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'Sesame Street' creators sue over raunchy puppet film

'Sesame Street' creators sue over raunchy puppet film

The plaintiffs claim the studio's marketing strategy is harming Sesame Street's wholesome brand, as the film depicts Sesame Street themes and is marketed with the tagline: "No Sesame, All Street". "Muppet" commonly refers to a broad roster of puppet characters that appeared both on Sesame Street, and a variety of other films and television shows.

And given the movie features puppet-related violence and drug use, the people at Sesame Street aren't too thrilled about it.

But the movie is directed by the son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson and is set in a fictional Los Angeles, where former stars of a children's puppet show are being gunned down for unknown reasons.

In this undated photo, Melissa McCarthy is seen standing next to her puppet co-star in "The Happytime Murders". "STX might be asking that question, as the production company is being sued by the makers of "Sesame Street" over ". In the complaint lodged by Sesame Workshop, it claims that they "demanded that Defendants simply drop the references to Sesame Street from The Happytime Murders marketing materials - a relatively small burden compared to the devastating and irreparable injury Defendants are causing".

The lawsuit has been filed against against the distributor of the film to halt an advertising tagline - "No Sesame".

STX has since issued the following statement attributed to its puppet representative Fred, Esq.

Sesame Street has taken legal action over the obscene new puppet movie The Happytime Murders.




This whole issue is a bit ironic and unusual, because The Happytime Murders was written and directed by Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson, whose famous Muppets are still featured on the show to this day.

In court papers, lawyers for Sesame Workshop asked the judge to order STX not to use any of Sesame's trademarks and intellectual property, including the phrase, "NO SESAME".

The lawsuit adds: "As evidenced by a parade of social media posts, emails and public comments, the 'No Sesame".

The Happytime Murders is now scheduled for release in theaters on August 17, 2018.

In a statement, Sesame Workshop said that the TV show was "being exploited to market this R-rated film".

Jim Henson helped create some of the most-loved characters in Sesame Street. "We look forward to introducing adult moviegoers to our adorably unapologetic characters this summer".


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