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NUTCRACKER BARBIE (article first published : 2001-09-20)

Created in 1959 as a paper-doll inspired friend, Barbie has evolved time and time again to meet the needs of her devoted market. A household name, Barbie has been the favourite companion to little girls worldwide for many generations.

Now Barbie has embarked on a film career with the launch of the first-ever feature length animated movie, Barbie in the Nutcracker, and KTV has scooped the pre-launch of the movie and will screen it on September 24 (Heritage Day) at 07h00.

The 75-minute motion-capture CGI feature, produced by Mainframe Entertainment Inc, will be released on video worldwide in October and will launch in Los Angeles at the end of September. South Africa will be the first country in the world to premier this special.

The movie is a modern adaptation of the holiday classic and casts Barbie in two roles - Clara and the Sugarplum Princess - as she embarks on an adventure of a lifetime. Screenwriters Hilary Hinkle and Linda Engelsiepen adapted the story line from the Nutcracker and the Mouse King, written by E T A Hoffman in 1816. A generous dose of new characters that readily translate into toys as well as plot twists allow Barbie, in the role of Clara, to emerge as a modern heroine.

Acclaimed choreographer Peter Martins created the dance sequences with five premiere ballerinas from the New York City Ballet. The real-life images were then used as a basis for the magical dance scenes characteristic of the Nutcracker.




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