Mattel Focuses on Dad with New Campaign

Mattel Focuses on Dad with New Campaign

Jan 23, 2017

Short Film Developed in Partnership with BBDO San Francisco Rearticulates How Barbie Inspires Girls’ Imaginations Through the Eyes of Dad

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan. 23, 2017 – 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 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 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.