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The Happytime Murders (2018)

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When the puppet cast of a '90s children's TV show begin to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.


Brian Henson


Todd Berger (screenplay by), Todd Berger (story by) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa McCarthy ... Detective Connie Edwards
Elizabeth Banks ... Jenny
Maya Rudolph ... Bubbles
Leslie David Baker ... Lt. Banning
Joel McHale ... Agent Campbell
Cynthy Wu ... Brittenie Marlowe
Michael McDonald ... Ronovan Scargle
Mitch Silpa ... Tommy
Hemky Madera ... Tito
Benjamin Cole Royer Benjamin Cole Royer ... Rick
Brekkan Spens ... Dick
Ryan Tran ... Phil
Fortune Feimster ... Robin
Brian Palermo ... Paramedic (as Brian Joseph Palermo)
Damon Jones Damon Jones ... Police Station Guard John / Puppet Doctor


A murder mystery set in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, but puppets are viewed as second-class citizens. When the puppet cast of an '90s children's TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a former cop, who has since become a private eye, takes on the case. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sex. Murder. Puppets. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude and sexual content and language throughout, and some drug material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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USA | China



Release Date:

24 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Happytime Murders See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,532,425, 26 August 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,706,452, 27 September 2018
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS | Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is Brian Henson's first R-rated movie with puppets. See more »


[SPOILER] It is never explained how Jenny survived the car explosion, especially when the camera never moves from the car after she enters, and her body is visible in the driver's seat. See more »


Phil Philips: Hey, look! It's the NRA!
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References Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) See more »


I Touch Myself
Written by Christina Amphlett (as Christina Amphlett), Tom Kelly, Mark McEntee, and Billy Steinberg
Performed by Divinyls
Courtesy of Virgin Records
under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A pleasant surprise
6 September 2018 | by PadreviewsSee all my reviews

I was really expecting to hate this .

I didn't !

It's funny in fact it's very funny ! You'll be laughing all the way through , you'll find yourself caring for the puppets . The onscreen chemistry is believable . You're in safe hands - it's a Henson film bit the script is definitely adult .

It plays great homage to the film noir detective 1940s movies and even a nod to basic instinct and Roger Rabbit .

The length of the film is perfect cause you'll want to stay for the credits rather than rush to the door . There's a couple of cringeworthy moments but they're funny .

I expected to give it 2/10 but it deserved so much more .

I only saw it cause it's being dropped tonight and not getting a second week . Glad I did .

Pad.A 6/10

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