Generally, I would call myself a fan of Seth MacFarlane. Well the last few seasons of Family Guy have been god awful, the first four or five was a pretty dependable source of comedy for me. And everything else he’s been involved in, I generally enjoyed. American Dad is one of the funniest shows on TV, and his performance in Hellboy II was pretty enjoyable. If anything, the man knows how to use his voice; in addition to being an excellent singer, he’s also an amazing voice actor with the ability to have seemingly hundreds of distinct voices. So despite his sometimes shaky comedy, he’ll always have that. And when I heard he was tackling a feature film, I was instantly intrigued. Does the film look all promising? Well, see for yourself with the film’s first Red Band trailer (which means yes, it’s NSFW):
First off, the trailer was WAY too long. In my opinion, a trailer really shouldn’t be longer than two minutes, but this one approaches the three minute mark. Despite that, though…not bad. It’s obviously very MacFarlane, but I laughed a few times. I find Wahlberg and Ted’s chemistry to be surprisingly realistic…it seems like they are generally best friends, with the only weird part of their relationship being the fact that one of them is a teddy bear. Wahlberg himself looks like he’s having a lot of fun, and MacFarlane does a fine job in terms of voice acting (even if it does sound vaguely like Peter Griffin with a stronger Boston accent). Still…this could be a lot of fun. I just hope this will fall more in line with Family Guy of old rather than Family Guy of new.
Anyways, here’s the official synopsis:
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish…and has refused to leave his side ever since.
Ted opens everywhere July 13.