No Sesame. All Street. THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is a filthy comedy set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show.
Very naughty puppets starring in their very own first feature film? Yes, it’s true folks! The Happytime Murders is brought to you courtesy of Brian Henson, son of legendary puppetmaster Jim Henson the man who created Sesame Street and The Muppets.
Brian spent many years bringing The Happytime Murders to the big screen and although there are a total of a 125 puppets in the film it is in NO way a movie for children!!!
Along with the miskreant puppets from Henson Alternative, are a number of A-list humans! The film is set In a world where puppets coexist with humans but are reviled by society and considered inferior to humans, puppet private investigator, Phil Philips (Bill Barretta), reunites with his ex-partner Detective Connie Edwards (Melissa McCarthy) to find a serial killer who murdered Phil's brother and is now targeting the cast members of the 1980s television series The Happytime Gang, and Phil's former flame, Jenny (Elizabeth Banks) is next on the list. Now he and his partner are running out of time as they try to solve "The Happytime Murders."
There are a total of 125 puppets in the film, with 40 specifically created for it. To accommodate the puppeteers, all of the sets were built up, so that the puppeteers could stand on the floor because their optimum way to operate is if they're standing with straight arms. Because the floor of the sets came up in pieces, the human actors had a two-foot margin to stay on their path.
I spoke with Director Brian Henson about bringing his vision to the big screen and what he thinks his father would have thought about it.
THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS OPENS ON AUGUST 24TH
I also had the opportunity to speak with GOOFER - one of the film's stars - who just happens to be a very naughty puppet! Check out BOTH interviews below.