Thursday 25 December 2014

MacFarlane sued over Ted movie

Published 16/07/2014 | 12:38

Seth MacFarlane is being sued over his Ted movie
Seth MacFarlane is being sued over his Ted movie

Seth MacFarlane is being sued over his hit teddy bear film Ted.

A production company in California has filed a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement over the 2012 movie about a foul-mouthed stuffed toy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bengal Mangle Productions claims it created a badly-behaved teddy called Charlie - who featured in two web series called Charlie The Abusive Teddy and Acting School Academy - who was similar to the one in Seth's film.

The suit said that, like Ted, Charlie lives in a human world, is vulgar and likes drinking, smoking and prostitutes.

It alleged that Seth's bear "is strikingly similar to the plaintiffs' Charlie character".

It said: "Charlie and Ted each have a substantially similar persona, verbal tone, verbal delivery, dialogue, and attitude."

Bengal Mangle - which also mentions Seth's company Fuzzy Door Productions, Ted producer Media Rights Capital and distributor Universal Studios - is seeking unspecified damages.

The star and the makers of the film have yet to officially comment.

Seth directed, co-wrote and starred in Ted, which also featured Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis and was a big hit at the box office. A sequel, this time starring Amanda Seyfried, is currently in the pipeline.

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