Despite involving two parties of puppets, the lawsuit between Sesame Street and The Happytime Murders was no Snuffleupagus -- it was very, very real. The legal quarrel resulted from the former show being upset that the latter R-rated movie was using a slogan “No Sesame. All Street” that could be confusing, brand-wise. Although, when you see the trailer, there’s no confusing The Happytime Murders with Sesame Street.
A Manhattan federal court judge seemed to agree, ruling in favor of the Melissa McCarthy starring film from Jim Henson Company and STX Entertainment. Judge Vernon Broderick said the tagline was a "humorous, pithy way" to differentiate the film from the kid’s show — far from being grounds for litigation, it's all in good fun.
SYFY WIRE obtained a statement about the ruling from the film’s victorious puppet lawyer, Fred, Esq. (whom we spoke to earlier about the suit). “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,” Fred said on behalf of STX Entertainment.
Making sure there was no “fluffing” mistake between the two puppet properties, Sesame Street’s lawsuit actually did The Happytime Murders a lot of good. All news is good news, right? Especially if you come out a satirical winner.
The Happytime Murders hits the street (and theaters) on Aug. 17.
(via New York Daily News)