‘The Happytime Murders’ Restricted Trailer: This Melissa McCarthy & Puppets Film Ain’t for the Kids

STX Entertainment

No Sesame. All Street.

Check out the restricted trailer to arrive for The Happytime Murders, an upcoming Melissa McCarthy-starring comedy that will ensure you don’t look at those Sesame Street puppets the same way again.

The self-described “filthy comedy” is set in an L.A. where puppets and humans coexist and finds McCarthy playing a detective forced to work with a puppet partner to find out who’s murdering the former cast of a puppet TV show.

For kiddies this ain’t. The Happytime Murders looks to be gleefully turning the tonal table on the Sesame Street-style film, kind of like Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg did with their R-rated (US classification) CG-animated adventure film Sausage Party. It’s a fun, somewhat jarring trailer, and just when you think that maybe, just maybe, the film won’t be all that crude, the trailer’s… climax ensures you know just what you’re in for.

And the film’s coming from Muppets royalty to boot. Directing is Brian Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, chairman of The Jim Henson Company and director of The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island.

The Happytime Murders, also starring  Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, and Elizabeth Banks, opens in US cinemas on August 17.

Official synopsis The Happytime Murders:

No Sesame. All Street. THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is a filthy comedy set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. 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.