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These Dads Playing with Barbie Dolls Are Sure to Brighten Your Day

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BBDO SF launches latest spot in the 'You Can Be Anything' campaign with new spot directed by Karen Cunningham

These Dads Playing with Barbie Dolls Are Sure to Brighten Your Day

Today, Mattel, Inc. launched a new articulation of the Barbie 'You Can Be Anything' campaign focused on inspiring and nurturing the limitless potential in every girl. The new spot which feature real dads and their daughters playing Barbie, is a follow up to the award-winning 'Imagine the Possibilities' work celebrating a girl’s journey to self-discovery though playing with Barbie. 

The creative includes a 90-second online film and three 30-second cut downs, showcasing what happens when six real dads play Barbie with their daughters. At the end, the spot reads, “Time Spent in Her Imaginary World Is an Investment in Her Real World,” highlighting that a dad’s involvement in his daughter’s imaginary play contributes to her social, intellectual and emotional development in real life. As Dr. Linda Nielson of Wake Forest University explains in her work, decades of research shows that girls who have loving, communicative, supportive relationships with their dads from early childhood on are less likely to suffer from a lack of self-confidence and self-reliance as she grows up.

“Over the past year, Barbie has enabled girls to imagine themselves in aspirational roles that range from the fantastical to feminist, from princess to palaeontologist,” said Lisa McKnight, Senior Vice President and General Manger, Barbie. “Spotlighting father-daughter relationships through playing with Barbie continues to articulate the importance of imagination and creativity on a girl’s journey to self-discovery.”

This integrated campaign will launch during the NFL Playoffs in January with significant television, theatrical, digital, and print advertising designed to reach dads and reinforce the benefits of imaginative play and storytelling with Barbie. This is the first time Barbie will have a brand-directed commercial on television in the spring. The campaign will pulse throughout the year with social, digital and marketing initiatives in partnership with Social Native, Tongal, and Time Inc. in an effort to engage #DadsWhoPlayBarbie.

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Production Company

Director: Karen Cunningham

Production Company: Slim Pictures Inc.

Post Production / VFX

Colourist: Steve Rodriguez, Apache

VFX Supervisor: James Bohn, Black Hole

Offline

Edit Company: Lost Planet

Editor: Andrea MacArthur

Music

Composer: Alexis Harte

Music Production: Pollen Music Group

Sound Design: Matt Miller, Lime

Creative Agency

Account Supervisor: Erin Albertson

Art Director: Rachael Kelly

Business Affairs: Danielle Ivicic

Chief Creative Officer: David Lubars

Chief Strategy Officer: Crystal Rix

Copywriter: Taylor Garrett

Creative Agency: BBDO San Francisco

Executive Creative Director: Matt Miller

Managing Director: Marc Burns

Senior Account Director: Kim Fredkin

Senior Producer: Whitney Ferris

Strategy Director: Alaina Crystal

Associate Creative Director: Christina Whalen, Andrew Shaffer

Genres: People, Dialogue

Categories: Toys, Sports and Leisure

BBDO North America, Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:14:08 GMT