"I thought a break from 'Family Guy' would be a good thing," Seth MacFarlane told The Huffington Post after debuting footage from his new comedy, "Ted," at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin last month. Though not too much of a break. The restricted trailer for MacFarlane's feature-film directorial debut has arrived online, and it not only showcases MacFarlane's familiar voice work as the titular Ted -- a stuffed teddy bear that magically comes to life one fateful night -- but also his signature dirty sense of humor.
Written and directed by MacFarlane, and starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, "Ted" follows a Massachusetts-born man named John (Wahlberg) who, when he was a kid, wished his teddy bear would come to life. The bear does, and "Ted" picks up with John and Ted as 30-something burn-outs -- something that John's long-term girlfriend (Kunis) grows increasingly unhappy with.
The R-rated comedy combines live-action and animation.
"One of the great things when we finally got [the effects done], was that Mark was so good and so convincing," MacFarlane said at SXSW. "When we finally put the bear in, it felt so organic and so real. It would sink or swim on whether you believe these two guys were together."
Judge for yourself by watching the red band trailer above. "Ted" arrives in theaters on July 13.