Video Interview: ‘The Happytime Murders’ Screenwriter Todd Berger

The hilarious muppets meets Melissa McCarthy comedy The Happytime Murders is out now in theaters. I had a chance to speak to the writer of the film Todd Berger (Dee Austin Robertson co-wrote). I had a chance to speak to Todd on my podcast and he delves into the initial concept of the film, the journey to getting it made, Melissa McCarthy’s impact on it and a lot more. Todd shares some cool behind-the-scenes stuff about the making of the film. Check out the video portion of the podcast. You can also listen to the Reel Talker Podcast on iTunes.


I had a blast talking to Todd. He’s just a really down-to-earth creative guy. I definitely sensed the passion he had for this project and the ups-and-downs he experienced over the years with it. I found out a ton about this movie, that I otherwise wouldn’t have found out online, just from Todd sharing his story.

I loved how he got into the fantasy sports that he plays, not to mention when he talks about being part of a fantasy football commercial and making that newspaper headline article. Is it me or does Todd sound a lot like Ryan Reynolds? In the way he speaks and his voice?

It’s always a pleasure to talk to someone who has a lot to say and is passionate about their craft. You can’t deny his passion for this project. I sure hope this film opens the door to this world of uncensored adult centered muppet movies. This is a genre that hasn’t been explored much to the extent of the possibilities it has.

I recommend you checking out this film. It’s a lot of fun with some great gags, but what really impressed me was the compelling detective storyline that it had. It genuinely had me guessing. In a summer and year, for that matter, of remakes and sequels, it’s refreshing to see an original concept on the big screen. A movie that takes chances and owns it. Go out and support creative and bold filmmaking.

THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is out now in theaters nationwide 

Written by Jim Alexander

Jim Alexander hails from Chicago where he started his journalism career as a film critic and founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Jim founded Reel Talker as a platform to share his love of movies and entertainment. Jim's favorite part of being a journalist is getting to meet and interview actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Jim is a host and on-camera personality for AfterBuzz TV. Aside from his work with Reel Talker, he's the site owner of the Bachelor Universe website, where he recaps and talks about all this ABC's 'The Bachelor'. He also runs the Reel Talker Podcast that can be found on iTunes. In his free time he enjoys attending sports events and playing in recreational leagues. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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