Freelance writer. Melbourne based cinephile. Fond of food.
Seth McFarlane transitions from television to the big screen with mixed results with Ted. While much of the absurdist humour that makes Family Guy work so well is evident, the film isn't as consistently subversive.
It's an odd thing, but some concepts are easy for us to swallow in animation but not so much in live-action form. In Family Guy, we quite happily accept that a complete loser like Peter Griffin has a smart, attractive wife who loves him, but in Ted, it is such a gaping flaw in logic that Mila Kunis would stay for four years with such a dead-beat stoner of a lead character that this false foundation undermines the comedy.
Also a problem is that the use of quick cuts and flashbacks for visual references to punch lines is fine in a 30 minute show, but tends to become repetitive in feature length form.
All that said, there are still plenty of great comedic moments in Ted, some clever and some very silly. Despite the sexual and drug references though, the envelope could've been pushed further in a lot of scenes.
Its not a bad film at all, but given how inspired Family Guy is, its a bit disappointing that McFarlane's first feature is nothing more than a slightly bawdier version of Drop Dread Fred.