|Similarities between Barbie & Anorexic bodies|
|We can see their faces to reveal emotions we can relate to|
Unlike the Lion King, which used masks to help portray a more conventional story line in which we can relate to the characters, Haynes uses props, doll animation and live action featuring ‘real people’ and presents them through an artisanal mode of production thus playing with the conventions of documentary, biopic, and woman’s ﬁlm (Desjardins, 37). He did this so that we (the audience) would engage with the film through an objective point of view rather than be coaxed to identify with the characters and their ideologies through conventional narratives (Desjardins, 44) the way Hollywood does. However, in addition to coaxing us to relate to the characters Hollywood would take the conventional narrative a step further by somehow making this tragic story end on a more positive note and make sure that the industry itself is not blamed for the death of Karen Carpenter. So as one can see, Haynes use of barbie dolls not only enabled him to present an accurate story, but it helped him reveal a dark side of Hollywood.
Work Cited List:
Desjardins, Mary. "The Incredible Shrinking Star: Todd Haynes and the Case History of Karen Carpenter." Camera Obscura
57. Ed. Andrea Fontenot . North Carolina, United States: Duke University Press , 2004. Print.