In case you hadn’t seen the wild NSFW trailer (below), The Happytime Murders is a very different kind of Muppet movie.
Melissa McCarthy plays a detective delving into the seedy underbelly of the Muppet world to solve a murder. Think Roger Rabbit, only with a hard R rating; the trailer includes hookers, drug use, and even a Muppet cumshot.
It’s no surprise Sesame Street creators aren’t thrilled, but in a rare litigious action, they are straight up suing!
But on what grounds? There have been dirty Muppet shows and movies before (Meet The Feebles, Greg The Bunny, Crank Yankers).
Well, STX Productions may have made a misstep in their marketing. The tagline they’re using for the film is:
“No Sesame. All Street.”
Yeah, bad move.
According to legal docs obtained by The Blast, The Sesame Workshop claims the advertising “deliberately confuses consumers into mistakenly believing that Sesame is associated with, has allowed, or has even endorsed or produced the movie and tarnishes Sesame’s brand.”
They say the trailer, which contains “explicit, profane, drug-using, misogynistic, violent, copulating, and even ejaculating puppets” has “diluted and defiled Sesame’s beloved Sesame Street children’s television show.”
Sesame is suing for all advertising to be pulled.
In other words, TAKE OUR NAME OUT YOUR MOUTH!
Ch-ch-check out the trailer for yourself (below) and let us know if YOU think Sesame have a case!