STX Films has unleashed the official trailer for its upcoming raunchy comedy, “The Happytime Murders.”
And to make sure parents are very aware this film is not for kids, they released a red band trailer full of R-rated content.
Melissa McCarthy stars as a veteran police detective assigned to investigate the murder of a puppet who once starred on the 80s show “Happytime.” She is forced to join forces with a disgraced former LAPD officer who is now a private detective. He is also a puppet. As the investigation ramps up, so does the body count, and soon they realize they have a puppet serial killer on their hands.
Some have taken to calling this the R-rated version of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”
Joining McCarthy are Maya Rudolph, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie David Baker, Joel McHale, and many more.
McCarthy is no stranger to comedy, having previously starred in such films as “Spy,” “The Heat,” and “Ghostbusters.” Her work in “Bridesmaids” earned her an Academy Award nomination. She and Rudolph starred together in that film. Elizabeth Banks starred in the “Pitch Perfect” franchise, also directing and producing. Leslie David Baker is best known for his role as grouchy Stanley on “The Office.” And Joel McHale rose to prominence anchoring “The Soup” before leading the sitcom, “Community.”
Brian Henson directs “The Happytime Murders.” Yes, the very same Henson whose father created the Muppets. Henson the Younger also directed two of those films, “Muppet Christmas Carol” and “Muppet Treasure Island” in the 90s. He also directed the mini-series, “The Skrumps,” and the series “Sid the Science Kid.”
Todd Berger wrote the screenplay. The actor and writer penned several short scripts for “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Smurfs,” as well as the comedic drama “It’s a Disaster.”
The film is produced by Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy, Jeffrey Hayes, Brian Henson, and Jason Lust.
“The Happytime Murders” hits theaters on August 17.