Barbie: Dads Who Play Barbie
Mattel launched a new articulation of the Barbie “You Can Be Anything” campaign focused on inspiring and nurturing the limitless potential in every girl. The advert was created by advertising agency BBDO. The official hashtag of the campaign is #DadsWhoPlayBarbie
Mattel is an American toy manufacturing company founded in 1945 with headquarters in El Segundo, California. The products and brands it produces include Barbie dolls.
The new spots, 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 through playing with Barbie.
The creative includes a 90-second online film and three 30-second cut downs, showcases what happens when six real dads play Barbie with their daughters. At the end, the spots read, “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 Nielsen 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 paleontologist,” said Lisa McKnight, Senior Vice President and General Manager, 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 Mattel's new approach is at least interesting.