Mattel Announces New Polly Pocket Movie Along with Other Family-Friendly Projects
By Movieguide® Staff
Move over, TRANSFORMERS! Movies based on toys has a new addition with the classic doll Polly Pocket getting her own project.
Lena Dunham will write and direct, and Lily Collins will star.
“Polly Pocket was responsible for countless hours of childhood escapism for me – Polly gave me a tiny world of magic and autonomy to narrate, so it’s pretty poetic to be tackling these same ideas now as a director collaborating with the brilliant Lily Collins, Robbie Brenner, Mattel and MGM,” Dunham said. “I’m so thrilled to bring to bear both my love of this historic property and also my deep-seated belief that young women need smart playful films that speak to them without condescension.”
For those unfamiliar, Polly Pocket is, well, a pocket-sized doll that could go anywhere with you. She came with loads of accessories from clothing to pets. She was perfect for long road trips or Saturday afternoons.
“I’m so excited to partner with this inspiring powerhouse of a team. Developing this project with Robbie, Lena, Mattel and MGM to reintroduce Polly in a fun, modern way has been such a treat. As a child who was obsessed with Polly Pocket, this is a real dream come true and I can’t wait to bring these tiny toys to the big screen,” Collins said.
According to Deadline, Mattel has several other projects in development include AMERICAN GIRL, BARBIE, BARNEY, HOT WHEELS, ROCK ‘EM SOCK ‘EM ROBOTS, THOMAS & FRIENDS, UNO, VIEWMASTER, and WISHBONE.
Movieguide® previously reported:
The family card game Uno will take the form of a television game show after toy company Mattel decided to team up with Propagate Content and LET’S MAKE A DEAL showrunner.
“Uno is the most popular game in the world and is a fixture in pop culture, making it the ideal franchise to build a reality game show” Adam Bonnett, executive producer, Mattel Television, said. “Ben [Silverman], Howard [T. Ownes], Greg [Lipstone] and John [Quinn] have deep expertise in unscripted content and are the perfect partners to help us transform Uno into a television series for the whole family.”
Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, and Greg Lipstone of Propagate, who produced Food Network’s CHOPPED and the survival show RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS, will produce alongside John Quinn, who is in charge of long-running daytime game show LET’S MAKE A DEAL.
Silverman and Owens said: “Uno is a beloved game that has been entertaining people worldwide for generations. We are excited to team with Mattel and John Quinn to translate the game for television, and think The Uno Gameshow will be perfect for family viewing.”
THE UNO GAME SHOW is one of several unscripted television shows in development from Mattel Television, the toy manufacturer’s production branch. Mattel Television is known for Netflix’s BARBIE PRINCESS ADVENTURE and the MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE series.
While Dunham is not known for conservative, wholesome, family-friendly values, Movieguide® hopes she her new project will capture the childlike wonder and innocence of Polly Pocket.
POLLY POCKET is also a TV show available on Netflix. Movieguide® has not reviewed these episodes and cannot advise on its content.