'Sesame Street' file lawsuit over 'The Happytime Murders' marketing

Misbehaving puppets Sesame Street has taken legal action over obscene new puppet movie The Happytime Murders... claiming it causes'irreparable injury to brand

The creators of the long-running educational series Sesame Street filed a suit against STX Productions, the makers of The Happytime Murders, over un-educational ejaculations, according to The Wrap. "It is only defendants' deliberate choice to invoke and commercially misappropriate Sesame's name and goodwill in marketing the movie - and thereby cause consumers to conclude that Sesame is somehow associated with the movie - that has infringed on and tarnished the Sesame Street mark and goodwill".

The suit also says that the "threat of irreparable injury posed to Sesame's mark and brand can not be overstated". However, because of the film's tagline, "NO SESAME".

Interestingly enough, The Henson Company, which created the characters for Sesame Street, is producing Happytime Murders under its Henson Alternative banner; it is the first film in the new line of R-rated films.

In this undated photo, Melissa McCarthy is seen standing next to her puppet co-star in "The Happytime Murders".

The film bills itself as "a filthy comedy set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist".

The complaint goes on to allege that "a parade of social media posts, emails and public comments" indicates that the tagline "has confused and appalled viewers because of what they believe to be a serious breach of trust by Sesame by supporting this movie". The Wrap reports that Sesame Workshop, who own and operate the beloved institution that is Sesame Street, are filing a lawsuit against the upcoming Melissa McCarthy film, which features Muppet-like puppets cursing and...*checks notes*...ejaculating.

Sex scene The R-rated murder-mystery is set in a world where humans and puppets co-exist much like previous The Muppets movies
Sex scene The R-rated murder-mystery is set in a world where humans and puppets co-exist much like previous The Muppets movies

In response, STX Entertainment, the film's production company, issued a statement of rebuttal from Fred Esq.

"We're incredibly pleased with the early reaction to the film and how well the trailer has been received by its intended audience". While we're disappointed that Sesame Street does not share in the fun, we are confident in our legal position.

The movie is set to premiere in the USA on August 17.

"We resisted creative suggestions to make some characters look more like Anything Muppets or Muppet monsters, because that was exactly wrong for the movie".

The film-which co-stars Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, and Elizabeth Banks-is set to hit theaters August 17.

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