The makers of Sesame Street are suing the promoter of a new Melissa McCarthy movie, The Happytime Murders, saying it is confusing for their viewers.

They believe it is abusing the famed puppets’ sterling reputation to advertise the R-rated film.

The film, The Happytime Murders, is scheduled for release Aug. 17.

Melissa McCarthy plays a human detective who teams with a puppet partner to investigate grisly puppet murders.

The lawsuit said the “Sesame Street” brand will be harmed by a movie trailer featuring “explicit, profane, drug-using, misogynistic, violent, copulating and even ejaculating puppets” along with the tagline “NO SESAME. ALL STREET.”

In court papers, lawyers for Sesame Workshop asked the judge to order STX not to use any of Sesame’s trademarks and intellectual property, including the phrase, “NO SESAME. ALL STREET,” in marketing the film.

They said the marketing materials were confusing viewers into thinking Sesame was involved with or endorsed “this subversion of its own programming — thereby irreparably harming Sesame and its goodwill and brand.”


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  • It was a funny movie, despite all the furore surrounding it


  • The title is not appropriate for a Sesame Street movie. Have they changed and ruined the original series? That is what they did to the Peter Rabbit Movie


  • Still love the muppets and Sesame street.


  • Oh dear there always seems to be a Hollywood argument over something or other these days


  • It wouldn’t change my opinion of sesame street


  • Yes use the name so Sesame Street can still be spread around as Sesame Street seems to have gone cold.


  • Don’t think they can and should use the name of Sesame Street, that’s not right.


  • I saw the promo for this movie and it looks like a wild ride!

    • Will be an interesting one to watch and follow.


  • Looks hilarious but it probably shouldn’t be connected to Sesame Street without their approval.


  • I can see where they are coming from but I would like to see it


  • I’m in total agreement with the makers of Sesame Street. Their name and this movie should not be linked.


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