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(Deadline)   Overseas audiences prefer anthropomorphic teddy bears voiced by Seth MacFarlane to growly men in rubber bat costumes   (deadline.com) divider line 38
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2012-08-03 08:47:48 PM
Obviously, overseas audiences are smarter than US audiences.
 
2012-08-03 09:30:55 PM
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2012-08-03 09:56:57 PM
Furries 1, Comic Book Nerds 0.
 
2012-08-04 12:31:47 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Obviously, overseas audiences are smarter than US audiences.


As clearly evidenced by their love of Jerry Lewis and David Hasselhoff.
 
2012-08-04 12:44:52 AM
It pains me physically to admit this, but Ted was a better movie.

/TDR still rules though.
//No one can ever take that away
 
2012-08-04 12:56:47 AM

Lenny and Carl: It pains me physically to admit this, but Ted was a better movie.

/TDR still rules though.
//No one can ever take that away


I almost want to say this, and it would pain me too if I did. I haven't had a chance yet to watch TDKR a second time, which I feel is needed; but that said, I saw Ted last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I think part of the issue is managing expectations. Obviously went into TDKR with high expectations, and it didn't help that I did the opening night marathon and had Batman Begins and The Dark Knight fresh in the memory. I went into Ted with zero expectations and was surprised at the quality.

I don't think I'll go so far as to say that TDKR is a better movie than Ted, but Ted is definitely a better movie than the previews suggested.
 
2012-08-04 02:07:44 AM
In most of these territories, TDKR has already been out 2-3 weeks, and Ted's just opening. Opening weekends tend to gross higher than 3rd weekends. People need to chill out.
 
2012-08-04 02:11:38 AM

fusillade762: FirstNationalBastard: Obviously, overseas audiences are smarter than US audiences.

As clearly evidenced by their love of Jerry Lewis and David Hasselhoff.


Hey, we're not all Franco-German. Now if you'll excuse me, I shall go and fawn over Stephen Fry.
 
2012-08-04 02:24:37 AM
Ted was a pretty good movie, I'd watch it again over TDKR.
 
2012-08-04 02:50:50 AM
Ted wasn't bad, but watching the Family Guy version of Star Wars was better IMO... I've been waiting to see DKR yet tho...

/also Ted took a lot of jokes straight out of Family Guy episodes
 
2012-08-04 03:27:22 AM
I hate Seth McFarlane.
 
2012-08-04 04:13:02 AM
TDKR was a huge disappointment.
 
2012-08-04 04:34:04 AM
Wonder if they're using the "Look Who's Talking" formula of getting top "local" talent to do the voices, and that's why the foreign folks are making a talking teddy bear movie a hit.

/have yet to see either flick
 
2012-08-04 05:32:38 AM
I can't imagine why U.S. audiences would prefer a violent man in tights.
 
2012-08-04 06:10:23 AM
Meh. I'll give them that TDKR's writing was a mess that would embarass a college Freshman taking an off-major screenwriting course, but there's no way you're tricking me into watching another crappy McFarlane piece of shiat, rest of the world. It's taken a lot of pain but I'm finally smarter than that.
 
2012-08-04 06:54:43 AM
Ted is just one funny movie.

The chattering class needs to stop over-analyzing everything, shut the fark up, and sit back in laugh once in a while. Too few films have Teddy Bears doing blow or getting blown
 
2012-08-04 07:11:19 AM
I walked out of Ted. It was a 22 minute episode of Family Guy stretched out into a movie length like a piece of bubble gum stretched between two hands.
 
2012-08-04 07:13:15 AM
How is this not a Wilfred derivative?

I mean Ted; TDKR, not so much.
 
2012-08-04 10:07:34 AM

optional: I hate Seth McFarlane.


Yeah, his schtick is getting old.
Sam J Jones was the best part of Ted.
 
2012-08-04 10:11:21 AM
I never want to hear how much more sophisticated and mature European cultural tastes are, compared to American ones, again.
 
2012-08-04 10:33:17 AM
Last night I watched Flash Gordon, because ever since I saw Ted Ive wanted to watch it. Still awesome 80s cheesyness
 
2012-08-04 10:49:49 AM

HeartBurnKid: I never want to hear how much more sophisticated and mature European cultural tastes are, compared to American ones, again.


Neither of the movies being compared here are the height of sophistication.
 
2012-08-04 11:19:41 AM
I almost got kicked out of the theater for laughing so hard at Ted. imo it was better than TDKR, but TDKR was still a kickass movie. It just wasn't as good as TDK (could any Batman movie be as good as TDK?)
 
2012-08-04 11:46:25 AM

Wasilla Hillbilly: HeartBurnKid: I never want to hear how much more sophisticated and mature European cultural tastes are, compared to American ones, again.

Neither of the movies being compared here are the height of sophistication.


Yeah, you either have something created for children twisted and perverted by an overrated hack, or a movie about a talking bear.
 
2012-08-04 11:48:41 AM

Thresher: I almost got kicked out of the theater for laughing so hard at Ted. imo it was better than TDKR, but TDKR was still a kickass movie. It just wasn't as good as TDK (could any Batman movie be as good as TDK?)


There was one in 2005 called "Batman Begins."

/everyone has a different interpretation of how Batman should be. I'm fond of the Animated series version, but with a little more ...humanity, I guess. And Begins was the closest I've seen to that. I see "The Dark Knight" as a Batman who failed at everything, including being scary or playing on the whole point of the Bat theme. He might at as well have been called "Armored suit Man".
 
2012-08-04 11:57:25 AM

Wasilla Hillbilly: HeartBurnKid: I never want to hear how much more sophisticated and mature European cultural tastes are, compared to American ones, again.

Neither of the movies being compared here are the height of sophistication.


DKR wasn't the absolute pinnacle of sophistication, true, but, in between kick-ass action scenes, it's actually a fairly deep (for a Hollywood blockbuster) meditation on the nature of justice, populism, and hope.

Ted is a CGI bear making fart jokes.
 
2012-08-04 12:19:41 PM

HeartBurnKid: Wasilla Hillbilly: HeartBurnKid: I never want to hear how much more sophisticated and mature European cultural tastes are, compared to American ones, again.

Neither of the movies being compared here are the height of sophistication.

DKR wasn't the absolute pinnacle of sophistication, true, but, in between kick-ass action scenes, it's actually a fairly deep (for a Hollywood blockbuster) meditation on the nature of justice, populism, and hope.

Ted is a CGI bear making fart jokes.


C'mon. it's a dude that thinks he's a bat. Just kidding, I sort of see your point.
 
2012-08-04 01:57:13 PM

The_Time_Master: I walked out of Ted. It was a 22 minute episode of Family Guy stretched out into a movie length like a piece of bubble gum stretched between two hands.


Considering the mountain of evidence (multiple seasons of American Dad, the Cleveland Show, his Cavalcade of Comedy shorts, etc) That McFarlane has only 1 sense of humor the fact that you went to see this film at all knowing you don't care for his brand makes you a moron rather than the sophisticate you probably think.
 
2012-08-04 02:10:34 PM
I like American Dad.

And I've seen worst roastmasters than McFarlane.
 
2012-08-04 02:30:29 PM

The_Time_Master: I walked out of Ted. It was a 22 minute episode of Family Guy stretched out into a movie length like a piece of bubble gum stretched between two hands.


Did you let out an audible "harrumph" and call everyone in the theatre a plebeian for enjoying such bubble gummery or did you realize you paid for a ticket and entered a theatre to watch a movie made by the dude that created Family Guy expecting something in par with Shindlers List and keep your shame to yourself? It was really brave to go on the internet and admit to your stupidity and I hope this gives others the strength to come forward as well. Just the other day I went to Jack In The Box and ordered a jumbo jack when I got my order and it wasn't a perfectly cooked porterhouse, I stormed out of there like there was no tomorrow boy.
 
2012-08-04 03:05:32 PM
They are butthurt that the villains sound like European Socialists an OWS kids with their rhetoric.
 
2012-08-04 06:58:11 PM

HeartBurnKid: I never want to hear how much more sophisticated and mature European cultural tastes are, compared to American ones, again.


Jerry Louis and France. 'nuf said.
 
2012-08-04 06:59:24 PM

mjohnson71: HeartBurnKid: I never want to hear how much more sophisticated and mature European cultural tastes are, compared to American ones, again.

Jerry Louis and France. 'nuf said.


Jerry LEWIS.

/Yes, I'm a big dumb American.
 
2012-08-04 08:45:20 PM
Ted fits this template pretty closely, just subtract the kids. It's like a Family Guy prequel. People just keep eating his shiat up. I don't get it.

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2012-08-05 11:36:32 AM

optional: I hate Seth McFarlane.


I hate Christian Bale.


can we still be friends?
 
2012-08-05 07:06:00 PM
The movie Ted is a lot like KROQ's Kevin and Bean show: the only thing good about it is Ralph Garman.

I can't believe Seth MacFarlane would use such an unpolished script. The ending was incredibly dull (Giovanni Ribisi impressed the shiat out of me with his scenes but the writing was just not there) and the majority of the jokes were just not funny. I went in expecting gold, though, and I also saw it with two people who absolutely hated it (I'd give it a 75/100 but I talk more harshly because I expected more from S MacFarlane).

I have to say, though, Chuck Jones (or Tex Avery or Hanna or Barbara or somebody) once said that animators will never be good at live-action movies and vice versa and Seth might be the one to prove him wrong one day. Just not with Ted or that abortion of a TV show he tried.
 
2012-08-06 12:40:26 AM
Haven't seen Ted but I don't doubt it was better than TDKR. That thing was just a mess. So much potential wasted with bad pacing, dialogue and plot holes. And of course the silly voices.

Personally I don't care if Seth uses the same formula as the backbone of his shows, there's a lot of comedy meat on those bones and he's made consistent quality work with that formula. I don't expect everyone to like it but I don't understand the level of disdain people seem to have for him.
 
2012-08-06 06:11:15 AM

dehehn: Haven't seen Ted but I don't doubt it was better than TDKR. That thing was just a mess. So much potential wasted with bad pacing, dialogue and plot holes. And of course the silly voices.

Personally I don't care if Seth uses the same formula as the backbone of his shows, there's a lot of comedy meat on those bones and he's made consistent quality work with that formula. I don't expect everyone to like it but I don't understand the level of disdain people seem to have for him.


Family Guy started out as a cult show, with a very small audience that could pat itself on the back and say "We're watching this great show, and everyone else is watching Friends, or that shambling corpse of The Simpsons".

But then, something terrible happened. Family Guy became popular. And that audience of back-patters had to hate the thing they used to love, because it was now popular, like Friends or The Simpsons.
 
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