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Did Seth MacFarlane plagiarize Imagine This?
Tall Tale Radio podcaster Tom Racine noticed several similarities between scenes in the trailer for Seth MacFarlane’s new movie Ted and Lucas Turnbloom’s webcomic Imagine This. Tom created a side-by-side comparison of some of the images from the trailer with Imagine This. You can see some similarities.
But the question boils down to whether Seth “borrowed” some of the concepts from the webcomic.
Rob Tornoe asked Lucas who says he’s not going to press the issue.
“Many cartoonists, myself included, hope that their strips might someday be developed into a movie or a TV show,” he said. “I guess ‘Ted’ proves I was right to believe that my strip had cinematic potential.”
There is no evidence that MacFarlane was influenced by “Imagine This,” and the cartoon world (and Hollywood, for that matter) is replete with stories about stolen jokes, reworked gags, and outright theft of ideas, all of which are extremely difficult to prove. Turnbloom himself isn’t pressing the issue or accusing MacFarlane of stealing his work.
Imagine This has been running on GoComics.com since 2009.
Ted stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth who plays title character.