Trivia / Barbie

  • Defictionalization: Mattel had life size replicas of Barbie's dreamhouse created in 2009 and 2013.
  • Dueling Shows: With Bratz. In the end, Barbie won. Interestingly enough, some people genuinely assumed the opposite would happen.
  • Meaningful Name/Mythology Gag: While not a gag per se, if Barbie stars as princess in a movie alongside a brunette deuteragonist, odds are the brunette is named Erika or using the letters in Erika's name.
  • Name's the Same: Klaus Barbie was the name of a Real Life sadistic Nazi official in France. Brilliantly spoofed in Rat Race when a family mistakes one for the other.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • The longtime voice of Barbie, Kelly Sheridan was replaced as of A Fashion Fairytale by Diana Kaarina, due to a revamp of the series. Fan reactions were less than enthusiastic. Sheridan returned in Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2.
    • Now Sheridan has been replaced again with Erica Lindbeck because of another revamp.
    • Barbie dolls have had voice clips since before Sheridan started playing her, meaning that Sheridan is in herself a replacement.
    • On the 1962 album Barbie Sings!, Barbie was voiced by Charlotte Austin.
    • In the Barbie And The Rockers specials, Barbie was voiced by Sharon Lewis.
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  • What Could Have Been: Several from the movies:
    • A chapter book based on Barbie in the Princess and the Pauper, which had illustrations based on the toys, indicated that Preminger would have had a toy. The same is true for Nick and Nack. The same can be said for Barbie of Swan Lake.
    • Additionally, Barbie was supposed to appear in the first Toy Story film, but Mattel squashed that. (Bo Peep was created in her place.) After the movie was a success, Mattel did agree to let Ken and Barbie appear in the sequels.
    • The Barbie movies originally intended to include more traditional fairy tales (notably Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella), but had to shelve both projects to avoid conflict with Disney. Ironically, Disney's Tangled borrowed quite liberally from Barbie as Rapunzel.
    • The 2 "Barbie and the Rockstars"note  specials by DIC Entertainment were both intended to be a Pilot Movie of sorts for a Barbie TV series (Mattel hoped to compete with Jem), but when nothing came of it, DIC made Maxie's World (based on Hasbro's "Maxie" dolls) instead.
    • In the 1971 Mattel catalog, there were pictures for a "Becky" doll. She was made from the Casey head mold, was hand painted and shown in blonde, although prototypes of her were made in blonde, brunette and redhead. Some 1971 clothes were labeled as being for "Francie and her new friend Becky", however Becky herself wasn't released... Until 2009 when "Most Mod Party Becky" came out. The original "Becky" is not to be confused with the Becky introduced in 1997, who is in a wheelchair and is a completely different character.


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