"This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?" These public service announcements were omnipresent during the 1980s "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign. They played on television so often that they became a joke in everything from Married With Children to Saturday Night Live to Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.
Even in 2018, the joke still stands. In this exclusive in-world ad for The Happytime Murders, Phil Philips and Goofer present a public service announcement, warning people of the dangers of "sugar sticks." Well, Phil warns; Goofer is more concerned with the literal implications of cooking someone's brain in a pan.
The Happytime Murders is set in a world where puppets and humans coexist. Melissa McCarthy plays a detective who, along with her puppet partner, must investigate the brutal murders of the puppet cast of a beloved children's show. Set in Los Angeles, the tagline for the film is "No Sesame. All Street." Expect to see puppets in strip clubs, seedy bars, and shooting drugs in back alleys. The film also stars Joel McHale, Elizabeth Banks, and Maya Rudolph.
The adult puppet comedy noir is directed by Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson, creator of Sesame Street, so he knows the right buttons to push to turn our childhood memories of Muppets on their head.
The Happytime Murders hits theaters on August 24.