The Happytime Murders is a 2018 American black comedy mystery crime film directed by Brian Henson.
Starring Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Leslie David Baker, Elizabeth Banks, Bill Barretta, Michael McDonald, Cynthy Wu, Mitch Silpa, Hemky Madera and others.

Watch the official trailer for The Happytime Murders

STX Entertainment on Monday, August 13, 2018 released the trailer:
The Happytime Murders | "For Your Consideration" Trailer | Own It Now on Digital HD, Blu-Ray & DVD.

What is The Happytime Murders about?

In a world where puppets coexist with humans but are treated as second-class citizens, Phil Phillips (Ryan Tran) was the first puppet cop on the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) before being fired. Now a private detective with a human secretary Bubbles (Maya Rudolph), he is hired by puppet client Sandra to find out who has been blackmailing her. Phil investigates a lead at a puppet-owned porn shop. While he checks their records in the back, an attacker kills everyone else present including Mr. Bumblypants, a cast member of the beloved puppet television sitcom The Happytime Gang that was due to go into syndication.
The LAPD arrives and Phil meets with his former partner Detective Connie Edwards (Melissa McCarthy). Twelve years prior, Edwards was being held at gunpoint by a puppet perpetrator. Phil tried to shoot him, but missed and hit an innocent puppet killing him in front of the puppet's young daughter. Edwards testified against Phil and a law was enacted preventing puppets from being cops. In the present, Edwards believes it was a robbery gone wrong. Phil believes it was murder, since no money was taken. That night, Phil's brother Larry "Shenanigans" Phillips (Victor Yerrid), a former Happytime Gang cast-member, is torn apart when someone lets dogs into his house. Phil reluctantly joins forces with Edwards to find the killer.
The two track down former Happytime Gang cast-member Lyle (Kevin Clash) only for him to be killed in a drive-by shooting in front of Phil. Phil goes to see Jenny (Elizabeth Banks), the only human Happytime Gang cast-member and his former girlfriend, at a puppet strip club where she works. Phil is unable to protect her when her car explodes. The police see Phil leaving the scene and believe him to be responsible for the murders.

Who's in the The Happytime Murders cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of The Happytime Murders.

Melissa McCarthy Detective Connie Edwards Phil's ex-partner
Maya Rudolph Bubbles Phil's optimistic, upbeat and kind secretary
Joel McHale Special Agent Campbell a stern and arrogant FBI agent
Leslie David Baker Lt. Banning Edwards' police superior
Elizabeth Banks Jenny Peterson a burlesque dancer and Phil's ex-girlfriend
Bill Barretta Phil Philips / Junkyard / Boar
Michael McDonald Ronovan Scargle the CEO of the Puppet Television Network which produced The Happytime Gang
Cynthy Wu Brittany Marlowe Larry Phillips' girlfriend
Mitch Silpa Tommy a criminal
Hemky Madera Tito a criminal
Jimmy O. Yang Officer Delancey a police officer
Fortune Feimster Robin a weed dealer and a longtime fan of The Happytime Gang
Ryan Gaul Officer Milligan a police officer
Ben Falcone Donny an LAPD desk worker
Dorien Davies Sandra White (nรฉe Jakoby), a puppet
Kevin Clash Lyle an actor on The Happytime Gang
Colleen Smith Cara an actress on The Happytime Gang and Ezra's cousin
Drew Massey Goofer an actor on The Happytime Gang
Damon Jones Police Station Guard John / Puppet Doctor
Ted Michaels Ezra an actor on The Happytime Gang and Cara's cousin
Alice Dinnean Sheila and Diane (the "Rotten Cotton Girls"), a duo of puppet prostitutes and strippers
Donna Kimball Sheila and Diane (the "Rotten Cotton Girls"), a duo of puppet prostitutes and strippers
Brian Henson a crab in a trash can
Victor Yerrid Larry "Shenanigans" Phillips Phil's older brother and an actor on The Happytime Gang
Allan Trautman an octopus at Vinny's porn shop
Benjamin Cole Royer Rick
Brekkan Spens Dick
Ryan Tran Phil
Brian Palermo Paramedic (as Brian Joseph Palermo)
Dennis Keiffer Junior
Jim Palmer Caesar
Michael Croner Jack Cook (as H. Michael Croner)
Barry Rothbart Fireman
Steve Mallory Kerry
Jaye Razor Razor
Jen Sung Sandra's Bodyguard (as Jen Kuo Sung Outerbridge)
Bryan Cartago Sandra's Bodyguard
Brett Wagner Rio
Patty Guggenheim Roxy

When is The Happytime Murders released in cinemas?

The film The Happytime Murders was scheduled to be released on August 24, 2018 (United States), on August 27, 2018 (United Kingdom) and on October 11, 2018 (Germany) by STX Entertainment, ACME, Blitz, Cinemundo, Constantin-Film, Diamond Films, Golden Village Pictures, Joyncontents Group, Lucky Red, Metropolitan Filmexport, Mongkol Major, Monolith Films, Myndform, Odeon, Parco Co. Ltd., Pinema, Pro Video Film & Distribution Kft., Remain In Light, Roadshow Film Distributors (NZ) Ltd., Roadshow Films, SF Studios, STX International, Seret, Sony Pictures Releasing, TOBIS Film, The Searchers, Times Media Films, VVS Films, Volga Film Ukraine, Neon, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) and Universum Film (UFA).

What are The Happytime Murders film specifications?

The duration of the film is 91 minutes. With a budget of $40 - 47 million, the film grossed over $27.5 million.

The film The Happytime Murders is rated with "R" rating.

The Happytime Murders filming. Principal photography began in Los Angeles, California on September 11, 2017.

What are critics and audiences saying about The Happytime Murders?

The Happytime Murders got average rating from critics. IMDB rating is 5.4/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 24/100. The audience dislikes the film either. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C-" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

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