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Pottymouth Puppets Too Much For Sesame Street – Trademark Suit Ensues

Huntington News Reports, “The Happytime Murders” is a filthy comedy set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show.

Sesame Street Workshop has sued the producers of Happytime Murders contending that the “tag lines” in the new filthy movie’s marketing will and has tarnished the Sesame Street brand.

Happytime does not use Muppets or Sesame Street characters , but the Workshop claims that displaying Brian Henson’s credits (he’s the son of Jim Henson who created the Muppets) “exploited [the Henson characters ] to market this R-rated film,” through a tag line, “No Sesame. All Street.” The trailer features drug use, prostitution and graphic sex. ( The Trailer reveals what goes on when kids are not around is above; parental discretion advised).

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