"Ted" is a movie comedy from Seth MacFarlane, who, for more than a decade, has stretched the envelope of comedy about as far as it can go as the visionary behind the hit television shows "Family Guy," "American Dad!" and "The Cleveland Show." Now he brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director, producer and voice star of "Ted."

In the live-action/CG-animated comedy, MacFarlane tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg, "The Other Guys," "Contraband"), a grown man whose simple childhood wish brought his cherished teddy bear to life. Almost 30 years later, the fairy tale is very much over. Ted is reluctant to leave John's sideā€¦to the increasing annoyance of John's only-so-patient girlfriend, Lori Collins (Mila Kunis, "Friends with Benefits," "Black Swan").

Though Lori's displeasure with John is exacerbated by his dead-end career and days spent smoking weed and drinking beers with Ted, she's not the one who is the most frustrated with him. As John struggles to figure out a way to navigate this thing called adulthood, it will take the unexpected help of his boyhood toy to make the leap from man-child to a grown-ass man.

Directed by MacFarlane from a screenplay he wrote with Alec Sulkin ("Family Guy," "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn") and Wellesley Wild ("Family Guy," "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn"), "Ted" co-stars an impressive comedic lineup that includes Joel McHale ("Community," "What's Your Number?") as Rex, Lori's very rich and even more lecherous boss; Donny (Giovanni Ribisi, "Contraband," "Avatar"), a guy who wants to fulfill his childhood dream and have a Ted of his very own; and Patrick Warburton ("Rules of Engagement," "Family Guy") as Guy, John's fight-club-loving co-worker at the rental-car counter.

The cast of "Ted" is supported by a number of "Family Guy" regulars that include Jessica Barth as Tami-Lynn, Ted's fellow cashier and non-ursine girlfriend; John Viener as Alix, John's clueless co-worker; and Alex Borstein and Ralph Garman as young John's loving-yet-befuddled mother and father. Joining them is newcomer Brett Manley, who portrays 8-year-old John, whose Christmas wish starts this whole friendship.

Multi-Grammy-Award-winning recording artist Norah Jones ("My Blueberry Nights") appears as one of Ted's exes, while Sam Jones ("Flash Gordon") cameos as the living embodiment of all that John and Ted hold great and true, their hero Flash Gordon. Acclaimed performer Patrick Stewart ("X-Men" series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Family Guy") serves as the film's narrator.

Joining MacFarlane as producers of the comedy is Bluegrass Films' Scott Stuber ("Safe House," "Role Models"), along with John Jacobs ("Blades of Glory," "Beverly Hills Chihuahua") and Jason Clark ("Stuart Little" series, "Act of Valor"). Ted's behind-the-scenes creative team is led by director of photography Michael Barrett ("You Don't Mess with the Zohan," "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas"), production designer Stephen Lineweaver ("Blades of Glory," "Role Models"), editor Jeff Freeman ("Paul Blart: Mall Cop," "Just Friends"), costume designer Debra McGuire ("Bad Teacher," "Knocked Up") and composer Walter Murphy ("Family Guy," "American Dad!"). Jonathan Mone ("Your Highness," "The Wolfman") serves as the comedy's executive producer.

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Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 106 mins.
Release Date: June 29, 2012
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Production Companies:
Fuzzy Door
Bluegrass Films
Smart Entertainment

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