‘HAPPYTOWN MURDERS’ MAKES ME HAPPY

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10.15.08 49 Comments

The Jim Henson Company has picked up a script for The Happytown Murders, a “comedic film noir murder mystery” to be directed by Brian Henson.  File this under “Things that give me a nerd boner.”

Written by Todd Berger from a story by Dee Austin Robertson and Berger, the story takes place in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, with the puppets viewed as second-class citizens. When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show called “The Happytime Gang” begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet — with a drinking problem, no less — takes on the case. [THR – Thanks, Michelle]

I don’t know why puppets aren’t used more.  Seriously, try to think of a situation in which former child actors are preferable to puppets.  Can’t do it, can you?  In these tough economic times, puppets are just what the studios need.  They cost a fraction of the money and you don’t have to worry about them making lame political PSAs.

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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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