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Cool Barbie

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! Starring
| [[Jonathan I, Emperor of Austenasia|HIM Emperor Jonathan I]]<br>[[Crown Princess Caroline of Austenasia|HIH Crown Princess Caroline]]<br>[[Lord Timothy|Lord Timothy, KOM, KPP]]<br>[[Lord Marshal William|Lord Marshal William K., Baron of Zephyria]]<br>[[Terry I, Emperor of Austenasia|HIH Emperor Father Terry]]<br>''and others''
! Country of origin
== Setting ==
Cool Barbie is set in an alternate universe where toys are alive and have communities protected by humans, where the existence of extraterrestrial life is well-known and accepted, and where magic and elves also exist. The series is mainly set in a house in [[w:Carshalton|Carshalton]], known by its resident toys as "Xeaphon VII's Land of Plenty" (henceforth referred to as "the Land").
As well as being home to humans and dogs, several groups of toys live in the Land. They are ruled over by a monarch and the Doll Senate, with a form of constitutional monarchy the details of which are left vague. The types of toys which live in the Land include Barbies, teddy bears, action figures (mostly Action Men), and dolls. There are several rooms in the Land, between which the toys can travel freely. On the upper floor, there is a room where the Doll Senate convenes, a room used by the monarch as a Royal Hospital, a room home to numerous toys (the "Doll Box"), and another room which has not been featured in the series, connected by a landing. On the lower floor, there is a large room divided by a sofa into two parts, a kitchen, and a room where the Protectors of the Realm live. There is also a Garden, where toys are exiled as a criminal sentence, and underneath which several powerful beings referred to as "Titans" (named after a race of Greek gods also imprisoned after defeat) are imprisoned. At the end of CB.VII, a independent Land of toys ruled by a King is established in the Garden, known as [[Crepundia]].
== Production ==
All of the ATP episodes of Cool Barbie so far have been filmed using the video setting on a digital camera - the original two episodes were filmed on an analogue camcorder, and the original third episode was filmed on a digital camcorder. The first two original episodes were very crudely edited (the second especially) by transferring various clips from the camera onto a VHS cassette, and the third original episode was unable to be edited before being published on a DVD due to technical difficulties with the camera used. All ATP episodes have been edited using [[w:Windows Movie Maker|Windows Movie Maker]].
[[File:Bubblesfingerscene.png|thumb|right|The thumb and forefinger of the then Crown Prince Jonathan clearly being seen to push Bubbles into his spaceship in CB.I.]]
The majority of characters in the films are toys, with only nine human characters (mostly playing minor roles) having been featured so far. Two methods are used to film the toys "acting" - the first method comprises of the character's lines being spoken by their voice actor behind the camera while the toy is recorded; the second comprises of scenes being filmed with no dialogue, for background noises to be cut out and replaced with recorded audio of the characters' lines during editing. All but one episode have used a mixture of both methods - while in the first two episodes the first method was used for all characters other than Cool Barbie herself, the second method has since become increasingly common, with CB.VI having been filmed entirely in this way.
Despite ATP specifically attempting to film the modern episodes more competently than the originals, some mistakes have been made which were unable to be corrected during editing. This is most notable in CB.I, in which the then Crown Prince Jonathan's hand can be seen numerous times while moving Cool Barbie and Bubbles around the set - his thumb can also be seen holding Colin upright in a shot in CB.IV, and at the beginning of that episode the reflection of him filming can be seen in a window. Another similar incident is when the Dalek can be glimpsed on top of a small cupboard in CB.III, in the scene prior to that in which it is freed by Bubbles. In CB.VII, Moonita can be seen glancing down at a script when talking to Corporal Barbie, and a camera strap briefly falls into the shot later in the episode. Overall, however, this kind of "blooper" is rare. In CB.VIII, two mistakes of this kind - a door switching between being open and closed in different shots in a scene, and Xeaphon pointing a staff at Wisealise which is on the ground next to him in other shots - were addressed post-editing filming by changing the dialogue to explain that the staff holds the reality-warping magical effects.
Lighting can also be an issue - this is especially noticeable in some shots of CB.V, in which some scenes which were set at night and on the Moon are so dark that it is difficult to understand what is happening, and the viewer may have to rely almost solely on dialogue and on subsequent events in the film.
== Episodes ==
==== Original episodes ====
The three original Cool Barbie episodes were filmed by Jonathan I, Crown Princess Caroline and Lord Timothy before Austenasia was founded. Widely regarded as very badly filmed, these episodes (especially the first two) were full of plot holes, continuity errors, and frequent breaking of the fourth wall, deriving great comedic value from their sometimes intentionally poor quality. The script for a fourth was written, but filming had barely started by the time that the project was abandoned.
The first two films were recorded onto a VHS tape, and were converted into digital format by ATP in September 2014. The third was recorded directly onto a DVD by a digital camcorder, but was unable to be edited until software was acquired in March 2015 enabling it to be downloaded to a computer. The three original films have yet to be released publicly, but footage from the first is used in ATP's Cool Barbie I.
| align="left" | '''[ Moonita]''' - Now in the body of Corporal Barbie, Moonita is crowned Queen of the toys to replace Emily II, who was killed by the Troll Leader during Wisealise's takeover of the Land. However, Xeaphon promises that he will find a way to restore her to her human body.<br>'''[ Xeaphon]''' - Now an officer in NETDOF (an independent organisation set up to defend the world against alien attack), Xeaphon discovers that Wisealise's staff was not the Staff of Forest Elves as he claimed. The Forest Elves give Xeaphon the genuine staff to help him guard the prisons of the Titans.<br>'''[ Colin]''' - On the run, Colin and his followers teleport to a far away planet, narrowly avoiding Spectrum agents on their trail, but once there come under attack.
| align="left" | 1 January 2015;<br>25 April 2015;<br>1 September 2015
| align="left" | Three mini-episodes to be published over 2015 to mark the tenth anniversary of the franchise, showing Moonita, Xeaphon, and Colin in the aftermath of the events of CB.VIII.
| align="left" | '''Cool Barbie IX - Last of the Mysterons'''
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| align="left" | ''2017/18''
| align="left" | Scheduled for production. Will be the final episode in a four-part story arc, and the last before the final trilogy. Will feature the death of a main character.
| align="left" | '''Cool Barbie XIII - The Assassin'''
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| align="left" | ''post-2017''
| align="left" | Scheduled for production. This will be the first episode in a three-part finale, and will feature the death of a main character.
| align="left" | '''Cool Barbie XIV - Invasion of the Eagle'''
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