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At the end of the movie, the narrator states that Sam J. Jones moved in with Brandon Routh. Both actors starred in a movie as the title characters based on a comic book, with Jones in Flash Gordon (1980) and Routh in Superman Returns (2006). There were plans for a follow-up to both films, but they were scrapped when their studio was disappointed with their box office gross despite having a warm reception from fans and critics.
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At one point in the movie, Ted mentions 9/11. Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane both narrowly missed being on one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center. Wahlberg was booked on American Airlines Flight 11 but decided to drive up to New York and fly to California later. MacFarlane was scheduled on the same flight but arrived at the gate ten minutes late and was unable to board. He was sitting in the airport when he saw that his plane had hit the WTC North Tower.
As of December 2012, Ted (2012) is the highest grossing R-rated live action comedy of all time.
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.
The integrated archive footage of Ted on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Episode dated 29 February 1984 (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."
Shipped to theaters under the title "Thunder Buddies."
Various teddy bears were used as stand-ins for post-production editing. Ted's movements were done by Seth MacFarlane through motion capture.
First live-action project directed by Seth MacFarlane.
Mark Wahlberg agreed to appear in a Seth MacFarlane film after seeing a caricature of himself on Family Guy: Family Goy (2009), produced by MacFarlane.
"007" producer Barbara Broccoli traditionally never allows any James Bond theme to be used in other films, 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.
DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(Seth MacFarlane): [Family Guy]: Several of the main voice cast of Family Guy (1999) had parts in this movie. Seth McFarlane, who voiced Ted (and wrote and directed this film) 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 the film is Seth Green, who voices Chris. Other Family Guy (1999) regulars that appear in Ted (2012) include Patrick Warburton, Patrick Stewart, and Ralph Garman. Jessica Stroup provided the voice of Denise in three episodes of Family Guy (1999) and also appears in this film.
The AL East standings on the Green Monster at Fenway Park indicate the scene was shot the night of May 23, 2011.
Seth MacFarlane originally planned for this to be an animated TV series in line with his hits Family Guy (1999) and American Dad! (2005).
In a flashback to 2008, John says, "Chris Brown can do no wrong" as a foreshadowing of what happened in 2009 when Brown was arrested for assault after physically assaulting and beating his girlfriend Rihanna.
The shots from Flash Gordon (1980) had to be digitally enhanced into high definition.
A portrait of Chinese dictator Chairman Zedong Mao hangs on the wall of Ming's apartment.
The twelfth highest grossing film of 2012.
According to Seth MacFarlane, this is the first comedy film to use motion capture technology. However, the comedy film Paul (2011) used motion capture technology as well, and it was released a year earlier than Ted (2012).
Universal's highest grossing film of 2012, ahead of the bigger budgeted Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) and Battleship (2012).
Co-writer Wellesley Wild claimed that he listened to a lot of Queen whilst writing his draft, hence the inclusion of Sam J. Jones from Flash Gordon (1980).
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An actual teddy bear doll was used for filming with Seth Macfarlane also voicing Ted's dialogue live. The rationale for this, as opposed to using a much easier green screen 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.
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The house at the beginning of the movie that is zoomed into from space is at 129 Albemarle Rd. in Norwood, MA 02062.
Ted(dy) was given as a Christmas gift in 1985. 1985 was also the first year the smash hit toy "Teddy Ruxpin" was sold.
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The cartoon Ted and John watch in the beginning is "Procrastination" from SpongeBob SquarePants: Procrastination/I'm with Stupid (2001). This is fitting as the two are lazily chilling on the couch, making John late for work.
Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis had previously starred together in Max Payne (2008) and Date Night (2010).
Pays homage to three films 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.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis organizations took great exception to the line when John tells Rex that he hoped he contracted Lou Gehrig's disease.
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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.
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The film 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.
When Lori gets back home and finds Ted watching TV with some hookers, one of the films seen on the TV menu is Dead Silence (2007), which stars Mark Wahlberg's older brother, Donnie Wahlberg.
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The "fan" that John knocks out with the microphone stand is actually former Boston Bruin Shawn Thornton.
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Ted and John's friendship is similar to Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, who were a bear and person, respectively. Christopher Robin was based on a real boy named Christopher Robin and Winnie was based on an old teddy bear originally "Edwin" bear that was given as a first birthday gift to Christopher Robin by his father A.A Milne in 1921.
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The Region 1 DVD and Region A Blu-ray include an Audio Descriptive Track. Only the Theatrical version has the Audio Descriptive Track.
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The start of the film, which is set in 1985, is also the year Back to the Future (1985), one of Seth MacFarlane's favorite films, took place.
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This is the second time Giovanni Ribisi appears alongside a 'That 70's show (1998)' star. He appears with Mila Kunis in this film and he played Debra Jo Rupp''s husband in 'Friends (1994)'.
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Jessica Stroup appears in about three scenes as Tracy, one of Lori's office co-workers.
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Cameo 

Ted Danson: Appears on a fictional Cheers (1982) DVD interview mentioning the penis size of Woody Harrelson.

Director Trademark 

Seth MacFarlane: [Star Trek] Patrick Stewart, lead actor of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), narrates.
Seth MacFarlane: [Star Wars] John and his friends collect Star Wars merchandise.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The idea of Donny dancing was Giovanni Ribisi's.
Near the end of the movie, when Lori looks outside the window and up to the stars, you can see the constellation Ursa Minor, which means Little Bear, in the upper left corner.
In the final scene, the narrator, voiced by Patrick Stewart, trashes Superman Returns (2006). This may be an in-joke to Bryan Singer, who directed Superman Returns (2006) and directed Stewart in several X-Men movies.
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 Jones: losing his hat and reaching to grab it at the last minute.
The production sought to use The Bangles' "Manic Monday" for Donny's secret guilty solo dance party, but the rights proved too expensive. Instead, they went with Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now."
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The stapler that Ted uses to re-attach his ear in Donny's house is a vintage Swingline Cub.
At the beginning of the movie, Ted has a child voice. Later in the movie, he has a voice similar to Peter Griffin's in Family Guy (1999). Both Ted and Peter Griffin are voiced by Seth MacFarlane.
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