MacFarlane sued over Ted movie
Published 16/07/2014 | 12:38
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.