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Seth McFarlane’s ‘Ted’ Reveals its Motion-Capture Technique

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‘Ted’ is getting great reviews from those who have already seen it. Fans of ‘Family Guy’ are sure to be in for a raunchy, laugh out loud treat when they go the the film in theaters this Friday. But how did they get that talking bear on screen? They didn’t use a real teddy bear, so how was it done? Take a look at a video showing the motion capture process used for this upcoming Mark Wahlberg comedy.

Motion capture is a fascinating technology. It’s been used in movies and video games for quite some time now. Ever wonder why Nathan Drake looks so real in those ‘Uncharted’ games? It’s because there are real actors doing the motion capture. (Other examples of motion capture performances include the Na’vi and Megan Fox.)

Seth McFarlane didn’t just voice Ted in the upcoming movie ‘Ted,’ he also played him. Something moviegoers may not realize until they watch the cool video below showing the process and how they were able to seamlessly blend Seth’s performance with the actors on screen. It’s a fascinating technological behind-the-scenes look at movie making, something you don’t see all too often from Hollywood unless you purchase the 75-disc Director’s Cut Unrated Extended Anniversary Edition on DVD.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish…and has refused to leave his side ever since.

Take a look at the video below courtesy of Funny or Die.

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