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Henson Co. Working on Puppet Mystery Movie for Adults

Fans of Avenue Q, The Dark Crystal, and the general concept of inappropriate things coming from the mouths of puppets may want to pay special attention to this news: The Jim Henson Co. is working on a film noir comedy-slash-murder mystery movie called The Happytime Murders.

In the world of The Happytime Murders, puppets and humans co-exist together, but puppets are viewed as second-class citizens. According to the Hollywood Reporter:

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.

A drunken, disgraced private eye . . . puppet? Investigating the tragic murders of other puppets? Sign. Me. Up.

Even better, according to the Reporter, there are tons of awesome influences at work for this project, from Avenue Q to LA Confidential to Pulp Fiction. Jim Henson's son Brian is signed up to direct.

There's been lots of cool Muppet-related news lately, but this just might be my favorite. What do you all think? Anyone else share my enthusiasm for foul-mouthed puppets?


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Joelgasm Joelgasm 8 years
ooo, I want to see that. :]
rossy rossy 8 years
It may not count as a "puppet" movie... But why no mention of TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE - Is it because it's from the guys who bring us "Southpark", & is therefore rather crude? After all, I can't look at puppets the way I used to without thinking of Team America. I don't know what Avenue Q is... I did see Roger Rabbit (pretty sure it was animated & had no puppets) years ago; Fraggle Rock to me as a kid was as good as the Muppets. Oh well, I love film noir - Especially murder mysteries! Bogart did 'em best. But I also love the "Thin Man" series, starring William Powell & Myrna Loy as Nick & Nora Charles. If you haven't seen them, I suggest you give them a look-see.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
I want to see it too!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Whiplash, it made think of Who Framed Roger Rabbit too! I this movie will be good, I love the Muppets and irrevent comedy is great too.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Sounds like Roger Rabbit meets Greg the Bunny. I'd check it out.
Phil Phil 8 years
This sounds AWESOME!! If it turns out even an ounce as good as Avenue Q I'll be happy. I reckon this won't be a musical film noir!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
This sounds AWESOME! Awww it makes me want to watch Muppets Take Manhattan!
b1uebunn b1uebunn 8 years
I am SO IN! I love the Muppets and irreverence, so this should be perfect.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm totally loving the thought about this - i think that it would be really cool to see something like this come from the muppets. i'd definitely see it.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
never saw avenue Q but I LOVE the Dark Crystal! I think I need to watch it today!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I love Avenue Q; if this is anything like it, count me in!
Mindbolt Mindbolt 8 years
Is it just me or does this have a little tinge of of that episode on the Angel tv show called Smile Time? There are some foulmouthed demonic puppets, controlling kids with subliminally planted messages in their puppet tv show and then Angel becomes a vampire puppet and beats the crap out of Spike, lol. Anyone? Maybe it's just geeky ol' me then, lol...
rc4480 rc4480 8 years
how EXCITING! i love avenue Q's concept of puppets and people, and this "second class citizens" idea is awesome.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Reminds me of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." I'll definitely see this!
brookrene brookrene 8 years
I'd love to see this, muppets are some kind of crazy obsession of mine. :)
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I definitely want to see this!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I'm sure my roommate and his girlfriend will love this. They've been watching The Muppet Show DVDs.
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