The Happytime Murders is a 2018 American black comedy mystery crime film directed by Brian Henson.
STX Entertainment on Monday, August 13, 2018 released the trailer:
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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.
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.
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