Sesame Street Is Suing Over This Scary Muppet Movie

Last week, STX (the company behind the Muppet-based horror movie) released its first trailer for "The Happytime Murders."

Here's the red band trailer (heads up, that means it's raunchy and R-rated):


Now, Seasame Workshop (the creators of Sesame Street, naturally) is suing STX over their tagline "No Sesame. All Street." I'm guessing they're not thrilled about the whole naughty muppet thing in the first place.

Hilariously, The Huffington Post received a statement on behalf of STX - from their Muppet Lawyer.

Muppet Lawyer

"STX loved the idea of working closely with Brian Henson and the Jim Henson Company to tell the untold story of the active lives of Henson puppets when they’re not performing in front of children. ‘Happytime Murders’ is the happy result of that collaboration and we’re incredibly pleased with the early reaction to the film and how well the trailer has been received by its intended audience.  While we’re disappointed that Sesame Street does not share in the fun, we are confident in our legal position.  We look forward to introducing adult moviegoers to our adorably unapologetic characters this summer.”

- Fred, Esq., lawyer for STX Entertainment

Technically, the puppets are not Muppets, since Disney owns those guys. That said, The Jim Henson Company is a part of the flick.

According to HuffPost, Jim Henson - the founder of The Jim Henson Company - and his wife created many of the original characters for “Sesame Street.”

“Happytime Murders” (starring Melissa McCarthy) is set to be released August 17th. 

Read more from HuffPost and Quartz.



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