Screen Rant is thrilled to exclusively present the brand-new trailer for the director’s cut of the cult classic documentary Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour, which will be released in celebration of the movie’s 25th anniversary. Emmy-nominated filmmaker Susan Stern takes a look at the history of Barbie and its popularity with children and adult collectors. Stern delves into the surprisingly gritty world of Barbie collectors, including the destruction of Barbies in strange and sometimes disturbing ways.
Stern also does a deep dive into the life of the creator of Barbie, Ruth Handler, who saw an opening in the market for an adult doll instead of the standard baby doll after watching her daughter play with adult paper dolls. Handler’s own journey is as tumultuous as Barbie’s, as she goes from being the savior of Mattel to eventually being pushed out. The enhanced director’s cut of Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour will debut online on June 27.
Screen Rant’s exclusive new trailer for Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour shows the different people who collect Barbies and what they do with their dolls. Some simply display them, while others create elaborate fantasy lives that they enact with their dolls. Others destroy their Barbies in strange ways. Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour also talks to protestors who believe Barbies are connected to the decision to get breast implants as well as drag queens who have loved Barbies their entire lives.
Barbies have had a massive influence on culture since they first hit shelves in 1959, with children around the world playing with and collecting Barbies for over 60 years now. The doll is still massively popular, even as controversies and competitors have challenged the Barbie. The upcoming Greta Gerwig Barbie movie is a testament to the perseverance of Barbie’s popularity.
Barbies have captured people’s imaginations for more than six decades, giving children the opportunity to play out their imaginations of what life can be as they grow up and adults the chance to recapture the wonders of their youth. Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour takes a look at the darker, grittier side of this toy, its history, and the following it has acquired over the years. Barbies continue to rise in popularity as other toys rise and fall into obscurity, and Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour will give audiences insight into all the different ways this doll has been embraced by the world.
Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour will be released on June 27 for the 25th Anniversary as a special Director’s Cut.