Via io9 and Bleeding Cool comes some concept art for The Happytime Murders, the upcoming film from the Henson Company. Following the success of The Muppets (who belong to Disney now, a fact that still weirds me out), the last thing I'd expect from the Henson Studios would be an adult-targeted comedy/noir, but there you go. Its plot synopsis makes it sound like Meet the Feebles crossed with Who Framed Roger Rabbit:
In a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop, Phil Phillips, is hot on the trail of the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting the cast members of the famous 80s television show, The Happytime Gang.
I'm having a hard time feeling stoked for this; on one hand, it's nice to see the Henson Company trying something different, on the other, "different" in this case sounds like... well, like stuff that's already been done elsewhere. (Also, Kathreine Heigl might star, which adds a whole other level of confusing.) It's super early, though, so maybe the Hensons have a few cards up their sleeves that'll reveal what's appealing about Happytime. Also, maybe they'll reveal why the only non-painted figure in that piece of concept art is that clearly photographed cop who's just chilling behind the counter, trying to be all sneaky like we won't notice one of these things is not like the other.