While Barbie remains one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer, Saturday Night Live offered an alternative: “American Girls.” The dolls range was first introduced by Pleasant Company in 1986 and features dolls from different time periods with their own backstory. According to the SNL sketch, the dolls come with their “harrowing” tales, including an orphan from Victorian times, one with glasses, one whose dad was a prisoner of war, and one who was a runaway slave. Portrayed by Heidi Gardner, Molly Kearney, Chloe Fineman, Sarah Sherman, and Ana De Armas, the dolls are larger than life with sadder stories. This marks the second time that American Girls have been referenced as an SNL sketch this season. The irony is, the dolls have had their own spin-off movies, and Mattel is in the midst of developing a live-action movie about the dolls with MGM and Picturestart’s Erik Feig on board. Perhaps Mattel should take some cues from SNL and create a more authentic backstory for the historical dolls.
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