The writer of one of Germany's best known fictional characters, an imp called Pumuckl, is heading to court to battle his illustrator over whether the red-headed mischief maker can marry or should stay chaste.
Writer Ellis Kaut is unhappy that illustrator Barbara von Johnson has given her support to a local TV show's contest to design a girlfriend for Pumuckl.
The winner will get to visit von Johnson's Munich villa and take part in a "wedding" staged for the popular fictional character.
Von Johnson says Pumuckl deserves a girlfriend after more than 40 years of fooling around in books and on the radio and television. However, Kaut says the cheeky imp must stay true to his spirit nature.
Arriving soon no doubt, Pooh on pornography and Cinderella on condoms.