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Ted (film)

Theatrical release poster with original release date
Directed by Seth MacFarlane
Produced by Scott Stuber
Seth MacFarlane
John Jacobs
Jason Clark
Screenplay by Seth MacFarlane
Alec Sulkin
Wellesley Wild
Story by Seth MacFarlane
Starring Mark Wahlberg
Mila Kunis
Seth MacFarlane
Joel McHale
Giovanni Ribisi
Narrated by Patrick Stewart
Music by Walter Murphy
Cinematography Michael Barrett
Edited by Jeff Freeman
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • June 29, 2012 (2012-06-29)
Running time 106 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50 million
Box office $549,368,315

Ted (stylized as ted) is a 2012 American comedy film, directed by Seth MacFarlane. The screenplay by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild is from MacFarlane's story. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and MacFarlane, with Joel McHale and Giovanni Ribisi in supporting roles. The film tells the story of John Bennett, a Boston native whose childhood wish brings his teddy bear friend Ted to life, but Ted keeps John and his love interest Lori Collins from moving on with their lives.

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 twelfth 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 titled Ted 2 has been announced to be released on June 26, 2015 by Universal Studios.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
    • Voices 2.1
  • Production 3
  • Soundtrack 4
  • Marketing 5
  • Release 6
    • Critical reception 6.1
    • Box office 6.2
      • Asia 6.2.1
      • Europe 6.2.2
      • North America 6.2.3
      • Oceania 6.2.4
      • South America 6.2.5
    • Home media 6.3
  • Accolades 7
  • Lawsuit 8
  • Sequel 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


In 1985, John Bennett is a lonely child who dearly wished for his new Christmas gift, a large teddy bear named Ted, to come to life to be his friend. That wish coincided with a falling star and Ted became a fully mobile sentient being. John's parents got over the shock, word of the miracle spread and Ted was briefly a celebrity.

In 2012, John and Ted are still staunch, if immature, companions enjoying a hedonistic life even while John is in a relationship with office worker Lori Collins. As their fourth anniversary approaches, Lori hopes to marry John, but feels he cannot move ahead with his life with Ted around. John is resistant to making his lifelong companion leave, but is finally persuaded to act when the couple discover Ted at home with four prostitutes, one of whom had defecated on the floor during a game of truth or dare.

John finds Ted his own apartment and a job at a grocery store, where he meets coworker Tami-Lynn, has sexual intercourse with her on top of the produce they sell to the public, and gets promoted for doing so. Regardless, John and Ted still spend most of their time together, which frustrates Lori when she discovers John has been skipping work to do so while using her for his excuses. Things start to come to a head when John and Lori are invited to a party put on by Lori's womanising manager Rex and 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. Although John arrives with the intention of spending only a few minutes, he gets caught up in the occasion, which goes completely out of control. Lori discovers John there and breaks up with him on the spot, in a rage. At that point, an angered John blames Ted for ruining his life and tells him to stay away.

Eventually, John and Ted confront each other about their ruined friendship and manage to reconcile after a violent brawl in John's hotel room. To repair John's relationship with Lori, Ted arranges with an old lover, singer Norah Jones, to help by having John express his love for Lori with a song during her concert. Although John's performance proves an embarrassment, Lori is touched by the attempt and returns to her apartment after being angered by Rex's sneering of him. Ted comes clean to Lori about his role in John's relapse and offers to leave them alone forever if she can talk to him. Lori is persuaded, but moments after she leaves, Ted is kidnapped by Donny, a crazed stalker who idolized Ted as a child. Donny plans to make Ted the toy of his brutishly destructive son Robert.

Ted distracts Robert and reach a phone to contact John, but is soon recaptured. Realizing that Ted is in danger, John and Lori find Donny's residence and chase him and Robert to rescue Ted. The chase leads to Fenway Park, where John knocks out Robert, but during the chase Ted is damaged and falls onto the field torn completely in half. A police car arrives, forcing Donny to flee. As John and Lori gather his stuffing, Ted relays his wish that John be happy with Lori, as the magic that gives him life fades away.

Unable to accept his best friend's death, Lori and John return to her apartment to attempt repairing him, but it proves useless. That night, Lori, feeling profoundly guilty over her role in this tragedy, makes a wish on a falling star. The next morning, Ted is magically restored and the trio reconcile with Ted encouraging John and Lori to resume their relationship.

With that resolution, John and Lori are married (with Sam Jones as the presiding minister) and Ted comfortably accepts having a life of his own, Ted and Tami-Lynn continued their torrid love affair for quite some time. One afternoon Ted was caught behind the deli counter eating potato salad off of Tami-Lynn's bare bottom. He was instantly promoted to store manager. Rex gives up his pursuit of Lori, goes into a deep depression, and dies of Lou Gehrig's disease. Sam Jones attempts to restart his career and moves into a studio apartment with Brandon Routh. Donny gets arrested by the Boston Police Department for kidnapping a plush toy, but the charges are eventually dropped because they sound too stupid. Robert hires a personal trainer, loses a significant amount of weight and goes on to become Taylor Lautner.




Seth MacFarlane wrote, produced, and directed the film, as well as having provided the motion capture and voice for the titular character

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.[7] Filming began in May 2011 in Boston, Norwood, Swampscott, and Chelsea all in Massachusetts.[8]

The film's North American release was scheduled for July 13, 2012, but it was brought forward to June 29, both to avoid competition with Ice Age: Continental Drift and following the delay of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.[9] The film was released in Australia on July 5, 2012,[10] and on August 1, 2012 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[11]

In a "behind the scenes" video, it was revealed that MacFarlane originally wanted to make Ted into an animated TV show, much like his previous works Family Guy and American Dad.


Ted: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Walter Murphy and Various Artists
Released June 26, 2012 (2012-06-26)
Genre Film score, jazz, rock
Label Universal Republic
Producer Hans Zimmer

The film's soundtrack was released by Universal Republic Records on June 26, 2012. It features the score by Walter Murphy and songs by various artists such as Norah Jones and Queen. Seth MacFarlane co-wrote the opening theme "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" with Murphy.[12] The song was later nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 85th Academy Awards.

Track listing

All tracks by Walter Murphy except where indicated.

  1. "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" by Norah Jones
  2. "The Power of Wishes"
  3. "Thunder Buddies for Life"
  4. "John and Lori at Work" / "A Walk in the Park"
  5. "Magical Wish"
  6. "Rex's Party (Everybody Needs a Best Friend)"
  7. "The Breakup"
  8. "Never Be Scared of Thunder Again"
  9. "Ted Is Captured" / "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
  10. "The Car Chase" / "Fenway Pursuit"
  11. "Climbing the Tower" / "She's Your Thunder Buddy Now"
  12. "Saving Ted" / "Lori's Wish"
  13. "The Proposal" / "The Wedding"
  14. "End Titles"
  15. "Flash's Theme" by Queen
  16. "Sin" by Daphné
  17. "Only Wanna Be with You" by Hootie & the Blowfish
  18. "Come Away with Me" by Norah Jones
  19. "All Time High" by Rita Coolidge
  20. "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany
  21. "Thunder Buddies" by Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane

Other songs not included in the soundtrack, but used in the film include select tracks from Queen's Flash Gordon soundtrack: "Football Fight", "Battle Theme", and "The Hero", as well as the "Knight Rider Theme" by Stu Phillips, "Stayin' Alive" by "Bee Gees", "Kiss Kiss" by "Chris Brown" and "The Imperial March" by John Williams. The film trailers used the songs "Best Friend" by Harry Nilsson and "How You Like Me Now?" by The Heavy.


To promote the film,

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  5. ^ a b "Around-the-World Roundup: 'Taken 2' Crushes Predecessor, 'Ted' Sets New Record". October 16, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ Why 'Ted' sounds so similar to 'Family Guy's' Peter Griffin Los Angeles Times "As I was coming up with the voice for Ted, I kept trying to veer away. I finally said, 'He's a Boston guy, and this is me doing a Boston accent."
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  8. ^ "New Projects coming to New England". January 17, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
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  10. ^ "Ted". Village Cinemas. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  11. ^ "Ted". Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  12. ^ Movie Soundtrack"Ted". Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ to Show How Great Hair Can Help Guys Get Away with Anything"Ted"AXE Hair Teams Up with Universal Pictures' New Comedy . PR Newswire. June 22, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ Nudd, Tim (July 10, 2012). Gets Dirty with Axe Hair Products in Seth MacFarlane Ads (NSFW)"Ted". AdWeek. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ted to come to life on Oscars night". 3 News NZ. January 9, 2013. 
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  17. ^ "Ted". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
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  20. ^ McNight, Brent (June 29, 2012). "Ted (2012) Movie Review". Beyond Hollywood. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  21. ^ Scott, A. O. (June 28, 2012). "The Lady or the Teddy?". Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
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  23. ^ a b "Around-the-World Roundup: 'Resident Evil' Slays With $49.6 Million Debut". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
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  29. ^ Box Office Milestone: 'Ted' Crosses $300 Million Overseas, Fueled by Japan The Hollywood Reporter
  30. ^ Foreign Box Office: 'Django Unchained' Remains No. 1, But 'Die Hard' Steals Weekend The Hollywood Reporter
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  33. ^ "Around-the-World Roundup: 'Dark Knight Rises' Passes 'Dark Knight' Overseas". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
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  37. ^ "Around-the-World Roundup: 'Taken 2' Off to Great Start Overseas". October 9, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  38. ^ "France Box Office - October 10–14, 2012". Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  39. ^ Magic Mike' earns $2.1 million at midnight shows; 'Ted' even bigger with $2.6 million"'". Inside Movies. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  40. ^ "Box office update: 'Ted' smokes competition with $20.2 million Friday; 'Magic Mike' close behind". Inside Movies. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  41. ^ Sinha-Roy, Piya; Richwine, Lisa (July 1, 2012). "Foul-mouthed 'Ted' takes movie box office crown". Reuters. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  42. ^ "Box Office Report: 'Ted' Earns Record $54.1 Mil; 'Magic Mike' Sizzles With $39.2 Mil". Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  43. ^ Kaufman, Amy (July 2, 2012). Ted,' 'Magic Mike' have a record weekend for R-rated movies"'". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  44. ^ "Ted".  
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  46. ^ "Brazil Box Office, September 28–30, 2012". Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  47. ^ "Boy and Bear – Seth MacFarlane gives STACK the bear essentials on TED, a buddy movie like no other. :.".  
  48. ^ Macatee, Rebecca (June 14, 2012). "Teen Choice Awards 2012: Breaking Dawn, Snow White Lead Second Wave of Nominations". E! Online. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
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In February 2014, Deadline reported that Amanda Seyfried has been cast as the female lead, while Kunis will have a limited role.[57] On July 8, MacFarlane announced that work had officially begun on the sequel.[58]

Ted 2 will be released on June 26, 2015 in the USA.[56]

On Anderson Live, Wahlberg confirmed that a sequel was in the works and that it would be the first sequel in his career, while also revealing that he and Ted (as voiced by MacFarlane) would appear at the 85th Academy Awards.[55]

During the 2012 American Dad! Comic-Con panel, MacFarlane stated that he would be open to a sequel to Ted.[53] In September 2012, chief executive Steve Burke said that the studio would be looking to make a sequel to Ted "as soon as possible".[54]


On July 16, 2014, Seth MacFarlane was hit with a lawsuit from the production company of a series of Internet videos called 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.[52]


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 [48]
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 [49]
People's Choice Awards
Favorite Comedy Movie Ted Won [50]
Empire Award
Best Comedy Ted Won
MTV Movie Awards
Movie of the Year Ted Nominated [51]
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
Guy Movie of the Year Ted Won
Best Fight Scene Mark Wahlberg Won


The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States on December 11, 2012 by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Both formats featured an unrated version of the film (112 minutes) and were also released in Australia on November 21, 2012, in an "Extended Edition."[47] It was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United Kingdom on November 26, 2012.

Home media

The film also grossed $4.6 million in Argentina, 2 million in Chile, 1.9 million in Peru, and 1.7 million in Colombia.[26]

In Brazil, the film opened with $1.4 million at 273 sites,[45] moving up to 1st place in the country on its third week of release.[46] It has since grossed $8.8 million there.[26]

South America

Ted also debuted at #1 in Australia and New Zealand, grossing over $35.5 million and $3.5 million respectively.[26] Its $13.1 million opening in Australia, of which $4.5 million were from previews, was Universal's biggest opening ever in the country.[24] In Australia, Ted was rated MA 15+,[44] whereas in New Zealand, it was rated R13 for its theatrical release and R16 for the DVD/Blu-ray release.


In Mexico, the film debuted in first place with $2.1 million,[23] grossing $13.4 million.[26]

Ted earned $2.6 million in midnight showings in the United States and Canada.[39] For its opening day, Ted scored one of the best R-rated comedy debuts ever since The Hangover with an estimated $20.2 million.[22][40] The film earned a total of $54.4 million in its opening weekend, well over second-place R-rated Magic Mike '​s $39.2 million.[41] Its overall weekend gross set a record for the highest original R-rated comedy opening in history.[42] It was the first time two R-rated films grossed more than $21 million each during a weekend.[43]

North America

In France, the film debuted at No. 2, grossing $3 million in 348 theatres during its opening weekend,[38] eventually grossing $11.5 million in the country.[26]

In Italy, the film had a second place start, grossing $3.3 million in its opening weekend there,[37] moving up to No. 1 on its second week, with $4.2 million grossed.[4] It has since grossed $14.1 million there.[26]

Ted spent its first 4 weeks atop the weekend box office in both the Netherlands,[35] and Austria,[36] eventually grossing $8.4 million, and $6.2 million in those countries respectively.[26] The movie also opened at No. 1 in Belgium, with $587,000, eventually grossing $4.4 million.[26]

The film also had the best Hollywood comedy debut ever in Russia, grossing $5.5 million,[32] eventually grossing $17 million.[26]

In Spain, it opened with $2.3 million, which is the highest ever for an original R-rated comedy there,[34] eventually grossing over $14.3 million.[26]

The film had a $7.4 million launch in Germany,[32] holding #1 spot for three-straight weeks,[33] eventually grossing over $31.4 million.[26]

Ted debuted with $14.3 million in the United Kingdom, making it the third-best debut ever for a Universal film behind Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and King Kong,[32] eventually grossing over $48.9 million in the country. Ted was released in cinemas across the United Kingdom on August 3.[26]


In January 2013, the film opened at number one in Japan, its final market, with $4.5 million, the best start ever for an R-rated comedy there. In comparison, it grossed more in its opening weekend than The Hangover Part II made in its entire run.[27] The following weekend, it retained the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive frame, grossing $3.6 million at 137 dates, for a 10-day market cumulative total of $11.2 million.[28] By its third weekend, the film stayed at the No. 1 spot for a third week, with earning down less than 10%, pushing Ted's overseas total past the $300 Million mark, and making it the top grossing R-rated comedy of all time in Japan.[29] It then had its fourth consecutive weekend at No. 1, drawing another $3 million at 354 locations in the country.[30] Its cumulative total stands at $44 million grossed.[31]

Ted debuted in first place in Taiwan and got the best comedy opening ever there.[24] It also debuted in Hong Kong, with $1.4 million, and grossed $571,000 in its first week in South Korea,[25] eventually grossing $8 million, $3.8 million and $1.8 million in the three countries respectively.[26] It also grossed $2.1 million in both Indonesia and Singapore, and $1.4 million in Thailand.[26]


Ted grossed $549,368,315 worldwide, of which $218,815,487 was made in North America and $330,552,828 was made overseas,[22] making it Universal's highest-grossing film in 2012, ahead of Snow White and the Huntsman and Battleship,[5] the only one to pass the $400 million mark,[23] and the 12th highest-grossing film of 2012.

Box office

Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club gave the film a "B" grade.[19] Brent McNight of Beyond Hollywood commented on the jokes: "Some of these jokes hit, some jokes miss."[20] On the other hand, A. O. Scott of The New York Times called Ted "boring, lazy and wildly unoriginal."[21]

The film has received generally positive reviews, with critics praising MacFarlane's comic performance, as well as Wahlberg's portrayal of John Bennett. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 68% approval rating with an average rating of 6.4/10 based on 202 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Ted's "romance versus bromance" plot is familiar, but the film's held aloft by the high-concept central premise and a very funny (albeit inconsistent) script."[16] At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 62, based on 37 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[17] Roger Ebert gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four, citing the film as "the best comedy screenplay so far [this year]," also praising the film on the fact that it "doesn't run out of steam."[18]

Critical reception


In February 2013, Wahlberg and Ted made an appearance at the 85th Academy Awards, which MacFarlane hosted.[15]


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