STX Entertainment has released nine new images from their upcoming R-rated comedy The Happytime Murders. The film is set in a world where puppets and humans coexist and two detectives, one human and one puppet, must team up to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of “The Happytime Gang”, a beloved classic puppet show.
I feel like I should be more excited than I am for The Happytime Murders, but so far everything just seems pretty obvious and overdone. It appears that the film has one joke, and that the joke is puppets acting crudely as if Meet the Feebles didn’t come out almost 30 years ago. Yes, you’ve got the polish here from Brian Henson directing and Melissa McCarthy in a lead role, but so far Happytime Murders seems like it’s mostly a hook without much substance. Hopefully I’m wrong and we’re in for a solid R-rated comedy this month.
Also, if you’re in the LA area, be on the lookout for a Happytime Murders pop-up tattoo shop. Per the press release:
For four nights only from August 10-13, adult fans get an early peek into the NSFK world of puppet pleasures at the The InkHole, a one-of-a-kind pop-up tattoo parlor. Word on the street is The InkHole isn’t just a place for tattoos – there may be a hidden passage leading to a secret speakeasy. It is rumored that puppets from all walks of life, even prominent lawyer Fred, Esq., have been spotted at the popular hangout for the puppet underworld. So, if you’re looking for a good time and an experience you’ve never felt before, come and try your luck at a hand of Blackjack, grab a drink at the bar, and enjoy a variety of performances on the main stage, only at The InkHole!
Check out The Happytime Murders images below. The film opens August 24th and also stars Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, and Elizabeth Banks.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Happytime Murders:
THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives, one human and one puppet, are forced to work together to try and solve who is brutally murdering the former cast of “The Happytime Gang,” a beloved classic puppet show. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Banks with Brian Henson directing from a screenplay by Todd Berger. Based on a story by Todd Berger & Dee Austin Robertson. Producers are Brian Henson, Jeff Hayes, Melissa McCarthy, and Ben Falcone.