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Many of us regularly turn to Netflix for our documentary fix, knowing we'll find a film or series on pretty much any topic we fancy. Want to find out about a bloke in South Africa becoming best mates with an octopus? That's all there. A guy who offers up sexual favours for bottles of Evian at a doomed festival? Er, yep, that too.
But there's one story that hasn't yet been covered, and that's the ongoing saga of Cuthbert the Caterpillar versus Colin the Caterpillar - the two larval birthday cakes from two rival supermarkets.
Earlier this week, M&S launched an intellectual property claim with the High Court arguing the similarity of Aldi's Cuthbert the Caterpillar cake leads consumers to believe they are of the same standard and 'rides on the coat-tails' of M&S' reputation with Colin, who made his debut more than 30 years ago.
Aldi has refused to go quietly, having dedicated its social media feeds to the #FreeCuthbert hashtag - having even mocked up new packaging for Cuthbert, placing the friendly animal behind bars inside his box.
And the drama has not gone unmissed, with many people calling for Netflix to make a documentary on the legal row.
One person tweeted: "I would watch a seven part Netflix series about the M&S vs. Aldi Colin the Caterpillar lawsuit."
Another agreed: "Should be the next Netflix series, this. Colin versus Cuthbert!"
A third said: "Patiently waiting for Netflix to drop the 6 part documentary on the Colin the Caterpillar case."
Some people have even gone as far as to create promotional material for the hypothetical docu-series.
Can't believe Netflix has picked this up already. Benedict Cumberbatch rumoured to play the role of Aldi and Colin. pic.twitter.com/zhz0db1Egu
- Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) April 15, 2021
It has to be this @NetflixUK :eyes::bug: pic.twitter.com/WLsUXDNzfR
- Tom Hyoos (IPA: /'tɒm/ /hjuːz/) (@TomHyoos) April 16, 2021
#FreeCuthbert #cuthbertthecaterpillar #colinthecaterpillar #Aldi #MarksAndSpencer #Netflix @netflix
Coming soon?........ pic.twitter.com/1rhwOv8sla
- Immoral JellyFish (@ImmoralJellyFi1) April 16, 2021
Aldi's keen, too, having tweeted Netflix suggesting: "Working title: Making a Caterpillar. Any other suggestions? #FreeCuthbert."
Another suggested BBC's Panorama could get in on the action instead, adding: "Getting butterflies in anticipation."
Very, very good.
M&S has three trademarks relating to Colin and believes it/he has an enhanced distinctive character and reputation.
A spokesperson said: "Because we know the M&S brand is special to our customers and they expect only the very best from us, love and care goes into every M&S product on our shelves.
"We want to protect Colin, Connie and our reputation for freshness, quality, innovation and value."
So far, there's been no such beef with Sainsbury's Wiggles, Tesco's Curly, Morris by Morrisons, the Co-op's Charlie, Cecil by Waitrose or Asda's Clyde - all of which are also caterpillar cakes.
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