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.