May 31, 2018 09:39 AM EST

U.S. District Judge Rules Against Sesame Street in Happytime Murders Case

U.S. District Judge Rules Against Sesame Street in Happytime Murders Case
On Tuesday, we had reported that Sesame Street was suing over "The Happytime Murders" trailer, a film that features puppets doing things that aren't kid friendly (a gross understatement, by the way). Well, a judge has ruled on the case, and against Sesame Street's parent company. 

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick ruled that the film's creators can still use the tagline "No Sesame. All Street" in the trailer and in other marketing. 

"Fred, Esq." STX's puppet "lawyer" commented once again about the case, saying, "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."

"The Happytime Murders" is slated for an August 17, 2018 release date.

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