Today, we’re going to delve into the shimmering world of the new live-action Barbie movie and unravel the reason behind its recent “remake” status. Buckle up, grab your popcorn, and get ready for a nostalgic ride down Barbie memory lane!
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And why it’s set to be a success upon its opening date of July 21st.
According to Deadline’s June review, as of June 29, 2023, the opening weekend box office projections for the Barbie movie are between $80 million to $100 million in the United States alone.
That’s quite WOW!
Note, though, that these are projected figures. They will fluctuate of course because of the costs of marketing campaigns and the potential competition on its release in cinemas.
So, onto the remake status of what might be the Summer’s big comedy fantasy hit!
Barbie is not just a mere doll; it’s a cultural phenomenon
Barbie is a popular toy brand that was introduced in 1959 by the company Mattel. The iconic Barbie doll has become a cultural icon and recognised worldwide. Barbie has undergone many transformations over the years. Changes that reflect different professions, ethnicities, and body types.
The idea behind Barbie was to inspire young girls and encourage them to imagine and explore different roles and careers. And the Barbie movie will likely make this a focus.
For decades, this iconic figure has captured the hearts of young girls and inspired them to dream big, “reach for the stars”, and break down gender barriers. With her ever-evolving style, Barbie has set trends. The doll challenged beauty standards and represented empowerment and female independence.
Did you experience childhood playdates where Barbie became the hero of your imaginary adventures?
Barbie taught us that imagination knows no bounds. It’s a great storytelling tool to clarify that barriers can be broken. Be anything you want to be. That’s a potent message for an adolescent mind. She’s appeared in all guises from astronauts to fashion designers to world-saving princesses. She instilled a sense of confidence and ambition in generations of young girls, igniting a fiery passion that still burns bright today.
Image sourced from British Vogue – Amazing costume design from Jacqueline Durran
What makes Barbie, this beloved cultural icon, a glossy remake?
Since 2001, a plethora of animated Barbie films have made their way into our nostalgia-studded hearts. These cinematic gems have featured various visual styles and storytelling approaches. Each film left its own indelible mark on the Barbie universe.
The newest addition is a live action Barbie movie and promises a fresh take on the iconic character that fans know and love.
So, what’s going to differ from its animated predecessors?
For starters, it’s clear from the teaser trailers and the final full trailer that Barbie 2023 presents a jaw-dropping visual feast. One that utilises cutting-edge animation technology to transport us into a wonderland of colours, textures, and dazzling depths. It’s looking like a visual extravaganza that pushes the boundaries of what we thought was possible in the Barbie universe; while connecting with our own.
But it’s not just about the visuals.
Barbie 2023 will introduce narrative innovations that breathe new life into the story. I’m expecting deeper character development, a more intricate narrative structure, and themes that resonate with our ever-evolving world.
I hope to experience a testament to the filmmakers’ dedication to honouring the essence of Barbie while infusing it with a fresh, modern twist.
Come August, I may have to update my top 20 movie remakes list.
Image sourced from Coming Soon
Let’s not forget Ken
Ken joins Barbie as she faces her existential reawakening and journeys to the real world with her. What’s Barbie without Ken? You may say.
He was introduced as a doll companion for Barbie in 1961. He was named after Kenneth Handler, the son of Barbie’s creator, Ruth Handler. Ken served as a male counterpart to Barbie, providing a companion for her and reflecting on the concept of a balanced relationship.
He represents a boyfriend or romantic partner for Barbie. Ken is what embodies masculinity and represents the idea of a supportive and fashionable boyfriend. And I mean fashionable dolls. He brought with him a contemporary style with a wide range of clothing options and accessories.
Introducing Ken as Barbie’s companion expanded the play possibilities and storylines for Barbie. It therefore makes sense to have the character travel with Barbie on her journey. He allowed children to engage in imaginative play centred around relationships and dating. This was a breakthrough concept in the dolls industry.
And the Barbie movie writers have not forgotten that.
The animated films left sparkles in the imagination of young girls
Since 2001, there have been lots of animated Barbie films. Since 2016, there has been a film every year broken only by the pandemic period.
Barbie: Spy Squad (2016)
Barbie: Star Light Adventure (2016)
Barbie & Her Sisters in a Puppy Chase (2016)
Barbie Video Game Hero (2017)
Barbie: Dolphin Magic (2017)
Barbie: Princess Adventure (2020)
You can look at the full list here on Wikipedia.
So the film joins the enchanting world of remakes. The core of this site’s focus where beloved characters are reinvented and reimagined. And where those characters will be reintroduced to captivate a whole new generation of fans.
Barbie 2023 is not just looking like a live-action remake of a long running franchise; the trailers tell of a marvellous tribute to the enduring legacy of a global sensation. So I expect the film to spark joy, ignite imagination, and remind us of the power of dreams. Whether you’re a die-hard Barbie aficionado or a casual movie-goer seeking an escape into a world of wonder, this film is looking to be a must-see.
How will her attributes appeal to families of movie-goers and young audiences today?
It’s not just the captivating stories that make the Barbie animated films stand out; it’s the empowering messages they convey to young minds eager to dream and believe in themselves. Each film serves as a reminder that girls can conquer any challenge, break through barriers, and embrace their true potential.
One of Barbie’s greatest strengths is her ability to adapt and grow with the times. Through the years, the Barbie films have celebrated diversity and inclusivity. They have presented characters from different backgrounds and cultures. From princesses to mermaids, each film showcases a kaleidoscope of unique stories and characters. This was important in highlighting the beauty of our colourful world.
In this film, she sets out to try to understand what’s real and what is not. Basically, a crisis sending her on a journey of self-discovery. And that is a wonderful aspect to explore in a character that aims to inspire.
Barbie suffers a crisis that leads her to question her world and her existence. A realisation that nothing is truly perfect except in the eyes of the beholder. This existential realisation sends her on a journey to the real world to find out what is real.
It’s a thought-provoking premise for sure. One that teaches kids not to be afraid to explore themselves, figure things out and make room for self-discovery.
Barbie has never been one to conform to societal expectations, and the films reflect this rebellious spirit. Whether it’s Barbie trading her crown for a tool belt in “Barbie: Princess Charm School” or leading a group of musketeers in “Barbie and the Three Musketeers,” these films challenge gender stereotypes. At the same time, there is a valuable lesson being taught. Anyone can aspire to be the hero. It is nothing to do with gender, it applies to all. It’s a message that when reinforced well, will resonate with today’s audiences.
Through her various career choices in the films, Barbie serves as a role model for young girls, encouraging them to dream big and chase their ambitions. From a veterinarian to a fashion designer, a chef to a spy, Barbie shows girls they can aspire. They can aspire to be anything in life in this increasingly diverse and challenged world.
She ignites a fiery passion within young girls, reminding them that their dreams are within reach if dared to pursue them.
Let’s look at some of those films prior to the live action remake
Since 2001, the Barbie films have taken young girls on a whirlwind ride through various tales. Each film infused with imagination, heart, and a dash of that signature Barbie magic. And this seems to be at the core of the new film.
Let’s take a peek. What will fans want to see in the live action Barbie movie?
Barbie in the Nutcracker: Twirling into the Magical World
The adventure begins with “Barbie in the Nutcracker,” a delightful retelling of the classic holiday tale. Yes, that one. The young ones’ imaginations soared as high as their ballet leaps. A world of wonder, of magical lands, dancing snowflakes, and a dashing Nutcracker prince. It’s a whimsical start to a cinematic journey.
Barbie as Rapunzel: Letting Down Her Hair and Breaking Barriers
The films then moved to “Barbie as Rapunzel,”. Here, our beloved fashionista-turned-princess lets down her long, luscious locks and defies all odds. Through this reimagined classic fairy tale, Barbie teaches us the importance of inner strength. Beyond that, her actions show creativity, and how to embrace our unique talents. With every brushstroke and melody, the writers showed young audiences that true beauty lies within.
I envisage this will be a key message in the new movie.
Barbie of Swan Lake: Dancing to the Rhythm of Your Heart
In the enchanting realm of “Barbie of Swan Lake,” the ethereal grace of ballet and the power of belief, a new somewhat darker story goes ahead. Barbie, transformed into a beautiful swan by an evil sorceress, embarks on a quest to break the spell and discover her destiny. The film’s core message reminded the little ones gazing at the screen at home on how to trust their hearts. And how to hold that trust, even in the face of darkness, and to dance fearlessly into their dreams.
Enlightening and inspiring messages for young girls. I expect we’ll see a similar vein in the new fantasy movie.
However, Barbie has also faced criticism. Has the movie addressed this?
Barbie was lambasted over the years for promoting unrealistic beauty standards. The argument being one of reinforcing gender stereotypes. Barbie’s unrealistic body proportions and focus on appearance are said to hurt girls’ self-esteem and body image.
Despite the controversy, Barbie continues to be a beloved toy for many children around the world. The brand has expanded to include various accessories, clothing, and play sets. This allows children to create their own imaginative worlds. Barbie also offers online games, movies, and TV shows to further engage with their audience.
Moreover, Barbie has taken steps to address the concerns regarding body image and diversity. In recent years, the brand has released dolls with different body shapes. This also included varied skin tones and hairstyles, to preclude a focus that would alienate many people. It’s expected that the film will hold a candle up to this move to promote inclusivity and representation.
Barbie has had a significant impact on popular culture and has been both praised and criticised for various reasons. While it continues to be a beloved toy for many children, it is important to consider the broader implications of dolls like Barbie.
Today’s audiences want to see the film industry strive for more inclusive and realistic representations.
Are you dazzled by the glimmering magic of Barbie 2023 or just expecting a darn good comedy of sparkles and silly quips?
For those ladies who owned a Barbie doll in their youth, it’s a journey that will likely transport you back to your childhood. It will be a journey for you. And leave you recalling those early years as a starry-eyed kid. And that will be a big contributor to its success: the timeless power of Barbie.
For the rest of the audiences considering giving this a whirl, I feel this will be the tongue-quite-firmly-in-cheek fantasy comedy film to watch.
Are you looking forward to what is likely to be satirical brilliance and an iconic remake? Barbie leaves Barbieland’s dream house for the real world on July 21st.
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