‘SESAME STREET’ LOSES LAWSUIT AGAINST MELISSA McCARTHY MOVIEJune 4, 2018
But that’s none of our business…
Melissa McCarthy is set to star in a movie called The Happytime Murders, an R-rated comedy about two detectives – Melissa and a puppet – trying to figure out who killed several puppets from a popular puppet TV show. The tagline for the movie is “No Sesame. All Street.” It is set to premiere in theaters August 17th and the director is the son of Jim Henson who was one of the originals creators of Sesame Street.
Well, Sesame Street did not like this one bit.
The makers of Sesame Street sued STX Production, the company behind the movie for the use of its tagline. Sesame Workshop released a statement.
“We take no issue with the creative freedom of the filmmakers and their right to make and promote this movie, rather this is about how our name is being misused to market a film with which we have no association.”
This past week, a judge ruled in favor of STX Production allowing them to continue the use of the tagline. STX Production has chosen to be represented by a puppet named Fred who released a statement after the decision was made.
“We fluffing love Sesame Street and we’re obviously very pleased that the ruling reinforced what STX’s intention was from the very beginning — to honor the heritage of The Jim Henson Company’s previous award-winning creations while drawing a clear distinction between any Muppets or Sesame Street characters and the new world Brian Henson and team created. We believe we accomplished that with the very straightforward NO SESAME, ALL STREET tagline. We look forward to continued happytimes as we prepare to release Happytime Murders this summer.”
Kermit may need a refill of tea!