Sesame Street Creators Sue Happytime Murders Producers

Sesame Street Creators Sue Happytime Murders Producers

The suit goes on to state that if viewers believe Sesame Street was behind the R-Rated movie it will cause 'irreparable injury to Sesame's mark and brand'.

This lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in NY on May 24, claims the marketing strategy of the latest Muppet caper makes it look like Sesame Street has something to do with the film's production and endorse the film. However, because of the film's tagline, "NO SESAME".

What's more. Sesame says STX does not own, control or have the right to use "Sesame Street". "SESAME STREET is a registered trademark of Sesame, an organization with a long and storied history of "helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder.' 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".

"STX loved the idea of working closely with Brian Henson and the Jim Henson Company to tell the untold story of the active lives of Henson puppets when they're not performing in front of children", read the statement provided to Variety.

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. Sesame has worked for almost 50 years to build, cultivate and maintain trust with its audience of parents and young children built on its reputation for wholesome educational programming.

"That trust, although built over a span of generations, is too easily lost and is now in jeopardy".

"The threat of irreparable injury posed to Sesame's mark and brand can not be overstated".

The people behind Sesame Street aren't all that happy about the violent new Muppet comedy, The Happytime Murders.

The murder-mystery film in question is set in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, much like previous The Muppets movies and the show Sesame Street. Sesame Workshop is now seeking a permanent injunction to prevent STXfilms from using its marks to promote The Happytime Murders, as well as unspecified damages.

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