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The Happytime Murders: Justice isn’t always warm and fuzzy

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM
The bickering duo: Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy and Detective Phil Philips in ‘The Happytime Murders’.

After 35 years of entertaining children, the puppets are finally ready to reveal what happens when the kids are not around. The Happytime Murders is a comedy set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Detective Phil Philips is a down-on-his-luck puppet who used to work for the Los Angeles Police Department. When two puppets from an old TV show wind up dead, Phil suspects something is afoot and rejoins the LAPD as a consultant.

Reunited with Connie Edwards, his former human partner, the bickering duo soon find themselves in a race against time to protect other former cast members before the killer strikes again. Directed by Brian Henson (The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island and Muppets Tonight) and written by Todd Berger, the film stars Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Elizabeth Banks, and Bill Barretta as Phil Phillips.