Even if you're not familiar with Todd Haynes' work, you've probably heard about his infamous 43-minute cult treasure "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story", which uses Barbie and Ken dolls to tell the tragic story of Karen Carpenter. Here it is in all its brilliance:
Todd Haynes - 43 min 19 sec - Jan 1, 1987
"...Seizing upon the inspired gimmick of using Barbie and Ken dolls to sympathetically recount the story of the pop star's death from anorexia, he spent months making miniature dishes, chairs, costumes, Kleenex and Ex-Lax boxes, and Carpenters' records to create the film's intricate, doll-size mise-en-scene. The result was both audacious and accomplished as the dolls seemingly ceased to be dolls leaving the audience weeping for the tragic singer.
Unfortunately, Richard Carpenter's enmity for the film (which made him look like a selfish jerk) led to the serving of a "cease and desist" order in 1989, and despite the director's offer "to only show the film in clinics and schools, with all money going to the Karen Carpenter memorial fund for anorexia research, "Superstar" remains buried, one of the few films in modern America that cannot be seen by the general public.
Now finally you have a chance to see this piece."
Interesting bit of trivia - I learned how to speak English by listening to The Carpenters (and John Denver) over and over, as well as by watching I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched.