Seth MacFarlane's feature-film debut, the anthropomorphic teddy-bear movie, Ted, fortuitously saw its red-band trailer drop on April Fool's Day, and if you weren't already familiar with the upcoming flick, a little suspicion would have been understandable. You might have asked yourself, "Is Mark Wahlberg really in a buddy comedy with a horny, pot-smoking, foul-mouthed teddy bear, or is this an elaborate hoax?" But then you remember its from the creator of Family Guy, and Wahlberg does have a few comedies under his belt.
So yes, it is a real thing, and in it, Wahlberg plays thirty-five-year-old man-child John Bennett (conveniently from Massachusetts), whose childhood teddy bear comes to life as the result of a wish, and for many years becomes Bennett's inseparable — and raunchy — companion. Ted is voiced by MacFarlane (sounding a lot like Peter Griffin), whose motion-capture movements are incorporated as well. Bennett's furry friend continually acts as an annoying third wheel, upsetting his relationship with girlfriend Lori, played by Mila Kunis, who we see Bennett clumsily meeting at a club.
As a "gimmick" movie, Ted will inevitably draw comparisons to films like Paul and The Beaver, and the TV series Wilfred. It has frat-bro classic written all over it, and one scene in particular — which you can see in the trailer — involving Wahlberg reeling off a list of white-trash girls' names, is especially good. In preparing for the scene, Wahlberg said he meticulously wrote out each name by hand "something like 1,000 times." The cast includes Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Joel McHale, and Jessica Stroup, and is due in theaters July 13.