Barbie is a fashion doll created by American businesswoman Ruth Handler, manufactured by American toy company Mattel and launched in 1959. The toy is the figurehead of the Barbie brand that includes a range of fashion dolls and accessories. Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for over six decades.
The doll and her male counterpart, Ken, have been described as the two most popular dolls in the world.
In 2023 a live-action fantasy comedy film was released. Based on the Barbie dolls it was the first live-action Barbie film after numerous computer-animated films and specials.
The film follows Barbie (Margot Robbie) and Ken (Ryan Gosling) on a journey of self-discovery following an existential crisis. It features an ensemble supporting cast, including America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Helen Mirren, Issa Rae, Simu Liu, Michael Cera, Rhea Perlman, and Will Ferrell.
The film received critical acclaim and grossed $1.286 billion worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing film of 2023, as well as the highest-grossing film directed solely by a woman and the 21st highest-grossing film of all-time.
Mark Ronson was tasked with scoring the movie, alongside Greta Gerwig and Andrew Wyatt. A Soundtrack LP was released and included performances from Pinkpantheress, Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa among others.
Angel … Barbie Dreams … Dance The Night … I’m A Man … I’m Just Ken … Pink … Speed Drive … What Was I Made For …