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People Are Calling For A Netflix Doc About M&S And Aldi Colin The Caterpillar Legal Dispute

Joanna Freedman

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People Are Calling For A Netflix Doc About M&S And Aldi Colin The Caterpillar Legal Dispute

Featured Image Credit: Marks and Spencer/ Aldi

We love a Netflix tell-all on just about anything these days. The mafia? Yep. Unsolved murders? Bring it. The Colin the Caterpillar and Cuthbert the Caterpillar court case? Surely, it's only a matter of time...

Yep, following the news that Marks & Spencer is taking Aldi to court over its Cuthbert the Caterpillar cake, claiming that "rides on the coat-tails" of Colin's reputation, people are calling for a TV series on the legal drama.

Okay, they might be joking... but we certainly aren't.

Cuthbert (left) and Colin (right) (Credit: Aldi/ Marks and Spencer)
Cuthbert (left) and Colin (right) (Credit: Aldi/ Marks and Spencer)

"Should be the next Netflix series, this. Colin versus Cuthbert!," one wrote.

While another penned: "Have Netflix or Amazon Prime bought the rights to do a series on The Colin the Caterpillar M&S and Aldi lawsuit...?

"I would Totes watch it... Its basically a True Crime Thriller in the Making! #Aldi #MarksAndSpencer #Netflix #AmazonPrime (sic)".

"Patiently waiting for Netflix to drop the 6 part documentary on the Colin the Caterpillar case," a third wrote.

"How long till Netflix has Ryan Murpy make Feud: M&S and Aldi - The Fight for Colin the Caterpillar," another joked.

Streamers, take note!

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

It comes after M&S lodged an intellectual property claim with the High Court this week, and is asking Aldi to take its Cuthbert cake off shelves, and agree not to sell anything similar.

The Colin the Caterpillar cake is protected by three trademarks.

The iconic product was invented 30 years ago, and has hardly changed since 2004 - apart from seasonal adaptations, around Christmas, Valentine's Day and Halloween, for example. It has also been used as a basis for the store's second Caterpillar character, Connie - dubbed Colin's life-partner.

The cake is essentially chocolate sponge with milk chocolate and buttercream. It's decorated with a hard chocolate shell, sweets, cute little feet and a recognisable white chocolate face, too.

Colin the Caterpillar is an M&S staple, and is decked out for every season (Credit: M&S)
Colin the Caterpillar is an M&S staple, and is decked out for every season (Credit: M&S)

A spokesman for the supermarket 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.

"So we want to protect Colin, Connie and our reputation for freshness, quality, innovation and value."

Since M&S launched the Colin cake, other supermarkets have followed suit.

ASDA launched a caterpillar called Clyde, Waitrose invented Cecil, Tesco's got Curly and Sainsbury's now sells Wiggles.

Aldi responded to the drama with this tweet (Credit: Twitter/ AldiUK)
Aldi responded to the drama with this tweet (Credit: Twitter/ AldiUK)

While Aldi hasn't responded to M&S in a statement, the supermarket did make a dig on social media, writing: "This is not just any court case, this is... #FreeCuthbert".

The plot thickens. TV execs, you know what to do...

Topics: Life News, News, M&S, TV News, Marks and Spencer, Netflix

Joanna Freedman
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