Regardless of its rather disturbing premise of perverted teddy bears, the advert is a perfect example of what shall henceforth be known as the Wildly Overused Bodiless Leg Motif (WOBLM). You know the design: a nice single or pair of feminine legs emerging from the margin – the perfect ploy to lure in male consumers. Here are a few examples of this tried and true technique.
Note: The WOBLM is not to be confused with The A Frame
Perhaps the best known example of WOBLM in action is The Graduate. Mrs. Robinson’s leg became the symbol for the movie, and a subsequently a pop culture icon. It’s a compelling image, and responsible for many imitators in years to come.
De Palma was never shy to borrow from Hitchcock; in Dressed to Kill, he also borrowed the WOBLM. Granted, it was a better choice than a close up of a particularly unnerving Michael Caine.
Spillane was obviously a leg-man, always spouting off about a dame’s “stems”. How he was prone to describing them: “Gams that started some way above her head and finished three stories below."
Originality has never been a strength of the adult film industry. Not only are popular Hollywood titles copied (usually warped with a sexual spin – i.e. “Saving Private Ryan” becomes “Shaving Ryan’s Privates” ), but here they also employ the WOBLM, adding yet another layer of unoriginality.
Killer Party (1986) earns a special place in the WOBLM Hall of Fame for the use of two sets. Bravo, Killer Party.