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Did Seth MacFarlane copy his idea for Ted from Charlie the Abusive Teddy?

Jul. 16, 2014by: Sean Wist

Does the world need a sequel to TED? Seth MacFarlane seems to think so and I'm willing to give him a shot, given his pretty solid directorial debut. Sure, it wasn't anything that wouldn't feel at home in a three-episode-arc of Family Guy but that's not necessarily bad thing. Bengal Mangle Productions doesn't seem to think so, as they're suing MacFarlane and Co. because they feel he completely ripped off their idea for a foul-mouthed little teddy from their series, Charlie the Abusive Teddy.

Charlie, much like Ted, is foul-mouthed, does booze and drugs, and has his way with the ladies of the night. The similarities don't stop there, as both fictitious bears have pretty active social networking venues, and the suit details dozens of Tweets that if placed side by side, discuss some of the same topics. Alright, so there's not too many foul-mouthed little bears running around so I decided to give the Charlie creators the benefit of the doubt and looked up some videos.

Probably NSFW:

As you can see, I think copyright infringement in this case all lies in the execution, and Ted couldn't be further from Charlie. Charlie plays like that scene from NATURAL BORN KILLERS (laugh track and all). TED is very much MacFarlane's humor, through and through, and I don't think anyone would confuse the two. Given that TED made a boatload of money, and TED 2 will most bring in the dollars again, it's no wonder we're hearing about this suit now. If you feel so inclined, you can check out the details via Deadline here. It's about as exciting as you would imagine, containing even a breakdown of how the teddy bears look too similar. Are you kidding me? They're teddy bears! How are they supposed to look?

TED 2 is looking to hit theaters on June 26, 2015.

More importantly . . . what will Amanda Seyfried be wearing in TED 2?

 

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3:46PM on 07/17/2014
i don't know what you guys are talking about...Ted was a really funny movie and even original in many ways. It deserves a sequel.
i don't know what you guys are talking about...Ted was a really funny movie and even original in many ways. It deserves a sequel.
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4:07PM on 07/16/2014
I'm not a McFarlane fan. I have never seen Ted. But I'm not surprised that he "took" an idea from other source. That seems like his thing. And honestly, there's no need for a Ted sequel. There are plenty of films that could use a sequel that will never get one.
I'm not a McFarlane fan. I have never seen Ted. But I'm not surprised that he "took" an idea from other source. That seems like his thing. And honestly, there's no need for a Ted sequel. There are plenty of films that could use a sequel that will never get one.
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3:22PM on 07/16/2014

And I thought Ted was bad...

So many questions... Ted was a huge bit from a couple years ago. Why are they suing now? And what is this? A TV show? A web series? And is the laugh track suppose to be ironic because the jokes (at least in that little clip) are terrible, or do they actually think it's funny.
So many questions... Ted was a huge bit from a couple years ago. Why are they suing now? And what is this? A TV show? A web series? And is the laugh track suppose to be ironic because the jokes (at least in that little clip) are terrible, or do they actually think it's funny.
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2:58PM on 07/16/2014

Does the world want a sequel to Ted?

Ted was a piece of shit. Honestly don't understand how you can call that a "pretty solid directorial debut."
Ted was a piece of shit. Honestly don't understand how you can call that a "pretty solid directorial debut."
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2:09PM on 07/16/2014
Worse. Clip. Ever. based on a talking bear.
Worse. Clip. Ever. based on a talking bear.
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2:00PM on 07/16/2014
Worse. Clip. Ever. based on a talking bear.
Worse. Clip. Ever. based on a talking bear.
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1:48PM on 07/16/2014

oh please

they all should be sued by Sexual Harassment Panda.
they all should be sued by Sexual Harassment Panda.
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1:10PM on 07/16/2014

Let's be honest did Anyone ever think this was an original concept!

My first thought when I saw the trailer was that's been done before.
My first thought when I saw the trailer was that's been done before.
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12:03PM on 07/16/2014
I once put a George Carlin cassette in a Teddy Ruxpin in the 80's and played "7 dirty words you can't say on television".....does that mean I can sue as well? ;S
I once put a George Carlin cassette in a Teddy Ruxpin in the 80's and played "7 dirty words you can't say on television".....does that mean I can sue as well? ;S
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12:00PM on 07/16/2014

Thanks

Because that short video just made Ted seem 10X better by comparison. Good luck suing for IP over a foul-mouthed teddy bear.
Because that short video just made Ted seem 10X better by comparison. Good luck suing for IP over a foul-mouthed teddy bear.
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11:53AM on 07/16/2014
Whenever I see article's like this I have a tendency to ask myself "why did they wait so long"...ok. sure it's only been two years but why didn't these people come forward when TED was released in 2012?

Plus as we've all seen and heard before Seth MacFarlane likes to recycle ideas...as long as he makes them funny, or in this case funnier. Perhaps that's why they are suing, his was better.
Whenever I see article's like this I have a tendency to ask myself "why did they wait so long"...ok. sure it's only been two years but why didn't these people come forward when TED was released in 2012?

Plus as we've all seen and heard before Seth MacFarlane likes to recycle ideas...as long as he makes them funny, or in this case funnier. Perhaps that's why they are suing, his was better.
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11:50AM on 07/16/2014
That was the dumbest thing I ever watched, couldn't make it half way thru the 1 min video.
That was the dumbest thing I ever watched, couldn't make it half way thru the 1 min video.
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11:45AM on 07/16/2014
Seth MacFarlane is something of a hack. What else is new?
Seth MacFarlane is something of a hack. What else is new?
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11:41AM on 07/16/2014
He already went through this with another teddy bear project which I'm not sure if they ever took legal action but seem to have a better case [link]
He already went through this with another teddy bear project which I'm not sure if they ever took legal action but seem to have a better case [link]
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11:35AM on 07/16/2014
So these Bengal Mangle people think they invented the idea of teddy bears that act like humans? Hmm, that's been around for more decades than any of us have been alive, hasn't it? Maybe Bangal Mangle stole their talking teddy bear idea from the popular 1970s children's TV series 'Rainbow'?
So these Bengal Mangle people think they invented the idea of teddy bears that act like humans? Hmm, that's been around for more decades than any of us have been alive, hasn't it? Maybe Bangal Mangle stole their talking teddy bear idea from the popular 1970s children's TV series 'Rainbow'?
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