|Chilly Willy clone used to sell dry ice.|
On a recent post, I alluded to the similarity between the cartoon character used by "Los Pinguinos" snow cones and Chilly Willy, a Walter Lantz cartoon dating to the 1950s. Well, it so happens that I saw another sign locally that has to be the spitting image of the aforementioned Mr. Willy. I came across this latest copy wright culprit as I waited for the light at the corner of Barlett and Lyon. On the Northeast corner of that intersection, there's a store (whose name escapes me) that proudly displays a sign advertising none other than "Penguin Brand" dry ice.
What surprised me is that Penguin Brand is not a local company; it's based in Phoenix, Arizona and shows a Trademark designation on the logo. There's only two logical explanations for this. Either this company has some sort of permission from Walter Lantz's company.....or copy wright infringement is not solely a Laredo thing.