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The FIRST Foul-Mouthed Teddy?

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Word is spreading fast that the creators of the Ursa-Major-nominated film Ted are facing a lawsuit. “The creators of web series about a foul-mouthed teddy bear with a penchant for drinking, smoking and prostitutes have filed a copyright infringement suit against Seth MacFarlane, Universal Pictures and the producers of Ted, the 2012 film about a foul-mouthed teddy bear with a penchant for drinking, smoking and prostitutes. Bengal Mangle Productions claims that Ted ‘is an unlawful copy’ of its own animated teddy, who was featured in two different web series, Charlie The Abusive Teddy and Acting School Academy. The suit, filed today in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, states that those web series aired in 2009 and 2010 on You Tube, FunnyOrDie.com and other streaming websites.” Any merit to this? So far the targets of the lawsuit haven’t responded, but you can visit Charlie’s official web site and check things out for yourself.

image c. 2014 Universal Pictures

image c. 2014 Universal Pictures

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This guy's an idiot ... there have been way more foul-mouthed teddy bears before 2009, so if his suit had any merit, essentially he's set himself to be the target of his own lawsuit.

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“The Professor’s Teddy Bear” by Theodore Sturgeon in “Weird Tales”, March 1948, begins, “‘Sleep,’ said the monster. It spoke with its ear, with little lips writhing deep within the folds of flesh, because its mouth was full of blood.” The teddy bear is not foul-mouthed but it is hardly a traditional children’s friendly teddy bear. It is also very well-known, because “The Professor’s Teddy Bear” has been reprinted many times, in both collections of Sturgeon’s fiction and in anthologies of horror fiction.

Fred Patten

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