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Happytime Murders Film

Discussion in 'Henson Alternative' started by stephenjlizard, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. beaker Well-Known Member

  2. hoopless Member

    I can't remember when I heard about this first or when (but it was definately a fair time ago) But I'd totally forgotten about it until last night when my brother who is sick of hearing about Muppets came to ask me if I'd heard about it. I like the idea. i enjoy it when puppets get "edgy" provided it's not the actual Muppets which it's not. So yeah, just hope we start hearing about the production more soon so I don't get chance to forget it again.
  3. Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    I'm still excited about this film - it's one of those that, when announced and straight on through development, I have a really clear image of in my head. I like to picture it being in all black-and-white, with the main character being modeled after the Angel puppet from the Angel episode "Smile Time" - which has a similar title, now I think of it. Anyway, here's that puppet...

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    And, at last, I imagine it with a very Dog City style of humor, but with that extra edge to it. Puns out the wazoo, with lots of dark laughs. I can't imagine any of this will be similar to the final product - which, let's face it, if it were that way, wouldn't make a lot of money - but for the time being, can we go ahead and campaign for Bill to perform the main character, whoever he ends up being? Bill's baritone is PERFECT for a noirish narration. Oh, and I'd like a narration too, please.
  4. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    This movie will not happen, but it SHOULD! Why are Fraggle Rock and Dark Crystal 2 constantly in development purgatory? They're big, expansive, large, ambitious films that need crap loads of money just for the puppets alone . Happy Time Murders would be a low key indie project that wouldn't cost a whole lot... they could even reuse some of their stock puppets that they use for Puppet Up if they had to.

    A smaller, indie production like Happy Time Murders, something that would be perfect for small theaters in or around college towns... something that would be prime for annual Midnight movie showings. That would help Henson gain the ground they need to get partnerships to get anything else off the ground.

    This project SHOULD be revived and explored over any other Henson theatrical project. it CAN be done, it SHOULD be done...
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  5. The Shoe Fairy Active Member

    What he said.
    If done right it could become like Rocky Horror - a film that's been constantly screening (therefore earning royalties) for more than 30 years. It would be a great way to get Henson out there and generate both buzz and needed income.
  6. MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    This is absurd. This film could easily be done with a minimal budget. Christ, Kevin Smith was able to do "Red State" for 4 million dollars. That's nothing in movie terms. This could be done for less than that.

    Are the Hensons really this incompetent?
  7. beaker Well-Known Member

    Yeah but Red State never came to theaters...just torrent sites and I think possibly netflix
  8. BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Actually it did, I can find box office trackings of it. It just never really got a big release or even a large limited release.
  9. MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Red State was played at indie theaters. I'm sure "Happytime Murders" would be successful at artsy little indie places, if not on a larger scale.
  10. Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Yeah, well, whose to say it wouldn't be as big as Team America? Of course I'd imagine it would be less crude, but that's a similar audience.
  11. MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    If anyone other than Henson is behind it, I'd say that is a major possibility.
  12. Drtooth Well-Known Member


    It isn't so much the incompetence of screwing up a budget, it's the incompetence of having way too many projects in consideration when only about 1 out of 100 of them even get to the made category... even then, made doesn't mean they'll be around that long. Seems like everything they've been doing outside of Dinosaur Train and Sid the Science Kid just tends to fizzle out quite quickly.

    It's FOCUS that needs to be had at Henson. Happytime Murders shouldn't be too expensive to make (especially if they reuse puppets) and it could have a nice cult audience that runs at college theaters... think Bubba Hotep or even the bigger budget destined for indieness Scott Pilgrim. Something that would climb from a small theatrical obscurity to a more modest stance of in the DVD collection of someone that has every Troma movie ever made.
  13. DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    hmmm I remember reading a quote about Jim Henson and how he was a dreamer but had the drive to make his dreams happen..just having ideas doesn't make you Jim Henson I guess even if you're family
  14. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    One of Henson's major problems, and I've said this millions of times by now, is that they need someone to partner up with for even the smaller projects. They haven't had a good partner since they parted ways with Columbia after Buddy and MFS... actually, even later than that since they distributed all the movies and the TV show up until the Disney buyout. Hit was terrible, Weinstine was terrible... no one else wants to step up because they didn't make Avatar.

    A smaller indie firm COULD make Happy Time Murders happen. That would be a nice springboard for someone to partner up for Fraggle Rock (Regency isn't going to be enough) or, dare I say Dark Crystal 2.
  15. panmanthe2nd Active Member

    I really like the sound of The Happytime Murders. It could be really fun!

    Drtooth is right. Henson needs to focus on one or two projects at a time, and find a smaller partner to help them.
  16. Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Why they can't make this film in a similar way to the beginning of The Muppets, I have no idea...I loved the idea of a sitcom where a human and a "Muppet" were sharing a house.
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  17. The Count Moderator

    Hey guys, there seems to be some news about Happy Times Murders. Thanks to the folks at TP, they're reporting that riding the high off of starring in the first Stephanie Plum novel turned into film, One for the Money, Katherine Heigl is in negotiations to become the movie's human lead.

    What I love about the article over there is what they say at the end—including their "click to" blurb—about which production all the reviews will be comparing the finished project (if we ever get it).
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  18. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'd call it a step forward, but with every project of their's it's one step forward a thousand steps back... and then standing still for eternity.

    It does seem like having a new cast member might just be the first in a line of news. But like I said, this is the project Henson SHOULD be focusing on instead of the bigger ticket (and budget) POTDC and FR. If nothing else, it could get a lot of midnight movie screenings in college towns for years to come, like I'm always saying.
  19. miss kermie Well-Known Member

    Well think about it...
    Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie, in a room.
    Gonzo making accusations
    When it was him all along!
    There, I wrote the script.
  20. panmanthe2nd Active Member

    I hope so!

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