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.
Mila Kunis (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Adam Scott (Party Down) are in talks to join Mark Walhberg in Seth McFarlane’s (Family Guy) upcoming directorial debut, Ted. The R-rated comedy is currently budgeted at $65 million and will star Walhberg as a Boston man (Wahlberg) whose childhood stuffed animal/best friend has come to life and still continues to live with him 25 years later. McFarlane, who also co-wrote the film, will be voicing and providing the motion capture performance for the swearing, pot smoking, and delinquent teddy bear.
According to HeatVision, Kunis will be playing Walhberg’s girlfriend, who “wants their relationship to move to the next level and finally has enough of him living with his best friend Ted.” The always great Adam Scott will be playing her boss, who she turns to for comfort. Kunis can currently be seen in Black Swan. You can next see Scott reprising his role in Parks and Recreation next month, and 2011 looks like it will hopefully be his breakout year with starring roles in both My Idiot Brother and Friends With Kids.
The third and final chapter in the immensely popular Family Guy: Star Wars parodies will hit DVD and Blu-ray on December 21st. Fox Home Video made the announcement on Monday after FG creator Seth McFarlane screened the first ten minutes of the Episode VI spoof – It’s A Trap! – at Comic-Con over the weekend. The Griffins will return (along with The Jedi, one assumes) to conclude their Star Wars-skewering in the wake of 2009’s Something, Something Dark Side. Although McFarlane has stated that the “spectacular and offensively uproarious” uncensored DVD will be the final chapter in his Star Wars series, one can only hope that he might reconsider taking on episodes 1-3. Oh, hell. I guess they’re hilarious enough just as they are. Check out the full press release after the jump.
Let’s get started by saying I’m so happy that DVD sales resurrected this series and brought it back to television and that it’s still dominating Sunday nights. “Family Guy” is a rare gem of a cartoon that combines satire of current events and celebrities with movie homages, random flashbacks, and completely illogical bits of humor. It is a perfect blend of high and lowbrow comedy in one animated anarchic structure. Volume 7 of the show doesn’t seem to be losing steam at all, if anything Seth MacFarlane and Company still have a lot of hilarity and “what the f*@k?” laugh-out-loud moments in their arsenal.