The Happytime Murders

A LAPD detective teams up with a private-eye puppet to track down a murderer of a celebrity puppet.
  • Starring: Melissa McCarthy
  • Director(s): Brian Henson
  • Producer(s): Ben Falcone, Jeffrey Hayes, Brian Henson, Melissa McCarthy
  • Screenwriter(s): Todd Berger, Dee Austin Robertson
  • Distributor: STX Entertainment
  • Animal Coordinator: Theatrical Animals
  • Release Date: Friday, August 24, 2018

Featured Animal Action

In the scene where we see two dogs barking at a puppet under a bus stop, all traffic and pedestrians locked off. There were two trainers off frame, who cued the dogs to bark off camera.

In the scene where we see a hand reach down, open a dog carrier and two dogs run out, on action the trainer placed the crate on the ground. On action, the trainer cued the dogs and they ran out of the carrier. Dogs run out of crate and up 6 stairs past camera to trainers.

In that same scene when the dogs grab the puppet and pull him out of the puppet, A puppeteer wearing a glove with a green screen, comes to the hot tub. The puppeteer also holds a green foam forearm for the puppet Larry. On action, the dog grabs the arm in his mouth and runs out of frame. The trainer releases the dog while his partner cues him to grab the arm. Prior to shooting, trainers showed dogs how to wrestle with the puppet.