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The Happytime Murders (2018)

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When the puppet cast of a '90s children's TV show begin to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.

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Brian Henson

Writers:

Todd Berger (screenplay by), Todd Berger (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa McCarthy ... Detective Connie Edwards
Elizabeth Banks ... Jenny
Maya Rudolph ... Bubbles
Leslie David Baker ... Lt. Banning
Joel McHale ... Agent Campbell
Cynthy Wu ... Brittenie Marlowe
Michael McDonald ... Ronovan Scargle
Mitch Silpa ... Tommy
Hemky Madera ... Tito
Benjamin Cole Royer Benjamin Cole Royer ... Rick
Brekkan Spens ... Dick
Ryan Tran ... Phil
Fortune Feimster ... Robin
Brian Palermo ... Paramedic (as Brian Joseph Palermo)
Damon Jones ... Police Station Guard John / Puppet Doctor
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Storyline

A murder mystery set in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, but puppets are viewed as second-class citizens. When the puppet cast of an '90s children's TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a former cop, who has since become a private eye, takes on the case. Written by Anonymous

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Sex. Murder. Puppets. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude and sexual content and language throughout, and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | China

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Happytime Murders See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,532,425, 26 August 2018

Gross USA:

$20,706,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,506,452
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A total of 125 puppets are in the film, with 40 specifically created for it. All of the sets were built so that puppeteers could stand on the floor and operate the puppets as if they were standing with straight arms. The floor of the sets came up in pieces, so the human actors had a two-foot margin to stay on their path. See more »

Goofs

As shown whenever a character is murdered, puppets do not have internal organs, only stuffing (Phil further supports this when he states he doesn't have a skeleton). As such, there would be no way for Edwards to receive a puppet liver. See more »

Quotes

Ronovan Scargle: I don't take compliments well; but I get them all the time.
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Crazy Credits

A series of DVD covers scroll behind the end credits. Promotion stills for "The Happytime gang" Puppet Porn: Happytime playground, Puppet Pussy Playtime, Felt on Felt, etc. Advertising for Signage and photos for the cousins' BBQ Adam's Ribs Puppet Rights protest posters: Felt is Beautiful, etc news Clippings from Phil Phillips' police days PSAs warnings of Sugar Addiction See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Happytime Murders (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want Candy
Written by Bert Berns, Jerry Goldstein, Bob Feldman, and Richard Gottehrer
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Puppet buddy cop movie
26 August 2018 | by ReelnerdSee all my reviews

Reel Review: The Happytime Murders By Nelson Nantanapibul Directed by Brian Henson Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Leslie David Baker, Joel McHale, Bill Barretta, Dorien Davies. Take the premise of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and substitute toons with puppets and you have the plot of The Happytime Murders. Bill Barretta voices the main puppet protagonist Phil Phillips an ex LAPD detective who moonlights as a PI after an incident involving his partner gets him removed from the force. A lot of the best jokes in the film were showcased in the trailer but there are a few gems peppered throughout the film. There is a bit of a racial metaphor in this film where puppets are treated as second tier citizens who are the victims of various forms of discrimination but in no way does this film take that premise too seriously. This film is first and foremost a raunchy buddy cop movie plain and simple. This film could have used a bit more satire in its premise as opposed to just trying to take the cheap laughs that being said I am not against a cheap laugh. This film had some nice puppet work in it but as for the premise and plot of the film it did not break any new ground. I mentioned a similarity to Roger Rabbit but one difference is this film lacks the heart and wonderment of the former. This is a good film to check out with some buddies during a matinee and to have a few laughs with. Melissa Mccarthy and Maya Rudolph are really great and fun in this film. Elizabeth Banks has a fairly minor role in the film and quite frankly I am surprised she even thought it would be a good idea to take on this role but she does the best with what little she has to do in it. If you are a fan of raunchy R rated comedies then this is the film for you. If not then you may be turned off by the gratuitos nature of some of the jokes in this film. It's definitely not for everyone.


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