Liam Neeson comes up to him with a box of the kids' cereal Trix, and Neeson asks Ted, are these just for kids? Am I going to be followed? Can I enjoy these too? And Ted answers that Neeson can take them home, no one is going to follow him or stop him from enjoying them; the scene is very over-played and seems to go on for a long time. The whole "punch line" of this scene (and it's not particularly funny) is the advertising slogan, "Trix are for kids!"
|This is the actual headline in the film. If you click on the image and notice the date, it's Wednesday, August 26, 2015, so the events in the film haven't happened yet; why August 26? The 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote went into effect; what does this have to do with Ted being declared "property?" Two things. First, There are "real civil rights" that belong to every human being, and then there are civil rights that are so ludicrous, the people arguing for them, like "gay marriage," make themselves look ridiculous as they prostitute their knowledge and destroy the Constitution so they can have their way. A teddy bear not being human is the perfect metaphor of the Obama administration's ideas of "civil rights," because it waters down everyone else's genuine civil rights. Secondly, on this date in 1970, the second-wave feminism begins in an effort for sexual equality. Now, the film makes it clear that being "property" is a bad thing, and yet, Tami-Lynn is furious that she can't be Ted's wife, and Ted that he can't be her husband. Feminists have argued (and Sandra Fluke does still today) that they aren't anyone's "property," she claims she doesn't even belong to her brother. This is what love is though, "belonging" to someone, being their's and intimately theirs. Ted doesn't want to be property, but he wants to belong to Tami Lynn, and he wants a child that will belong to him. What's the difference? Slavery is certainly an issue, but Ted being enslaved isn't an issue in the film, so the film makers are making an important point about the definition of "property" and how we all long to belong to someone and if that doesn't make you their property, what is it? During Ted's bachelor party, Ted, John and a group of guys are watching two grizzly bears have sex (I guess this is bear porn) and they are making lewd comments, especially about the female grizzly, and John says, "That's someone's daughter!" We generally don't think of animals as being the children of other particular animals, but John has made the point that, even though she is a female grizzly, she has a papa bear and a mama bear, and by engaging in extreme intercourse with this other grizzly (remember, this is a bachelor party) she's disrespecting herself and her parents, and when we disrespect our parents and loved ones, we are also disrespecting ourselves and vice versa, because that is the nature of "belonging" to someone, which is, in a very real sense, being their "property."|
|This is at the start of the film, and the impressive song and dance number just after Ted gets "married" by Flash Gordon to Tami Lynn. The scene isn't just an homage to famed choreographer Busby Berkely, it's also a political statement, just like the similar Berkely homage in The Kingsman the Secret Service: utopia is nice in art, but it doesn't exist in reality, and reality is reality, nothing else. We cut from this beautiful dance number to "One year later," and see Ted and Tami Lynn fighting about money and responsibility, all ready on the verge of divorcing. In other words, films depicting socialist utopias, like, say, Tomorrowland, can do so, because all the problems remain in the script, but the script doesn't reflect what really happens and so it's never going to be any more practical than a talking teddy bear or a big musical number.|
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P.S.-- There is a beautiful song in the film, Mean Ol' Moon, lyrics written by Seth McFarlane and sung--in the film--by Amanda Seyfreid, and on the soundtrack by Norah Jones; the pothead blaming the moon for the troubles she has had in love is the same as Tami Lynn and Ted blaming the government for Ted not being a "person." It's done well.