Escape to the Movies: Ted

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well im genuinly suprised! whenever a movie like that comes out i always expect it to be bad and stupid (like so many before) but seeing one that actully works to the level that bob liked it that makes me happy :D

btw im in the love mecfarlen camp so im defenitly checking this one out (even though this is the first time ive heard of it 0.0 )

Bah, nothing in your review has changed my mind, oh well. Just not my kind of funny, seems like a good enough film but not my taste.

Looks like it's Magic Mike for this weekend, which I'm totally going to watch for the plot.

I dislike Family Guy for the same reason I dislike Robot Chicken in many ways, sure you'll get some laughs in there but when you rely on nothing but randomness and cutaways it means I have to sit through 20 minutes of "meh" before getting to the 5 or so minutes of gold. The only really good episodes are those that primarily feature Brian and Stewie, the rest of the "normal" characters were really sort of bland from the beginning and just got more bland and unfunny as time went on because they focused on cutaways and not characters.

American Dad is the best out of the three because all of the characters are somewhat funny and interesting on an individual level and instead of cutaways it focuses on more relatable conflicts and plotlines while keeping it relatively fresh and funny. I haven't really seen enough of the Cleveland Show to make a judgement on it, but from what I've seen it's not so bad.

Anyway Ted looked pretty cool and it could be interesting, actually seeing Seth's style in live action should be interesting if nothing else.

Sir Ryan Ward:
I was going to see this anyway, just because of the Boston setting. Glad to hear it's actually funny.

A bunch of things are set in Boston, but they're almost always filmed in Toronto/LA. It's pretty unusual for someone to pull off shooting a movie here, other than the occasional Good Will Hunting or Mystic River. They just really seem to make life difficult (and expensive) for anyone who wants to make a movie here. It's fun seeing authentic local scenery pop up in the background of a trailer on the rare occasions that it does and going, "Wait, what?" when you realize it's right outside your window because of how infrequently it happens compared to how many movies and TV shows pretend to take place here. Heh.

God, I remember driving by that orange dinosaur sooooooo many times when I was little (I live in Lynn and my closest extended family, in Saugus). I thought it'd had been taken down by now...

misterprickly:

I'm sorry but am I only one who still wonders why Seth Mcfarlane isn't unemployed and living on welfare?

i wonder the exact same thing about Michel Bay actually

ether way, sounds like a rent to me

misterprickly:

I'm sorry but am I only one who still wonders why Seth Mcfarlane isn't unemployed and living on welfare?

He has the support of his fans. You know... drunk and/or stoned college kids with too much disposable income.

I seriously dont get all the hate, its not that I mind people not liking his comedy but saying offensive things about the guy and the fans of his shows seems a bit unnecessary.

For me the biggest problem with Seth is that he hasnt made anything where the characters are well defined, in one scene they can be dumb and in the other they can be smart for the sake of the joke making his shows behave like a Robot Chicken with a small continuity.

From his shows the one I prefer is American Dad although that one still has some of the issues.

mercifulwrath:
...I disregarded everything after he said that he liked The Cleveland Show.

I wouldn't blame you, I find it more funny that he finds Clevland Show more funny then Family Guy when its essentially Family Guy but the family is Black and only one character is actually OK.

josemlopes:
I seriously dont get all the hate, its not that I mind people not liking his comedy but saying offensive things about the guy and the fans of his shows seems a bit unnecessary.

For me the biggest problem with Seth is that he hasnt made anything where the characters are well defined, in one scene they can be dumb and in the other they can be smart for the sake of the joke making his shows behave like a Robot Chicken with a small continuity.

From his shows the one I prefer is American Dad although that one still has some of the issues.

I think the issue with Family Guy, which inspired part of your comment is that there is only so much pop-culture to go around. Like it or not you can only make a Alf or Cookie Monster joke so many times before it gets boring.

He just ran out of Pop-Culture to run his Pop-Culture comedy show and instead is focusing of just shitting on random celebrities and non-coherent drama, such as the episode where Peter's liver puts his life in mortal-danger and as such Brian has to give both of his so Peter can live. That whole episode was just unnecessary drama with no punch line and no character building what-so-ever. In another one Brian finds out Quaghmire hates him and as such is given shit for things Quaghmire did and almost succeeded to just two or three seasons earlier.

My problem with Seth is exactly what he said during the 100th episode special in that his whole reason for making his show the way it is to point out things that society does wrong but since he does it in a comedy-show no one honestly cares if he finds that X actress adopting Y child is bad.

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Seems to be funny, but it definitely isn't a 'much watch' like I felt he was pushing it to be.

Gonna disagree with you Bob. Family Guy was much better before it was canceled. Seth McFarland is brilliant at physical humor and wacky craziness. All of his "smartness" that you seemed to be in love with comes off largely as preachy, self righteous, and finger pointing. This movie does seem like a logical extension however since this movie could be a spiritual prequel to Family Guy. So maybe it will work if it just wants to be funny without all the "Look how much smarter I am then you but you really aren't aware of just how much I'm insulting you because your dumb if you don't believe the same things I do" humor.

For the record he has made fun of himself for this as well

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdbnssEZ_Xk&feature=player_detailpage

OMG the giant orange dinosaur on route 1!!!! OMGOMGOMG

I'll pass on this. Mainly 'cause I don't really like Seth McFarland and I don't particularly like that formula of movie.

I'm going to assume the surprise cameo was Garfield.... Wait bad idea.... Still the actual cameo was pretty freaking awesome.... much more awesome than Garfield....

I went to see how bad it was & how many bad parents would bring their kids to an R rated movie. Neither happened. Still I enjoyed it & would probably buy it if I still bought movies.

canadamus_prime:
I'll pass on this. Mainly 'cause I don't really like Seth McFarland and I don't particularly like that formula of movie.

Also, it has Marky Mark in it, who has the acting talent to that of a bog brush.

Even then, that's being too kind.

MovieBob:
Ted

If every child's wish came true there would be so many more ponies.

Watch Video

No, if that were true we would also have real life pokemon flying around(I would so become a trainer in a heartbeat).

I could spend money on this...

... or just watch the Peter Griffin vs. Chicken fight over and over and save some money.

And sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
But on occasion, it's a phallic object. Like, every occasion it has to be in a Seth McFarlane production.

mercifulwrath:
...I disregarded everything after he said that he liked The Cleveland Show.

This is the same person who produced two videos about why the Simpsons was still funny. Obviously the humor bar isn't very high for Bob.

I'm honestly kinda surprised people on here actually seem to be reacting positively to this movie.

Now I won't feel ashamed to say that I want to see this movie. It looks hilarious.

"Family Guy got better after it came back?" Now either by some horrible luck I've missed all the good ones or Bob and I have some astoundingly different tastes.

Radoh:
Oh Bob, why are you so like you?

*does an episode of the big picture about how formulaic is not inherently bad*
*wanted to mark this down as formulaic and therefore bad*
Seriously, what?

I think his point was that formula is fine as long as you make up for it in other areas.

Then again, when he said there was nothing wrong with formula he was talking about the Avengers and I'm pretty sure that Movie could have sprayed you with tear gas and he still would have given it rave reviews because ZOMG COMIC BOOK CONTINUITY!

I'm being overly mean, but seriously, I'm glad that movie has come and gone so he'll stop gabbing off about it.

LordFish:
Mila Kunis gives me the weirdest boner..

What's so weird about it? Mila Kunis is a hotty, pretty straight forward that she'd get your junk to point straight forward.

MovieBob:
Ted

If every child's wish came true there would be so many more ponies.

That's my wish too Bob. Six very specific ponies to be exact.

Okay, eight. Celestia and Luna need to be there too.

P.S.- Nine. Cause Derpy.

P.P.S.- Fuck it. All of them =P.

WhiteTigerShiro:

LordFish:
Mila Kunis gives me the weirdest boner..

What's so weird about it? Mila Kunis is a hotty, pretty straight forward that she'd get your junk to point straight forward.

Buutt Buuttt.... It's Meg!

LordFish:

WhiteTigerShiro:

LordFish:
Mila Kunis gives me the weirdest boner..

What's so weird about it? Mila Kunis is a hotty, pretty straight forward that she'd get your junk to point straight forward.

Buutt Buuttt.... It's Meg!

I'm old enough to say... But But But It's Jackie...and then I saw Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Black Swan.

Random Argument Man:

LordFish:

WhiteTigerShiro:
What's so weird about it? Mila Kunis is a hotty, pretty straight forward that she'd get your junk to point straight forward.

Buutt Buuttt.... It's Meg!

I'm old enough to say... But But But It's Jackie...and then I saw Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Black Swan.

Yeah. I always thought it was hilarious that Mila Kunis was picked to play the endlessly mocked and abused "ugly" but really "average" girl.

Anyway, I enjoy Family Guy most of the time, but this seems like it could sway either the Pineapple Express way of actually being funny, or the Hangover way of being flat-out terrible and boring, and I only really like that style of humor in small doses to begin with. I'll probably see this with my movie-buff friend once it comes out on DVD and he gets it, but until then I think it's a pass.

misterprickly:

I'm sorry but am I only one who still wonders why Seth Mcfarlane isn't unemployed and living on welfare?

He has some how mastered the art of doing thing that others, who are far better than him, have already done and far better.

Does info like this make you weep?

-as a disclaimer, I understand why people might hate him/his work, I just don't share that hatred-

Family Guy first aired January 31, 1999. MacFarlane's work in animating Family Guy has been influenced by Jackie Gleason and Hanna-Barbera along with examples from The Simpsons and All in the Family. In addition to writing three episodes, "Death Has a Shadow", "Family Guy Viewer Mail 1" and "North by North Quahog", MacFarlane voices Family Guy's main characters - Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin and Glenn Quagmire as well as Tom Tucker, his son Jake and additional characters. Bolstered by high DVD sales and established fan loyalty, Family Guy developed into a $1 billion franchise. On May 4, 2008, after approximately two and a half years of negotiations, MacFarlane reached a $100 million agreement with Fox to keep Family Guy and American Dad until 2012. The agreement makes him the world's highest paid television writer.

Family Guy is more hit than miss with me so I tend to like his stuff. I really enjoy the emphasis on music he puts into the show.

OT: I'm not a theatre kind of guy so I'll probably rent this once it's available.

Despite me disliking most of Seth's most recent stuff, I think I'm going to go see this one.

Hate family guy in how instead of showing a lesson or moral it preaches and thinks its audience is retarded, plus i fond almost every joke either not funny, too obscure to where when i finally get it the punch is gone, make no logical sense (in a bad way), and literally will waste my time with a stupid chicken fight or fuck mothering Conway Twitty. Plus Peter acts so nutty to the point where it borders on sociopathical behavior and becomes a danger to his family and just damn annoying that he learns every lesson at least 5 times, plus at a point it becomes so outrageous it no longer becomes funny and becomes contemptible. Brian is a hypocrite, stewie as a baby is constantly being sexualized to the point of i feel dirty, louis is a complete bitch and a hypocrite, and meg is a waste of space, animation, and talent.

American dad would be more than just average if they dropped the damn alien and haley's stupid stupid stupid liberal spouting bullshit.

Cleveland show pissed me off from the get go because they canceled king of the hill to air another piece of garbage that is less thought provoking and not as well animated in art or character.

and then i forced myself to see ted.
It fucking sucked. yes he's a bear....thats the whole joke. the jokes last to long, the punchlines are predictable, it has no surprises so i become bored, i actually feel walberg and kunis could have been in a better film, and ryan rynolds cameo was kind of pointless.

dont watch Ted. just DVR 4 episodes of the big bang theory and experience actual humor with likable characters. and well timed jokes.

SAVE YOUR MONEY

Eric Morales:
"Family Guy got better after it came back?" Now either by some horrible luck I've missed all the good ones or Bob and I have some astoundingly different tastes.

this is the same bob who enjoys tim and eric.

so im starting to think he may be a fan of ANTI COMEDY, and to test this i demand a review of Freddy Got Fingered.

Aprilgold:

I think the issue with Family Guy, which inspired part of your comment is that there is only so much pop-culture to go around. Like it or not you can only make a Alf or Cookie Monster joke so many times before it gets boring.

He just ran out of Pop-Culture to run his Pop-Culture comedy show and instead is focusing of just shitting on random celebrities and non-coherent drama, such as the episode where Peter's liver puts his life in mortal-danger and as such Brian has to give both of his so Peter can live. That whole episode was just unnecessary drama with no punch line and no character building what-so-ever. In another one Brian finds out Quaghmire hates him and as such is given shit for things Quaghmire did and almost succeeded to just two or three seasons earlier.

My problem with Seth is exactly what he said during the 100th episode special in that his whole reason for making his show the way it is to point out things that society does wrong but since he does it in a comedy-show no one honestly cares if he finds that X actress adopting Y child is bad.

Why is seth of all people lecturing on what society does wrong when all he does is just slam people who support what he doesnt? if anything his shows are a bad influence on culture because it shows that people are ok with random and stupid cultural references and slamming people in what amounts to being a mean spirited bastard just because he has a view.

Case in point: the minute i really got pissed at seth was during an episode with a costume party and louis dressed as the guy Laura Bush accidently killed in her younger years and they pointed it out with literally no punchline.

Besides the fact it was an accident where she ran a stop sign and collided with a another car and killed a guy and wasnt charged, it was only because she was the wife of Bush who is a conservative.
Thats not only not funny and a dick move, i actually felt bad for Laura. thats fucking harsh! im sure she feels like shit over the whole ordeal and is haunted for life over it.

Yet to top it off....i never once saw a ted kennedy drunk driving joke, and to this day....i dont think one exist.

After that i started noticing some very mean spirited dark humor thats more depressing than funny. and i just got tired of it because it was just being immature for a cheap ass joke. At least south park is lampooning potty humor and ultimately gives a fair moral thats reasonable balanced.

So next week it's gonna be "The Amazing Spiderman", right?

Jegsimmons:

Aprilgold:

I think the issue with Family Guy, which inspired part of your comment is that there is only so much pop-culture to go around. Like it or not you can only make a Alf or Cookie Monster joke so many times before it gets boring.

He just ran out of Pop-Culture to run his Pop-Culture comedy show and instead is focusing of just shitting on random celebrities and non-coherent drama, such as the episode where Peter's liver puts his life in mortal-danger and as such Brian has to give both of his so Peter can live. That whole episode was just unnecessary drama with no punch line and no character building what-so-ever. In another one Brian finds out Quaghmire hates him and as such is given shit for things Quaghmire did and almost succeeded to just two or three seasons earlier.

My problem with Seth is exactly what he said during the 100th episode special in that his whole reason for making his show the way it is to point out things that society does wrong but since he does it in a comedy-show no one honestly cares if he finds that X actress adopting Y child is bad.

Why is seth of all people lecturing on what society does wrong when all he does is just slam people who support what he doesnt? if anything his shows are a bad influence on culture because it shows that people are ok with random and stupid cultural references and slamming people in what amounts to being a mean spirited bastard just because he has a view.

Case in point: the minute i really got pissed at seth was during an episode with a costume party and louis dressed as the guy Laura Bush accidently killed in her younger years and they pointed it out with literally no punchline.

Besides the fact it was an accident where she ran a stop sign and collided with a another car and killed a guy and wasnt charged, it was only because she was the wife of Bush who is a conservative.
Thats not only not funny and a dick move, i actually felt bad for Laura. thats fucking harsh! im sure she feels like shit over the whole ordeal and is haunted for life over it.

Yet to top it off....i never once saw a ted kennedy drunk driving joke, and to this day....i dont think one exist.

After that i started noticing some very mean spirited dark humor thats more depressing than funny. and i just got tired of it because it was just being immature for a cheap ass joke. At least south park is lampooning potty humor and ultimately gives a fair moral thats reasonable balanced.

Your really congratulating South Park on giving a decent moral when its honestly /b/ of the Television Industry.

But I agree with you whole heartedly on everything else. Seth is just a prick who happened to think of a decent idea that has now turned into his own little political table for him to preach at everyone and say if you don't agree, your a idiot.

While I agree most conservatives are dumb, at least I give a reason but hes to much up his own ass too.

Of his 3 shows, I only really like American Dad nowadays. For one, it is the only of the 3 where 90% of the jokes aren't at least 30 years old. Second, it is the only of the three that doesn't abuse that loathsome thing called the Overly Long Gag. I hate how Seth makes jokes that waste 3-10 minutes of your life on the same godamn punchline for the only sake of wasting 3-10 minutes of your life. But also it is the only one where the characters are minimally consistent.

And since this movies sounds like it is a 90 minute overly long gag, I think I'll pass.

You know what I miss, Fox? Titus. What happened to that? It was basically the perfect comedy show that knows how to repeat a joke and have it still be funny.

For me Family Guy is mostly hit and miss, with the misses being far more frequent in more recent episodes; with occasionally jokes being so plainly unfunny that it's almost insulting.

On other hand, I really like American Dad for some reason. And I keep liking it more and more. It is almost as if the everything that was funny about Family Guy is slowly seeping into American Dad, while leaving behind everything about it that sucked. It's pretty weird.

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