Happytime Murders

‘The Happytime Murders’ is just days away from its premiere, and STX Films has just released a new red-band trailer. The film is set in a world where puppets and humans coexist, a la ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘Sesame Street.’ Two detectives, a human played by Melissa McCarthy and a puppet, band together hoping to solve the brutal murders of the cast of a popular puppet show called ‘The Happytime Gang.’

The trailer doesn’t show much in terms of the actual plot, but instead relies on gross humor and features Tweets from users talking about how, uh, interesting the film looks.

The new red-band trailer also features a scantily clad puppet recreating the infamous Sharon Stone ‘Basic Instinct’ leg cross thing, some stripping puppets, and even puppet sex! Are we sure this isn’t just a film adaptation of ‘Avenue Q?’

‘The Happytime Murders’ opens August 24th and also stars include Elizabeth Banks as Jenny, a burlesque dancer who used to be on ‘The Happytime Gang,’ Joel McHale as Agent Campbell, an FBI agent, Maya Rudolph as Bubbles, Phil’s secretary, and Leslie David Baker as Lieutenant Banning, Connie’s superior. The people behind the puppets include Bill Barretta as Phil, Julianne Buescher as Piddles, Dorien Davies as Sandra, and Drew Massey as Goofer, a former ‘Happytime Gang’ cast member who now works as a prostitute.

Check out the red-band trailer below!


Official synopsis for ‘The Happytime Murders’:

No Sesame. All Street. ‘The Happytime Murders’ is a filthy comedy set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show.