It's been a decade since Gollum so conclusively demonstrated how motion-capture could be used to create a compelling character, and now director Ted Macfarlane is using it to bring life to Ted while helming the movie. Even with stars like Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis in the movie, Ted's primary selling point is MacFarlane, as the Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show creator moves not only into directing, writing, and producing his first movie, but also voicing and performing as the title character. This featurette shows the surreal reality of MacFarlane in a high-tech get-up performing as Ted in scenes with his co-stars whilst also sitting behind a bank of monitors overseeing the movie.
As you can probably tell, the video below is here thanks to Funny or Die, and if anyone around you is offended by a teddy bear making fun of Boston women mid-orgasm, then hold off for now. If not, then enjoy away.
The story kicks off in heartwarming fairy tale fashion as a young social outcast in 1985 Boston wishes his Christmas-gift teddy bear could come to life so that he might have a best buddy for life. The cuddly bear does indeed awake and becomes a temporary tabloid celebrity star almost immediately. Decades later, though, he's a foul-mouthed misanthrope who is holding his best friend back from maturing personally and professionally.
Wahlberg plays protagonist John Bennett, while Kunis plays his longtime girlfriend Lori. MacFarlane's supporting cast includes Patrick Warburton, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Jessica Barth, Patrick Stewart, Matt Walsh, Norah Jones, and Patrick Stewart, all of whom you can see (or hear) starting this Friday, June 29th.