'Sesame Street' Creators Sue Makers Of Upcoming Adult-Themed Puppet Film

Danny Woods
May 27, 2018

They claim the trailer "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".

Melissa McCarthy pictured with Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog in September a year ago.

It's hard to blame Sesame Workshop for wanting to distance its beloved program from the film, which features strong language, violence, drug use, and even puppet sex, all of which are featured in the red-band trailer that was released last week.

Sesame Workshop say it is not made clear in the trailer and in promotional social media posts that they were not involved in the movie, which features puppet characters snorting drugs, committing murder, working as prostitutes, swearing, gambling and engaging in obscene sex scenes.

The trailer is showing in select cinemas and is available online for those over the age of 18.

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

STX Productions LLC, in a statement issued in the name of "Fred, Esq", a lawyer puppet, said it was looking forward to introducing its "adorably unapologetic characters" to adult moviegoers this summer.

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A judge Friday scheduled a hearing next week to consider a request for immediate relief by Sesame Workshop, which sued Thursday in federal court in Manhattan for unspecified damages and an order forcing the film to be marketed differently.

The American childhood staple "Sesame Street", which premiered in 1969 to high viewership and glowing reviews, features a cast of Jim Henson's Muppets including the bright yellow Big Bird and the furry red monster Elmo, known for his falsetto voice.

In her reply, Lisa Henson apologized but said she and her brother were powerless to stop STX from marketing the film as it wished.

Sesame Street characters, clockwise from bottom left, Grover, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Elmo and Oscar the Grouch.

"The threat of irreparable injury posed to Sesame's mark and brand can not be overstated".

In the film, McCarthy plays a human detective who teams with a puppet partner to investigate grisly puppet murders.

In court papers, Sesame Street's lawyers have asked for the removal of the No Sesame, All Street, tagline, as well as all trademarks and intellectual property, on the basis that people may think Sesame Street is involved in the film or endorses it.

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