Amazon Debuts Original American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has To Win October 21

Amazon is bringing you an interesting collaboration later this month, as it adds to Prime – An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win – which is a lot of title.

While American Girl has put together some fun, and surprisingly star-studded, adventures before, this one takes on a much more serious subject, which is in keeping with the new character/doll, Melody. Melody, a 10-year-old living in Detroit in 1963, finds her eyes suddenly opened to the racial inequality all around her.

This is the first of four original American Girl specials that will come to Prime Video, and stars Marsai Martin as the title character, Frances Fisher as Miss Abbot, Frankie Faison as Melody’s grandfather Frank Ellison, and Idara Victor as Melody’s mother Frances Ellison.

“The American Girl Melody special is an empowering and inspiring story that will quickly become a favorite for young girls, while bringing families together to help start a healthy dialogue,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “Although our special is historical, the themes presented are sadly very timely and relevant for the world in which kids today are exposed.”

Take a look at the trailer below, and mark your calendars.


An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win will be available for Prime members using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at—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



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