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Barbie Digs Joe (1990)

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A Nutshell Review: Barbie Digs Joe
10 September 2005 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

A lot has been said about this short which was cited as starting Eric Khoo's foray into film-making. Winning numerous awards, this film's cast was made of the Barbie and Ken dolls, and various GI Joe models.

At first you couldn't make out the premise of the story, save for GI Joe spotting Barbie, and goes on a quest to make her his girl, and kicking Ken's ass in the process. Naturally, the stop-motion technique was used to animate the dolls, and I thought the voice-overs for the characters were pretty hilarious, if not unconvincing, but nonetheless, fun! But it actually tells a broader love story from the obvious Barbie-world one in plastic, that of their owners who discover each other while they were childhood friends, right up to the near breakdown in their relationship towards the end, rekindled by memories of how Barbie and GI Joe brought them together.

If I may say so, it's an amateur effort, from tacky credits to dubbed character voices, but a very important film that has its distinct place in Eric Khoo's filmography. Probably something to take from here, is that music plays an important part in his movies, with this we got tunes from Beach Boys and New Order.


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