Amidst the delicious crudeness and previously unseen footage are talking head snippets with MacFarlane, as well as stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. Really, though, it's a showcase for Ted himself, the teddy bear who comes to life in 1985 thanks to an earnest wish from friendless youngster John Bennett. John grows up into Wahlberg, while Ted becomes a foul-mouthed, pot-smoking, sex-obsessed former tabloid celebrity with MacFarlane's voice.
Once again, if you or anyone around you is offended by the trappings of R rated comedy, then skip this video, since it goes out of its way to convey that the director and co-writer is going dirty with his comedic fairy tale.
Basically, it looks like we can expect a movie with all the familiar strengths and weaknesses of Macfarlane's television work, but with the added benefit of a more permissive rating, a bigger budget, and a live-action production.
In addition to directing, voicing Ted, and providing a motion-capture performance for the titular teddy bear, MacFarlane wrote the screenplay with Family Guy writers and supervising producers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild.
Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis star as Ted's human counterparts, but MacFarlane has stuffed his first movie with many a recognizable actor in supporting roles, from Joel McHale to Giovanni Ribisi, Matt Walsh, Alex Bornstein, Ralph Garman, Jessica Stroup, and Patrick Stewart as the narrator.
Ted brings his plushness to theaters next Friday, June 29th.