The Happytime Murders is a 2018 American black comedy mystery crime film directed by Brian Henson.

Official trailers

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.

Story intro

In a world where puppets coexist with humans but are treated as second-class citizens, Phil Phillips was the first puppet cop on the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) before being fired. Now a private detective with a human secretary, Bubbles, 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. 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 but Phil believes it was murder. That night Phil's brother Larry "Shenanigans" Phillips, 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 only for him to be killed in a drive-by shooting in front of Phil. Phil goes to see Jenny, 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.


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
Elizabeth Banks
Jenny Peterson, a burlesque dancer and Phil's ex-girlfriend
Leslie David Baker
Lt. Banning, Edwards' police superior
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
Ryan Gaul
Officer Milligan, a police officer
Fortune Feimster
Robin, a weed dealer and a longtime fan of The Happytime Gang
Ben Falcone
Donny, an LAPD desk worker
Bill Barretta
Phil Phillips, a disgraced ex-cop
Bill Barretta
Junkyard, a member of Lyle's drug gang
Bill Barretta
Boar, a common warthog
Dorien Davies
Sandra White (née Jakoby), a puppet
Kevin Clash
Lyle, an actor on The Happytime Gang
Kevin Clash
Augustus Bumblypants, a white rabbit actor
Drew Massey
Goofer, an actor on The Happytime Gang
Drew Massey
Vinny, a vulture
Ted Michaels
Ezra, an actor on The Happytime Gang and Cara's cousin
Ted Michaels
a sexist thug
Colleen Smith
Cara, an actress on The Happytime Gang and Ezra's cousin
Colleen Smith
a Dalmatian at Vinny's porn shop and Carol
Donna Kimball
Sheila and Diane (the "Rotten Cotton Girls"), a duo of puppet prostitutes and strippers
Donna Kimball
an unnamed cow at Vinny's porn shop and Roxy
Brian Henson
a crab in a trash can
Henson also
Jasper Jakoby, Sandra's father
Allan Trautman
an octopus at Vinny's porn shop
Allan Trautman
the reluctant puppet doctor that operated on Connie
Victor Yerrid
Larry "Shenanigans" Phillips, Phil's older brother and an actor on The Happytime Gang
Victor Yerrid
an old man outside of Phil's private office


Principal photography began in Los Angeles, California on September 11, 2017.

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, Cinépolis Distribución, Constantin-Film, Diamond Films, Golden Village Pictures, Joyncontents Group, Lucky Red, Metropolitan Filmexport, Mongkol Major, Myndform, Odeon, Parco Co. Ltd., Pinema, Pro Video Film & Distribution Kft., Remain In Light, Roadshow Films, SF Studios, STX International, Seret, Sony Pictures Releasing, TOBIS Film, The Searchers, Times Media Films, VVS Films, Volga Film Ukraine, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) and Universum Film (UFA).

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

The film had received a "R" rating.


The Happytime Murders got low rating from critics. 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.

External links

Official website:

Wikipedia: The Happytime Murders

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