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'Ted' stuffed with classic Seth MacFarlane

The 'Family Guy' creator's new R-rated comedy film about a man and his teddy bear should please his fans, but MacFarlane is pretty happy about it too.

June 27, 2012|By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times

MacFarlane compares the scene to something you'd see in "The Bourne Identity." "It's something I look at now and I'm pretty proud of it. I haven't seen that elsewhere and it plays just as real as we wanted it to," he said.

While "Ted" might be MacFarlane's most high-profile project at the moment, it's not the only new endeavor for the perfectionist who refuses to leave a scoring session until the music is just right. Last year he released an album of jazz standards called "Music Is Better Than Words" in which he croons favorites from the big-band era, and he has signed a deal with Fox to revitalize the 1980 documentary miniseries "Cosmos" with Carl Sagan's widow, Ann Druyan.

The 13-part docu-series, co-produced with the National Geographic Channel, is scheduled to air in 2013.

"Seth's an old-fashioned sort of soul. He's a good guy to have a bourbon with, yet he loves'The Sound of Music'and Rodgers and Hammerstein," said Wild, who's worked with MacFarlane since 2003. "He's got a big brain under there. Maybe it's the 10 hours of sleep he says he needs every night. The extra two hours must help."

With "Family Guy" just wrapping its 10th season, MacFarlane's career is at something of a crossroads. While the show is scheduled to continue, he worries about overstaying his welcome on the small screen.

"If I'm being objective, can I think of any television shows that have gone beyond nine seasons and have gotten better?" MacFarlane said. "I can't think of one."

A "Family Guy" movie has been talked about for years, but MacFarlane has no set plans for additional films. Universal Pictures clearly wants to remain in business with the multi-hyphenate.

"Part of what makes Seth such a potent voice is there's an intelligence to his work. He's not out there to be nasty and insult minorities. He's poking fun at the establishment, at the hypocrisy within our own culture," said Donna Langley, co-chairman of Universal Pictures.

The only thing he's interested in doing in the immediate future, he says, is making time for some rest and relaxation.

"It's been two years since I've had a vacation so I'm pretty burnt out," he said. "At this point I just want to stay in bed until noon."

nicole.sperling@latimes.com

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