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#16 salzberg

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Posted 12 February 2001 - 11:51 AM

I've got a little list. . .they never will be missed. . . .

#17 samba38

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Posted 12 February 2001 - 05:52 PM

ooh, Katysha and Yum-Yum Barbies!

#18 Lillian

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Posted 12 February 2001 - 09:54 PM

I dropped about $60 on a ballet Barbie last Christmas for my niece. Ballerina Barbie was far too busty and if you put her in the usual tank top and pedal pushers you ended up with plain old Barbie -- not Gelsey, not Natalia or Suzanne.

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Posted 13 February 2001 - 05:53 AM

I'm not sure that a Ballerina Barbie that was anatomically accurate would sell too well -- can't see much of a market for Flatchested Barbie with Bunions.

I remember a few years ago that a couple of Barbies called Trailer Trash Barbie and Hooker Barbie were circulating. Mattel sued, I think.

#20 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 13 February 2001 - 11:28 AM

Off the subject of ballet, but on the subject of gender roles - from 1994:

The Manhattan-based Barbie Liberation Organization claims to have performed corrective surgery on 300 Teen Talk Barbies and Talking Duke G.I. Joes---switching their sound chips, repackaging the toys, and returning them to store shelves. Consumers reported their amazement at hearing Barbie bellow, "Eat lead, Cobra!" or "Vengeance is mine!," while Joe chirped, "Will we ever have enough clothes?" and "Let's plan our dream wedding!"

Here's the whole article: [url="http://"http://www.levity.com/markdery/barbie.html"]http://www.levity.com/markdery/barbie.html[/url]

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#21 Allegro

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Posted 13 February 2001 - 03:37 PM

I think there should be a Barbie Ballet. My teacher and a few members of our company were talking about it. It could be to that song- "I'm a Barbie Girl, in a BArbie World..." and all the girls could be in platinum blonde wigs......

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Posted 13 February 2001 - 06:15 PM

Ooh Allegro, I like that. But they'd have to have padded costumes! Question: do we pad out Ken too?? Naughty, naughty.

and thanks to the person who pointed out my omission of the bunioned feet.

In the Barbie Ballet do we have Barbie in a different career in each scene? This would be a great boon to the costume business. By the way, do we end it with Barbie celebrating middle age and retiring to Florida? The dancers will all have to have special training in order to cope with the 3" heels - at least once Barbie graduates from high school and gets out of her cheerleading shoes.

Alexandra, I remember Poor Pitiful Pearl - although I never had one. My first love in terms of ballet dolls were all paper dolls. I had several sets: there was one that had fabulous costumes, but most of the others had those "powderpuff" tutus, and if I remember correctly, I rather think the dolls all had oddly sickled feet.

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Posted 13 February 2001 - 06:22 PM

I have never, ever, seen a female dancer who had the slightest trouble navigating in 3" (and higher) heels. One of the nice things about ballet training is that you learn how to balance.....

#24 salzberg

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Posted 09 March 2001 - 07:20 AM

On this day in history:

03/09/1959 - Barbie, the popular girls' doll, debuted; over 800 million have been sold.

#25 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 09 March 2001 - 12:02 PM

On the movie itself, I was talking to Charles Askegard a few days ago, it seems that he and Maria Kowrowski are providing the movement models for Barbie and Ken. You won't see either of them at all, it is just their body and movement that will be studied and sampled to create the dances in the film for the animated dolls. And yes, we had a good laugh over this.

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