That’s because the copyright infringement suit, filed by California production house Bengal Mangle Productions, alleges that the idea of a potty-mouthed teddy bear with a penchant for prostitutes depicted in MacFarlane’s 2012 smash-hit was actually a blatant ripoff of “Charlie the Abusive Teddy Bear,” a character from a web series of the same name as well as the web series Acting School Academy. You can read the whole suit here, if you have that kind of time. If not, Deadline has the details:
“Both Charlie and Ted reside in a substantially similar environment, including that both Charlie and Ted spend a significant amount of time sitting on a living room couch with a beer and/or cigarette in hand,” the suit claims. “Charlie and Ted each have a substantially similar persona, verbal tone, verbal delivery, dialogue, and attitude.”
Additionally, the suit alleges that whoever is running Ted’s Twitter account is also stealing jokes from Charlie’s Twitter, listing several absolutely pathetic examples:
Charlie 2009 Twitter post: “What the f**k is Twitter?”
Ted 2012 Twitter post: “Hello, Twitter. Kindly go fuck yourself.”
Charlie 2009 Twitter post: “I like Fox News. They’ve made s**t talking an art form.”
Ted 2012 Twitter post: “I like Game of Thrones for tits and blood and Fox News for laughs.”
Charlie 2009 Twitter post: “I don’t like cocaine. I just like the smell of it.”
Ted 2012 Twitter post: “Just acid, and coke, and Ex, and DMT. That’s where I draw the lines.”
MacFarlane, Fuzzy Door Productions, Universal Studios, and whoever else is named in this lawsuit will, of course, crush it like the shit-grubbing bug it is. That, or the creators of Greg the Bunny will get involved and turn this into a threeway sue-off. Honestly, I say they place the rights to a concept as clearly original and brilliant as a talking teddy bear in a briefcase, hang it from the rafters, and have MacFarlane and whoever the f*ck created Charlie the Abusive Teddy Bear compete in a ladder match for it. Then have Alf waterboard the winner to death.
Here’s a clip of Charlie in action, if you still aren’t sold on how much of a stretch this transparent attempt at a cash grab is.
Meanwhile, filming for Ted 2 begins next Monday in Boston, uninterrupted. Chalk up another one for the deep pockets of Hollywood.