Given that Ted came out in 2012, you’d think it would be safely in the past by now. Not so. Some people think the idea for Ted was stolen from their work, and two years later, they’re looking to get their comeuppance. Sounds like all teddy bears involved are going to need a lot more booze and drugs to get through this one.
According to a Deadline report, Bengal Mangle Productions has found Ted a little too similar to Charlie the Abusive Teddy, their web series that ran in 2009 and 2010. I don’t know if the guys at Bengal Mangle Productions just got around to seeing Ted or what, but two years on from the movie’s release, they’re filing suit against Seth MacFarlane for copyright infringement.
The suit references conspicuous similarities between Charlie and Ted, including their predilections for dual-wielding beer and cigs and their overwhelming reliance on violence and lewdness to slog through their respective lives.
Of course, it’s hard to claim beer and cigs, violence, and lewdness as exclusives for your character. More suspicious are the similarities between the Twitter accounts of Charlie and Ted, which make reference to the same topics, making jokes at the expense of Fox News and Winnie the Pooh, among others.
Again, this all happened two years ago, and as tortuous as our legal system is, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t take that long to prepare a copyright infringement lawsuit. Maybe it has something to do with the Ted sequel slated for next year—if that’s the case, maybe the two sides can just settle and work together. Who knows, maybe they can make even make this the plot of the sequel. If there’s a better way to push a teddy bear further into the depths of depravity than a civil lawsuit, I’d love to hear it.