Amazon just released an “American Girl Doll” movie and it looks awesome!

Whether you still cherish your American Girl dolls or have given them away to girls that will love them more, you have to add the latest American Girl flick to your must-watch list.

Yesterday, Amazon Prime dropped An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win, a 48-minute movie about a 10-year-old black girl growing up in 1963 Detroit. The Melody doll is also new to the AG scene, hitting the market in August.

While the company has been putting out flicks for a while now, this one has an especially poignant theme about being black in America at the height of the Civil Rights movement.


The movie has several noteworthy talents on board, including the charismatic Marsai Martin, who you might recognize from her role as Diane Johnson on ABC’s Black-ish, in the starring role as Melody.The director is Tina Mabry, known for Mississippi Damned. Screenwriter Alison McDonald (also one of the executive producers) worked on the 2016 Roots revival, as well on Nurse Jackie and American Dad. 

“If this special can get [children] to be more reflective about their own immediate environment, whether it’s their family or the wider circle of school or the [even] wider circle of what they see in their town, it’s a wonderful opportunity, Alison told USA Today. "You can love your pretty doll and be empowered to see things in your world and think about what you see. Just the questioning is the first step."


In the movie, Melody encounters fear and racism in her day-to-day life as a black student in an elementary school that is predominantly white — one schoolmate even goes so far to tell her to “go back to Africa.” Alison has also written in historically accurate events, such as the Birmington church bombing of 1963, in which four young girls were killed.

Another focal point of the film is the heartwarming mother/daughter relationship between Melody and her mom, played by Idara Victor (Rizzoli & Isles).

"I thought, there hasn’t really been a love story between an African-American woman and a daughter. I would have loved to have seen that," Alison said.


With both historical accuracy and rich emotional depth, this is a movie we can’t wait to sit down and watch.

Watch the trailer below, then catch the full flick on Amazon Prime:

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