News: Concept Art And Synopsis For The Happytime Murders

This is an interesting one from the minds of Brian Henson (Jim Henson’s son and director of Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island) and Todd Berger (Kung Fu Panda 2) – The Happytime Murders. The synopsis is as follows – “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.”

It reminds me a lot of classic Angel episode “Smile Time” where the main character, moody brooding vampire Angel, is turned into a puppet. It also brings to mind Peter Jackson’s Meet The Feeblesa perverted, blackly comic satire of Henson’s Muppets. Also, the synopsis reads a lot like Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Depending on your viewing preferences, they are all good things of which to be reminded.

There’s no word on when the film is due to go into production, but Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up) is said to have signed on, so here’s hoping it won’t be too long a wait.

Sources: /Film, Collider,

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2 Responses to “News: Concept Art And Synopsis For The Happytime Murders”

  1. This sounds great! very ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’.

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