him, but it proves useless. That night, Lori, feeling profoundly guilty over her role in this tragedy, makes a wish on a falling star. The next morning, Ted is magically restored and the trio reconcile with Ted encouraging John and Lori to resume their relationship.
With that resolution, John and Lori are married (with Sam Jones as the presiding minister) and Ted comfortably accepts having a life of his own, with his misbehavior getting him somehow promoted to grocery store manager. Rex gives up his pursuit of Lori, goes into a deep depression, and dies of Lou Gehrig's disease. Sam Jones attempts to restart his career and moves into a studio apartment with Brandon Routh. Donny gets arrested by the Boston Police Department for kidnapping a plush toy, but the charges are eventually dropped because they sound too stupid. Robert hires a personal trainer, loses a significant amount of weight and goes on to become Taylor Lautner.
- Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, a male Boston resident who owns his teddy bear friend, Ted.
- Colton Shires as teenage John Bennett (opening credits)
- Bretton Manley as young John Bennett
- Mila Kunis as Lori Collins, a female roommate from Pennsylvania and John's love-interest.
- Joel McHale as Rex, Lori's boss and stalker.
- Giovanni Ribisi as Donny, a "fan" of Ted who kidnaps him for his son Robert.
- Aedin Mincks as Robert, Donny's spoiled and fat son.
- Patrick Warburton as Guy, John's co-worker.
- Laura Vandervoort as Tanya, John's co-worker.
- Matt Walsh as Thomas, John's boss.
- Jessica Barth as Tami-Lynn, Ted's girlfriend and co-worker.
- Bill Smitrovich as Frank Stevens, Ted's boss.
- Alex Borstein as John's mother
- Ralph Garman as John's father
- Jessica Stroup as Tracy, Lori's co-worker.
- Sam Jones as himself, Ted and John's movie idol
- Ryan Reynolds (uncredited) as Jared, Guy's boyfriend
- Norah Jones as herself
- Tom Skerritt as Thomas's idol
- Mike Henry as a Southern newscaster
- Robert Wu as Quan Ming, a Chinese man who acts as Flash Gordon's enemy Ming the Merciless
- Ted Danson (uncredited) as himself, in the Cheers DVD interview John and Ted watch
- Seth MacFarlane as Ted (Voice and motion capture), John's teddy bear and best friend, who speaks with a strong Boston accent.
- Zane Cowans as the voice of Young Ted
- Tara Strong (uncredited) as Ted's "I Love You" function
- Patrick Stewart as Narrator
Seth MacFarlane's directorial debut is a live-action effort, with computer animation handled by visual effects facilities Tippett Studio and Iloura. MacFarlane wrote the screenplay with his Family Guy colleagues Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. Filming began in May 2011 in Boston, Norwood, Swampscott, and Chelsea all in Massachusetts.
The film's North American release was scheduled for July 13, 2012, but it was brought forward to June 29, both to avoid competition with Ice Age: Continental Drift and following the delay of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The film was released in Australia on July 5, 2012, and on August 1, 2012 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
|Ted: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Walter Murphy and Various Artists|
|Released||June 26, 2012|
|Genre||Film score, jazz, rock|
The film's soundtrack was released by Universal Republic Records on June 26, 2012. It features the score by Walter Murphy and songs by various artists such as Norah Jones and Queen. Seth MacFarlane co-wrote the opening theme "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" with Murphy. The song was later nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 85th Academy Awards.
- Track listing
All tracks by Walter Murphy except where indicated.
- "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" by Norah Jones
- "The Power of Wishes"
- "Thunder Buddies for Life"
- "John and Lori at Work" / "A Walk in the Park"
- "Magical Wish"
- "Rex's Party (Everybody Needs a Best Friend)"
- "The Breakup"
- "Never Be Scared of Thunder Again"
- "Ted Is Captured" / "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
- "The Car Chase" / "Fenway Pursuit"
- "Climbing the Tower" / "She's Your Thunder Buddy Now"
- "Saving Ted" / "Lori's Wish"
- "The Proposal" / "The Wedding"
- "End Titles"
- "Flash's Theme" by Queen
- "Sin" by Daphné
- "Only Wanna Be with You" by Hootie & the Blowfish
- "Come Away with Me" by Norah Jones
- "All Time High" by Rita Coolidge
- "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany
- "Thunder Buddies" by Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane
Other songs not included in the soundtrack, but used in the film include select tracks from Queen's Flash Gordon soundtrack: "Football Fight", "Battle Theme", and "The Hero", as well as the "Knight Rider Theme" by Stu Phillips, "Stayin' Alive" by "Bee Gees", "Kiss Kiss" by "Chris Brown" and "The Imperial March" by John Williams. The film trailers used the songs "Best Friend" by Harry Nilsson and "How You Like Me Now?" by The Heavy.
To promote the film, Universal teamed up with Axe in a marketing campaign that involved the titular character and the brand's hair care product Axe Hair. In one commercial, Ted takes a woman on a date to a fancy restaurant, where he brings her to orgasm under the table before handing another man a box of Axe Hair gel.
Ted has received generally positive reviews, with critics praising MacFarlane's comic performance, as well as Wahlberg's portrayal of John Bennett. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 68% approval rating with an average rating of 6.4/10 based on 202 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Ted's "romance versus bromance" plot is familiar, but the film's held aloft by the high-concept central premise and a very funny (albeit inconsistent) script." At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 62, based on 37 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". Roger Ebert gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four, citing the film as "the best comedy screenplay so far [this year]," also praising the film on the fact that it "doesn't run out of steam."
Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club gave the film a "B" grade. Brent McNight of Beyond Hollywood commented on the jokes: "Some of these jokes hit, some jokes miss." On the other hand, A. O. Scott of The New York Times called Ted "boring, lazy and wildly unoriginal."
Ted grossed $549,368,315 worldwide, of which $218,815,487 was made in North America and $330,552,828 was made overseas, making it Universal's highest-grossing film in 2012, ahead of Snow White and the Huntsman and Battleship, the only one to pass the $400 million mark, and the 12th highest-grossing film of 2012.
Ted debuted in first place in Taiwan and got the best comedy opening ever there. It also debuted in Hong Kong, with $1.4 million, and grossed $571,000 in its first week in South Korea, eventually grossing $8 million, $3.8 million and $1.8 million in the three countries respectively. It also grossed $2.1 million in both Indonesia and Singapore, and $1.4 million in Thailand.
In January 2013, Ted opened at number one in Japan, its final market, with $4.5 million, the best start ever for an R-rated comedy there. In comparison, it grossed more in its opening weekend than The Hangover Part II made in its entire run. The following weekend, it retained the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive frame, grossing $3.6 million at 137 dates, for a 10-day market cumulative total of $11.2 million. By its third weekend, the film stayed at the No. 1 spot for a third week, with earning down less than 10%, pushing Ted's overseas total past the $300 Million mark, and making it the top grossing R-rated comedy of all time in Japan. It then had its fourth consecutive weekend at No. 1, drawing another $3 million at 354 locations in the country. Its cumulative total stands at $44 million grossed.
Ted debuted with $14.3 million in the United Kingdom, making it the third-best debut ever for a Universal film behind Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and King Kong, eventually grossing over $48.9 million in the country. Ted was released in cinemas across the United Kingdom on August 3.
Ted spent its first four weeks atop the weekend box office in both the Netherlands, and Austria, eventually grossing $8.4 million, and $6.2 million in those countries respectively. The movie also opened at No. 1 in Belgium, with $587,000, eventually grossing $4.4 million.
In Italy, the film had a second place start, grossing $3.3 million in its opening weekend there, moving up to No. 1 on its second week, with $4.2 million grossed. It has since grossed $14.1 million there.
Ted earned $2.6 million in midnight showings in the United States and Canada. For its opening day, Ted scored one of the best R-rated comedy debuts ever since The Hangover with an estimated $20.2 million. The film earned a total of $54.4 million in its opening weekend, well over second-place R-rated Magic Mike's $39.2 million. Its overall weekend gross set a record for the highest original R-rated comedy opening in history. It was the first time two R-rated films grossed more than $21 million each during a weekend.
Ted also debuted at #1 in Australia and New Zealand, grossing over $35.5 million and $3.5 million respectively. Its $13.1 million opening in Australia, of which $4.5 million were from previews, was Universal's biggest opening ever in the country. In Australia, Ted was rated MA 15+, whereas in New Zealand, it was rated R13 for its theatrical release and R16 for the DVD/Blu-ray release.
The film also grossed $4.6 million in Argentina, 2 million in Chile, 1.9 million in Peru, and 1.7 million in Colombia.
The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States on December 11, 2012 by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Both formats featured an unrated version of the film (112 minutes) and were also released in Australia on November 21, 2012, in an "Extended Edition". It was released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK on November 26, 2012.
|Category||Recipients and nominees||Result||Ref.|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Award
|Breakthrough Performance Behind the Camera||Seth MacFarlane||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards
|Choice Summer Movie: Comedy or Music||Ted||Nominated|||
|Choice Movie Voice||Seth MacFarlane as Ted||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Chemistry||Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg||Nominated|
|Best Original Song||"Everybody Needs a Best Friend" - Seth MacFarlane and Walter Murphy||Nominated|||
|People's Choice Awards
|Favorite Comedy Movie||Ted||Won|||
|MTV Movie Awards
|Movie of the Year||Ted||Nominated|||
|Best Female Performance||Mila Kunis||Nominated|
|Best Shirtless Performance||Seth MacFarlane||Nominated|
|Best Kiss||Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg||Nominated|
|Best Fight||Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg||Nominated|
|Best On-Screen Duo||Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg||Won|
|Best WTF Moment||Seth MacFarlane||Nominated|
|Best Fantasy Film||Ted||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Awards
|Best Actor in a Comedy||Mark Wahlberg||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Comedy||Mila Kunis||Nominated|
|American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
|Top Box Office Films||Ted||Won|
|Spike Guys' Choice Awards
|Guy Movie of the Year||Ted||Won|
|Best Fight Scene||Mark Wahlberg||Won|
On July 16, 2014, MacFarlane was hit with a lawsuit from the production company of a series of Internet videos called Charlie the Abusive Teddy Bear, a series of Internet videos, claiming that Ted infringes on the copyright of its videos due to the Ted bear largely matching the background story, persona, voice tone, attitude and dialogue of the Charlie bear.
During the 2012 American Dad! Comic-Con panel, MacFarlane stated that he would be open to a sequel to Ted. In September 2012, chief executive Steve Burke said that the studio would be looking to make a sequel to Ted "as soon as possible".
On Anderson Live, Wahlberg confirmed that a sequel was in the works and that it would be the first sequel in his career, while also revealing that he and Ted (as voiced by MacFarlane) would appear at the 85th Academy Awards.
In February 2014, Deadline reported that Amanda Seyfried has been cast as the female lead, while Kunis will have a limited role. On July 8, MacFarlane announced that work had officially begun on the sequel.
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