Celebrity Bears Respond to Seth MacFarlane Getting Sued Over Ted Concept
Here are some imaginary responses from notable bears in the business.
If a grizzly bear roars an expletive in the middle of the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does that give the bear a legitimate reason to sue Seth MacFarlane for stealing the idea of a foul-mouthedÂ bear and making it into the wildly popular Ted franchise?
Well, we’ll never know about the grizzly, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, a California production company is indeed suing MacFarlane andÂ companiesÂ for allegedly stealing the idea forÂ Ted. The plaintiff, Bengal Mangle Productions, claims their character Charlieâ€”created for a screenplay called Acting School Academyâ€”bears (see what we did there?) similar characteristics to the title character in MacFarlane’s film.
Charlie, like Ted, lives in the “human, adult world with all human friends. Charlie has a penchant for drinking, smoking, prostitutes, and is a generally vulgar yet humorous character,” according to the complaint. Charlie’s screenplay and subsequent appearances on various websites like FunnyOrDie.com took place prior to the debut of Ted in 2012. The lawsuit includes photos of the two bears, and even lists similar tweets sent out from the bears’ Twitter accounts. One relatively tame example:
Ted:Â I take my music like my dumps: seated.
Charlie:Â My best ideas are like my best sh*ts, they flow out of me on the toilet after a cup of coffee.
There areÂ farÂ more vulgar tweets listedâ€”see the full complaintÂ shared online byÂ THR.
The suitÂ formally alleges copyright infringement and names MacFarlane, Fuzzy Door Productions, Media Rights Capital II, Thunderbuddies, and Universal as defendants.
While no response from MacFarlane has been releasedâ€”he just gotÂ started with production on aÂ sequel, Ted 2â€”we couldn’t help but wonder: what do other notable bears in the business thinkÂ about the lawsuit?
Here are a few imaginaryÂ responses:
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“As long as they wipe their a-holes afterward,Â we couldn’t be less concerned.”
“I’ll side with whoever savesÂ me from this freakingÂ washing machine. TheÂ spin cycle is killing me.”
“I asked Christopher Robin, who said,Â ‘You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.’ â€¦ Eeyore suggested that everybody just give up on everything.”
“They are both, like me, smarter than the av-er-age bear. Now where’s Boo Boo? We’re late for our pic-a-nic!”
“Brother Bear and Sister Bear disagree all the time. Charlie and Ted will work it out.”
“No bear is an iceberg.”
“I bet those stupidÂ Coke bears fed you that iceberg line again.”
“Only you can prevent these tasteless womanizing characters from representing all bears in the business.”
Look for the boring legalese
The simpleÂ boringÂ legalese
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the boringÂ legalese
Our justiceÂ system’s recipes
ToÂ presentÂ copyright issues inÂ court.
“Wait, you mean I’m not the only movieÂ bear whose company gotÂ sued?”
“Read my markings, I don’t give a fâ€”k. No one even plays withÂ me anymore.”
“I bought [my costume] for Halloween when the movie Ted came out.” [Actual quote, out of context.]
“Argo fâ€”k yourself! â€¦ Yo Marky Mark, can I borrow your lawyer?”
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