/Filmcast Ep. 482 – The Happytime Murders

Happytime Murders True Hollywood Story

David, Jeff, and Kristy discuss whether magic specials can work in the modern age, get down with Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, and lament the agita of sitting near jerks in theaters. Be sure to check out Kristy’s review of The Happytime Murders.

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Crazy Rich Asians Box Office

After topping the box office last weekend, Crazy Rich Asians has achieved quite the feat in its sophomore run in theaters.

Box office reports coming in have Crazy Rich Asians dropping a mere 5.7% this past weekend with another $25 million coming in for the romantic comedy from director Jon M. Chu. Meanwhile, the raunchy wide release of The Happytime Murders is a bit of a dud. Get more on the latest box office receipts below. Read More »

Happytime Murders Bar

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, visit the raunchy tattoo parlor known as the Inkhole from The Happytime Murders. Plus, find out how accurate movies are in depicting marijuana and those who smoke it, and listen as Papillon stars Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »

Happytime Murders lawsuit

If you’re in the mood for a great cinematic blend of edgy comedy and detective thriller, combining the seamy underbelly of the big city with seemingly childish characters who have surprisingly adult predilections, good news: Who Framed Roger Rabbit is streaming on Hulu. It’s a classic!

If, on the other hand, you’re in the mood for a movie that apes the style of the 1988 masterpiece, as well as a handful of other not-terribly-recent films, then the dull and laugh-free The Happytime Murders is your only option. But there’s not much of a good reason to sit through the film outside of sheer, baffled curiosity.

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Director Brian Henson‘s name may suggest wholesome family fare, but his new movie is anything but. The Happytime Murders is a raunchy comedy set in a world where puppets lie, cheat, steal, screw, and commit crimes. Sounds like a recipe for big laughs, right?

Well, the first reviews for the film are in and they’re…not good. In fact, more than several critics are calling this the worst film of the summer, if not the year. Take a look for yourself.

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The Happytime Murders has been a long-rumored film since the beginning of the millennium. For years, it kept on almost getting made. Now, Brian Henson has finally directed The Happytime Murders starring Melissa McCarthy as the human cop in a world of deranged puppets.

Todd Berger co-wrote The Happytime Murders with Dee Austin Robertson. In the film, puppet P.I. Phil Philips (Bill Barretta) stumbles onto a murder case when femme fatale Sandra White (Dorien Davies) hires him. Phil has to reluctantly team up with his former partner Connie Edwards (McCarthy) to solve the murders of The Happytime Gang cast.

Berger spoke with /Film by phone this week about his long journey to making The Happytime Murders. Find out how it almost ended up being PG-13, how Brian Henson got involved, and just how difficult it was to make puppets behave like naughty adults. The Happytime Murders opens Friday, August 24.

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Modern Puppet Movies

Puppets have been around as long as people have, and while I have no proof to back up that claim, I think it’s safe to say that our ancestors were playing with puppets from the very first time one of them shoved their hand into a mammoth’s recently slurped duodenum. Even Neanderthals enjoyed a good night out with dinner and a show. The obvious fun of talking with your hands continued through the years and cultures, and when cinema reared its newborn head in the early 20th century, it came complete with hands working everything from traditional puppets to marionettes controlled via strings.

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Happytime Murders True Hollywood Story

This week sees the release of the R-rated puppet comedy The Happytime Murders, and the marketing campaign is finally making a big push to convince audiences to see the movie. So far, the footage from the actual film has been sparse, with only the initial red band trailer and an updated, shorter version with Twitter reactions giving us a taste of the movie. That has us worried that the movie itself doesn’t have the goods, but the original marketing creations have been commendable.

After releasing things like a warning against the dangerous drug syrup and a private investigator infomercial featuring the lead puppet characters, a new video has emerged that gives us the “P True Hollywood Story” of The Happytime Gang, the cast of the beloved television show of the same name that exists in this universe where humans and puppets co-exist. Like many stars who got too famous too fast, it’s mostly full of tragedy, but it’s the most detailed glimpse at the film’s characters we’ve seen yet. Read More »

The Happytime Murders Infomercial

The Happytime Murders is only a couple weeks away from release, and the marketing campaign is finally ramping up to remind people that this raunchy puppet comedy is on the way. A short new red band trailer arrived earlier this week, now a batch of new videos featuring these filthy puppets has surfaced online.

First up, detective Phil Philips, one of the puppets assigned to a string of puppet murders, has quite the professional commercial for those in search of a private eye. Plus, check out a new PSA for the Alamo Drafthouse featuring a drug addicted puppet begging you to stop talking in theaters, and watch puppets read tweets reacting to the film’s red band trailer. Read More »

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Happytime Murders Red Band Trailer

Since the first red band trailer exploded on the big screen before Deadpool 2 earlier this summer, we haven’t seen much more footage from the raunchy puppet comedy The Happytime Murders. However, a new red band trailer has arrived to showcase some more of the inappropriate humor coming in the film from Jim Henson’s son, Brian Henson. The only problem is that most of it just seems to be more footage from the scenes we glimpsed in the first trailer. Read More »