Precocious Girls Prank Unsuspecting Adults in Cute Barbie Campaign

Effort Sets Sights on Parents

Published On
Oct 09, 2015

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Mattel knows Barbie has the hearts and minds of many little girls around the world. Now the company has set a new target. It's out to win over moms, and while they're at it, dads too.

The company has created a new video aimed directly at parents with the tagline "You Can Be Anything." BBDO San Francisco handled the campaign. Using hidden cameras, the video shows little girls pretending to be professionals in real-life settings. They take on the role of college professor, soccer coach, veterinarian, businesswoman and museum guide, while the adults around them play along. The ad then cuts to one of the girls reenacting one of the scenes at home, with her Barbie dolls, and the tagline reads, "When a girl plays with Barbie, she imagines everything she can become."

The video was unscripted and the careers were chosen according to what the budding actresses told the casting team they wanted to be when they grew up, according to Matt Miller, executive creative director at BBDO. It is part of a year-long campaign that will include social media, as well as additional videos and regional efforts. In June, the brand introduced more ethnic diversity to its line of dolls.

"This generation of moms has been bombarded with images with Barbie, but don't know why Barbie was created in the first place," said Evelyn Mazzocco, senior vp and global brand general manager, Mattel. "We had this creative a-ha moment when we found a quote by Ruth Handler, Barbie's creator, saying that she created Barbie to show girls that they had choices."

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Brand :
Client :
Agency :
BBDO-San Francisco
Worldwide Chief Creative Officer :
David Lubars
Executive Creative Director :
Matt Miller
Executive Creative Director :
Steve Rutter
Senior Copywriter :
Adam Balogh
Senior Art Director :
Jason Moussalli
Executive Producer :
Patti Bott
Senior Producer :
Lisa Christman
Business Affairs :
Danielle Ivicic
Managing Director :
Marc Burns
Senior Account Director :
Kim Fredkin
Management Supervisor :
Nicole Dongara
Account Supervisor :
Nicholas Roth
Director, Business Development :
Crystal Rix
Senior Planner :
Alaina Crystal
Production Company :
Slim Pictures Inc.
Director :
Karen Cunningham
Director, Photography :
Jeff Cutter
Executive Producer :
Tom Weissferdt
Line Producer :
Suzie Greene Tedesco
Music House :
De Wolfe Music
Music House :
Andrew Know Music Productions
Edit/Visual Effects House :
Editor :
Andrea MacArthur
Executive Producer :
Crissy de Simone
Post Producer :
Yole Barrera
Flame Artist :
Verdi Sevenhuysen
Colorist :
Bob Festa

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