Toys are the perfect symbol for childhood. Children will spend their years playing with them because it allows their imaginations to expand larger then the universe. One boy could be playing a G.I. Joe and leading the team to defeat Cobra. A girl could be getting her doll reading for the ball to meet the prince. There’s no end to the journeys kids will take with their toys. As teenagers, we become more aware of the world around us, and supposedly no longer need the land of make believe. If you own a toy as an adult, are you marked for not growing up? I don’t have a toy chest, but I do have a Buzz Lightyear and Woody standing in my office. As I look at them, they make me remember why I wanted to go into a creative career; I never wanted to loose my imagination.
Ted deals with a grown man who still holds on to his childhood symbol, a teddy bear. But this bear is anything but cute. It is alive, and crude, ignorant, vulgar, and voiced by Seth MacFarlane. He is known for creating popular cartoons like Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show.
Also making his first screenwriting and directing debut, Seth Macfarlane brings a lot of his unexplained fantasy from the cartoons into his live action story. The world may awe at the alive teddy bear, but they accept him as a part of society. He reminds me of the talking dog Brian from Family Guy. Nobody really questions how it’s possible; he is there just because. The only explanation we get is that an eight year old boy wishes his teddy bear could really talk and be his best friend. The next morning, he’s filled with more then cotton; he now has a personality of a person.
Twenty-seven years later, the bear has grown up with John Bennett (played by Mark Walberg). He now lives as a pot smoking, womanizer maniac that still has his heart for John. John and Ted are living with each other with a girl in the picture, Lori (played by Mila Kunis). All Lori wants is for John to become the man she needs, but she sees Ted as the symbol of his refusal to grow up. So begins the separation of these buddies as Ted moves out and gets a job at a supermarket. What remains for the next two hours is nonstop jokes a situations rather then an actual story.
Seth McFarlane has clearly made the transition to live action movie making very well. While keeping the same comical tone from Family Guy, It has a surprisingly colorful picture. And even though this is a full raunchy comedy, there are some great emotional scenes. This is another great “bromance” film like 21 Jump Street. I sat there both laughing and appreciating the ideas of how to hold on to your friends while starting a new relationship with a lover. This movie is crude, ignorant, and vulgar like Ted, and I loved it.
I’ll give this four and a half out of five wishing stars. As an adult, you learn how well children have got their lives. Their free from the worlds problems and life is only a game with their toys. This is one toy that will be hard to put away. It’s because he’s an “adult toy”.