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Seth MacFarlane on how We're the Miller's ruined his original plan for Ted 2

06.25.2015
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Tomorrow brings the release of Seth MacFarlane's TED 2, but the version we'll be seeing in theaters won't be the one MacFarlane originally had in mind. Over the course of an interview with The New York Times, Seth MacFarlane revealed that his original plan for the TED sequel contained a drastically different plot-line, but unfortunately the release of WE'RE THE MILLERS forced MacFarlane to scrap his original idea.

The original idea had Ted and John driving a pot shipment across the country. It was sort of a “Smokey and the Bandit” kind of thing. We were in the midst of writing that and “We’re the Millers” came out, which essentially was the same story. We had to throw away what we had.

In search of a new plot, Seth MacFarlane found inspiration in reading about the Dred Scott v. Sandford decision while shooting A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST:

I was shooting “A Million Ways to Die in the West” at the time and reading the John Jakes Civil War series on the side. There was a whole passage about Dred Scott. I thought, what a weird, great idea for Ted in 2015 to have to go to court and prove that he’s a person. That was the genesis. Only with a character like Ted in the modern era can you tell a story like this.

TED 2 opens on June 26, 2015 (that's tomorrow) and so far the reviews haven't been quite as kind as they were for the first film. You can check out Chris Bumbray's thoughts on the film right here. As an added bonus, Seth MacFarlane dissected the opening dance sequence of TED 2 for the Times, which makes me wish I could dance...and sing...and write...and...walk without tripping. I've got problems.

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Source: New York Times

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1:56AM on 06/26/2015
The new plot is much better than the other would have been. While it may have been funny to see a buddy road trip, the new plot is a lot more thoughtful and contemporary. I actually really liked the core plot to Ted 2 because it did feel like it actually had meaning as opposed to simply being about a talking teddy bear like the first movie. I know it seems silly that a serious, thoughtful plot for a Ted movie would be weird, but it actually worked well.
The new plot is much better than the other would have been. While it may have been funny to see a buddy road trip, the new plot is a lot more thoughtful and contemporary. I actually really liked the core plot to Ted 2 because it did feel like it actually had meaning as opposed to simply being about a talking teddy bear like the first movie. I know it seems silly that a serious, thoughtful plot for a Ted movie would be weird, but it actually worked well.
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8:21PM on 06/25/2015
Glad they changed it, that original sounds horrible, so this plot sounds better.
Glad they changed it, that original sounds horrible, so this plot sounds better.
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5:58PM on 06/25/2015

"reviews haven't been as kind.."

Of the 4 reviews I read, they all stated it was an improvement.
Of the 4 reviews I read, they all stated it was an improvement.
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11:31PM on 06/25/2015
The highest review I've seen is 6.8 and it's at 43% on RT. Not sure what you're reading....
The highest review I've seen is 6.8 and it's at 43% on RT. Not sure what you're reading....
5:47PM on 06/25/2015
What a shock, there's an elaborate song and dance number in a film by MacFarlane. The reason I can't really get into American Dad or the Ted movies is that they just feel like different versions of Family Guy. Still decent, but not that original. It would be like if Seinfeld and Larry David also wrote movies while doing the show Seinfeld. I don't think they would be bad, but it would just feel like more of the same.
What a shock, there's an elaborate song and dance number in a film by MacFarlane. The reason I can't really get into American Dad or the Ted movies is that they just feel like different versions of Family Guy. Still decent, but not that original. It would be like if Seinfeld and Larry David also wrote movies while doing the show Seinfeld. I don't think they would be bad, but it would just feel like more of the same.
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9:47PM on 06/25/2015
Larry David made a movie called SOUR GRAPES the same year SEINFELD ended. A lot of people didn't like it because they felt it was like a long episode of the show (but less funny). I saw it and it did have a similar story format, but I laughed a lot.
Larry David made a movie called SOUR GRAPES the same year SEINFELD ended. A lot of people didn't like it because they felt it was like a long episode of the show (but less funny). I saw it and it did have a similar story format, but I laughed a lot.
1:58AM on 06/26/2015
You should always expect a musical number in anything that Seth does, as he comes from a music background. If there's one thing bigger for Seth than his filmmaking and TV stuff, it's his music. I am actually surprised he has yet to do a full blown musical.
You should always expect a musical number in anything that Seth does, as he comes from a music background. If there's one thing bigger for Seth than his filmmaking and TV stuff, it's his music. I am actually surprised he has yet to do a full blown musical.
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