If you were asked to name the first Muppet to pop into your head, the answer would inevitably be tied to your introductory experience. If you named Big Bird or Kermit, you likely know how to get to Sesame Street. Namecheck Hoggle, Sir Didymus, Ambrosius, or Ludo, you’re well versed in the power of the babe (1986’s "Labyrinth"). Still harbor nightmares about the Skeksis? You know what damage a crack in a crystal can create (1982’s "The Dark Crystal"). These are the tales that inhabit generations of minds. It’s not just the fluffy, heartfelt musical numbers of "The Muppets Movie", "Muppet Treasure Island", or even the newest film in the catalog, "Muppets Most Wanted"; but the stories like "Labyrinth" and "The Dark Crystal", of adolescent pain born from growing up. Director Brian Henson ("The Muppet Christmas Carol") seeks a return to that kind of uncomfortable, gritty storytelling with "The Happytime Murders", a comedic film noir featuring an all-star cast of comedians and a brand new gang of puppets to meet, love, and lose.
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