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Killer Henson puppets?

10.14.2008

Although Muppet master Jim Henson has passed on, his company is keeping various felt-covered creatures alive. And now killing them, apparently.

The Henson Co. is looking at a script called THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS, a mature mystery thriller set in a world where man and puppets coexist (not quite harmoniously). The noir tale, from writer Todd Berger, goes like this: "When the puppet cast of an '80s children's TV show called "The Happytime Gang" begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced puppet LAPD detective turned private eye -- with a drinking problem, no less -- takes on the case." Sounds sort of great, actually (if a bit like ROGER RABBIT with plush fabric instead of hand-drawn cels).

The Henson Co. last played with more adult fare with THE DARK CRYSTAL, a sequel of which has been in development hell for years. You may also recall that noted puppet fan Jason Segel (who displayed his foam rubber fondness in FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL) plans to bring back the beloved Muppets for a new feature film.

Extra Tidbit: Note: that pic is actually from an especially brilliant episode of the late lamented TV series "ANGEL".
Source: THR

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1:30PM on 10/16/2008
That sounds awesome. I can't wait to see it. I hope they go really dark with it.
That sounds awesome. I can't wait to see it. I hope they go really dark with it.
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8:16PM on 10/15/2008

Working with Puppets

If you guys love this like i do, then check out this site. [link] I have an Internship at Bill Diamonds Studio and we have LOTS of Great Puppet Webisodes coming up in the very near future.

The shows are laced with horror, trivia, suspense, villains and a unique brand of comedy, Bill Diamond's Monster TV and its characters are brought back to life to entertain audiences everywhere. There's Dr. Boris Frankenstein, his monster, the Bride, Dracula, the Werewolf(My Favorite puppet), the Phantom,
If you guys love this like i do, then check out this site. [link] I have an Internship at Bill Diamonds Studio and we have LOTS of Great Puppet Webisodes coming up in the very near future.

The shows are laced with horror, trivia, suspense, villains and a unique brand of comedy, Bill Diamond's Monster TV and its characters are brought back to life to entertain audiences everywhere. There's Dr. Boris Frankenstein, his monster, the Bride, Dracula, the Werewolf(My Favorite puppet), the Phantom, the Creature, Jekyll and Hyde, the Hunchback of Notre Dame and many others.

Working closely with Sara Karloff (Karloff Enterprises), the daughter of world renown Boris Karloff, Diamond has modeled the Boris K. Frankenstein character and other monsters after the original stars.

Take a look and enjoy. we will have a lot more going on in the upcoming months!!
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4:09PM on 10/15/2008
Seeing as my favorite unfairly canceled Fox show ever was "Greg the Bunny", this is something I'm really excited for.
Seeing as my favorite unfairly canceled Fox show ever was "Greg the Bunny", this is something I'm really excited for.
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2:30PM on 10/15/2008
It's like Roger Rabbit meets Greg the Bunny. I'm down.
It's like Roger Rabbit meets Greg the Bunny. I'm down.
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1:25PM on 10/15/2008
"you're a bloddy puppet"! God I miss Spike!
"you're a bloddy puppet"! God I miss Spike!
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10:57AM on 10/15/2008
It would be interesting if they went "Meet the Feebles" dark....
It would be interesting if they went "Meet the Feebles" dark....
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9:43AM on 10/15/2008

My only question

Will they refer to them as puppets? Cuz that might be kind of odd, considering what a puppet really is.

A toon can be a toon because it doesn't have someone's hand up its ass all the time. Still, love noir, love Jim Henson Company, and love their '80s endeavors into the non-muppet puppetry of "The Dark Crystal" and "Labyrinth," two of my favorite childhood movies.
Will they refer to them as puppets? Cuz that might be kind of odd, considering what a puppet really is.

A toon can be a toon because it doesn't have someone's hand up its ass all the time. Still, love noir, love Jim Henson Company, and love their '80s endeavors into the non-muppet puppetry of "The Dark Crystal" and "Labyrinth," two of my favorite childhood movies.
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6:32AM on 10/15/2008
Hm. Sounds like WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? meets WATCHMEN...with puppets.

Hm. Meh, might be good.
Hm. Sounds like WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? meets WATCHMEN...with puppets.

Hm. Meh, might be good.
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5:02AM on 10/15/2008
Sounds like a more serious version of the world of "Greg the Bunny."
Sounds like a more serious version of the world of "Greg the Bunny."
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2:42AM on 10/15/2008
Sounds like gold to me.
Sounds like gold to me.
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2:05AM on 10/15/2008

Sweet!

This sounds fantastic! It does sound a lot like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which happens to be one of my favorite movies. And if Team America proved anything, seemingly serious dramas done with puppets make the best comedies.
This sounds fantastic! It does sound a lot like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which happens to be one of my favorite movies. And if Team America proved anything, seemingly serious dramas done with puppets make the best comedies.
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1:08AM on 10/15/2008
Sounds kinda awesome
Sounds kinda awesome
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12:44AM on 10/15/2008

SMILE TIME!

I remember that episode of Angel. Funny stuff. "I do not have puppet cancer!" lol

This would be even more amazing if Joss Whedon had been involved, but it still sounds like a fun idea.
I remember that episode of Angel. Funny stuff. "I do not have puppet cancer!" lol

This would be even more amazing if Joss Whedon had been involved, but it still sounds like a fun idea.
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12:39AM on 10/15/2008
What the hell???
What the hell???
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11:49PM on 10/14/2008

Jason

It's Jason Segel, not Peter. His character's name in Forgetting Sarah Marshall was Peter.
It's Jason Segel, not Peter. His character's name in Forgetting Sarah Marshall was Peter.
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11:49PM on 10/14/2008

Jason

Sorry, double post.
Sorry, double post.
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11:49PM on 10/14/2008

The GOAT!

One of my most favorite episodes!
Puppet Angel rules!
One of my most favorite episodes!
Puppet Angel rules!
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11:48PM on 10/14/2008

You Mean Jason Segel

Peter Segal is a mediocre at best director of mostly Adam Sandler movies. That being said, the premise of this is actually interesting. It could be good.
Peter Segal is a mediocre at best director of mostly Adam Sandler movies. That being said, the premise of this is actually interesting. It could be good.
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11:33PM on 10/14/2008

muppets rule

actually the show with the puppets from angel was called happytime is that on purpose
actually the show with the puppets from angel was called happytime is that on purpose
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11:24PM on 10/14/2008
this is a really cool precis, and that angel episode was really good
this is a really cool precis, and that angel episode was really good
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10:55PM on 10/14/2008
"I do not have puppet cancer!" One of the best Angel episodes. A great show overall. And the idea of this movie perks my ears because I do have a love of puppets.
"I do not have puppet cancer!" One of the best Angel episodes. A great show overall. And the idea of this movie perks my ears because I do have a love of puppets.
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