Sesame Street's parent company has taken STX Productions to court over the beloved PBS turned HBO children's show being associated with the marketing of The Happytime Murders, a "explicit, profane, drug-using, misogynistic, violent" film starring Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Banks. It is directed by Brian Henson, Jim Henson's son, chairman of The Henson Company and voiceover veteran of a number of Muppets projects.

The Happytime Murders tells a story of "puppets from the cast of a 1980s TV show being knocked off one after another", with an intended release date of August 17. That may change depending on this suit. The film carries the tagline of "No Sesame, All Street." See the red-band trailer below in the embedded tweet from the film.

The Sesame Workshop was granted a May 30 hearing Friday in New York City, a step closer to the temporary restraining order they are looking for, after they filed a complaint seeking a jury trial last Thursday.

The complaint, which you can read here via Deadline, demands STX Productions "simply drop the references to Sesame Street from The Happytime Murders marketing materials – a relatively small burden compared to the devastating and irreparable injury" they are causing to the long-running show. The filing goes on, "but Defendants have refused, and the confusion and tarnishment are building, as evidenced in numerous social media postings."

"Sesame seeks an injunction that forces Defendants to cease and desist their trading upon the goodwill associated with Sesame Street in furtherance of box office receipts."

STX has crafted this response, credited to a "Fred, Esq.":

"STX loved the idea of working closely with Brian Henson and the Jim Henson Company to tell the untold story of the active lives of Henson puppets when they're not performing in front of children.

Happytime Murders is the happy result of that collaboration and we're incredibly pleased with the early reaction to the film and how well the trailer has been received by its intended audience.  While we're disappointed that Sesame Street does not share in the fun, we are confident in our legal position.  We look forward to introducing adult moviegoers to our adorably unapologetic characters this summer."

Check out the red-band trailer for The Happytime Murders below. Don't watch it in front of Sesame Street-loving children unless you want to foot the bill for years of therapy though.