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Background Information
Voiced by Jodi Benson
Character Information
Occupation Co-Leader of Sunnyside
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Official Description.

Barbie is one of the protagonists in Toy Story 3 and Hawaiian Vacation. She is a doll and Ken's girlfriend. She is voiced by Jodi Benson.

Story

Toy Story 3

A Barbie doll formerly belonging to Molly was placed in the donation box for Sunnyside Daycare. At first she seems like the stereotypical Barbie Doll; ditzy, vacuous and obsessed with fashion. She broke down when she learned she was donated by Molly, though she admits that they did grow apart. She then meets Ken in the Butterfly Room at Sunnyside where they struck up an instant relationship. Thanks to Ken's influence, she remained in the Butterfly Room, with Ken teaching her different ways of saying "I love you", while the other toys went to the dreaded Caterpillar Room. However, she didn't know that Ken had another, darker side to him, as one of Lotso's lieutenants. Later, when she stumbled upon Ken, with Lotso's other minions, placing her friends in cubby pens in a manner similar to prison cells, she angrily breaks up with him, and is placed in a cubby pen herself.

Later, she begs Ken for a fresh start, claiming to have had enough of the Caterpillar Room. In actuality, she was trying to get close enough to Ken to get him to show off his wardrobe in a modeling contest in order to interrogate him on how to fix Buzz Lightyear. Ken fell for the ploy and she easily subdued him, ironically while he was wearing his Karate outfit. She tormented the fashion conscious Ken by damaging his clothes until he revealed how Lotso changed Buzz.

She then donned an astronaut outfit which belonged to Ken to disguise herself in order to acquire the Buzz manual to change him back to play mode. Bookworm spotted her heels under the astronaut outfit, but dismissed this as being one of Ken's strange fashion fancies.

Barbie, along with Woody, Slinky, Hamm, Rex, and Buzz (still in his Spanish mode) regrouped with the other toys and managed to get as far as the trash disposal. Their escape was foiled by Lotso's personnally torturing Chatter Telephone in order to uncover their plans. Barbie later tells Lotso, with a surprising understanding of civics, that it's better to have the toys treated fairly than to have them ruled by a dictator.

This makes Ken realize that Barbie is not just another ditzy Barbie Doll, but that she is strong-minded and intelligent as well, and he defects from Lotso's command. As a result, he is thrown into the trash. She also tried to save Woody and his friends, but Ken restrained her. She later became co-leader of the Daycare Center toys with Ken, to ensure that everything was pleasant for all the toys.

Hawaiian Vacation

It's winter time, and winter break for Bonnie, who is going on vacation to Hawaii with her mother for a week. The toys are excited to have a week of relaxation, but Barbie and Ken reveal themselves to have stowed away in Bonnie's backpack, hoping to join her in Hawaii. Bonnie leaves them in her room, however, much to Ken's horror when he realizes they are not going to Hawaii. Barbie reveals to Woody that Ken planned to have their first kiss on a beach at sunset (based on a travel brochure for Hawaii), inspiring Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Bonnie's toys to go all out and recreate Hawaii for the two. After various "adventures" in Hawaii, Ken and Barbie share their first kiss in the snow at sunrise, recreating the scene from the brochure. However, the two end up being buried in snow when they step off the front porch, prompting the toys to come to their rescue by digging them out and releasing them from a block of ice.

Trivia

  • Barbie did not feature in the first Toy Story film because Mattel did not authorize her use, as they feared the film would not be successful, However after the success of the movie (and Pixar in general), multiple Barbies had small roles in Toy Story 2, and a Barbie Doll had a major role in Toy Story 3, to the point of being something of a heroine.
  • The Barbie in Toy Story 3 is based on the real life 1983 Great Shape Barbie toy.
  • Barbie is shown wearing blue in the movie because she couldn't wear her signature color "Barbie Pink" because Mattel did not authorize Disney the use of it.
  • This movie brings out the tough side of Barbie, since she threatened Ken and fought him.
  • In some scenes, Barbie is seen wearing her pink rockstar outfit that same with the Barbie doll from Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World, and the zebra printed swimsuit that also same with the 1959 first Barbie doll.

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Quotes

  • (Ken: "Hi, I'm Ken.") "Barbie...have we ever met?"
  • "Oh, Ken!"
  • "Where's that manual?"
  • "Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not from the threat of force!"
  • "Wow, you have everything!"
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