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Published Date: 31/07/2023

The 10 Best Barbie Easter Eggs

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie has being wowing audiences here at Showcase. There is so much joy to be had, most obviously with Margot Robbie’s (who also produced the film) pitch-perfect performance and Ryan Gosling’s ‘Just Ken’, but perhaps less obvious are the myriad Easter Eggs, homages to classic films and Barbie’s history scattered throughout the film.

If you have yet to see Barbie you can carry on reading, the following Easter Eggs are spoiler-free!

Here are ten of our favourite Barbie Easter Eggs:

 

The Wizard Oz


As Barbie begins her journey she passes a cinema playing Judy Garland’s The Wizard Oz (1939). And as she passes through she drives on not the famed yellow brick road but rather a pink road (what else!) with Barbie Land replacing the Emerald City in the distance.
A foreshadowing of the self-discovery odyssey Barbie is to undertake.

 

Flowers


As Barbie and Ken travel between Barbie Land and the real World they travel through a field of flowers, again a reference to the poppies that Dorothy, Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow travel through in The Wizard Oz.

 

Kubrick


The film opens with an homage to the desolate landscape in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

 

Weird Barbie’s house


Oscar nominees Production Designer Sarah Greenwood and Set Decorator Katie Spencer, took their influence for Weird Barbie’s (played by Kate McKinnon) house from Alfred Hitchcock’s acclaimed film Psycho (1960).

 

Swimsuit


Our earlier reference to Kubrick also introduces Barbie wearing the black and white swim suit that the first doll wore in 1959

 

Discontinued dolls


Barbie has quite a few co-stars, in former dolls that manufacturer, Mattel, had removed from circulation, turning up to join in her fun.

We spotted Growing Up Skipper, Video Girl Barbie, Earring Magic Ken, Sugar Daddy Ken, accompanied by a cat called Sugar.

Did you spot any further discontinued dolls?

 

‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo

 

This is Margot Robbie’s favourite Easter Egg. When Barbie meets her creator, Ruth Handler, at the Mattel headquarters, their hands touch, which is Greta Gerwig mirroring Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam.

 

Oscar winner


The lady who Barbie calls beautiful is none other than Oscar winning Costume Designer (The English Patient (1996) and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)), Ann Roth.

 

Pegasus


We spotted a nod to the animated Barbie film, Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus (2005) when a Pegasus statue appears on the beach in Barbie land.

 

Red and blue


Weird Barbie again! Barbie is offered the opportunity to learn about the Real World when Weird Barbie offers her the opportunity to either take the red or blue pill. A nod of course to Neo in The Matrix (1999).

 

So there are our ten Barbie Easter Eggs. We know there are heaps more, so let us know how how many you spotted.

 

Barbie is out now at Showcase Cinemas with tickets available here