Authenticity of character is an important liberal value I think. “Be true to yourself”.
He belongs to every child whose heart and soul he touched from the TV screen. To do otherwise is to disrespect his mission which was to sanctify commercialized TV with positive messages for children as it takes a village to raise a child and in many isolated homes with only a TV his face may have been the only significant nice person in the child’s lives.
You can have his body but he shared his soul with us all