Why would they have not named these Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Hanna-Barbera characters something like "Thom and Gerry"? Makes me wonder about the way they spelled Scooby-Doo (i.e., Scobbie Do). Maybe that was just a f*ck up during the painting of it?
Why would Hannah-Barbera (and in the case of Mini Warehouse, Warner Bros. and MGM) be less litigious than Disney? It couldn't be that they are simply "cooler." Wouldn't they be just as concerned with the bottom line? Also, I don't completely understand why a company like Disney wouldn't see what the day care centers had done as being free publicity. Is the issue that if people see something like the Disney character murals at those day care centers, they won't need to see the characters in actual Disney products?? Are they afraid it cheapens them?