Family Buries Dead Baby Under Bear Of Very Little Brain

A little while back, The Walt Disney Co. — in an extraordinary act of compassion — threatened to sue a couple of grieving British parents who wanted to put Winnie the Pooh on their stillborn child’s gravestone.

Well, good news: Disney’s now allowing the family to use the image. So that’s that.

We know: a company overzealously protecting its own interests with a frank disregard for human compassion? Who cares? We really wouldn’t report this story normally, but what makes it all so deliciously so morbid is the tombstone itself. Not only is it meant to feature Winnie the Pooh, but it’s also to sport the epitaph “A bear of very little brain.”

We can’t even begin to parse that. How is that appropriate to the grave of a newborn infant? Was the still-born baby anacephalic or something?

Disnet lifts ban on Pooh gravestone [UPI]


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  1. RandomHookup says:

    Hey, Disney, I see a business opportunity. Wrap them in Disney from cradle-to-grave. After all, isn’t this the company that stopped bakers from putting Tigger on birthday cakes without a licensing fee?

  2. ModerateSnark says:

    Was the still-born baby anacephalic or something?

    Actually, that could be. The baby may have been born anencephalic, and the parents were trying to express that they loved the child regardless, much as Winnie the Pooh is loveable regardless of his lack of brains.

  3. Ben Popken says:

    Joughy writes:

    “I have it from a good friend of mine (you might not see or hear about this in the mass media because they don’t want you to know) that the rights for Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck… et. al. have expired. It’s a freaking free for all! So, they should have used Mickey Mouse on the grave… cut off his head as a symbolic gesture.”

  4. ModerateSnark says:

    I would be surprised if Mickey and Donald were expired as trademarks. The copyright on their oldest cartoons may have expired, because they may be too old to be eligible for “70 years past death of the creator” or whatever the latest crazy extension of copyright is. But trademarks don’t expire the same way.