Barbie Makes Streaming Debut with Inclusive ASL Version, Celebrating Diversity and Innovation in Entertainment

The image is a movie poster for the film

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Barbie movie, which had a record-breaking theatrical release on July 21, is set to make its streaming debut on Max on December 15. In an effort to promote inclusivity, a special American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted version, “Barbie with ASL,” will also be available. This version, featuring ASL performer Leila Hanaumi, was created in consultation with the Deaf community. Additionally, a community screening event in Los Angeles on December 14 will feature a post-screening conversation with Margot Robbie, who stars as Barbie, and Leila Hanaumi. This event is in collaboration with Deaf West Theatre and RespectAbility, organizations dedicated to the inclusion and representation of people with disabilities.

The image is a movie poster for the film "BARBIE," featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, set against a bright pink number 13. Margot Robbie is perched atop the number, dressed as Barbie in a pink and white checked dress, while Ryan Gosling lounges within the curve of the number, dressed as Ken in a matching pink and white striped outfit. The poster has a playful, vibrant aesthetic and includes the tagline "She's everything. He's just Ken." along with the release date, "Only In Theaters July 21," and mentions Dolby Cinema.

The film Barbie, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, showcases a star-studded cast including America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Michael Cera, and others. The film’s narrative explores the lives of Barbie and Ken, with a focus on themes of perfection and existential crises. The soundtrack of arbie has also achieved critical acclaim, receiving 11 Grammy nominations across seven categories. The film was produced by a team including Margot Robbie, and its screenplay was co-written by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach.

Deaf West Theatre, a Tony Award-winning company founded in 1991, is known for its innovative productions that combine American Sign Language with spoken English. RespectAbility, a disability-led nonprofit, focuses on changing societal perceptions of people with disabilities and advancing their inclusion in all community aspects.

Source: Warner Bros.

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