'Sesame Street' sues over Melissa McCarthy puppet movie, 'The Happytime Murders'

26 May, 2018, 21:29 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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Melissa McCarthy's upcoming R-rated film, The Happytime Murders, is in hot water.

The movie is described as being a filthy comedy and creator of the original Muppets, Jim Henson's son Brian Henson directs it.

Along with Melissa McCarthy, The Happytime Murders' cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Jimmy O. Yang, and Leslie David Baker.

According to the lawsuit, Sesame Workshop thinks that "the promotion of The Happytime Murders should succeed or fail on its own merits, not on a cynical, unlawful attempt to deceive and confuse the public into associating it with the most celebrated children's program in history".

The suit filed by Sesame against STX Productions reads: "Defendants" widely-distributed marketing campaign features a just-released trailer with explicit, profane, drug-using, misogynistic, violent, copulating, and even ejaculating puppets, along with the tagline "NO SESAME. ALL STREET." tagline with the hope and intention of commercially appropriating Sesame's mark and associated goodwill and implying an association that does not exist to promote the release of their movie.

In the first trailer for the film, McCarthy - who plays a police detective - can be seen exchanging dialogue with a puppet who uses vulgar language and makes sexual references to her, which the 47-year-old actress responds to by punching him.

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Henson died in 1990 at age 53.

A judge Friday scheduled a hearing next week to consider a request for immediate relief by Sesame Workshop, which sued for unspecified damages and an order forcing the film to be marketed differently.

The Muppets have been a key part of "Sesame Street" since 1969.

"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. "ALL STREET", and the (intentionally) uncanny similarity to the Muppets of Sesame Street, Sesame Workshop alleges that viewers are confusing the raunchy film for an offshoot of the beloved children's show. The film promises loads of violence, drug use, and felt-on-felt sex, and is definitely not a movie you'd want to take your kids to.

A spokesman for the movie production company, STX, released a statement that expressed no regret for the film.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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