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Released August 24, 2018
Duration 91 minutes
Director Brian Henson
Written by Todd Berger
Music Christopher Lennertz
Studio STX Entertainment
Rated R



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The Happytime Murders is a film produced by the Jim Henson Company under their Henson Alternative brand. The company announced the project in October of 2008;[1] it was released ten years later on August 24, 2018. The film is directed and produced by Brian Henson.

Set in downtown Los Angeles, the film centers on a pair of police officers, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet (Bill Barretta), as they solve the murders of former puppet stars.

Muppet Mentions

  • In a scene where Phil Phillips investigates a puppet pornography shop, for the film, he remarks, "Looks like this mystery's brought to you by the letter P." The dialogue was used in a promotional spot for the film.
  • The film's marketing launched on May 18th and includes a trailer and poster featuring the tagline "No Sesame, All Street". A week later on May 25th, Sesame Workshop filed a lawsuit against STX Entertainment for "distributing a trailer that deliberately confuses consumers into mistakenly believing that Sesame is associated with, has allowed, or has even endorsed or produced the movie and tarnishes Sesame’s brand." They subsequently lost the lawsuit.[2] Afterwards a TV spot for the film references the lawsuit with the tagline "From the studio that was sued by Sesame Street."


Human Cast
Puppet Cast

Creature Shop Credits

New York

Los Angeles

Recycled puppets

The film uses a cast of 125 puppets, including 40 made exclusively for the film.[3] Several of the other puppets used in the film were previously used on The Animal Show, Kermit's Swamp Years, Animal Jam, Bear in the Big Blue House, and other Henson Company productions prior to the sale of the Muppets to the Walt Disney Company.


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