It’s an unfortunate pairing, but it appears that the Walt Disney Company has made significant gestures in both honoring the United States Navy’s SEAL Team Six, the counter-terrorism unit responsible for the recent assassination of Osama bin Laden as well bringing Duffy the Disney Bear’s gal pal Shelliemay to the parks, or at least on merchandise.
Several trademarks for SEAL TEAM 6 have been recently applied for, covering areas such as: ‘Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities;’ ‘Toys, games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles (except clothing); hand-held units for playing electronic games other than those adapted for use with an external display screen or monitor; Christmas stockings; Christmas tree ornaments and decorations; snow globes;’ and ‘Clothing, footwear, headgear.’
We have to imagine that this move was made in partnership with the United States Government and proceeds, or a portion thereof, will go to benefit specific organizations. More information as this becomes available.
In a (hopefully) completely unrelated move, while the trademark applications for SHELLIEMAY don’t necessarily mean that Duffy’s gal pal will be showing up at the Disney Parks in North America, the intent to offer merchandising featuring her image is a strong indicator.