SESAME STREET SUES OVER VIOLENT, PUPPET-BASED HAPPYTIME-MURDERS FILM
>The creators of the famous children's TV show Sesame Street have launched a lawsuit against an upcoming sex, drugs and violence-laden puppet-based movie called the Happytime Murders.
>The lawsuit says this tarnishes the Sesame Street brand and confuses people into thinking the two are linked.
>She is given a new puppet partner in the R-rated film to try to solve a string of murders.
>Sesame Workshop, the educational organisation behind the TV show, filed the lawsuit against the film's producers, STX Productions, in New York.
>Sesame Workshop says that although the trailer for the movie is "Indescribably crude", it is not seeking to block the film's promotion.
>The film is directed by Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson, who helped develop Sesame Street characters for its launch in 1969 and later went on to create the Muppet Show.
>It continued: "While we're disappointed that Sesame Street does not share in the fun, we are confident in our legal position.