Seth MacFarlane Sued for Allegedly Lifting the Idea for Ted
Remember that one adorable, foul-mouthed teddy bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane? Apparently, so do a few other guys — except they remember the bear from something other than the movie Ted.
TMZ is reporting that Seth MacFarlane is being sued by a production company named Bengal Mangle Productions for allegedly lifting the idea for the movie Ted from one of the studio's 2008 screenplays. And yep, you guessed it, the screenplay in question featured a foul-mouthed, drug-using teddy bear — only this bear's name is Charlie.
This seems like it could just be a coincidence, but the production studio is saying there's no way Seth couldn't have known about their bear. The screenplay, "Acting School Academy," became a really popular webseries on Youtube and FunnyorDie and had a broad viewing audience.
And it gets worse. The similarities don't stop at the looks of the bear. Ted also shares a lot of the same hobbies as Charlie -- both like to hang out on the couch, smoke, and drink alcohol. The two bears also both have friends who are washed up child stars. Sounds pretty much like the plot of Ted, right?
Doesn't look too good for Seth right about now.
What do you think about these accusations? Do you think Seth might have gotten his idea Ted from this webseries, or do you think it's a huge coincidence? Let us know in the comments below!