An Early Look at the Film Noir Puppet Comedy THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS Directed by Jim Henson’s Son

     March 12, 2012

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We’ve kept our eye on The Happytime Murders because of how refreshingly twisted it sounds.  The script by Todd Berger is set in a world where puppets co-exist with humans, but naturally, are second class citizens.  One of these puppets is a private eye on the trail of a serial killer who is killing off the cast of the 80s television classic “The Happytime Gang.”  That description sends my imagination to the moon and back, but as of tonight, we have a better foundation for such daydreams based on a pair of concept art images we’ve received.  One is a headshot of Phil Phillips, our grizzled protagonist, cigarette in hand.  The other shows Phil interacting with the realistic human environment in the middle of a playfully gruesome crime scene.  (There’s stuffing everywhere!)

Okay, so maybe Katherine Heigl will star.  But if there’s any movie where the intensity of her unlikeability could contribute to the tone of a movie, it’s The Happytime MurdersBrian Henson, son of Jim Henson, is directing.  See the images after the jump.

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Here’s the available synopsis:

In a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop, Phil Phillips, is hot on the trail of the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting the cast members of the famous 80s television show, “The Happytime Gang.” As the killings continue, Phil’s former flame, Jenny, is next on the list. It’s up to Phil and his ex-partner, Detective Edwards, to find the culprit, but as bad blood and old resentments resurface the clues start pointing to the only viable suspect, Phil himself. Now he’s on the run with only his wits and hard headed determination, as he tries to solve, “The Happytime Murders.”

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