brian-mcgee - May 18, 2018
Rumors had been swirling for years that Brian Henson, son of the late Jim, was going to be directing a raunchy murder mystery set in a world where humans and puppets co-exist. Well, we now have confirmation that the film not only exists, it's coming out at the end of this summer.
The Happytime Murders is indeed set in a Muppets-esque world where puppets are autonomous and have their own filthy habits that make them almost human. When the members of a former television program called The Happyland Gang start getting murdered, it's up to hard-nosed cop Melissa McCarthy and her puppet partner to find out who's been rubbing out these former celebrities.
It's a novel premise and nicely fits that niche of foul-mouthed puppet movies that includes Team America: World Police and Peter Jackson's Meet the Feebles. It's a small niche, but it exists, and I hope that it's going to be as funny as this trailer makes it look.
I also love the tagline: "No Sesame. All Street." Pretty clever. I see what you guys did there. I also wonder if they'd be able to use that tagline without Brian Henson's involvement. Thank goodness we'll never have to wonder. The Happytime Murders opens in theaters everywhere on August 17.
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