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Lionsgate picks up dark Muppet movie Happytime Murders

10.13.2010

I haven't seen a dark Muppet movie since the part in A MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL where Tiny Tim dies and Ebenezer Scrooge finds his own grave, but apparently it's something that's garnered enough interest to actually be made. HAPPYTIME MURDERS has just been picked up by Lionsgate, and with it comes a pretty excellent plot description.

“Happytime” takes place in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, with the puppets viewed as second-class citizens. When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show called “The Happytime Gang” begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet — with a drinking problem, no less — takes on the case with his former human partner. Think “Avenue Q” meets “L.A. Confidential.”'

This would be awesome enough as is, but it gets even more badass when you learn this is from Brian Henson, son of Muppet guru Jim Henson. And just to clarify, this is NOT the Jason Segel Muppet movie that's coming winter 2011, it's a different project entirely.

The film is currently searching for a lead, and I wonder what duo will play Muppet voice and human partner. I highly doubt that this could possibly be using the actual Muppets we know and love, right? I can't imagine Kermit the Frog shooting Gonzo in the back with a Glock while the Cookie Monster does blow off Miss Piggy's ass.

Speaking of "adult" Muppets:

 

Extra Tidbit: Sorry if that ruined a few of your childhood memories.
Source: Heat Vision

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8:34AM on 10/14/2010
Question is will there be blood, or will a knifed Muppet just bleed cotton wool?
Either way sounds like a fun idea for a movie - wonder what sort of rating they'll aim for/end up with.
Question is will there be blood, or will a knifed Muppet just bleed cotton wool?
Either way sounds like a fun idea for a movie - wonder what sort of rating they'll aim for/end up with.
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8:22AM on 10/14/2010

LSD Optional (but recommended)

I'm quite excited about this news. In fact, it was just yesterday that I was saying that I think being a Muppeteer would be the best job in the world. What I wouldn't give to be the guy playing the angry police sergeant Muppet...
I'm quite excited about this news. In fact, it was just yesterday that I was saying that I think being a Muppeteer would be the best job in the world. What I wouldn't give to be the guy playing the angry police sergeant Muppet...
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5:56PM on 10/13/2010

That is

Almost EXACTLY Who Framed Roger Rabbit :/
Almost EXACTLY Who Framed Roger Rabbit :/
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10:34AM on 10/14/2010
This is what I was going to say.
This is what I was going to say.
3:27PM on 10/13/2010
I'm glad this decade is going to be filled with more Muppets than the last one. I've been re watching Fraggle Rock on Hub and it still holds up. Puppets will always rule over CGI.
I'm glad this decade is going to be filled with more Muppets than the last one. I've been re watching Fraggle Rock on Hub and it still holds up. Puppets will always rule over CGI.
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1:47PM on 10/13/2010

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

With puppets instead of Toons?
OK, I'll see it.
With puppets instead of Toons?
OK, I'll see it.
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1:26PM on 10/13/2010
This sounds like this could have been the plot for a "Greg The Bunny" movie. I'm def. excited for this!
This sounds like this could have been the plot for a "Greg The Bunny" movie. I'm def. excited for this!
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12:55PM on 10/13/2010

Smile Time

Anyone else love that episode of "Angel"? Awesome stuff.
Anyone else love that episode of "Angel"? Awesome stuff.
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12:18PM on 10/13/2010
I'll be right back (background): FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!
I'll be right back (background): FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!
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12:10PM on 10/13/2010
Effin' SOLID! I can speak for only myself but Brian Henson is just as cutting edge as his father and this sounds like a fantastic project! Being a father forced to watch children's programming, his "Sid the Science Kid" is actually really cute and entertaining. Bring it on says I!
Effin' SOLID! I can speak for only myself but Brian Henson is just as cutting edge as his father and this sounds like a fantastic project! Being a father forced to watch children's programming, his "Sid the Science Kid" is actually really cute and entertaining. Bring it on says I!
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