The creators of the famous children’s TV show Sesame Street have launched a lawsuit against an upcoming sex, drugs and violence-laden puppet-based movie called the Happytime Murders.
The movie uses the tagline “No Sesame. All Street” on promotional material.
The lawsuit says this tarnishes the Sesame Street brand and confuses people into thinking the two are linked.
Melissa McCarthy stars in the film, slated for August release, where humans and puppets co-exist.
She is given a new puppet partner in the R-rated film to try to solve a string of murders.
Warning: make sure the kids aren’t around when you click on this trailer.
Sesame Workshop, the educational organisation behind the TV show, filed the lawsuit against the film’s producers, STX Productions, in New York. The lawsuit calls for punitive damages and a jury trial.
Sesame Workshop says that although the trailer for the movie is “indescribably crude”, it is not seeking to block the film’s promotion.
“It is only [the] 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.”
It says the ‘”No Sesame. All Street’ tagline has confused and appalled viewers”.
The film is directed by Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson, who helped develop Sesame Street characters for its launch in 1969 and later went on to create the Muppet Show.
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”.
It continued: “While we’re disappointed that Sesame Street does not share in the fun, we are confident in our legal position.”
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97 credited movies!
|1978||Pilgrim’s Progress||Jesus Christ / Evangelist|
|1984||A Woman of Substance||Blackie O’Neill|
|Ellis Island||Kevin Murray|
|The Bounty||Charles Churchill|
|The Innocent||John Carns|
|1986||Hold the Dream||Blackie O’Neill|
|If Tomorrow Comes||Insp. Andre Trignent|
|The Delta Force||Delta Force commando||Uncredited role|
|Duet for One||Totter|
|1987||Sworn to Silence||Vincent Cauley|
|A Prayer for the Dying||Liam Docherty|
|High Spirits||Martin Brogan|
|The Dead Pool||Peter Swan|
|The Good Mother||Leo Cutter|
|1989||Next of Kin||Briar Gates|
|1990||Darkman||Peyton Westlake / Darkman|
|The Big Man||Danny Scoulars|
|1991||Under Suspicion||Tony Aaron|
|1992||Shining Through||Franz-Otto Dietrich|
|Husbands and Wives||Michael Gates|
|Leap of Faith||Sheriff Will Braverman|
|1993||Ethan Frome||Ethan Frome|
|Ruby Cairo||Dr. Fergus Lamb|
|Schindler’s List||Oskar Schindler|
|1994||Nell||Dr. Jerome “Jerry” Lovell|
|1995||Rob Roy||Rob Roy MacGregor|
|1996||Michael Collins||Michael Collins|
|Before and After||Ben Ryan|
|1998||Les Misérables||Jean Valjean|
|1999||The Haunting||Dr. David Marrow|
|Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace||Qui-Gon Jinn|
|2000||Gun Shy||Charlie Mayo|
|The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition||Narrator (voice)||Documentary|
|2002||Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones||Qui-Gon Jinn (voice)||Uncredited cameo|
|K-19: The Widowmaker||Mikhail Polenin|
|Gangs of New York||“Priest” Vallon|
|Martin Luther||Narrator (voice)||Documentary|
|Coral Reef Adventure||Narrator (voice)||Documentary|
|2005||Kingdom of Heaven||Godfrey of Ibelin|
|Batman Begins||Ra’s al Ghul|
|Breakfast on Pluto||Father Liam|
|The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe||Aslan (voice)|
|2008||The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian||Aslan (voice)|
|The Other Man||Peter|
|2009||Five Minutes of Heaven||Alistair Little|
|Ponyo||Fujimoto (voice)||English dub|
|2010||Clash of the Titans||Zeus|
|The A-Team||John “Hannibal” Smith|
|The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader||Aslan (voice)|
|The Next Three Days||Damon Pennington|
|The Wildest Dream||Narrator (voice)||Documentary|
|2011||Unknown||Dr. Martin Harris|
|2012||The Grey||John Ottway|
|Wrath of the Titans||Zeus|
|The Patriot of America||Colonel Edward Thompson (voice)||Documentary|
|The Dark Knight Rises||Ra’s al Ghul||Cameo|
|Taken 2||Bryan Mills|
|Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||History Channel Rep||Cameo|
|2014||The Nut Job||Raccoon (voice)|
|The LEGO Movie||Bad Cop / Good Cop & Pa Cop (voices)|
|The Prophet||Mustafa (voice)|
|A Million Ways to Die in the West||Clinch Leatherwood|
|A Walk Among the Tombstones||Matthew Scudder|
|2015||Taken 3||Bryan Mills|
|Run All Night||Jimmy Conlon|
|A Christmas Star||Narrator / Radio DJ (voice)|
|2016||The Huntsman: Winter’s War||Narrator (voice)||Uncredited|
|Operation Chromite||Douglas MacArthur|
|A Monster Calls||Monster (voice)|
|Silence||Father Cristóvão Ferreira|
|2017||Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House||Mark Felt|
|Daddy’s Home 2||Actor in Missile Tow (voice)||Cameo|
|2018||The Commuter||Michael McCauley|