As part of ceremonies ushering the holiday season, the City of Louisville KY was planning a special place for children called LouWhoVille, which was based on the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” It was to feature the characters from the book (and iconic television cartoon). But attorneys for Dr. Seuss Enterprises (DSE) got wind of it and shut the city’s plans down. "It appears these lawyers’ hearts are two sizes too small," said Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson. "The three words that best describe this legal action are as follows, and I quote, ‘Stink, Stank, Stunk!’" said Jim Wood of the Louisville convention bureau.
A cease-and-desist letter from DSE’s law firm DLA Piper, said the Grinch-related material, including any reference to Whoville, cannot be used without permission.
The city pulled all things Seuss from the celebration and worked around it, calling the kiddie area Lou-ville instead.
RBR/TVBR observation: By all means, in these troubled times, it makes sense to attack a non-profit event aimed at entertaining children, just when your cartoon figures to air on television stations all over the nation and can use some free promotion, and not only drive the event off the schedule but besmirch yourself with the very worst traits of your own character. Perhaps Dr. Seuss Enterprises needs a visit from the same squadron of ghosts who rehabilitated Ebenezer Scrooge’s image.