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Barbie Trailer Released with Homage to 2001

By Lori Perkins

We’re all excited about the forthcoming Barbie film, to be released in summer of 2023 starring Ryan Gosling as Ken and Margot Robbie as Barbie. Greta Gerwig is directing, and she’s a little quirky, so, IMHO, that just added to the excitement, but I don’t think anyone expected her first Barbie trailer to be an homage to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001!

The one-minute trailer opens with a giant Barbie dressed in her original 1959 black and white striped one-piece swimsuit as little girls playing with baby dolls smash their dolls to bits at the arrival of their new goddess. It’s an almost-shot-for-shot recreation of the ape scene in 2001.

Matthew Gaydos posted a brilliant side-by-side comparison of the trailer, so we could all see how spot on the Barbie/2001 trailer is.


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