Sesame Street Creators Sue 'The Happytime Murders' Producers

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 28, 2018

Sesame Workshop, the studio behind children's television staple Sesame Street, has filed a lawsuit asking for an injunction against the producers of Melissa McCarthy's forthcoming comedy The Happytime Murders from using trademarks belonging to Sesame Workshop in their promotion, and asking for unspecified damages from trademark infringement they allege has already happened.

The creators of iconic children's TV show Sesame Street are suing the company behind an upcoming film that shows puppets using drugs and having sex. Sesame Street creators are suing the production company behind the movie - which features puppets created by the Jim Henson Company - due to its adult nature, Us Weekly can confirm.

They say they don't want to shut down the movie, but STX Entertainment's misuse of the Sesame Street name is tarnishing their reputation.

The trailer is showing in select cinemas and is available online for those over the age of 18.

STX issued a response via a character from the film, a lawyer called Fred, saying the movie was "the untold story of the active lives of Henson puppets when they're not performing in front of children". You know Oscar the Grouch keeps a semi hidden in that trash can.

The makers of Sesame Street said the film's marketing had cause "irreparable harm" to their brand.

Sesame Workshop has filed a lawsuit against "The Happytime Murders", a film where puppets have sex, drugs and shoot each other alongside humans.

This whole issue is a bit ironic and odd, 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.

The Happytime Murders is now scheduled to be released in August, and stars Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Katherine Heigl, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Banks.

"The Happytime Murders" makes no secret of the similarities, including the tagline "No Sesame, All Street". "We were surprised and disappointed that Sesame Street, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder, is being exploited to market this R-rated film".

The film takes place in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, with McCarthy and a puppet acting as two cops in what could be described as a spiritual successor to Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

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