This news shouldn't make anyone mad, right?
I always liked going down to Olvera Street in Los Angeles to wander through the shops chock full of Day of the Dead merchandise. Apparently, someone at Disney did too, picturing all that stuff with a Disney copyright stamped on it. If Pixar's movie kicks box-office butt like it probably will, they can just buy Olvera Street and have an instant mini-theme park to promote the film. They could charge to get in, and
But we're getting waaaaay ahead out ourselves here. With a Day of the Dead movie coming out, with Day of the Dead influenced design, Disney obviously needs to protect its own property, even if it's based on someone else's property who didn't bother to copyright it. Executives are losing sleep at the prospect of seeing those shops on Olvera Street chock full of merchandising knock-offs from their film. There are already Mickey and Minnie pinatas and such, all bootleg items. So for them, it's a preemptive strike. That's my guess, I wasn't invited to the meeting.
You can't embrace a people's culture, then trademark it like 21st century conquistadores. Something about a room full of executives makes a moral compass go haywire. Maybe it's their steel hearts.