Universal Pictures have this week launched the teaser trailer for their upcoming comedy motion picture Ted 2. Scheduled for release in this year's Summer of Film blockbuster season, the sequel to 2012's Ted will see both Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane reprise their roles as the hapless yet endearing John and his endearing yet hopeless animated plaything Ted, but aside from those two, the cast ensemble has undergone something of an overhaul, ditching the likes of Mila Kunis in favour of Les Miserables' Amanda Seyfried - who'll portray a lawyer assigned the task of defending Ted so as to allow him and his wife to have a child (don't ask) - and Last Vegas' Morgan Freeman (not that we're complaining in either of those two cases, of course).
As the old saying goes, however, the more cast members change, the more sexually-provocative and borderline insulting gags stay the same (or words to that effect, anyway). Indeed, what Ted 2 lacks in returning guest stars, the teaser trail (below) suggests it'll more than compensate for with a barrage of one-liners and slapstick-centric set-pieces that are all but guaranteed to take even the most seasoned follower of cinematic comedy outings off-guard, even if only for a moment. Yet what the trail can't confirm or deny just yet is whether what's sure to be one of 2015's most divisive mainstream movies will make up for its predecessor's failure to maintain momentum during its third act, since from our perspective, this aforementioned structural shortcoming was a pivotal factor that had a profound influence on the original Ted to such an extent that the piece itself only acquired a 3* rating from On-Screen as opposed to the quartet of stars MacFarlane and company might have earned had they not placed the tediously clichéd romance blooming between John and Kunis' Lori centre-stage for such a prolonged stint of time. If Ted 2 does begin to look set to change the franchise's critical trajectory, though, then it'll come as no surprise for our dedicated readers to learn that this very blog will be the first to bellow the news from atop a skyscraper - in other words, stay tuned to On-Screen...
Ted 2 will - provided that its distributors aren't too busy joining Wahlberg and MacFarlane's characters in a narcotics-inhaling session, of course - commence the hunt for its Thunder Buddies in UK cinemas nationwide this June 26th.