A fan of "talking creatures that have no business talking," such as the cows in Gary Larson's "Far Side" comics, MacFarlane originally conceived of "Ted" as an animated TV series.
As digital cameras and animation expanded the possibilities for film, MacFarlane decided to try it on the big-screen in a live-action movie, instead.
"I had seen a lot of use of that technology in action movies and adventure movies but never in a comedy," MacFarlane said, "and I wanted hopefully to break some new ground."
And add a few more things to the list of things he knows how to do.
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