The upcoming R-rated vulgar puppets comedy “The Happytime Murders” embraces the buddy cop genre and all its gritty trappings, whilst chucking in a bunch of blue gags coming out of the mouths of characters made of felt and tape.
When the first trailer ends on a massive ejaculation joke, you can guess it’s going to be risque. Speaking with Cinema Blend recently though, the film’s director Brian Henson revealed that there was one joke they originally planned that went too far and so had to remove it early on. What was it? He explains:
“We did have a bar scene, with a bartender puppet that had a singing penis, which was a very funny joke that we decided not to do. That one won’t make it in the movie. We probably have stepped over, in a couple of places, that I’ll learn as I get it all cut together, and then maybe will pull it back a little bit, but the idea is that it really is uncensored. It really is quite dirty, but it’s mostly language and implied sexuality. It’s not graphically sexual.
In the film two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show.
Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Banks co-star in the film which opens August 17th.