Sesame Workshop, the company behind “Sesame Street” is suing the makers of Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming puppet comedy, “The Happytime Murders” for referencing Sesame Street in the movie’s marketing campaign.
The movie is about two detectives, McCarthy and her partner, a puppet named Phil Phillips, trying to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a classic puppet television show.
The lawsuit claims that the film’s trailer contains “explicit, profane, drug-using, misogynistic, violent, copulating, and ejaculating puppets.” It also claims that the tagline “deliberately confuses customers into mistakenly believing that Sesame is associated with, has allowed, or has even endorsed or produced the movie and tarnishes Sesame’s brand.”
The film is directed by Brian Henson, the son of the late Jim Henson, who had a hand in creating characters for “Sesame Street” and also created the Muppets.
— Happytime Murders (@HappytimeMovie) May 23, 2018