Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane was on Conan last night and he talked a bit about his upcoming film Teddy Bear. Starring Mark Wahlberg, the film centers on a man whose childhood teddy bear comes to life. MacFarlane will direct the film, and will voice the bear as well.
“I’m doing that whole motion-capture thing where they put me in a suit with a lot of electrodes on it and I’m playing a teddy bear. The movie takes place about 30 years [after he wished the bear to life], and the thing is now still with him and is a disruption to his relationship, it smokes pot with him, it becomes a burden.”
MacFarlane said that shooting starts in May in Boston. When asked when the film will come out, he quipped “Oh about 2017.” Given the long post-production schedule needed for motion-capture work, it’ll probably be a few years before the film hits theaters. Hit the jump to watch the clip, and for more on Teddy Bear.
Back in December, Wahlberg himself talked about the project:
“Seth MacFarlane’s voicing the bear — the bear is gonna look like a little teddy bear, but it’s motion-capture. It’s like ‘Avatar.’ It’s never been done before. It’s insane — I mean, what the bear does… ” Wahlberg trails off, unwilling to divulge the bear’s surely NSFW antics, but then continues with a smile, “The bear becomes famous, and that’s my ticket to getting things and living a life of privilege.”
The project sounds like it has promise. I’m interested to see what other actors MacFarlane rounds up for the film. Here’s the full clip from Conan, via TBS. Teddy Bear talk starts around the 3:40 mark.