Greta Gerwig, the director of the upcoming “Barbie” movie, recently shared her stance on the use of CGI in a revealing interview. Gerwig disclosed that she adamantly refused to incorporate computer-generated imagery in the film, specifically when it came to Barbie’s iconic arched feet.
During an appearance on Australia’s “The Project,” Gerwig recounted the discussions that took place at the beginning of the project. She recalled being asked about using CGI to enhance Barbie’s feet, to which she responded with a resounding “Oh god, no! That’s terrifying!”
Gerwig further explained her reasoning, stating that the idea of CGI feet seemed like a nightmare. She went on to praise Margot Robbie, the actress playing Barbie, for having beautiful dancer feet, making CGI unnecessary.
Instead of resorting to digital manipulation, Gerwig came up with a creative alternative. She decided to have Robbie hold onto a bar off-camera, allowing her to naturally maintain Barbie’s signature arched foot position. This approach not only preserved the authenticity of the character but also showcased Robbie’s own graceful feet.
Fans caught a glimpse of Barbie’s arched feet in the film’s main trailer. The scene depicted Barbie elegantly stepping out of a pair of pink heels in her Dream House, with her feet maintaining their characteristic curve even after she removed her shoes. The trailer also featured a moment of conflict when Barbie’s feet briefly lost their arched shape, causing shock and horror among the other Barbie characters in the movie.
In a previous interview with Architectural Digest, Gerwig elaborated on her vision for the film’s aesthetics. She expressed her desire for viewers to feel fully immersed in the vibrant and stylized world of Barbie. Gerwig wanted to evoke a sense of nostalgia, urging audiences to recall the excitement they felt as children while standing in toy stores, gazing at the Barbie dolls encased in plastic boxes, yearning to touch and explore everything.
By opting out of CGI for Barbie’s feet, Gerwig has maintained the integrity of the character and emphasized the importance of authenticity. The decision not only showcases Robbie’s physicality but also ensures that the film stays true to the essence of the beloved doll that has captivated generations of fans.
As anticipation builds for the release of the “Barbie” movie, audiences eagerly await the opportunity to step into Gerwig’s imaginative and tactile world, where the magic of Barbie comes to life on the big screen.