First Look: Concept Art for the Puppet Film Noir 'Happytime Murders'

March 13, 2012
Source: Collider

Happytime Murders

While we've been excited for the puppet film noir The Happytime Murders since it was announced in 2008, the casting of Katherine Heigl in one of the lead human roles left a bad taste in my mouth. However, given the premise and adult nature of the film, we're still willing to see how it turns out, especially with a couple pieces of concept art that Collider has gotten ahold of. There's a grisly scene of a puppet murder and a glimpse at our detective protagonist Phil Phillips who is looking for a serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting cast members of the famous 80's TV show, “The Happytime Gang.” Look!

A look at Brian Henson's The Happytime Murders via Collider (another look at Phil Phillips here):

Happytime Murders - Concept Art

This art just gets me all sorts of excited to see how this film turns out. All the stuffing thrown everywhere like blood and the fact that this murder scene is in some sort of puppet pornography shop pretty much solidifies that this will not be a film to take the kids to at all. Phillips sits there on the counter, cigarette in hand as human law enforcement works around him. Obviously that's not Katherine Heigl as the lady detective, but that might be her character on the scene. Hopefully some better cast members line up to get in on this project described as Avenue Q (a raunchy Broadway musical with puppets) meets L.A. Confidential.

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Clever concept. I'm in.

MrChunk on Mar 13, 2012


What ever happened to We R Animals?

Zeus on Mar 13, 2012


YES! I've been waiting for We R Animals for almost 2 years now! Hey Ethan, have you heard or know anything about We R Animals?

jah p on Mar 13, 2012


Greg the bunny knock off!

Jbrmc210 on Mar 13, 2012


That is Fantastic if the movie ends up looking anything like this we are in for an Awesome treat!

N. on Mar 13, 2012



RAWCRITIC on Mar 13, 2012


Yes, everyone is well aware that this is similar to Roger Rabbit. But that film wasn't R-rated and didn't have Brian Henson behind it with a whole slew of Muppets for a mature themed film noir. So there's still a difference.

Ethan Anderton on Mar 13, 2012


kind of reminds me of hollow chocolate bunnies of the apocalypse

zer0limit on Mar 13, 2012


That was my thought as well

Klausey on Mar 14, 2012



Voice of Reason on Mar 14, 2012

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