Quint sees the first 8 minutes of Seth MacFarlane's TED and a sizzle reel from The ABCs of Death!!! SXSW 2012!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. SXSW has been a madhouse this year, but I wanted to take some time out to detail a couple sneak peaks we got at the fest.
First up is Seth MacFarlane’s TED. MacFarlane had a “Conversation With” style panel at the fest and Universal surprised us with the first 8 minutes and the red band trailer.
Ted starts off as a Frosty The Snowman type fantasy as a lonely young boy in the mid-‘80s can’t seem to make any friends. Patrick Stewart narrates and in classic MacFarlane style occasionally gets sidetracked from setting up this story, but the main thrust is that it’s Christmas and this lonely boy gets a big teddy bear that says “I love you” when you hug him.
That night the boy makes a Christmas wish. He wishes that Teddy would really talk with him so they could be best friends. Low and behold his wish comes true and he has a walking, talking friend.
The excited little boy introduces Ted to his parents (played by Family Guy’s Alex Borstein and Ralph Garman) who, naturally freak the fuck out when their son’s stuffed bear walks into the kitchen greeting them in a sweet child’s voice.
Ted becomes a world-wide story, becomes hot shit, but through it all he’s young John’s best friend first and foremost. Cut to modern day and little John is now Mark Wahlberg and Ted is still his best friend… but now smokes weed, uses a lot of vulgarities and a truckload of not-so-subtle innuendo.
In other words they’re just regular slacker friends except one of them happens to be a stuffed animal voiced by Seth MacFarlane (very Peter Griffin).
They also showed the red band trailer, which goes a little further in setting up the triangle of the movie, as Ted gets in the way of Wahlberg’s relationship with his longtime girlfriend played by Mila Kunis. One final bit of footage was an excerpt from a They Live style knockdown, drag-out fight between Wahlberg and the teddy bear. It’s a bit similar to the Mel Gibson/Beaver fight from Jodie Foster’s flick, but with a little more comedic oomph.
From the Temple of Doom poster on young John’s wall to overly raunchy dialogue this weird bit of live action from MacFarlane seems right up my alley.
The panel itself was also really fun. At one point they said they had a surprise and MacFarlane announced that he brought Charlie Sheen with him. Out walked Wahlberg, sniffing loudly and rubbing his nose, which got a huge laugh from the crowd.
So, that was one sneak peak and then before last night’s midnight movies at the Alamo Drafthouse Tim League screened some “totally not a trailer” compilation of footage from Drafthouse Films and Magnolia’s team-up anthology horror film THE ABCs OF DEATH.
And it looked insane, like every little detail and idiosyncrasy of Fantastic Fest all mashed together into one film-going experience. The conceit here is that there are 26 3 minute shorts, each representing a letter of the alphabet and some horror associated with that letter. Tons of up and coming genre directors (most of them Fantastic Fest alums) contributed and I saw claymation gore, genital mutilation, swastikas made out of fishnetted legs, something awful involving a toilet, tons of blood, lots of graphic nudity and enough surreal flashes to give David Lynch a respect-boner.
So, there’s a little SXSW update. I’ve been interviewing like a fool, so I’ve gotten really behind on reviews, but I will strive to have some stuff up tonight. Now I’m off to a documentary on Jeffrey Dahmer. Fun times!
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March 12, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST
by Onin Solstice
March 12, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST
by Onin Solstice
March 12, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST
Just kidding, I think I'd actually see TED. Seth MacFarlane makes me laugh; sue me.
March 12, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST
March 12, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST
A lot like Wilfred actually aside from the explanatory set up.
March 12, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST
March 12, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST
by Stifler's Mom
FAMILY GUY is nowhere near as outrageous as Fox News. Good for Seth for getting some fair and balanced leftist comedy on the air of their own sister network.
March 12, 2012, 7 p.m. CST
So... let me get this straight... We have a story about a guy that smokes, drinks, gets high, and talks with his best stuffed friend right? Doesn't this sound eerily familiar to that comedy show that used to be on called Unhappily Ever After? Only I guess from the sound of this it would just be scenes of the Jack Malloy and Mr. Floppy yucken it up. Also... apparently everyone else will hear him and not just the schizophrenic dad.
March 12, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST
So... let me get this straight... We have a story about a guy that smokes, drinks, gets high, and talks with his best animal friend right? Doesn't this sound eerily familiar to that comedy show that used to be on called Wilfred?
March 12, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST
I loved the competition shorts - Were great viewing last halloween. Really looking forward to the full film.
March 12, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST
They canceled Wilfred? Say it isn't so!! Say it!
March 12, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST
THAT was one of the best things ever written. Congrats. I laughed to tears. Seriously... plaque that.
March 12, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST
Does Ted know Mr Floppy, Greg the Bunny, Wilfred, and Kermit The Frog?
March 12, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST
Anything can look great for eight minutes.
March 12, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST
by Paul Hanlin Jr
Ralph Garman was part of the best reality series ever, Joe Schmo. That was classic stuff. Also part of the country's best morning radio show (Kevin and Bean in LA) :)
March 12, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST
I believe it has screened a couple of times, not a peep seen so far...
March 12, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Wow, a MacFarlane project with a boner for all things 80's? WHAT A SHOCK!!!
March 13, 2012, 1:59 a.m. CST
Are you on drugs? Or is this the kind of viewpoint that views sending the unemployed to work the saltmines as centrist?
March 13, 2012, 4:03 a.m. CST
March 13, 2012, 5:07 a.m. CST
March 13, 2012, 6:14 a.m. CST
I always imagine "jazz hands" when I hear that term.
March 13, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST
March 13, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST
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