The American Girl live action YouTube series is awesome (and created by a 17-year-old!)
As a person who may or may not have Kit Kittredge, a Bitty Baby, and the Bitty twins propped up in my bedroom, it kinda goes without saying that I’m a huge fangirl of anything American Girl-doll related. But my claim to fandom fame is nothing compared to these YouTubers making live-action American Girl doll series, because they have taken it to the next level. It’s basically like watching a real episode of all the dramas that we played out with our dolls as kids, except this time it is beautifully, gloriously real.
17-year-old Alexis is the YouTuber behind the most popular version of this trend, deep into the two live-action shows, the drama “Aspen Heights” and more mystical “The Rise Of Arragara“. She says that between her passion for dolls and her passion for photography, it only made sense that she would funnel both of her outlets into creating the series. Not only does she film them, but she comes up with all of the elaborate story lines and voices each doll herself, which I can only imagine takes a boundless amount of patience and care to film.
In the diverse range of American Girl-themed videos you can find on YouTube are music videos, comedies, dramas, sci-fi, and just about everything in between. The girls behind these have envisioned entire worlds for the dolls and these characters, and they have the tech-savvy and drive to share it with other people, too. A lot of the videos have tens of thousands of hits from loyal viewers who tune in every week for updates.
What is especially remarkable about these videos, though, is that they are for a young female audience, by a young female audience, so they wholly understand each other and the issues that they are currently facing. The videos address everything from bullying to self-consciousness to discovering new realms, and is exactly the kind of relatable stuff we all need to hear, no matter how old we get. The next generation of Hollywood’s movers and shakers are here, guys, and they’ve got an endless number of AG adventures to prove it.
Just to get you truly pumped for the show, here’s a little preview of Aspen Heights:
(Image from here.)