Dodai Stewart, Joe Dziemianowicz, and Clarissa Cruz
December 03, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

DOLL PARTS Barbie may have acted like a dumb blond—but at least she learned from her mistake. In 1995, the superdoll was noticeably absent from the computer-animated hit Toy Story (Mattel didn’t like the idea of pigeonholing Barbie as a tough action hero). But guess what? The perpetually tanned plaything is most definitely in the just-out Toy Story 2. ”A missed opportunity to be in the No. 1 movie of 1995 probably has a little to do with it,” chuckles the films’ director, John Lasseter. ”But [Mattel] also trusted that we would treat Barbie with the utmost care.” The film’s version of the doll, modeled on the classic swimsuit Barbie, plays a perky—yet stiff-limbed—tour guide who shows Slinky Dog, Mr. Potato Head, and other playthings around a toy store. ”We reviewed and read [the script] before she accepted the part,” maintains Mattel PR director Sara Rosales. As for voicing the figurine, actress Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid‘s Ariel) says: ”Portraying Barbie was a heavy role. She’s an American icon. I just had to get that out of my mind and play her like I would confront any new role.” Smart.

SLAY WRITING Talk about a killer app. Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s cult hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer has reached a new pop-cultural milestone: It has inspired its very own font. The Buffied typeface is based on the WB show’s creepy, dripping logo and can be downloaded for free from the website ”I’ve had plenty of people thanking me for it,” says Graham Meade, the Australian artist who designed the unofficial homage. ”Halloween was a good day for fonts like this.” And what does Margo Chase, creator of the original logo, think of fans typing résumés and birthday cards in her bloody writing? ”I think it’s great. Since we’ve started, it’s been clear to me people just care so deeply, and it’s…it’s a TV show!” At, Buffied is among the more popular of the hundreds of typefaces. But fans have also taken to fonts inspired by Star Wars, The Brady Bunch, and Godzilla. Point size does matter.

ETC. And now for the latest edition of Hollywood Minds Think Alike: ”Sometimes you have to lose your mind to find your freedom.”—Tag line on Crazy in Alabama poster. ”Sometimes the only way to stay sane is to go a little crazy.”—Tag line on Girl, Interrupted poster.

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