happytime murders

For our third and final interview from our visit to the set of The Happytime Murders, I bring you a discussion with producer/co-writer and Melissa McCarthy’s close collaborator Ben Falcone. In a roundtable interview, Falcone talked about how good the screenplay was on first read, the strange world-building of the movie, the difficulties in making an R-rated puppet comedy, making raunchy comedy that isn’t mean-spirited, how inactive puppets look like they’ve died, and how a puppet set is different from a regular set.

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happytime murders

Last October, I visited the set of Brian Henson‘s The Happytime Murders and was shocked and appalled by the puppet naughtiness. Today, I present to you our roundtable interview with human star Melissa McCarthy talked about having “real” moments with puppet characters, working with the Henson Company, wanting to make the movie after reading two pages, navigating a set built for puppets, the social message of the film, hilarious puppet bloopers, and being directed from a guy in a garbage can.

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brian henson the happytme murders

Last October, I traveled to Santa Clarita to visit the set of The Happytime Murders, the new film from Brian Henson. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge Muppets fan, and I’ve been singing the praises of Brian’s “Battleground” episode of Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King since that premiered over a decade ago. So I am very excited to see what Brian does outside of the studio that Kermit built. And judging from the trailers and what I saw on set, this movie will likely be a big surprise to those who haven’t seen his work at Puppet Up.

During our roundtable interview, Henson discussed the 10-year process of bringing the script to life, creating 40 new puppet characters, going too far with the dirty humor, blending real puppets with CGI puppets, what he learned from his father and the difficulty of puppeteering in a jacuzzi.

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happytime murders lawsuit

The folks at Sesame Street filed a lawsuit against ejaculating puppet movie The Happytime Murders, claiming the film tarnished the Sesame brand. And now it’s over –a  judge has ruled in favor of The Happytime Murders.

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Happytime Murders lawsuit update

When The Happytime Murders, a comedy about foul-mouthed and sex-crazed puppets who look an awful lot like the ones created by Jim Henson, used the tagline “All Sesame. No Street.” in its marketing campaign, the creators of Sesame Street weren’t thrilled. They planned to sue the film for unauthorized use of the Sesame Street brand, and now distributor STX Entertainment has filed a response – through a puppet lawyer named Fred, Esq. Read More »

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Happytime Murders lawsuit

Dirty, filthy puppet movie The Happytime Murders just got slapped with a lawsuit from the makers of Sesame Street, who aren’t very happy about all this R-rated puppet stuff. Sesame Workshop, the folks who run Sesame Street, are suing the makers of the raunchy puppet movie, claiming the film tarnishes the Sesame Street brand. Big Bird could not be reached for comment. More on The Happytime Murders lawsuit below.

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The Happytime Murders Trailer

If you were among the audiences who caught the early screenings of Deadpool 2 last night, then you may have been treated to the debut of the first trailer for what looks like the worst part of town on Sesame Street.

Happytime Murders hails from Brian Henson, the son of the legendary Muppet creator Jim Henson. While the younger Henson has been behind beloved Muppet movies like A Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island, his latest endeavor is certainly isn’t family friendly. Watch the totally NSFW red band Happytime Murders trailer below and you’ll see what we’re talking about. Read More »

melissa mccarthy to star in the happytime murders

If you’ve ever wanted a movie that married the reality-blending dark comedy of Who Killed Roger Rabbit with a classic Jim Henson muppet production, you’re in luck. Puppet noir The Happytime Murders is in the works (again) with an incredibly capable comedy actress.

Melissa McCarthy will star in The Happytime Murders, a noir puppet comedy directed by Brian Henson about a world in which humans and puppets warily co-exist. McCarthy will play a human detective who is forced to work with an alcoholic, disgraced puppet detective to figure out who is brutally murdering the former puppet cast members of The Happytime Gang, a beloved children’s show.

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Jamie Foxx in Horrible Bosses

For years now we’ve been reporting on the on-again, off-again development of The Jim Henson Company’s The Happytime Murders, a puppet noir described as “Avenue Q meets L.A. Confidential.” The project got a shot in the arm last year when STX Entertainment scooped it up, and now it’s taking another big step forward by casting its first human. Jamie Foxx is in early talks to play the human half of the detective duo investigating a streak of puppet murders.  Read More »

The Happytime Murders

Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson, is getting another chance to make a darkly comic puppet noir called The Happytime Murders. The story, which is designed as something like an LA Confidential-type riff on The Muppets, or a Muppet equivalent of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, with a human and puppet detective team investigating the murders of former cast members of a kids’ TV show.

Now, after a few fallow years for the project, the relatively new studio STX Entertainment has just partnered with the Jim Henson Company to develop the story anew as a big-screen outing. Read More »