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  • This is Seth MacFarlane's first live-action project.
  • Various teddy bears were used as stand-ins for post-production editing. Ted's movements were done by Seth MacFarlane through motion capture.
  • This movie was originally scheduled for release on July 13, 2012, but was moved up to June 29, the original intended release date of G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), which had been pushed back to March 29, 2013 for re-shoots.
  • Shipped to theaters under the title "Thunder Buddies".
  • The AL East standings on the Green Monster at Fenway Park indicate the scene was shot the night of May 23, 2011.
  • At the end, the narrator says that Sam J. Jones moved in with Brandon Routh. Both actors starred in a movie as the title characters based on a comic book; Jones in Flash Gordon (1980), and Routh in Superman Returns (2006). There were plans for a follow-up to both movies, but they were scrapped when their studio was disappointed with their box-office gross despite having warm receptions from fans and critics.
  • Ted mentions 9/11. Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane narrowly missed being on American Airlines Flight 11, one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Wahlberg was booked on the flight, but decided to drive to New York City and fly to California later. MacFarlane arrived at the gate ten minutes late and was not allowed to board. He was sitting in the airport when he saw that his plane had hit the World Trade Center's North Tower.
  • The integrated archive footage of Ted on Episode #23.31 (1984) was culled from the broadcast of February 29, 1984. Johnny Carson's actual guest that night was Emmanuel Lewis. This can easily be determined by when Johnny, upon Ted's arrival, says, "I thought you'd be taller." Although Ted responded, "I thought you were gonna be funnier," Emmanuel's actual response was, "Me too."
  • Near the end, when Lori looks outside the window and up to the stars, the constellation Ursa Minor, which means "Little Bear", is in the upper left corner.
  • The house at the beginning of the movie, that is zoomed into from space, is at 129 Albemarle Road, Norwood, Massachusetts.
  • (Cameo) Ted Danson: Appears on a fictional Cheers (1982) DVD interview mentioning the size of Woody Harrelson's penis.
  • According to astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth MacFarlane called him in advance to make sure he would get the stars in the night sky scenes right.
  • Several members of the main voice cast from Family Guy (1999) had parts in this movie. Seth MacFarlane voices Peter, Stewie, and Brian. Alex Borstein, who plays John's mom, provides the voice for Lois. Mila Kunis, who plays Lori, is the voice of Meg. The only main Griffin family member not to appear in this movie is Seth Green, who voices Chris. Other regulars that appear in this movie. include Patrick Warburton, Sir Patrick Stewart, and Ralph Garman. Jessica Stroup provided the voice of Denise in three episodes.
  • Director Trademark: [Star Wars] John and his friends collect Star Wars merchandise.
  • DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Seth MacFarlane): (Star Trek): Sir Patrick Stewart, lead actor of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), narrates.
  • The idea of Donny dancing was Giovanni Ribisi's.
  • Mark Wahlberg agreed to appear in a Seth MacFarlane movie after seeing a caricature of himself on Family Guy (1999).
  • In the final scene, the narrator trashes Superman Returns (2006). This may be an in-joke to Bryan Singer, who directed Superman Returns (2006) and directed Patrick Stewart in several X-Men movies.
  • Seth MacFarlane claims that this is the first comedy movie to use motion capture technology. However, Paul (2011), which came out the year before, also used motion capture technology.
  • A portrait of Chinese dictator Chairman Zedong Mao hangs on the wall of Ming's apartment.
  • Pays homage to three movies from 1980: Airplane! (1980) with the dancing scene, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) with the ringtone (and pervasive Star Wars paraphernalia) and Flash Gordon (1980) with clips shown, and Sam J. Jones' role.
  • Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis had previously starred together in Max Payne (2008) and Date Night (2010).
  • In a flashback to 2008, John says, "Chris Brown can do no wrong." In 2009, Brown was arrested after physically assaulting his girlfriend, Rihanna.
  • The episode of SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) that Ted and John watch in the beginning is "Procrastination" from Procrastination/I'm with Stupid (2001). This is fitting as the two are lazily chilling on the couch, making John late for work.
  • The stapler that Ted uses to re-attach his ear in Donny's house is a vintage Swingline Cub.
  • This is twelfth-highest grossing movie of 2012.
  • Seth MacFarlane originally planned for this to be an animated television series, in line with his hits Family Guy (1999) and American Dad! (2005).
  • This is Universal Pictures' highest grossing film of 2012, ahead of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) and Battleship (2012).
  • Co-writer Wellesley Wild claimed that he listened to a lot of Queen while writing his draft, hence the inclusion of Sam J. Jones from Flash Gordon (1980).
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis organizations took great offense to John telling Rex that he hoped he contracted Lou Gehrig's disease.
  • The shots from Flash Gordon (1980) had to be digitally enhanced into high definition.
  • James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli traditionally never allows any James Bond theme to be used in other movies, but Seth MacFarlane wrote her a letter asking for permission to use "All Time High" from Octopussy (1983), as it was his mother's favorite song. Broccoli made a rare exception to her rule, hence John gets to slaughter the tune in a performance in front of a dismayed crowd.
  • Ted was usually "played" on-set by a stem with eyeballs atop it.
  • The production wanted to use The Bangles' "Manic Monday" for Donny's solo dance party, but the rights were too expensive.
  • When John wishes for Ted to come to life, the tune of the song "I Wish" from the musical "Into the Woods" can be heard in the background.
  • The Region 1 DVD and Region A Blu-ray include an Audio Descriptive Track. Only the theatrical version has the Audio Descriptive Track.
  • Ted was given as a Christmas gift in 1985, the first year Teddy Ruxpin was sold.
  • An actual teddy bear was used for filming, with Seth MacFarlane voicing Ted's dialogue live. The rationale for this, as opposed to a much easier greenscreen approach, was that he wanted to get the cast's genuine reaction to what Ted was doing, as opposed to them having to imagine it.
  • After getting his ear ripped off, Ted escapes through a door only to reach back and grab his ear. The theme for Indiana Jones can be heard as he does it, as this is a trademark of Indiana Jones: losing his hat and reaching to grab it at the last minute.
  • The "fan" that John knocks out with the microphone stand is actually former Boston Bruin Shawn Thornton.
  • When Lori gets back home and finds Ted watching television with some hookers, one of the movies seen on the television menu is Dead Silence (2007), which stars Mark Wahlberg's older brother, Donnie.
  • At the beginning of the movie, Ted has a child's voice. Later in the movie, he has a voice similar to Peter Griffin's in Family Guy (1999). Ted and Peter Griffin are voiced by Seth MacFarlane.
  • Ted and John's friendship is similar to Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin. Winnie the Pooh was based on an old plush teddy bear, originally named Edward Bear, that A.A. Milne gave his son, Christopher Robin Milne, in August 1921, as a present for his first birthday. Christopher Robin (2018) basically had the same premise as this movie, but it's a Disney movie with some changes and is a family film then this films adult content.
  • The start of the movie is set in 1985, the year Back to the Future (1985), one of Seth MacFarlane's favorite movies, took place.
  • Jessica Stroup appears in three scenes as Tracy, one of Lori's office co-workers.
  • This is the second time Giovanni Ribisi appears alongside a That '70s Show (1998) star. He appeared with Mila Kunis in this movie, and he played Debra Jo Rupp's husband on Friends (1994).
  • Before his ringtone was changed to the Knight Rider (1982) theme, the music heard on John Bennett's cellphone when it fell between the car door panel and the seat is the Imperial March from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
  • The film never mentions how Donny has a son named Robert, or whether Donny is divorced or widowed. It's believed that Robert has a "deadbeat" mom.
  • Just before John leaves Ted's party, Sam J. Jones calls him "Ponyboy". This is the nickname of Michael Curtis in the book and movie The Outsiders (1983).
  • While watching Flash Gordon (1980), Ted and John mention Tom Brady who also has a cameo in Ted 2 (2015).
  • At Rex's house party, Rex mistakenly calls John "Jim". Mark Wahlberg played Jim Bennett in The Gambler (2014).
  • When we see Ted and John in John's younger room, there is an Indiana Jones poster on the wall.
  • Tom Skerritt is the first celebrity to make a cameo in the Ted movies.
  • During the party at Ted's new home, Ted sings during the karaoke scene in a similar way to the singer seen at the start of Episode VI: It's a Trap (2011).
  • Ted having hookers in his apartment also occurred in Petarded (2005). Peter Griffin has hookers in Cleveland Brown's house in an attempt to win his children back.
  • Alex Borstein, best known for voicing Lois Griffin on Family Guy (1998), makes a cameo in this movie as John's mother.
  • Danny Hoch played the uncredited part of Donny's dad. He also appeared in We Own the Night (2007) which starred Mark Wahlberg.
  • During the party scene with Flash Gordon (1980), Johnny does an impression of Ted and Ted says "Oh, come on, I do not sound that much like Peter Griffin!" Peter Griffin is a character on Family Guy (1999), which was created by Seth MacFarlane, who voices of Peter and Ted. Ted's voice really is the voice of Peter Griffin.
  • During the climax, Ted blindfolds Donny while the latter is driving his car causing him to lose control. A similar scene also occurred in Child's Play (1988), where Charles Lee Ray, a.k.a. "Chucky", attacks Mike Norris in his famous "Good Guy" doll form as part of his revenge for being shot at the start of the movie, and like Donny Mike loses control of his car and both end up crashing their respective vehicles.
  • Seth MacFarlane's directorial movie debut.
  • A Boston-area subway busker purchased a Ted Halloween costume shortly after the movie came out, and has since continued to play as "Keytar Bear".
  • Even though 20th Century Fox has a long-standing relationship with Seth MacFarlane, they declined to finance the film due to concerns over the budget (especially since this was MacFarlane's feature-length directorial debut). Universal Pictures then picked it up.
  • Ted could be based on Rupert, Stewie's beloved teddy bear on Family Guy (1999). The only difference is that while Ted is alive, Stewie speaks to Rupert as though he is alive.
  • Ted says Jared looks like "Van Wilder". Ryan Reynolds played the title character in Van Wilder (2002).
  • When Ted and John are at the aquarium, Ted mimics one of the fish with the voice of Stewie Griffin. Seth MacFarlane who voiced Ted, also provides the voice of Stewie.
  • The fifth Universal's live-action/animated hybrid film, after Casper (1995), The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000), Paul (2011) and Hop (2011).
  • The second Universal's live-action/animated hybrid film to be rated R by the MPAA, after Paul (2011).
  • Matthew Jones, son of Sam J. Jones hated the film because of the way his father was portrayed as a crazy drug fueled party animal. Since Sam J. Jones in real life has had a history of drug abuse.
  • This film is very similar to the Disney film Pinocchio as both John and Geppetto wished for Ted and Pinocchio to be alive and their wishes are granted by a falling star and The Blue Fairy respectively. Likewise both Ted and Pinocchio 'die' at the end of their respective films but both are revived.
  • Ted and John fighting each other in John's hotel room is a parody of the infamous fights in Family Guy between Peter Griffin and his arch enemy Ernie the Giant Chicken.
  • At one point when Ted and John are fighting Ted throws a bible at John. Mark Wahlberg is a Catholic in real life.
  • When Donny takes Ted to his car in a sack Ted says he is an American citizen and has rights. Ironically in the sequel Ted loses his rights as he is deemed 'property'.

Spoilers

  • John Bennett was originally supposed to be crying while screaming for Ted when he died at the climax. Seth MacFarlane cut the scene because he felt it was too depressing.
  • Even though John wasted police time by claiming Ted was captured by Donny, he was technically right to report the kidnapping, since Ted is alive. If he'd mentioned Ted's name, the police could have charged Donny with kidnapping.
  • When John (Mark Wahlberg) punches Robert (Aedin Mincks), the son of Donny (Giovanni Ribisi), in the face he says, "Someone had to Joan Crawford that kid." This refers to the scandalous reports of Joan Crawford's abuse on her adopted children, particularly seen in the dramatic portrayal of the events in Mommie Dearest (1981).
  • At the wedding, one of Lori's friends jokes she is unhappy Lori is marrying John. This foreshadows Ted 2 (2015), in which John and Lori are divorced for unknown reasons.
  • The antagonist of the film Donny and his son Robert are named as such after Wahlberg's brothers in real life: Singer Donald "Donnie" Wahlberg and actor Robert Wahlberg.
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