Ted (film)

Ted (stylized as ted) is a 2012 American satirical comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane (in his directorial debut) and written by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, with Joel McHale and Giovanni Ribisi in supporting roles, and MacFarlane providing the voice and motion capture of the title character. The film tells the story of John Bennett, a Boston native whose childhood wish brings his teddy bear friend Ted to life. However, in adulthood, Ted and John's friendship begins to interfere with the progression of John's relationship with his girlfriend, Lori Collins.

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Directed bySeth MacFarlane
Screenplay by
Story bySeth MacFarlane
Produced by
CinematographyMichael Barrett
Edited byJeff Freeman
Music byWalter Murphy
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 29, 2012 (2012-06-29) (United States)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$50–65 million[1][2]
Box office$549.4 million[1]

MacFarlane's feature-length directorial debut,[3] the film is produced by Media Rights Capital and distributed by Universal Pictures. It was released in theaters in the United States on June 29, 2012, and was a box office hit, grossing $549.4 million against a $50–65 million budget. Ted was the highest-grossing comedy film of 2012, is the second highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time (behind The Hangover Part II) and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It received generally positive reviews, and successfully launched a franchise, with a sequel released in 2015, and a prequel television series currently in development.

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