We saw a preview of the brand new Amazon Original Special An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win and it is fantastic! This Amazon Studios American Girl special about Melody, American Girls most recently released new Historical Doll, is scheduled to premiere on Friday, October 21 on Prime Video in the US and UK. Even more exciting, this special about American Girl Melody will be the first of four original American Girl specials planned for Prime Video. Yay! Be sure to check out the Amazon American Girl Melody Special when it airs later this week!
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We previewed this special and I thought it was great to watch as a family with our kids and tweens to help us start an open and honest discussion about the civil rights movement, race, and segregation. And sadly this show is timely given recent current events about how various groups in the US or around the world still facing discrimination today.
Both my kids had lots of questions as we were watching so I found it really sparked conversations that we wouldn’t have had if it weren’t for this special. And of course, it was so cool to see Melody brought to life — and even wearing the same outfits as the American Girl doll. Fun stuff!
Official Trailer Amazon American Girl Melody Special
Amazon American Girl Melody Special Synopsis
Based in 1963 Detroit during the civil rights movement, An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win centers around 10-year-old Melody whose eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. As a result, her belief in the “indivisible” promise of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance comes into question as she challenges her teacher on the validity of this given the horrific tragedy. After an emotional journey of self-reflection, her mother gives her the courage she needs by instilling in her that love brings out the best in everyone; reminding Melody that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right, even when it’s hard or scary.”
The cast stars Marsai Martin (Black-ish) as the title character Melody, Frances Fisher (Titanic) as Miss Abbot, Frankie Faison (The Wire) as Melody’s grandfather Frank Ellison, and Idara Victor (TURN: Washington’s Spies) as Melody’s mother Frances Ellison.
“Melody 1963” will be released exclusively on Amazon Prime Friday, October 21st
Shop American Girl Melody Products on AMAZON
How cool is this? Did you know that Amazon is now letting you also SHOP for Melody goodies online on their website too.
Amazon and American Girl have collaborated to create a destination for fans of Melody’s stories to find a wide selection of American Girl Melody products. Go to www.amazon.com/americangirl to shop an 18-inch Melody doll, historically accurate 1960s doll outfits, a Motown-inspired recording studio that plays and records music, and more. “We are always looking for new ways to bring ourgreat content to life both on and off the screen,” said Eva Lorenz, Category Leader for Toys. “From toys to books tocrafts, Melody’s biggest fans can now discover and shop a wide selection of items available with free Two Day Shipping for Prime members.”
How To Watch An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win
This new special will be released on Friday October 21st and will be available for Prime members using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals—Prime members will also be able to download the series on mobile devices for offline viewing. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices visit http://www.amazon.com/howtostream
Did you know there’s more great original programming for kids on Amazon! Check out these new videos from the Amazon Pre-School show, Wishenpoofs.
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