Seth MacFarlane’s Movie Career May Ride on ‘Ted,’ Pixar Caps Big Week With ‘Monsters University’ and More Movie Thoughts

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Seth MacFarlane's Movie Career May Ride on 'Ted,' Pixar Caps Big Week With 'Monsters University' and More Movie ThoughtsThe creator of Family Guy is making his big-screen debut this weekend, but it might be tad unfair to suggest that Seth MacFarlane‘s future in movies is riding with this one film.

After all, this is a guy who knows all about second chances.

A short 10 years ago, MacFarlane was nowhere near the entertainment superstar that he undeniably is now. Family Guy had been cancelled, it hadn’t yet gained comeback momentum and nobody had heard of American Dad

Fast forward to today, and MacFarlane is everywhere. He’s responsible for 75 percent of FOX’s Sunday night prime-time lineup and a Family Guy movie is rumored to be in the works. He’s worth millions of dollars, he’s brilliant, he’s funny and he’s a surprisingly good singer.

But if Ted bombs (which it probably won’t), will that be enough to guarantee he gets another shot making movies outside of his Peter Griffin comfort zone? Only time will tell.

Ted

I know MacFarlane can sing, but is there any chance Mark Wahlberg goes back to his roots and breaks out in full song here? The adult content hinted at in the trailer (and shoved down your throat in the red-band version) says no, but my heart says yes.

That “Thunder buddy” song doesn’t count, but it sure is catchy.

Monsters University

Boy, Pixar is having itself a week. Days after their latest offering Brave stormed through the box office, they drop this bombshell of a trailer on us.

Billy Crystal and John Goodman return as Mike and Sully, those loveable monsters from Monsters, Inc., but with the twist this time that it’s a prequel where we encounter the duo at monster college.

What, pray tell, do they teach at monster school? Scare tactics, we assume. But I’m guessing what they’ll really learn is how to be friends. Or how to love. Or something.

Magic Mike

Ummm… OK. I am not in this movie’s desired demographic. Let’s move on before I get into any trouble.

Judge Dredd

I’m on record as saying that I’m pro-rebooting old movies now that we have the CGI technology to do them justice. The fact that Judge Dredd here seems to dedicated to keeping the spirit of Sly Stallone‘s original alive both in its use of excessive violence and pithy catchphrases only reinforces that belief.

Thumbnail photo via Facebook/Ted (The Movie)

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