‘Sesame Street’ Files Lawsuit Against New Melissa McCarthy Puppet Movie

28 May, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Angelina Schmidt
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Sesame Street has brought joy to young children for decades, and can teach them all kinds of valuable lessons, from letters and numbers to how to be nice to others.

Last week we got our first red band trailer for The Happytime Murders, the upcoming raunchy, violent R-rated comedy from director Brian Henson and The Jim Henson Company, which sees Melissa McCarthy teaming up with a disgraced ex-cop and puppet private detective in order to solve a series of killings.

According to documents obtained by E!

"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 reads.

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In the lawsuit filed on Thursday filed on Thursday in NY, the group claim the marketing has "confused" viewers into believing it's connected to the show, which infringes on the Sesame Street brand.

Additionally, the suit states, "The threat of irreparable injury posed to Sesame's mark cannot be overstated".

The lawsuit has been filed against against the distributor of the film to halt an advertising tagline - "No Sesame".

Sesame Workshop argued that STX deliberately dropped its name in the trailer "intent on seeding confusion in the mind of the public" since both the original Sesame Street's Muppets and "The Happytime Murders" are distinctly different works made by the same company, The Jim Henson Company.

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They went on to allege that The Happytime Murders has "defiled" the image of Sesame Street. "STX might be asking that question, as the production company is being sued by the makers of "Sesame Street" over ".

"We're incredibly pleased with the early reaction to the film and how well the trailer has been received by its intended audience", it said.

"While we're disappointed that 'Sesame Street' does not share in the fun, we are confident in our legal position", it added.

'We look forward to introducing adult moviegoers to our adorably unapologetic characters this summer'.

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Melissa McCarthy stars in the film, slated for August release, where humans and puppets co-exist. The organisation says it has no desire to stop the film from being released or promoted.

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