If you were to say to me during my years in high school when family guy was still in its glory days, that Seth MacFarlane would be incorporating his brand of comedy into a live-action film, I would have been jumping for joy. At last it is 2012 and Family Guy has become somewhat bland, and the spark it once had continues to fade. With that said, I was not really expecting much but nevertheless wanted to give this movie a chance. While I do not agree with other critics that Ted is the best comedy so far this year, there is a lot to like about Ted if you are a fan of Seth's brand of comedy.
Where Ted succeeds the most is in the titular character himself and the chemistry between him and Mark Wahlberg's character. Ted really comes to life and feels like a real person and his relationship with his best friend is genuinely entertaining and sweet.In addition, it is nice to see that the world acknowledges that the teddy bear can actually talk instead of everyone believing the main character is crazy throughout. Due to that it creates a more interesting world seeing as how everyone is aware. It also helps that every actor is good with the roles they are given with the exception of Patrick Warburton who despite having a small role feels underutilized.
The potential problem with this movie is the humor. Some of it is very back and forth. Some of the jokes hit, some of them don't. It has Family Guy's brand of comedy throughout from pop-culture references, 80's references and even a few cutaway gags. As said before, this could be a major turn-off if you are tired off this kind of comedy. If not, then some of it is pretty funny and how the film solves it's conflict is surprisingly mature and satisfying.
In the end Ted is a niche comedy, you will either like it or not depending if you are familiar and a fan of the type of comedy. As Seth MacFarlane's first live-action film, not bad at all.