When I first watched the Ted trailer, I was coincidentally animating a teddy bear too, but for a kid’s cartoon. I became extremely jealous that some other people got to make cool animations of a teddy bear humping a cash register and grabbing some boobs, while my work was exceedingly G-rated.
I definitely looked forward to the movie, because I like Family Guy a lot, so anything with Seth McFarlane’s name on it is going to get my attention. I had some doubts though… The Simpsons Movie is a shining example of TV people not translating well to the big screen.
So was Ted a successful movie, or did it feel like an extended episode of Family Guy with Marky Mark in it?
In my opinion, it was an incredibly successful movie.
Ted wins big because of three things:
- An incredibly funny script with really REALLY random humor
- Mark Wahlberg’s willingness to act like a childish kid to serve the script
- Ted is amazingly well-animated
Points 1 and 2 go hand-in-hand, and anyone that enjoys Family Guy is going to feel right at home here. I don’t want to get into the jokes too much because I don’t want to be a spoiler, but they’re crazy and they work. And the story, while not really attempting anything new, is pretty solid and well-paced.
Now the big news for me is Ted himself. Wifey and I couldn’t believe how believable he was. The story requires you to accept that there’s a walking and talking teddy bear as a regular character, and the other human characters also treat him like a real person.
Maybe that would’ve been difficult if the VFX behind Ted was as well-done as it is, but wow… he moves and feels exactly like how you would imagine a teddy bear to move. Furthermore, even with his limited teddy bear face, the animators were able to put so much emotion into Ted – more emotion than the Transformers with their hundreds of moving parts on their faces.
Time and time again, I was just knocked back by how good the animation was, like when Ted is playfully fake-punching Mark Wahlberg, or when he scurries into their bed to sing the thunder song. Ted’s animation is easily as good as any Pixar or Dreamworks animation recently.
And did I mention how freakin’ cute he is? Wifey wanted me to buy her a Ted immediately after the movie, and I’m sure she wasn’t the only person at the cinema craving to hug a teddy bear after the credits rolled.
I’m sure this is the kind of movie that you’re either going to love or hate, because some people just don’t like poop jokes and random humor. But as for me, I can’t wait for this one to come out on DVD, because it’s bound to be one that you can enjoy during a drunken movie night with your friends, again and again.
Keep a space for it on your shelf, next to Team America and Billy Madison.