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Review: The Happytime Murders (2018)

Chances are if you have watched the trailer for The Happytime Murders – which does show some of the biggest shocks – you know what to expect. From director Brian Henson, this is the first feature to come from Ha! (Henson Alternative), a branch of the Jim Henson Company specialising in adult content and it is hard to imagine a more in your face start. The film has been chastised with scathing reviews, some calling it the worst film this year (it isn’t) or this summer (it isn’t that either) and while the film is not a rib-bustingly bawdy and masterful spin on the Who Framed Roger Rabbit-esque concept of man living among cartoon characters (only here we replace cartoons with puppets), there is still dirty and crude fun to be had with the film’s puppet-filled ridiculousness.

In development for years, the film has gone from noirish detective
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Happytime Murders Vs. Puppet Master: Which R-Rated Puppet Movie Should You See?

Happytime Murders Vs. Puppet Master: Which R-Rated Puppet Movie Should You See?
Depraved puppet lovers unite. This is your weekend to go wild. If you're adventurous enough, you could be enjoying a double feature of The Happytime Murders and Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, with both playing at a theater near you. For those inclined to stay on the couch, The Littlest Reich is even available on VOD. But for many of you, with limited time or cash, just one of these perverted purveyors of filth will have to suffice. So which R-Rated puppet movie is your best bang for the buck? That perhaps depends on what exactly you're looking for.

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is a very gory horror slasher movie with some shockingly funny scenes. Happytime Murders is a raunchy comedy whose needle skips into a gritty crime noir groove. Both are headlined by two very funny people. Melissa McCarthy turns in some of her career best laughs in Happyland Murders,
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‘The Happytime Murders’ Review: Puppet Raunchfest Is Dead on Arrival

‘The Happytime Murders’ Review: Puppet Raunchfest Is Dead on Arrival
A few critics are calling it the worst movie of the year. Unfair! The Happytime Murders, the R-rated look at a serial killer running wild in a puppet-populated L.A., has what it takes to be a contender for worst of the decade. Directed by Brian Henson (son of the late, great Sesame Street and Muppets icon Jim Henson) and starring a painfully stranded Melissa McCarthy, this toxic botch job deserves an early death by box office. It’s not that smutty puppets are a bad idea (see: Team America: World Police,
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Second Opinion – The Happytime Murders (2018)

The Happytime Murders, 2018.

Directed by Brian Henson.

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Bill Barretta, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Leslie David Baker, Joel McHale, Michael McDonald, Ben Falcone, Dorien Davies, Cynthy Wu, Mitch Silpa, Hemky Madera, Ryan Tran, Fortune Feimster, Brekkan Spens, Benjamin Cole Royer, Jimmy O. Yang, Ryan Gaul, Jim Palmer, Dennis Keiffer, Michael Croner, Brett Wagner, Colleen Smith, Kevin Clash, Drew Massey, Patty Guggenheim, Allan Trautman, Victor Yerrid, Ted Michaels, and Brian Henson.

Synopsis:

When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show begin to get murdered one by one, a disgraced Lapd detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.

Prepare for a miserable time watching The Happytime Murders. Seriously, this is one of the worst movies of 2018 so far, and you’re talking to someone that will occasionally watch some of the lowest budget horror offerings that land in his email box out of boredom, morbid curiosity, and masochism.
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‘The Happytime Murders’ & Puppets For Grown Ups

When the trailer dropped for The Happytime Murders, it was clear that the film was self-aware; starting with a relatively innocent opening of a cityscape set to pleasant music, the trailer poses the question, what do puppets do when kids aren’t around? The answer; foul language, drugs, and soliciting Melissa McCarthy. The tagline ‘No Sesame. All Street’ is definitely fitting.

To celebrate the film’s release on 27th August, we’re taking a look at other times when puppets were most certainly not for kids.

Avenue Q

Opening Off-Broadway in 2003 (making it the 24th longest running stage musical ever), Avenue Q is certainly a unique experience; set in a fictional ‘outer-outer borough’ of New York City, the lives of the puppet and human characters intertwine in a tale the millennial struggle of trying to find your place in the world. The show is certainly raunchy, with puppet sex
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Film Review: ‘The Happytime Murders’

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Film Review: ‘The Happytime Murders’
“Avenue Q.” “Meet the Feebles.” “Ted.” “Ted 2.” “Greg the Bunny.” “Wonder Showzen.” Hell, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” If each and every one of these titles is completely unfamiliar to you, and you are eager to start studying for your driver’s test, you may well go googly-eyed at “The Happytime Murders,” with its nonstop depictions of innocent-looking yet depraved puppets swearing, smoking, screwing, and exploding into geysers of fluff. For the rest of us, this adolescent YouTube sketch laboriously stretched to 90 minutes is notable only for its provenance – directed by longtime puppetmaster and Jim Henson scion Brian Henson – and its litany of missed opportunities, and it should soon be movin’ right along out of multiplexes.

Much like last year’s similarly misguided “Bright,” “The Happytime Murders” takes place in a Los Angeles where humans coexist uneasily with an oppressed and despised fictional minority group; in this case, Muppet-like puppets.
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‘The Happytime Murders’ Film Review: Melissa McCarthy Valiantly Plays Along in One-Joke Comedy

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‘The Happytime Murders’ Film Review: Melissa McCarthy Valiantly Plays Along in One-Joke Comedy
There’s a funny idea at the heart of “The Happytime Murders,” a satire of hard-boiled L.A. noir in which most of the hard-luck, low-life characters happen to be puppets. But a movie is supposed to have many ideas, and the one-joke nature of this adults-only spoof wears out the film’s welcome, even if director Brian Henson and his talented crew never let us see the strings.

It’s a concept not unlike the recent Netflix dud “Bright,” which presented a Los Angeles inhabited by orcs (including the city’s first orc cop) and fairies as a way to make ham-fisted statements about race. Here we get private eye Phil Phillips (voiced by Muppet vet Bill Barretta), who had been the Lapd’s first puppet officer, only to get kicked off the force for not shooting a fellow puppet who was holding his partner Connie Edwards (Melissa McCarthy) hostage.
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‘The Happytime Murders’ Review: Melissa McCarthy’s Painfully Unfunny Puppet Noir Is an Utter Abomination

IndieWire owes our readers an apology. Last week, in a moment of desperate optimism and/or extreme naïveté, this critic declared “Mile 22” was “far and away the worst summer movie of 2018.” And while that statement was true at the time, it failed to account for the unfathomable awfulness that one of the season’s final studio offerings had in store.

I foolishly assumed an incoherent and jingoistic Mark Wahlberg vehicle that climaxes with someone telling him to “say hi to your mother for me” would be the most eye-punishing, soul-crushing, career-questioning thing I’d have to sit through until at least after Labor Day. And then, I saw “The Happytime Murders.”

An admirably debased but deeply unfunny Muppet noir that opens with a porn-addicted bunny getting his head blown off, it peaks with a Robert De Niro-inspired puppet ejaculating silly string all over his office, and presumably ends
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How Peter Jackson's Low-Budget Cult Comedy 'Meet the Feebles' Inspired 'The Happytime Murders'

How Peter Jackson's Low-Budget Cult Comedy 'Meet the Feebles' Inspired 'The Happytime Murders'
When the first trailer landed in May for The Happytime Murders, STXfilms’ liquor, drugs, sex and violence-soaked puppet crime comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, one British newspaper declared it to be the “first-ever R-rated Muppets film."

Not quite.

As was quickly pointed out by Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement, that title had already been claimed.

“Ahem… No, that would be Meet the Feebles, Peter Jackson, Nz, 1989,” he tweeted, referring to only the second feature by his Oscar-winning fellow New Zealander, made back when he was a 20-something filmmaker spending his weekends putting together comedy horror splatter movies ...
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Nsfw Happytime Murders Trailer Gets Dirty and Depraved with Puppets

Nsfw Happytime Murders Trailer Gets Dirty and Depraved with Puppets
All of the sesame is definitely gone in this brand-new very street red band trailer for Melissa McCarthy's The Happytime Murders. The movie hits theaters at the end of this month and it's looking to be pretty unique, like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but with puppets, drugs, violence, and over-the-top sexual references instead of animation and traces of family decency. The Happytime Murders is proud of its Nsfw status, wearing it like a giant badge of honor. Though, we do admit, Peter Jackson's Meet the Feebles did get here first.

The Happytime Murders stars Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, and Elizabeth Banks. The filthy comedy, directed by Brian Henson, recently saw itself in some legal trouble after the studio behind Sesame Street attempted to sue Stx Entertainment for referencing the popular kids show in its marketing campaign. However, Sesame Street lost that legal battle and The Happytime Murders
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From ‘Happytime Murders’ to ‘Team America': 12 Times Puppets Behaved Badly on Film, TV and the Stage (Photos)

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From ‘Happytime Murders’ to ‘Team America': 12 Times Puppets Behaved Badly on Film, TV and the Stage (Photos)
From ‘Happytime Murders’ to ‘Team America': 12 Times Puppets Behaved Badly on Film , TV and the Stage (Photos)

The upcoming Melissa McCarthy film “The Happytime Murders” made headlines last month due to its legal skirmish with Sesame Workshop over its raunchy trailer. But the film is far from the first time that puppets have danced over the boundary of good taste. Read on for more examples of puppets behaving badly.

The Happytime Murders.” After the trailer for this Brian Henson-directed crime comedy was released, Sesame Workshop — the people behind “Sesame Street” — filed suit, contending that the trailer, which bore the tagline “No Sesame. All Street” and features, among other things, “ejaculating puppets,” tarnishes the Sesame brand. The suit quickly came to a climax, with a judge siding with Stx.

Team America: World Police”: When the puppets in this 2004 Trey Parker/Matt Stone offering weren’t busy bungling their way to preserving America’s freedom,
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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 151 – Meet the Feebles

Last episode some listeners were a little disturbed by all of the talk about vomit. This week we’re making vomit fun again, with puppets! Before Peter Jackson was making movies about giant apes and wandering hobbits, he made Meet the Feebles; a movie full of sex, vomit, shit eating, Vietnam flashbacks, and heroin abuse. Oh yeah, […]

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Crowdfund This: Frank & Zed, Puppet Horror For The Masses

Jesse Blanchard's puppet horror film Frank & Zed, as far as anyone knows, will be the first feature length full classic puppet style film in nearly thirty years. That is, puppets and only puppets dominate the landscape in the film he has been working on for the past four years.    1 - Is this really the first puppet film in 30 years?: As far as we know, this is the first feature-length film (60+ mins) to be made using classic glove-style puppetry since Peter Jackson's Meet the Feebles. The few puppet feature films that have been made have either had human actors (i.e. The Muppets) or were made with marionettes (Team America) or other forms of puppetry. (Source, wikipedia) Frank & Zed Faq  ...

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Looking back at the early films of Peter Jackson

Mark Allison Sep 29, 2017

He conquered the world with The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. But what about the first few films from Peter Jackson?

At the 2004 Academy Awards, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King swept the board with 11 statuettes, equalling the records previously set by Ben-Hur and Titanic. When collecting the award for Best Picture, director Peter Jackson made a passing reference to the two films with which he had started his career in the late 1980s - Bad Taste and Meet The Feebles - commenting that they had been “wisely overlooked by the Academy at the time”.

Despite Jackson’s dismissal of his own early work, these films represent more than a curious historical footnote; they are the first steps from one of the most important blockbuster film-makers of the last two decades. When viewed from the lofty gaze of hindsight, they are not only
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Puppet Horror ‘The Happytime Murders’ Finally Happening

Puppet Horror ‘The Happytime Murders’ Finally Happening
hoping to give Peter Jackson’s Meet the Feebles a run for its money, Maya Rudolph is joining her Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy (Ghostbusters) in STXfilms’ The Happytime Murders, Deadline reports. Brian Henson will direct the comedy in conjunction with Jim Henson Company’s Henson Alternative banner. The “R”-rated comedy was supposed to be done and in […]
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Crowdfund This: We R Animals, Because You Need An R-Rated Puppet Film

Here is something very cool coming out of Sweden, an R-Rated puppet film called We R Animals. The production has just launched a Kickstarter campaign and we are sure that once you see their pitch video and proof of concept trailer that you will want to contribute.    Filmmaker Thobias Hoffmén has drawn inspiration from some of his favorite films, Gremlins, Meet the Feebles and Labyrinth, and wants to make this passion project that he has had on the back burner since 2010. Now, he has teamed up with David Sandberg from Kung Fury and Academy Award nominated producer Mathias Fjellström, and is hell bent on giving everyone the R-Rated puppet film we always knew we wanted.    Have a look at the hilarious pitch...

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Beauty vs Beast: The Princesses of Borovnia

Jason from Mnpp here -- with most holidays I think it would suck to share a birthday - who wants their birthday on Thanksgiving? Or even worse, Christmas? Everyone else getting presents on your day? What a nightmare. But Halloween is the exception - I would love my birthday to be on Halloween. Costume parties every year! A cake shaped like Frankenstein's head! Or even better - a cake shaped like the Bride of Frankenstein's head! (Because more cake.) 

And you wanna know who I bet has the best Halloween Birthday Parties? Peter Jackson, that's who. I bet he dresses up like the Std-riddled rabbit from Meet the Feebles or like the Mouth of Sauron every year. Damn you, Peter Jackson

Oh well - we'll go ahead and wish him a happy day today with this week's edition of "Beauty vs Beast" anyway, and since we're going to be
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11 Films We’re Excited to See at Fantastic Fest 2016

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This week, I’ll be heading out to Austin, Texas, for my first-ever Fantastic Fest, and I could not be more thrilled. Every single year, the festival introduces audience members to some of the most insane and boundary-pushing genre fare from all over the world, and I’m excited to get my first real taste of it starting this Thursday.

And while the entire Fantastic Fest slate looks incredible (seriously, I wish I could have three clones with me in Austin just so I could see everything), I’ve put together a look at the 11 films I’m ridiculously excited to see. One note: there are several films playing at Fantastic Fest that I have already seen at previous fests, including The Eyes of My Mother, The Greasy Strangler, and Phantasm: Remastered, so it didn’t feel fair to include them here.

The Dwarves Must Be Crazy (World Premiere,
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Cool Poster Art For Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners

Artist Dave Perillo is the creator of this piece of poster art for Peter Jackson and Michael J. Fox’s The Frighteners. It was made for a special screening at The Hollywood Theater in Pittsburgh that took place on March 24th. The poster comes in a 18″ X 24″ regular and variant edition which features a Glow in the Dark ink Layer, which is always cool!

The Frighteners is such a fun and insane movie. It the film that led me to watch Peter Jackson’s previous films such as Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, Dead Alive, and Heavenly Creatures. Needless to say I was instantly a fan. A few years after The Frighteners, Jackson went on to make The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which are some of the great films ever made in my opinion.

If you want to order a print for yourself it’ll only cost you $25 here.
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The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies Extended Cut Again Displays The Uselessness Of The MPAA

Peter Jackson knows a thing or two about making R-rated movies. Before he became the man responsible for bringing Middle-earth to the big screen, he was the guy who brought us titles like Bad Taste, Meet The Feebles and Dead Alive - three of the most over-the-top films that you.ll ever watch. His newest R-rated film . his first since 1996.s The Frighteners . is the Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, but rather than being a return to old, more adult-oriented fare for Jackson, the special cut is in reality just another example of the uselessness of the MPAA and their ratings system. I had the opportunity to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition during the special Fathom Events screening that was held nationwide last night, and while I can honestly say that I enjoyed the experience, it also left
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