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, in the town of Swampscott, Massachusetts, a lonely kid named John Bennett (Brett Manley) dearly wishes for his new Christmas gift, a teddy bear he names Teddy, to come to life to be his best friend since he doesn't have any of his own. The wish succeeds with a falling star and Teddy finally becomes a fully mobile sentient living being (voiced by Zane Cowans). After John's parents Steve (Ralph Garman) and Helen Bennett (Alex Borstein) got over the shock, word of the miracle spread and Teddy right away became a celebrity.

27 years later, in 2012, John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), now living in the South End neighborhood of Boston, are still staunch, if immature, best friends enjoying a hedonistic life, even while John is pursuing a relationship with a level-headed office worker named Lori Collins (Mila Kunis). As the 4th anniversary of their relationship approaches, Lori hopes to marry John, but she feels he cannot move ahead with his life with Ted around, who is now a rude, foul-mouthed alcoholic. John is resistant to making Ted leave, but he's finally persuaded that night to act when he and Lori see Ted with four prostitutes (one of whom has pooped on the floor during a game of Truth or Dare) on the couch at home.

John finds Ted his own apartment and a job at a grocery store, where his grossly irresponsible behavior on the job manages to get him promoted and acquainted with the superficial co-worker Tami-Lynn McCafferty (Jessica Barth). 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. Meanwhile, an obsessed stalker named Donny (Giovanni Ribisi), who idolized Ted as a child, shows interest in possessing him for his bratty son Robert (Aedin Mincks). Things start to come to a head when John and Lori are invited to a party put on by Lori's lecherous manager Rex (Joel McHale), and Ted lures John away to a wild party at his apartment with the offer to meet Sam J. Jones (playing himself), the star of their favorite movie Flash Gordon. Even though John intends to stay for a few minutes, he gets caught up in the occasion which gets completely out of control, with Sam J. Jones persuading John and Ted to snort cocaine, Ted singing karaoke, and him fighting a duck. Sooner or later, Lori finds John there and angrily breaks up with him. At that, John gets mad at Ted for ruining his life and tells him to stay away and that he can't see him anymore, despite Ted's pleas and him telling John (via his voice box) that he loves him.

Eventually, John and Ted confront each other about their ruined friendship in John's hotel room and John tells Ted that he sometimes wishes he got a Teddy Ruxpin for Christmas, which provokes Ted and he and John have a destructive fight. After a television falls on John's scrotum, he and Ted apologize and say that they love each other while crying, feeling remorse over their fight. To get John back with Lori, Ted arranges with his old lover Norah Jones (playing herself) to help by having John express his love for Lori with a song during her concert, which is held at the Hatch Shell. Even though John's performance proves an embarrassment, Lori is touched by his attempt while repelled by Rex's sneering. Later, Ted meets Lori at her apartment and explains that he was responsible for John's lapse; but he offers to leave them alone forever if she goes to at least speak with him. Lori is persuaded, but moments after she leaves, Ted is kidnapped by Donny and Robert and taken to their house to function as Robert's victim and new teddy bear.

Ted is able to distract Robert and reach a phone to contact John for help, but he is soon re-captured. Realizing that Ted is in danger, John and Lori get in their car and find Donny's residence and chase him and Robert to save Ted. The chase leads to Fenway Park, where Robert tries to stop John and Lori from getting to Ted first, only to have John knock him out by punching him in the face. During the chase, Ted gets himself damaged and just when Donny gets a hold of him on the tower, Donny lets go of Ted and he falls onto the field, torn completely in half. A police car then shows up, making Donny run away. As John and Lori gather his stuffing, Ted relays his wish that John be happy with Lori as the magic that gave him life fades away.

Unable to accept Ted's death, a depressed John and Lori return to her apartment to repair Ted, but it proves useless. That night, Lori feels guilty about her part in the incident, so she quietly makes a wish on a falling star. The next morning, John sits down on the couch and hangs his head while looking over Ted's dead body. Fortunately, Ted is magically restored and after he tricks an overjoyed John into thinking he is retarded, he and Lori fully reconcile with Ted, who encourages them to resume their relationship.

With that resolution, John and Lori finally get married (with Sam Jones as their minister) and Ted comfortably accepts having a life of his own, with his misbehavior getting him somehow promoted to grocery store manager. Then the narrator (Patrick Stewart) says that Donny was arrested for kidnapping a teddy bear, but the charges were dropped when it sounded too stupid. It is also revealed that Robert got a personal trainer, lost an amount of weight, and went 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. was released on Blu-ray in the UK on January 2020.


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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