Ted ran after the unusually self-conscious marketing campaign Ted is Real. While in the first ten minutes of the movie the characters learn the toy has been Pinoccio'ized (news broadcasting helping to create a solid sense of credibility) and now acts like a human, he was constantly advertised as authentic in our real life - the messages of support for the Euro'12 or his holding the Rated-R cards in the promotion stands. A first-rate motion-capture animation and great character writing accomplish such corporealness. Ted was alive for me last night. Whalberg was too but I am sad that Mila Kunis was under-explored thus refraining her comic potential once again.
There's a figure, an iconic figure that I shall not reveal, tying the whole act together. Alongside a perpetuating night wish and an incorrigible recklessness, a childhood idol is a mark for nostalgia, friendship and coolness of the old times. That's what bonds fit Whalberg and Ted's world to later break it apart, making them go on a coming-of-middle-age journey to restore Mark and Mila's love relationship. Add it a thimbleful of disgusting antagonists to darken and heighten the stakes and you've got a third act.