Ted (film)
Ted poster
Theatrical release poster with original release date
Directed by Seth MacFarlane
Produced by John Jacobs
Scott Stuber
Seth MacFarlane
Wellesley Wild
Jason Clark
Written by Seth MacFarlane
Music by Walter Murphy
Cinematography Michael Barrett
Studio Media Rights Capital
Fuzzy Door Productions
Smart Entertainment
Bluegrass Films
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date June 29, 2012 (U.S., English)
Running time 106 minutes (theatrical version)
115 minutes (extended version)
Budget $50[1]–$65 million[2]
Ted, stylized as ted, is a 2012 American comedy film, directed by Seth MacFarlane and written by John Jacobs, Scott Stuber, MacFarlane, Wellesley Wild, and Jason Clark. It stars Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, Mila Kunis as Lori Collins, and MacFarlane as the voice of Ted. It features Giovanni Ribisi as Donny, Joel McHale as Rex, Jessica Barth as Tami-Lynn McCafferty, Aedin Mincks as Robert, and Sam J. Jones as himself.

The film is MacFarlane's feature-length directorial debut,[2] 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 12th 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.[3][4][5] The film also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.

A sequel Ted 2 was released on June 26, 2015.


In 1985, eight-year-old John Bennett is an only child living in Norwood, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, who wished for his new Christmas gift, a jumbo teddy bear named Ted, to come to life and become his friend. The wish coincides with a shooting star and comes true; word spread and Ted was briefly a celebrity.

27 years later, John, now 35, and Ted are still living in Boston and are still staunch companions enjoying a hedonistic life. John is dating Lori Collins, who is from Philadelphia. As their anniversary approaches, Lori hopes to marry John but feels he could not move forward with Ted around. John is hesitant about making Ted leave, but he is persuaded to act when they find Ted at home with a group of prostitutes.

John finds Ted his own apartment and a job at a grocery store, where Ted begins dating his co-worker Tami-Lynn. Lori learns that John has been skipping work, using her as an excuse, to continue to spend most of his time with Ted. John and Lori are invited to a party put on by Lori's womanizing manager Rex, but Ted lures John away to a party at his apartment with the offer to meet Sam J. Jones, the star of their favorite film, Flash Gordon. John intends to stay only a few minutes but gets caught up in the occasion. Lori finds John there and breaks up with him. John blames Ted for ruining his life and banishes him.

John and Ted confront each other about their ruined friendship and they fight but manage to reconcile after a violent brawl in their hotel room. To repair John's relationship with Lori, Ted arranges for an old lover, singer Norah Jones, to help by having John express his love for Lori with a song during her concert. He does an off-key rendition of Octopussy theme song, All Time High, by Rita Coolidge and is booed offstage. Lori is touched by the attempt and returns to her apartment where Ted confesses to his role in John's relapse and offers to leave them alone forever if she talks to John.

Lori is persuaded, but Ted is kidnapped by Donny, an obsessive stalker who idolized Ted as a child. Donny plans to make Ted his brutish son Robert's new toy. Ted manages to reach a phone to contact John but is immediately recaptured. Realizing Ted is in danger, John and Lori locate Donny's residence and track him to rescue Ted. The chase leads to Fenway Park, where John punches Robert, but during the chase, Ted is damaged and falls onto the field ripped entirely in half. A police car arrives, forcing Donny to flee. John and Lori gather Ted's stuffing and Ted relays his wish that John be happy with Lori before dying from his injuries.

Unable to accept Ted's death, a distraught John and Lori attempt to repair Ted, which proves useless. Feeling saddened about the incident, Lori makes a wish on a shooting star. The next morning, John hangs his head while looking over Ted's dead body. Ted is magically restored and reconciles with John and Lori, encouraging them to resume their relationship. John and Lori are married (with Sam Jones as the presiding minister), and Ted comfortably accepts having a life of his own as he and Tami-Lynn continued their love affair. Sam Jones attempts to restart his career and moves into a studio apartment with Brandon Routh. Rex gives up his pursuit of Lori, goes into a deep depression, and dies of Lou Gehrig's disease. Donny gets arrested by the Boston Police Department for kidnapping Ted, but police cannot arrest him as kidnapping a bear toy is not illegal. Robert hires a personal trainer, loses a significant amount of weight, and goes on to become Taylor Lautner.



Cast notesEdit

  • Before the film was released, young Ted's voice actors were rumored to have been Danny Anderson (who was also rumored to have portrayed young John) and Zachary Gordon. Afterwards, it was confirmed that the real voice actor is Zane Cowans.
  • It was also rumored that Ray Romano appeared as himself and Alec Baldwin appeared as a character named Dan, but these were complete errors.
  • Originally, John's parents' names were intended to be Joe and Gina, but their names were changed to Steve and Helen.


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.[6] MacFarlane announced the movie in an episode of Conan on February 10, 2011.

Filming began in May 2011 in Boston and Swampscott, both in Massachusetts.[7]

Its North American release was scheduled for July 13, 2012, but this was changed to June 29, following the delay of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.[8] The movie was released in Australia on July 5[9] and on August 1 in the United Kingdom. [10]


Critical receptionEdit

Ted has received positive reviews, with critics praising Seth MacFarlane's comic performance, as well as Mark Wahlberg's portrayal of John Bennett. The film currently has a 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 181 reviews, with an average score of 6.4 / 10, saying "Ted's "romance versus bromance" plot is familiar, but the movie's held aloft by the high-concept central premise and a very funny (albeit inconsistent) script".[11] Based on the top critics, the film holds a 67% "fresh" rating based on 12 reviews, with an average score of 6.9 / 10. Review aggregate Metacritic has given the movie a weighted score of 62, based on 37 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[12]

Roger Ebert gave the movie a 3.5 stars citing the movie 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 Ted a B grade.[13]

Brent MacNight of Beyond Hollywood commented on the jokes, "Some of these jokes hit, some jokes miss.[14]

On the other hand, A. O. Scott of The New York Times called Ted "boring, lazy and wildly unoriginal."[15]

Box officeEdit

As of August 20, 2012, the film had earned $351,272,582, of which $213,064,385 was in North America and $138,208,197 in foreign markets.[16]

The film earned $2.6 million in midnight showings.[17] For its opening day, Ted scored one of the best R-rated comedy debuts ever since The Hangover with an estimated $20.2 million.[18][16] The film earned a total of $54.4 million in its opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada, well over 2nd-place Magic Mike's $39.2 million.[19] Its overall weekend gross set a record for the highest original R-rated comedy opening in history.[20]

The film earned $14.3 million in the United Kingdom, making it the 3rd-best debut ever for a Universal movie behind Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and King Kong. It also had a $7.4 million launch in Germany and had the best Hollywood comedy debut ever in Russia, grossing $5.5 million.[21] In Spain, it opened with $2.3 million, which is the highest ever for an original R-rated comedy.[22]

It also debuted at No. 1 in Australia and New Zealand, grossing nearly $35 million and $3 million so far.[23]


Home mediaEdit

Ted was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States on December 11, 2012 by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Both formats were released in Australia on November 21, 2012, in an "Extended Edition".[24] 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 [25]
Choice Movie Voice Seth MacFarlane as Ted Nominated
Choice Movie Chemistry Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg Nominated
Academy Awards
Best Original Song "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" - Seth MacFarlane and Walter Murphy Nominated [26]
People's Choice Awards
Favorite Comedy Movie Ted Won [27]
Empire Award
Best Comedy Ted Won
MTV Movie Awards
Movie of the Year Ted Nominated [28]
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
Saturn Awards
Best Fantasy Film Ted Nominated
Critics' Choice Awards
Best Comedy Ted Nominated
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
(2012 / 2013)
Guy Movie of the Year Ted Won
Best Fight Scene Mark Wahlberg Won


On July 16, 2014, Seth MacFarlane was hit with a lawsuit from the production company of 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.[29]


Main article: Ted 2

A sequel titled Ted 2 was released on June 26, 2015.


  • Originally, the film due to come out July 13, but following G.I. Joe: Retaliation's delay, it was moved up 2 weeks earlier.
  • Tara Strong makes her first live-action motion picture appearance since National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995), but she only voiced Ted's "I love you" function.
  • The film has been received favorably from critics, but it has received acclaim from Seth MacFarlane's fans, praising the storyline, voice acting, visual effects, and its crude humor.
  • Unlike MacFarlane's projects, Ted isn't distributed or produced by 20th Century Fox, his main company for making TV shows. Instead, it is handled by Universal Pictures.
  • MacFarlane originally wanted to make Ted into an animated series, in a similar way to his shows Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show, as revealed in the behind the scenes.
  • This is MacFarlane's first live-action work, except for Ted, who's animated through motion capture.

References to Family GuyEdit

  • During the party scene, Ted mentions Peter Griffin's name.
  • The scene where Lori tells John to give her his car keys after lying to her about visiting Ted is loosely based on "Saving Private Brian," where Chris tells Quagmire to give him the car keys, otherwise, he'll beat him up. But in this movie, Lori just told him to give her the car keys.
  • In addition to Seth MacFarlane (Peter, Stewie, Brian, and various other characters) and Mila Kunis (Meg), several cast members from the series also made minor or cameo appearances, such as, Alex Borstein (Lois and various other characters) as Helen, Patrick Warburton (Joe) as Guy, Ralph Garman (additional cast) as Steve, Tara Strong (various characters until season 4) as Ted's "I love you" voice box, and others from the series made cameo appearances (like Mike Henry and Danny Smith).
  • During the aquarium scene, when Ted is mocking the fishes in a variety of voices, one of them are Stewie's voice.
    • Oddly, Ted and Stewie are both voiced by Seth MacFarlane.
  • During the fight between John and Ted, we can hear some punching sounds from the series.
  • Ted borrows music tones from Family Guy, likely because the music is performed by Walter Murphy (who also performed the show's music).
  • The opening sequence and the ending credits both have a similar letter font from Family Guy.


  • A brief footage of SpongeBob SquarePants from an episode from the show is shown towards the beginning of the film.
  • A footage of Flash Gordon is shown in some scenes.
    • Interestingly, Sam J. Jones made two cameo appearances in the film as himself during Ted's party and as the wedding priest at John and Lori's wedding.
  • A parody footage of Airplane! is seen when John and Lori are talking about how they first met. The only difference is the characters are different.


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