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MOVIESDoes Brian Henson actually hate his father’s legacy of creating wholesome entertainment for kids as well as their parents? The son of Jim Henson, the famous puppeteer and creator of the Muppets appeared on the very first episode of Sesame Street. This week, Sesame Workshop, the creators of the children’s show, is suing him. Next week, a judge “scheduled a hearing next week to consider a request for immediate relief by Sesame Workshop,” reports USA Today.
Henson’s latest directing project is The Happytime Murders which red-band trailer is being released during some screenings of Deadpool 2. The trailer portrays Muppet-looking puppets performing some very un-Muppet-like behavior (including sex acts) which the lawsuit states that the Sesame Street brand will be harmed. The trailer begins with the words, “After 35 years of entertaining children, the director of A Muppet’s Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island and Muppets Tonight is finally ready to reveal what goes down when kids aren’t around” and then precedes to show puppet prostitutes, puppets getting shot to smithereens, lots of swearing and the words, “No Sesame, All Street.”
Henson, who also served as the Executive Producer of the animated faith-based film, The Star which was released last year, made headlines for firing Steve Whitmire who was the voice of Kermit the Frog for 27 years. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Henson said that he should have let Whitmire go before he sold the company to Disney in 2004. After making claims that Whitmire was difficult to work with, Henson then said that he felt that Whitmire had “flattened out” Kermit’s personality over the years and thought Kermit had a “wry intelligences” and “a little bit of naughtiness” that didn’t come through with Whitmire’s interpretation. If The Happytime Murders is a reflection of the “naughtiness” Henson is speaking of, count me out. And I’m not the only one. Many longtime fans are crying “foul” in response to the trailer as well.
It should be noted that Disney has no involvement in The Happytime Murders movie. It is being distributed by STX Films and is expected to open in theaters on August 17.