The Sesame Street Workshop is suing STX Entertainment, the production company behind the raunchy R-Rated puppet horror The Happytime Murders, set for release this August. The film, starring Melissa McCarthy, recently dropped its first trailer and synopsis, along with the tagline: “No Sesame, All Street”. The suit alleges STX has “diluted and defiled Sesame’s beloved Sesame Street children’s television show.”
People reported on the nitty-gritty:
In their complaint, the Sesame Street creators say their show has spent 50 years building its “reputation for wholesome educational programming,” while the trailer for the new film depicts “explicit, profane, drug-using, misogynistic, violent, copulating, and even ejaculating puppets.”
In response, STX Entertainment, the production company behind The Happytime Murders, issued a statement from lawyer puppet Fred Esq. “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,” Fred said, on behalf of STX.
“Happytime Murders is the happy result of that collaboration and 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. We look forward to introducing adult moviegoers to our adorably unapologetic characters this summer,” his statement continued.
The Happytime Murders arrives in US Theaters on August 17th; check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: No Sesame. All Street. THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is a filthy comedy set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show.
The Happytime Murders is directed by Brian Henson and stars Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, and Joel McHale.