“Happytime Murders” Concept Art an Unflinching Look at Puppet Murder

"The Happytime Murders," the neo noir spoof about a string of puppet murders, featuring a cast of humans and puppets, brings us its first glimpse of the look and vibe we can expect. Please, please, please let them follow through on the grim vision.

In this first look, by way of Collider, a gutted bunny lays on the floor of a puppet porn palace, tufts of pink stuffing strewn everywhere, as a team of humans collects evidence and interviews a grizzled smoking puppet. Awesome. And what sort of twisted mind concocts such a scenario? Why that would be Brian Henson, son of legendary puppeteer Jim Henson.

Here's the current synopsis:

In a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop, Phil Phillips, is hot on the trail of the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting the cast members of the famous 80s television show, “The Happytime Gang.” As the killings continue, Phil’s former flame, Jenny, is next on the list. It’s up to Phil and his ex-partner, Detective Edwards, to find the culprit, but as bad blood and old resentments resurface the clues start pointing to the only viable suspect, Phil himself. Now he’s on the run with only his wits and hard headed determination, as he tries to solve, “The Happytime Murders.”

Do you get the sense a young Brian Henson saw "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and woke up screaming for the next six months?

Yes, Katherine Heigl was recently linked to one of the human leads, but we're trying not to let that temper our enthusiasm.

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