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Cool Barbie

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| 15 full, 3 minisodes (10 11 full episodes and 3 minisodes broadcast)
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'''''Cool Barbie''''' is an [[Empire of Austenasia|Austenasian]] sci-fi fantasy television series directed and written by [[Jonathan I, Emperor of Austenasia|HIM Emperor Jonathan I]] and produced by [[Austenasian Television Productions]] (ATP). Three original episodes were privately made by Jonathan (together with his [[Lord Timothy|cousin]] and [[Crown Princess Caroline|sister]]) before the foundation of Austenasia, between December 2005 and September 2008. After ATP was created in December 2008, it was decided to remake the three films, as well as to create sequels. A new series of fifteen episodes was therefore written, ten eleven of which to date have been filmed and published. The series revolves around an eponymous [[w:Barbie doll|Barbie doll]] in a world where toys are alive and have communities protected by humans, and her encounters with aliens and villains.
== Setting ==
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]].
The monarch of the toys of the Land is appointed by Xeaphon and the Doll Senate, as stated in CB.VI. Prior to the events of CB.IV, the Land maintained three separate armies for its security, each lead by a Captain and all following orders from a Minister of Defence appointed by the Doll Senate. The First Army was the largest, equipped with modern equipment such as guns and grenades, and despite later switching sides and allowing Xeaphon and Moonita into the Land initially rebelled alongside Colin in CB.IV. The Golden Arrows were the smallest army (Colin states that they were much larger before a "Battle of the Prison") and had the most advanced technology, including cybernetics, robots, and what appeared to be laser guns - ; they were Colin's most faithful followers, and supported his coup in CB.IV. The Third Army was the second largest, equipped with medieval technology such as swords, shields, and bows and arrows - ; they are described as "devoted to Xeaphon", and Colin only considered it safe to begin his uprising in CB.IV after the majority of them had been locked outside in the Garden. The Golden Arrows are currently were exiled along with Colinat the end of CB.IV (with only one now remaining alive as of CB.XI), and the First and Third Armies continue to protect the Land, although they have been renamed to the People's Army and the Royal Army respectively since the exile of the Golden Arrows, as stated in episodes VII and VIII. The Land is also defended by [["Edd" Hyerdunscar's Notorious Edd of Carothan|Edd]] (and [["Rose" Bramarley Paloma of Carothan|Rose]] before her real life death in April 2014), who were referred to as the Protectors of the Realm in CB.IV.
Another guarantor of the Land's security is Spectrum International Police, an organisation which seems to exist as a form of security force for toys internationally. It is revealed in CB.IV that toy communities can allow whether or not to grant Spectrum jurisdiction over their lands, although the benefits of having trained agents ready to help in crises is evident in CB.II (in which Captain Scarlet arrives to help stop Bubbles) and CB.III and IV (in which Sergeant Grey arrives to help stop Bubbles and Colin respectively).
== 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 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 ten 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 two three episodes have used a mixture of both methods for toys speaking; 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 , CB.X and CB.X XI having had their toy scenes 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-filming by changing the dialogue to explain that the staff holds 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 ====
| align="left" | Continues on immediately from the end of CB.IX. Bubbles arrives at NETDOF, warning them that the Scourge are about to invade the Solar System and asking for help from Earth to defend Uranus. Corporal Barbie goes to the Elven Emperor for help, and he destroys the Scourge armada with magic.
| align="left" | 1 February 2016
| align="left" | The only full episode to date in which the Cool Barbie doll was not featured, as well as the full episode with the least number of actors (two) and characters (five)to date. The second episode in a four-part story arc.<br>Runtime: '''06:09'''
| align="left" | '''[ Cool Barbie XI - Infiltration]'''| align="left" | The Land comes under attack from a Scourge as a diversion while Colin sabotages the laser cannon. Planning to use it to destroy major cities and take over the world, he teleports away when it is revealed that the Scourge technology will actually destroy the planet. The Elven Emperor informs Corporal Barbie in a vision that he has prevented the explosion, but the others are left mystified as to what saved the world.| align="left" | ''20 December 2016''| align="left" | Under production. Will be the The third episode in a four-part story arc.<br>Runtime: '''9:59'''
| align="left" | '''Cool Barbie XII - A Last Chance'''
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