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American Girl Doll Claudie Wells’ Collection Details The Rich Black Experience During 1920’s Harlem Renaissance

26 Aug
Claudie’s World

Welcome back Gen Next readers! Life has been rough on this end post-pandemic, and the struggle has been real for me trying to get back to normal. I’m sure that’s the story for everyone right now.

But the one thing all of us can count on is beautiful and compelling stories from American Girl that remind us of days gone past.

Finally, one of the most asked-for and anticipated dolls, from one of the most asked-for eras, has arrived: Meet Claudie Wells!

Personally, I’ve been begging for this era in time. I’ve often wondered why they hadn’t tackled the era sooner. Yet, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Story

For those who haven’t had the proper education on the Harlem Renaissance, it was an intellectual and cultural revival of African American music, dance, art, fashion, literature, theater, politics and scholarship centered in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, spanning the 1920s and 1930s. For the first time, Black talent was being recognized, and Black people were more prosperous than they had been after the Civil War.

As both an African American and a writer, Claudie is someone that I relate well to. She literally reminds me of myself. As she struggles to find her special talent, she’s almost mirroring me now as I struggle to find direction, especially in my career and personal life, post-pandemic.

Claudie Wells is growing up in 1920s Harlem and is in awe of the artists all around her. Her father is a talented baker, her mother is a reporter for a renowned newspaper, and her boardinghouse mates include a jazz singer, cornet player, and painter. Claudie dreams of having a special talent all her own but struggles to find her calling. When an eviction notice threatens her beloved home, Claudie takes a risk to pursue an idea that just might turns things around.

The author is #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author Brit Bennett and the Illustrator is Laura Freeman. Brit Bennett left a beautiful author’s note, resonating with ’90s kids, such as myself, everywhere. Like me, she grew up with the massive array of toys and books and other consumable goods aimed at children in the 1990’s. We had it good. The economy wasn’t too shabby, life was imaginative before the internet really stole our eyes and time away, and businesses were interested in marketing to children of all ages. Children had simpler tastes, too.

I feel that the author is as relatable as Claudie. I felt a wave of nostalgia as she mentioned book series like the Hardy Boys and Dear America, and the mountains of Barbies she played with, something Millennials know all too well. Her story about sharing her American Girl doll Addy and exchanging the books with her sister brings me back to the exact same scenario with me and my twin during our long summer road trips when visiting with relatives. We had six books for the first six characters in the company, and I would always read the books dedicated to the first three characters in the timeline while she would read about the last three. Then, we’d switch!

In the “Story Sneak Peek” video posted in the shop section of Americangirl.com, Bennett shares that she engages with American Girl’s social media, and begged them to let her write a story centered on a 1990’s character. Though, I’ve also desired a 1990’s character, I think we should reserve that spot for an equally long-anticipated Asian Historical lead character (who, unlike Ivy Ling, should not be a side-kick). Bennett was the perfect person to tackle a very important and yet surprisingly underrepresented era in history. She is a fan, and that means she understands what we hard-core fans like to see to a certain degree.

Perhaps what most connects my experience and the author’s is that we aren’t just any old writers, or any old American Girl fans, or around the same age. We are also both Black, African American, and that experience lends a completely new layer to our complex identity. That complex identity seems to be woven into the character Claudie, as she tries to discover herself amidst all the diverse rich Black cultural experiences and multi-talented Black people living in Harlem. With little opportunity, Black people clustered in one area, allowing talent to rise but also leaving black people feeling washed-out in a competitive society.

While the story does focus on the lead heroine searching for her special talents, on her journey she begins to explore her city along with this rich diversity. She takes the reader along as she discovers that everyone has a story. Most of the residents in her vibrant city came from another place. Commonly, most of them were escaping oppression in the South post-Civil War and while Jim Crow laws were in effect. Claudie’s story may seem a little more light-hearted than American Girl’s Addy (who escaped slavery) on the surface, but it doesn’t shy away from ugly truths (like hate crimes, discrimination, or other violent and aggressive actions towards Black people).

The Collection

As with all of the American Girl dolls and their collection, Claudie’s collection creates that immersive and interactive 1920’s Harlem experience. I always try to resist buying more American Girl dolls (due to the price point). But the history lover in me can’t resist the detailed and beautifully designed outfits, the detailed playsets, and the very educational accessories. Having Claudie and her entire world home with me would be like having my own mini 1920’s Harlem Renaissance museum. That is the irresistible pull.

Looking at Claudie, I feel like I’m stepping back in time. I haven’t felt this excited in a long time.

Claudie arrives in a woven plaid dress with a Peter Pan collar, a cardigan sweater, Mary Jane shoes, and knee-high socks. One interesting detail about her blue color palette is that, in the 1920s, Blue was considered a “girl’s color”. Department stores hopped on board to promote gendered color patterns, which began rising in popularity after World War I. Pink didn’t become associated with girlhood until around the 1940’s. It’s a very interesting historical nod to the era.

Claudie’s beautiful thick ringlets remind me of Shirley Temple, though she became popular in the decade afterwards. There is talk around the American Girl fandom that American Girl’s Depression-era character, Kit Kittredge, was supposed to look like that. I think it’s interesting that Claudie dons this glamorous look instead, which kind of symbolically reflects Claudie’s need to feel special in some way. Her face mold is unique among the other Historical characters, but she looks similar to American Girl World By Us’s McKenna. The face mold seemed to be in demand.

Her accessories give a fabulous vintage vibe. I was immediately drawn to the Baby Ruth candy bar (named after the infamous Baseball Star Babe Ruth). As stated in my earlier article on the time period, sports became huge in 1920s America, with many of the biggest baseball stadiums, including Yankee Stadium, opening up, and sports stars appeared on the front cover of cereal boxes and had their own merchandise by this time period. “The pride inspired by the Harlem Renaissance inspired African Americans to excel in the American sporting arena.”

The “cloche hat” was invented by Caroline Reboux in 1908 and became wildly popular starting in 1922.

Claudie also comes with a cute scooter, showing how kids were finding new ways to travel across the city. In fact, it was said that the scooter originated in the 1920s as a playtime item.

Her outfit and accessories are so detailed and unique.

I was very intrigued by her pajama set. Most people might not know this, but pajamas, or pyjamas, as they were known, were actually the height of summer and resort fashion in the 1920’s. They were often worn out in public, considered “multi-purpose” rather than just sleepwear worn within the home. The pyjamas were another sign of the modern woman, as most women didn’t wear any sort of garments that resembled “men’s” trousers. The jumpsuit trouser style was particularly popular.

First appearing almost a century ago at European seaside resorts, beach pajamas were one of the first trousered garments for the Western woman. With their eye-catching designs and atmosphere of sensual rebellion, these pieces have become favorites among collectors today. Recent discussion has been stirred regarding the definition and accepted form of “beach pajamas”. Yet as illustrated by the prevalence of pajamas throughout the ’20s and ’30s, and the seemingly endless occasions they were marketed for, there was much fluidity to pajama dressing. The vast majority of pajamas were multi-purpose garments which were worn everywhere from the boudoir to the beach, to fashionable shops and cafés …

Taking the lead from the bohemian socialites who comprised their clientele, couturiers Mary Nowitzky and Coco Chanel were among the first designers specializing in fashionable and comfortable pajamas for women’s beachwear. Chanel had already been designing sportswear dresses at her shop in Deauville for some time, and Nowitzky, a Russian emigree, opened her Paris house in 1926. Soon other notable designers embraced pajamas as well, and the trend solidified.

“An entirely new type of costume has recently joined the wardrobe of the smart woman” claimed an August 1927 Harper’s Bazaar article, “The Pajama Arrives.”

The silk head wrap is all too familiar to African Americans raised as girls, even to this day. In order to keep our hair neatly in place, at night, our parents wrapped our hair up. Almost every Black girl, woman, and femme can relate to this kind of imagery, and it immediately made Claudie feel like one of the family.

I believe I predicted there would be a dance set on the way. The 1920s was filled with people beginning to be obsessed with the latest dances, such as the Charleston, most of which originated within the American Black Community. The headdress gives this part of her collection that staple 1920’s look that most people looking for the “flapper fashion” influence could appreciate. Of course, Claudie has to learn Jazz dancing. But I think it’s interesting the book ties West African griot into the Jazz dancing experience, showing how Black people fused both identities, African and North American, into one whole, trying to reclaim their heritage after slavery ended.

The Angelo’s Bakery playset is the big-ticket item in her collection and is my favorite. It reflects a rich Black cultural experience in Harlem during this time period. It has banana coconut fritters (which originated in Western Africa), the Guava Orange Cake Roll (which more than likely came from the Caribbean and from Central and South America where the Guava fruit grows), old Southern favorites such as chocolate cake, a sweet potato pie, a strawberry pie, a pineapple upside-down cake, baguettes (which came from Louisiana’s French Creole culture, explored more by American Girl’s Cecile), and braided bread, a Jewish staple.

The German Pretzel is perhaps the most interesting piece of all the food items. There are two historical details this item reflects: World War I and Prohibition.

After it became illegal to offer free lunches, bars placed out bowls of pretzels. Their saltiness made them perfect drinking snacks, but the connection between drinking and pretzels gave pretzels a less than savory reputation. During World War I, pretzels took another hit: many Americans associated them with Germany. But that hit was nothing compared to what happened during prohibition: no beer, no pretzels.

In the end, though, Carroll notes “But the pretzel’s downfall was actually its salvation. When the country went dry in 1920, pretzel manufacturers had to come up with new ways to entice Americans…They curried favor with housewives by advertising the twisted dough as a healthful children’s snack rich in minerals”. And it worked. Pretzel consumption doubled during prohibition, and once the booze was legal again, pretzel sales continued to grow. Soon they were hailed as the only thing to eat with tuna-fish salad, and Americans were also indulging in pretzel soup, lollipops, and pie crusts.

Rye bread became a staple food item after the “sandwich” rose in popularity in the 1920s.

Other unique items are the 1899 $1 Silver Certificate Black Eagle Banknote (dollar bill), which then had an American Eagle, the USA’s national bird, and a black and gold cash box (revealing that not every business owner had the privilege of being able to afford a cash register). The boiled oats, flower, and sugar containers are designed to reflect the packaging style popular of the period.

Aside from everything mentioned, there is even more to explore with this playset, making it worth the price for hard-core American Girl fans and deep history lovers alike.

Finally, American Girl has partnered up once again with Harlem Fashion Row (as they did with World By Us) to help get designers of color on the map. The new designer outfits were created by Samantha Black, producing “a modern take on 1920s glamour”. The outfits are gorgeous and add more variety to Claudie’s collection.


Claudie feels like a tried-and-true American Girl. Like the older American Girls of the 1980s, she doesn’t magically have strong gifts or talents. She’s figuring herself out, feeling more like Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly, than Kit, Julie, and Rebecca. She’s a “normal” girl.

At the same time, she’s lovable and most people can relate to her. She has a quirky charm.

Her collection is rich with detail, really bringing her 1920’s era to life. She has some stereotypical flapper items, but overall she is a more realistic portrayal than what is normally placed out there to paint the Roaring ’20s.

The doll is everything I’d hoped for, and I’m very glad American Girl decided to release her. American Girl is probably the only historical fiction brand to truly tackle this era from the minds of children, making her a true gem.


Claudie Jones’s promotion is seriously lacking. Maybe there just aren’t enough funds in the pool post-pandemic, but it feels like there were more organized events and articles talking about 1980’s Courtney than Claudie. It’s a shame because Claudie has the potential to really teach children history, while Courtney was just a nostalgic cash grab without any thought as to how the 1980’s really impacted history (which wasn’t much history, to be honest). But that’s the times we’re living in.

It’s bad enough Claudie is Black, and we already know that American Girl’s largest fanbase isn’t on the darker side. The Black characters do struggle to sell as well as the White characters. That’s why it’s disappointing that the major news outlets, other than Business Wire and Pix 11, are basically ignoring her. These other outlets have no problem juicing up the Girl of the Year every year.

Also, is it just me, but are American Girl collections and stories getting smaller and shorter?

Since the Beforever relaunch in 2014, and since the release of “abridged” books, the American Girl books lack the substance and detail they once had in the past. American Girl 1980’s Courtney was the start of what felt like a serious stripping away of in-depth story-telling. In my opinion, without the 6-book format (Meet Story, School Story, Holiday Story, Birthday/Spring Story, Summer Story, Winter/Changes Story), the stories feel like they are missing a lot of information regarding how people lived throughout the seasons in those days. I would have liked to see what school was like in the 1920s and how they celebrated the holidays, not just whether Claudie finds her special talent or not. It definitely felt like a “Meet” story, but that only superficially pays homage to the good-old days.

While the number of pages in the book may equal the number of pages the former six-book format would offer, somehow the story feels too narrow, brief, and short. Possibly because it’s too “cohesive”. Traditionally, that hasn’t been American Girl’s style. I would like to hear many different stories told about Harlem during the 1920’s, with a different focus on life in that vibrant city. It’s just not as fulfilling to stay on one topic, in one season in time, without exploring how people change with the seasons. Climate influences culture, and when we ignore climate we lose the culture of the time period.

With the loss of the six-book format comes a loss of a full collection. It would have been nice for her to have been released with school supplies from the time, a desk, and a school outfit. A nice holiday outfit would have been nice, too. As I’ve mentioned on this website before, in the 1920s, the first Christmas tree to light up with electric lights lit up in New York City. It was a missed opportunity not to include that in the books or to reference it in the collection.

The next Claudie book is due to arrive Spring 2023. Hopefully, we all will learn more about this Jazzy character and have more exciting new items added to her collection.

Until then, Ciao, peace!


Kira Bailey, American Girl’s Girl of the Year 2021, Tackles Australian Wildfires and LGBTQ Relationships

4 Feb

Greetings readers!

American Girl has released their newest Girl of the Year 2021, Kira Bailey. When Kira gets the chance to care for animals at her aunts’ wildlife park in Australia, it’s a dream come true—and the koalas, wombats, and kangaroos need all the help they can get!

Below are the books’ summaries:

Kira Down Under: Book 1: Kira Bailey is living her dream: Cuddling koalas and bottle-feeding baby kangaroos. Kira and her mom are spending the summer at a wildlife sanctuary in Australia helping her aunt Mamie, a veterinarian, care for the animals. When Kira falls in love with an orphaned koala joey, her joy is complete—until a health emergency pulls Aunt Mamie away. Suddenly Kira can’t seem to do anything right. She’s put the wombats and her beloved koala joey in danger, and now her new friend Alexis won’t talk to her. Can Kira find a way to catch a roving predator—along with a few wayward wombats—and earn back everyone’s trust?

Kira’s Animal Rescue: Book 2: In this second book of her series, Kira teams up with a student at the animal sanctuary to track down the paradise parrot—a bird thought to be extinct—and prove that it still exists. While they’re trying to observe the elusive bird, bushfires threaten to wipe out the sanctuary and the parrot’s habitat. There’s no choice but to evacuate all the animals, which is a huge task even without trying to track down a missing baby wallaby. As the bushfires rage out of control, Kira makes a disturbing discovery. Should she keep her mouth shut—or tell a painful truth? 

Here’s a peek at her collection:


Kira Bailey tackles more important events than any Girl of the Year characters have in the last decade. She’s truly a sign of the times, and that’s what many fans expect of American Girl. While many could argue that American Girl glosses over deeper truths, many do recognize American Girl’s ability to tackle hard subjects head-on in teachable and family-friendly stories directed at children, as well as being from a young woman’s perspective.

Kira Bailey’s stories first tackle the Australian wildfires, something very real and important, especially before Covid-19 struck. Wildfires also relate to many Californian residents who recently experienced the same issue.

Tack on a world destination theme, along with cute furry animals, and you have the makings of both an exciting, cute, and an important story.

I am also connected with Bailey because, just like her, I lost my father at about 9 years old. Just like her, I’m still afraid of going to hospitals. Those moments resonated with me, and at times, I felt like reaching inside the story and giving a fictional character a hug.

Kira Bailey’s stories go a step further by introducing two married aunts named Lynette and Maime. American Girl has often come under fire for racism and homophobia. Now, at least a bit of that can be tempered, since they are at least attempting to include diverse families. While it isn’t the center of the story, just having that representation means a lot to people.

Of course, just like when American Girl attempted to align with Girls, Inc. in 2005 and published a story about a Black American Girl adopted by two White American dads in 2015, the largely conservative fanbase was in an uproar. The reviews on Amazon are so brutal, I just don’t even want to link it here.

The conservative fanbase has actually been in an uproar since February 2020, when American Girl released their “Commitment to Racial Equality” on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. In that commitment, they outlined their plans to include more Black characters with authentic storylines in their brand. They stated they planned on releasing a new contemporary line, due to be released Fall 2021, to align with that initiative. Though I have reservations about that initiative, as most of American Girl’s contemporary lines have not done well and are mostly too expensive for most Black families at this time, the backlash was instead directed more towards the idea that American Girl even wants to include Black stories. One responder on Facebook stated, “I don’t want American Girl to change.” Many of them threatened to pull their support and boycott the brand, stating that American Girl was aligning themselves with “terrorist groups” (Black Lives Matter, to be exact). As if American Girl has never had Black characters before. As if American Girl topics haven’t already aligned with the values of Black Lives Matter. The idea of police brutality and racism aren’t new. It’s also not as if Black characters will take over, and even if more were made, aren’t there plenty of white characters to choose from? It’s obvious the real fear is of the hard stories the fan base would have to face, the harsh realities a girl of color would force them to face.

I don’t understand how anyone who becomes a fan of American Girl expects them to skate around relevant issues. It has always been a brand that taught children how to handle and address real things going on in the world. Just because parents want to protect their children from the world doesn’t mean they will be sheltered forever. They will meet different people in the real world, people who will eventually live in the same neighborhoods and work with them. Shielding them from the subjects isn’t helpful. American Girl is a good wholesome brand that approaches these difficult subjects in a gentle way.

In Kira Bailey’s case, the mention of the couple was not done in a forceful way, like many of these doll companies have tried just to pander to any minority group they can for money. In fact, Kira isn’t even advertised as a character that’s addressing LGBTQ+ subjects. Why? Because it is normalized in the story, just like all the other parents and couples in the American Girl franchise. The lead characters don’t have crushes or date at all, which I am thankful for. Why should girls think they are only valuable if they have a partner, queer or not? Why should every story centering on girls feature romance?

Still, real people have diverse families, and American Girl makes stories that teach children about the worlds of others outside of our own. That’s the gem of the stories. The Girl of the Year stories reveal what modern girls face, and like the Historical Collection, will all become a part of history one day. Why shouldn’t a Girl of the Year character address gay rights when that is very relevant to what’s happening today, whether controversial or not?

On Amazon, parents have called this “sexualizing” or introducing “sexual topics” to children. To be honest, wouldn’t that mean all of the couples in the American Girls’ stories introduce the topic of relationships and sexuality? I mean, think about the number of pregnant mothers prevalent throughout American Girls’ stories. Wouldn’t that count as introducing children to “sexuality”, “pregnancy”, and hardships of “childbirth”?

From what I’ve read in these reviews, parents don’t want to have to explain in detail what diverse families are and what they look like in others’ homes. They barely want to explain what racism is to their children. Basically, they want their children to remain ignorant. I would argue, why buy educational products at all? Stick to fantasy.

Many of the parents think American Girl should have “trigger warnings” because they’re not ready to have certain conversations with their children and don’t want a book to teach it to their children before they do. Unlike with the Black characters, where the “trigger” is their skin itself, and where the stories have clearly been outlined as tackling “racial” topics, Kira’s stories kind of slip it in. Because the couple is not obviously visible, more conservative parents couldn’t avoid it like they usually do the characters of color.

For the past two years, I’ve had new respect for Girl of the Year. Staring with Joss, I’m starting to see that American Girl isn’t afraid to make Girl of the Year just as meaningful as they’ve made their Historical Collection. I used to see that part of the brand as the “light, fluffy, and shallower” cousin. To a certain extent, it’s still more saturated than what you would find in the Historical storytelling. However, it’s refreshing to know that American Girl isn’t afraid to tackle timely subjects in modern times and can do so when given the right opportunity.

However, because American Girl is an expensive brand, and has to be, as I’ve mentioned in one of my videos regarding Luciana Vega, Girl of the Year 2018, the people who can mostly afford American Girl are the rich, white demographic, and in America, they are mostly conservative. American Girl really took a risk releasing this character, knowing that she might not make a dime. With the pandemic still in full swing, more people are out of work and even I wouldn’t blame them if they went the safe route. Then again, companies are seeing there’s more benefit in including diverse audiences nowadays. Regardless, it was a risk either way, and yet they made it, knowing they could risk being cancelled.

Possibly this is the reason why Kira is the generic blonde, white character. Knowing they were tapping into something controversial, it’s likely they made Kira’s appearance “typical” so that even the most conservative parents would think she’s “cute” and “pretty”. She gives a safe image, really hiding the deeper moves that her stories are making behind the scenes. That creates the perfect balance.

Even though I haven’t been fond of the latest American Girl dolls as dolls, I can’t argue that their stories and themes have market value. American Girl really is aware of what’s going to sell, and it’s evident.

American Girl is also showing their willingness to expand the brand by having their characters travel to countries outside of the USA, possibly to connect to fans who actually aren’t American. Every few years, they choose a new destination theme, which shows American Girl’s wide-range appeal.


If you haven’t noticed, it took me literally a month to even give a perspective on Kira. Outside of the social impact her stories make, she’s honestly boring in my opinion.

I will admit that I took her at face value. When I first heard a blonde character with American Girl Julie’s face mold was going to be released, I was very disappointed. To add, I feel like Girl of the Year seems to talk a lot about wildlife and animals in a lot of their content, especially in the “destination” themes.

When her collection was released, I just didn’t find one item worth the price. The tent and the clinic with the desktop computer were the only items I was on the fence with, but everything else felt like they belonged to another character from a distant past. There has to be more to girls today than the same old stories. We have children in band, playing chess, playing football, a lot more than rescuing animals.

American Girl can create whatever diverse storylines they want to, but if you do so behind a character that’s as bland and generic as Kira, that message is totally lost. American Girl is expensive, that’s the reality, so if I do buy an American Girl doll she has to be well worth the wait.

So far, Kira’s stories are more interesting than the doll itself. I always end up buying the books, but I’m very selective about the dolls and collection. With Kira, I think I just might stick to the books.

Let me know what you all think in the comments’ section. What do you all think about her stories? How do you feel about the doll? I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

You can also watch Kira Bailey’s stop-motion series based on her book series!

Ranking The WORST to BEST Bratz Movies (In-Depth Analysis)

22 Jan

Warning: The following ranking might trigger you, and there may be some spoilers. Viewer discretion is advised.

Greetings! This is SoraGenNext, back to you with more!

You may have noticed I’ve been gone awhile. That’s because I’ve been working on a time-consuming and expensive project over at the Bratz fandom page. On my journey, while collecting information, I’ve had the opportunity to re-watch all of the Bratz movies and I thought, “Hey, I might as well share my opinion on which movies are my favorites.” I’m sure all of my readers (and viewers, if you’re coming from my Youtube channel) are just dying to know, right?

For starters, I want to let you all know that I consider myself somewhat of a Bratz fan outsider when it comes to these movies and the TV show. Let me just give some of you all history on me and my relationship with Bratz.

I’ve been into Bratz since 2000, yes, 2000, when the website was first under construction. I was the tween that begged Bratz to come out with movies, like I was seeing their competitors do. By the time the first Bratz movie arrived, I was probably older than most of the kids really into the Bratz. I was 14 years old, so I had a really clear view and memory of all of the movies, and I was a hugely active member of the Bratz community since their debut. I learned, at that age, that none of the movies were really “canon”. Like Barbie, the Bratz TV show and other series were used to promote the doll brand, not the other way around, so many of the Bratz movies and different series created for Bratz often conflicted with one another or just couldn’t be taken as canon. The only canon universe for Bratz was found among the dolls, if you paid close enough attention.

With this realization, to be honest, I’ve only watched each movie ONCE, and that was the year they were released. I hadn’t watched any of them again until recently when I started the Bratz fandom page.

After watching again, I came up with my own ranking, listing the worst to best Bratz movies, from my own perspective, through my own in-depth review of each movie, centered on the story, characters, visuals, and music.

Once I started, I realized that I don’t just want to tell you which ones I like and don’t. I feel I need to fully explain my choices. Overall, the result is that each movie has gotten its own review, all in this one article. I will put anchors so everyone can navigate.

In this ranking, I will only be reviewing the feature films released as full-length movies. I won’t be including the interactive DVDs, the Passion 4 Fashion DVD game, or the DVDs that only contain TV series episodes like Good Vibes and BFF.

There is also a matching video below, if you’d rather listen to and watch that. Click here.


#15 Rock Angelz

#14 Bratz Go to Paris

#13 Bratz Girlz Really Rock

#12 Bratz Babyz The Movie

#11 Bratz The Movie

#10 Bratz The Video Starrin’ & Stylin’

#09 Bratz Super Babyz

#08 Bratz Babyz Save Christmas

#07 Bratz Fashion Pixiez

#06 Bratz Genie Magic

#05 Bratz Passion 4 Fashion Diamondz

#04 Bratz Pampered Petz

#03 Bratz Kidz Fairy Tales

#02 Bratz Kidz Sleep-Over Adventure

#01 Bratz Desert Jewelz: Genie Magic 2

#15 Rock Angelz

I’ve watched videos and read articles about the best to worst Bratz movies, and time and again this movie always seems to come at the top of everybody’s list.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I can definitely admit that it causes me some confusion. Everyone has their own nostalgia, and if that’s why they enjoy it, it’s cool. But I’m always confused when people think so highly of this movie.

Last I remembered, this movie was not that good. Yes, all the other movies that came after had some elements from this movie, making this the OG, but I think by the time those movies came out, things had been cleaned up a little AND I had gotten used to this universe. From first impression, Rock Angelz wasn’t it for me. And if I take off the nostalgia glasses and think back to how I really felt about this movie, it wasn’t good, not even for a Bratz fan.

I watched this movie for the first time in 2005 when I was 15 years old, and have to admit I haven’t watched it since until recently last week. It’s been 15 years, my old friend. As I was watching, I started to remember that there was a reason I didn’t return to this movie, and why it soured my interest in the overall Bratz TV series that followed.

I know most Bratz fans are going to come over here saying, “I love the series! It’s my childhood! Rock Angelz was iconic”. That series and this movie ruined my childhood.


Let’s start with the Rock Angelz story. Written by Peggy Nicoll, the same initial writer and overseer of the Bratz TV series, the story centers on Cloe, Sasha, Yasmin, and Jade, with appearances by Cameron, Eitan, and Dylan. Jade gets a job working for fashion editor, Burdine, at Your Thing magazine. She’s the “Barbie” of the universe, and is like Miranda Priestly from the Devil Wears Prada, except louder and more obnoxious. She’s impossible, and ends up firing Jade. The Bratz decide to start their own magazine called Bratz Magazine (obviously to promote the real Bratz magazine that had been released). They steal tickets from Your Thing, fly off to London to cover two big scoops, get into some drama along the way, like Cloe meeting a prince who turns out to be bougie, Sasha taking over a segment meant to be for her and Jade, and Yasmin finding the dog of a reality show judge named Byron Powell (Simon Cowell of this universe), which breaks them all apart for a minute, and then finally, after making up in time to cover the opening of club Pinz, they head to the Benefit concert. However, they realize that their tickets were stolen by the Tweevils, Burdine’s interns and minions, so they have to sneak in. After that, they meet up with Byron who introduces them to Roxxi, who just broke up with her band Crash. After this, they all form a band and continue the show, making their debut as Bratz Rock Angelz.

A lot of fans love to tell me how empowering the movie was because the lead characters overcame the White blonde upper-class woman abusing her power, creating their own start-up diverse magazine. They are entrepreneurs at a young age, influencing the fashion scene at just 16 and what not. And it feels very true to the actual Bratz dolls’ story. With that in mind, I can agree that it is the charm of this story. Mattel did a lot to try and stop the Bratz’s influence back then, and I believe they were already in a lawsuit with MGA over Myscene at the time of this movie’s release.

Rock Angelz is also just a fun and funny movie. I have found myself chuckling at it. So, I get it.
However, if I look at the story itself, without thinking about the message the movie was trying to send, it was literally all over the place.

Let me just tell you all my first impression. First off, when I was 15, before this movie came out, I had already received the Bratz Rock Angelz album and dolls, which had been released months before. I was heavily invested in the Bratz World yahoo group community, which was the biggest at the time, and still is across other platforms.

The album was so good. It had so many good themes. I would listen to that album over and over to the point I memorized all the songs. So, this is what I was expecting: A story about them learning not to let fame get to their heads (Sasha’s All About You), a story about someone or all of them not being a good friend (Cloe’s You Think), a romance Story between Roxxi and someone else, someone who is not any of her friends, whose hair is a mess, and who is weird (Roxxi’s I Don’t care). I expected Yasmin to be in a relationship with someone who is trying to own her, almost a relationship that’s semi-abusive (Yasmin’s Nobody’s Girl). I expected there to be some drama.

Now at this time, Myscene was out. My sister became a huge fan of Myscene. I felt threatened by Myscene as a teenager. I was like “They’re copies of the Bratz. They’re trying to take the Bratz fandom and confuse people out of buying Bratz products.” I just felt threatened by them because I didn’t want the Bratz to lose money and not be sold anymore. But my sis liked them and she would watch all of their webisodes and movies. They had media content a good THREE YEARS before Bratz. I was quite jealous of that. I was like, you know, Bratz has been out awhile, and yet Myscene is capturing interest with their webisodes and movies. At the time Rock Angelz came out, Myscene had come out with Jammin’ in Jamaica. To me, my teen self, it was a good movie. It had the slice-of-life that was popular then, the teen drama, an interesting destination theme, and an engaging plot. It brought ALL of the dolls to life, including special edition Jai, and actually had every outfit in the movie.

The Bratz’s first movie, Bratz The Video: Starrin’ and Stylin’, tried to do that, but I guess too many people felt it was lower quality. Also, the Bratz movie didn’t relate to Europeans as much. Rock Angelz centered on the UK, so it made Bratz more popular worldwide. Possibly, the first movie may have even felt more like a copy of Myscene to some fans. I didn’t think about it that way back then, but I was hoping, after hearing the Rock Angelz album, we would finally get content that had the drama and suspense and slice-of-life that rival brand Myscene had.

Imagine my disappointment when Rock Angelz came out. The movie had very little connection to the soundtrack. Maybe you could pull some themes out of it, but it was written without the soundtrack in mind. So, I’m like, what was the point of that whole album then? Why tease us? It wasn’t until later that I realized that the album actually captures unseen events that happened after the movie, but that just makes things worse.

Aside from the movie being nothing like the promotional soundtrack, it itself was a mess. It felt like the movie was trying to tell too many stories at once. First, they were trying to start a magazine, then they also shoved in a Pretty N’ Punk “World Destination” storyline of the Bratz in London, and finally they didn’t even become Rock Angelz until the very end of the movie. This is called Bratz Rock Angelz, isn’t it? Yet, the movie was not really about them BEING rock stars. The movie was mostly about Bratz magazine and their trip to London. It should have been called Bratz Magazine or Bratz Go to London, NOT Bratz Rock Angelz. They ended up shoving in the rock star thing at the very end, which made everything feel rushed and random.

It tried to be too many things at once. Because the movie shoved in Rock Angelz at the end, I was disappointed that Roxxi only showed up in a few scenes. Here I am, with all five of my dolls, finally going to see another Bratz pack member on the screen…and nothing.

I was hoping for a REAL Rock Angelz movie, one that brought the doll universe to life. I was hoping for a REAL story about becoming a rock star, the ups and downs of fame, on-the-road drama, touring, living the rock star life. Later, they used some of these themes but not in a rock star scenario, and this was the movie that should have been about it. They still could’ve inculcated the magazine and London, but possibly trying to write how it feels to be a real rock star, with London being one of their tour spots. Instead, the focus was everywhere but on Rock Angelz.

From the moment the Bratz decided to start a magazine, it was rushed. First off, I don’t care what connections Sasha has, who just sells an office space to teenagers? And I don’t care how nicely they’re able to decorate it, who’s paying to keep the lights on? Was there a fundraiser in-between to raise money for this space? Who is paying the bills? Where are their parents? I was hoping this movie would go a step further than the other doll movies of the time and actually introduce parents or the Bratz characters’ backgrounds. All we saw was a mention of Cloe’s mom calling over and over about Cloe wearing rubber boots. Who agreed to let the Bratz fly off to London and start their own magazine, even while in school? How were they able to fly to London using Burdine’s passes and tickets? Did their parents not question how they got this opportunity? To add, Burdine only would have had THREE passes and tickets, since there’s only herself and her interns, the Tweevils, involved in her company, which means one of the Bratz would’ve been left behind. Whose parents decided to pay? How did Dylan and Cameron convince their parents to let them go? All of these questions in-between could’ve made for an interesting story. Instead, they rushed the building of the magazine, like they did everything else, in a montage, as if it happens overnight, so they could get the girls to London and get them into rock star mode. We never saw the struggle, the obstacles. Ultimately, I respected Burdine more because I’m sure she went through way more to start up her company, and she did it all by herself. I didn’t see the Bratz struggling, so to me I didn’t feel the hard work was rewarded.

At this time, I compared it to their competitor Myscene. Jammin’ in Jamaica, which had come out the year before and was the first full-length Myscene movie, had them traveling to a destination, and it went a lot more realistically than the Bratz Rock Angelz movie. Sure, any destination outside of our country may seem unachievable to most of us. Yet, the movie at least showed the Myscene CONVINCING a parental figure to let them go. At least they had one clear purpose as to why they were going. It made sense who was paying for it, and they were pretty limited to one part of the island, according to their budget. Furthermore, at least it focused on adventures in Jamaica. Yes, I know, Bratz ain’t Myscene. But Myscene’s storytelling appeared superior at this time, especially to a teenager aged 15. Now, I have my criticisms about that movie, too, but this is about the Bratz.

Basically, the Bratz movie seemed a little less realistic and definitely more childish in comparison to their competitor. And I expected Bratz to cut-throats and annihilate their competition. I expected them to snatch edges and get me ugly crying. Most of the time, I found myself wincing and rolling my eyes.

The only struggle the Bratz endured in their story was when they actually had to find topics for their magazine. While, yes, that’s a portion of a struggle, that shouldn’t have been everything. There should have been some airport drama, like there is in real life when you fly into a foreign country. How could the girls even afford to tour London? Again, who paid for what? How were they able to exchange money? Even in passing, this could have been mentioned.

Just because a movie is made for kids doesn’t mean it has to be dumb. I was 15 asking these questions, and I had little experience with traveling outside of the country. However, my family did always travel and encouraged traveling. Even I knew this movie glossed over a lot of things that could have made it a good story had the focus been more narrow.

Overall, I would’ve liked three separate movies or TV show episodes for the start of Bratz magazine, their trip to London in possibly a three-parter, and a whole separate movie about them actually being rock stars. But all together? It was a big sloppy mess. I’ma just keep it real.

Most dolls’ movies are released to tell us what the line they’re trying to promote means. I don’t know what they were trying to promote here. It seems like they were trying to promote Bratz Magazine, Pretty N’ Punk, and Rock Angelz. Which means the title is false promotion.


This movie also had problems with how they were interpreting the characters. Now, the one thing I hated about Starrin’ and Stylin’ was how they changed the characters, especially in relation to how they were perceived online before that movie, before Charles O’ Connor’s vision took effect. I was most upset that they made Sasha the stereotypical “mad Black woman” and they stripped Jade of all of her interest in extreme sports, her quick mind and quick wit, and made her a one-dimensional character interested in fashion…I mean, aren’t they all interested in fashion? To me, that gave her less dimension than all the other characters. What’s worse about Rock Angelz is they actually gave all of Jade’s “cool qualities”, you know, her interest in extreme sports, to the blonde White CLOE. Unfortunately, it seemed like Cloe was the character with the most dimension. She could now be girly, into fashion that’s shimmery and sparkly, with animal prints, but also like sports, drama, etc.

I believe they gave her these sporty qualities to compete with Myscene’s Delancey, who got the Avril Lavigne treatment. Avril Lavigne was super popular at the time because she gave another image to blondes besides the Britney Spears, Clueless Cher, and Legally Blonde Elle Woods tropes. So, I believe they tried to make Cloe that Avril Lavigne. But seeing as it never suited her character, it was just another random piece of the Bratz Rock Angelz movie that just seemed thrown in there.

Jade was supposed to be way extreme and totally far-out, not just in appearance but in attitude and life. This is what the Bratz 2015 online stop-motion webisodes got right. I was looking forward to them fixing that in Rock Angelz, but they didn’t. And since most people didn’t remember who Jade was in 2001, and the books never captured this piece of her character either, no one, but me, seemed to care.

At least in later movies, they made Jade into a Brainiac, interested in science and whatnot. However, it would’ve been less stereotypical (considering she’s Asian) had they maintained her sporty side, like she once had.

Granted, Carter Bryant did have some different ideas for the characters before release, and Cloe was supposed to be the “Queen of Cool”, but she was still largely girly. She didn’t deserve to have more dimension than all the other characters. But this is what happens when there’s not enough people of color around to help with the story-telling.

Sasha maintained her “mad Black woman” attitude, and I don’t have a problem with it, but it seems like they struggled to give Sasha layers. She was just selfish and hard, not compassionate or caring in any way. I hated that about her, because it just wasn’t me, and yet she was the only one technically representing Black girls. It made her less likeable, and it’s hard enough to sell Black characters as dolls. I remember the polls back then were brutal against Sasha. She was always voted last as people’s favorite. ALWAYS. I think I posted one of those polls in one of my other videos and article Bratz 2018: Please Don’t. Anyway…they didn’t hand the same dimension to Sasha, but at least they gave her interests outside of fashion, unlike with Jade.

Yasmin, the MGA darling of course, got all of the sweet and lovable qualities, even if she wasn’t the focus of the movie.

That’s another thing I hated about the movie. This was supposed to be told from Jade’s perspective, and when you read all of the books based on this movie, it’s “As told by Jade”. Yet, Cloe is primarily the narrator in the movie. The official Rock Angelz movie website, which has since been taken down, labeled CLOE the main character and main narrator of the movie. I have good memory. You all may have thought you took that down, but I remember what I saw.

Overall, this should not have been the case. If you’re going to make fun of Barbie, don’t do the same things she did and make the blonde White doll the central character. It ain’t right.

And let’s talk about these boys. They were probably the worst adaptation of everyone. The first problem was the fact that the only boys who made an appearance were Eitan, Cameron, and Dylan. Cameron and Eitan might as well have been the same dude because they didn’t give them much difference from each other throughout the movie or TV show. And they even often did the other’s job when the other wasn’t around, like taking photos of the girls during photoshoots. There was no mention of Koby and Cade. In the book based off of Rock Angelz, it stated they were “studying abroad”, but then that same book said Yasmin was the new girl who’d just moved there the year before…which would definitely not make sense in the Bratz universe if Bratz Babyz and Bratz Kidz were to exist. That was a problem they brought over from Starrin’ and Stylin’. But at least in the actual Rock Angelz movie, no one could tell when she arrived to meet her friends because it was never mentioned.

Anyway, back to the boys, the boys that did show up were nothing like they were initially interpreted, and I do blame the movie that was released before for this. Cameron was called “The Blaze” not just by CLOE but by ALL the Bratz girls, and this was because they all thought he was hot. Therefore, in my pansexual polyamorous mind, I believe all of them had a crush on Cameron. Period. In the Rock Angelz movie, they made Cameron a lame. There was no indication that the girls thought he was hot. Even Cloe referred to him as “cute” but hard to figure out. She didn’t seem to think he was hot; she just knew him for years and got used to him basically.

To be honest, I can’t even take that seriously. She claimed she’s known Cameron since the second grade, but then what’s Bratz Babyz The Movie? And, really, what about the whole Bratz Babyz and Bratz Kidz universe released the year before? I mean we can argue that just because there were dolls doesn’t mean they knew each other…but it still did take me back a bit, considering the circumstances of the lines. Technically, all of them have known Cameron since they were 3-years-old. So, Cloe was not the only childhood friend here.

Thankfully, the doll universe ignored this couple, placing Cloe with Kobe, Cade, and other boys. Thankfully, the series and commercials gave Cameron other love interests throughout the Bratz universe, such as Roxxi and Sasha. The whole “Nigel is a jerk and I’m supposed to be with Cameron” didn’t fly with me. Sure, it does teach girls to be realistic about their choices in love and not to fall for the first handsome prince they meet. But if she really liked Cameron, she never would have let Nigel influence her like that in the first place. They made Cameron the hopeless romantic, pining after a girl that clearly was showing little interest in him. I felt that Cameron was getting played by Cloe left and right throughout the movie and the series. She would only use him when she didn’t have anybody, but had no qualms with flirting with other boys or dating them either. Had the nerve to get mad jealous when Cameron dated other people after her. And they would just make him a S.I.M.P. I felt like he was being used by Cloe.

I’m sorry. I missed when he was The Blaze, single and ready to mingle, just like all the other Bratz pack members, before they gave him the “Ken-doll” treatment.

But fans began shipping this couple, so it stuck, unfortunately.

Anyway, to move along, let’s continue talking about how the movie failed to even adapt the boys’ nicknames and personalities. Dylan was named “The Fox” because the GIRLS considered him slick. Instead, in the movie, they made him a complete cornball who THOUGHT he was slick. I was hoping he’d have the “slick Nick” personality, you know, like in Zootopia. Instead, they made him a cornball. And while Dylan’s comic relief probably saved this show, he was no longer the cool character I imagined him to be. Just because they are boy dolls in the girls’ world doesn’t mean they have to be created to be stupid.

Eitan was supposed to be a “non-stop hot shot”. He’s supposed to be the one given the VIP treatment. He is “The Dragon”. He is possibly the character meant to be “conceited” in the Bratz girls’ opinion. But none of the movies, not the books, nothing, ever interpreted him based on his nickname or initially developed personality.

IN FACT, they don’t even mention their nicknames, and probably because the writers didn’t even care to get the characters right. I mean, come on, they had Yasmin calling Cloe Kool Kat in the Rock Angelz movie. Unless she has eyes on the side of her head, she was talking to Cloe. There was definitely a problem with the writing. They weren’t fooling me. I know who is who.

Normally, I’m more forgiving with visual errors as it’s not easy or cheap to capture things visually. I draw the line at script errors that’s as obvious as in this movie. At least, get the characters right. That’s who you’re representing. It’s like a mom decided to write a story about a bunch of dolls and just skimmed over the Bratz line before writing the story. And to me, there’s no heart in that. The details weren’t taken into account. They must have really thought kids were that stupid…Well, since everyone liked the movie, I guess kids really didn’t care about the details and I was just too old to be watching it.

Because the writers didn’t care, most fans of the Bratz TV series didn’t truly even know who the Bratz Boyz were and they didn’t even know Cameron or Eitan HAD nicknames. When Cameron was re-released in 2018 as “The Blaze”, people were responding like “Who’s the Blaze?” Yet, everyone wants to tell me this was the best Bratz movie and that the series that followed was iconic? Okay, you can feel what you feel. I don’t cosign.

Let’s also talk about Cameron’s look. First off, they switched out his oily surfer boy hair with Dylan’s curly hair, and White-washed Dylan by giving him the oily wet surfer boy hairdo, knowing no Black boys looked like that. Weird. This caused confusion later on when trying to adapt him live. We all know Dylan was Black, at least biracial.

And they seemed to be doing their best to wash out Eitan’s Asian heritage as well, as his hair was far shades lighter than it was supposed to be. He hadn’t worn one outfit from his collection, so I had to admit I was confused as to who he was until the Bratz girls said his name was Eitan. So they funked up the boys.

What’s worse is that Eitan didn’t even go to London with the Bratz. In the actual Bratz Rock Angelz line, Eitan was the ONLY boy that made an appearance, and yet he was the ONLY boy not present with them in London. He was even in the Pretty N’ Punk World Destination London line, too. He should have been in London with the other Bratz pack members. Sasha wasn’t even in that line. She should not have been in London, unfortunately, even if they had intended to make a Sasha for the line. It made me mad enough they didn’t make a punk Sasha, let alone stick her in London after that, making me want punk Sasha even more.

They didn’t add in my favorite girl Meygan, either, who was considered Rock Angelz’s “number one fan”. I know that doll was only released in select locations as a special edition, and maybe even released after the Rock Angelz concept was complete. Still, I would’ve liked to see her anyway. It seems like the movies loved to omit Meygan out of everything when she was one of the original Bratz characters. And she was actually in the Pretty N’ Punk line, so no excuses. She should have been in London with her friends. If you’re going to shove in that portion of the story, actually add the characters that belong there.

Finally, Roxxi. I was so looking forward to Roxxi. She was the cool rock star, Spice, and the newest character to be interpreted, but she was literally only in a few minutes at the end of the movie. She got her five seconds of fame and it was over. I was looking forward to more development from her, and they didn’t deliver. First off, even making her “the new girl” was weird because Roxxi had been released in 2004, a year before the release of Rock Angelz. Ya know, most doll brands tie in new characters into the movies if they want to weave in a new girl in the story; they release them to tie directly into the movie. Roxxi wasn’t the new girl in the Bratz universe, so it was weird for the Bratz not to know her by the time the movie came out. It was made weirder when they developed a Bratz Babyz for Roxxi and Phoebe, and her twin sister appeared in the Bratz Kidz line. The commercials and art showed them interacting with everybody as toddlers, so how is she new?

Also, as an identical twin myself, it was also disappointing not to see her sister Phoebe around. I mean, what girl has the premiere of the century and her twin sister isn’t around to see it? I would never let that happen. I would make sure she’s there. My sister would make sure she’s there. And with Phoebe being the sweet one, who’s always supportive and giving advice? She’d have definitely been there.

Granted, all of the Bratz families were screwed up in the movie and the series, so, hey. Roxxi got the least amount of development in this movie, so I’m not surprised.

Overall, I didn’t feel like there was much improvement with the characters from the first movie (which I’ll get into later). Eventually, I got used to them, which is why the other movies that came after felt better to me, and some of the characters grew on me and were really funny and entertaining, but from my initial impression, it didn’t make me fond of this movie and it also killed my enjoyment of the Bratz series.


This is probably the best part of the movie. No, the visuals don’t look like anything today, but back then, CGI was still relatively novel, and the Bratz visuals felt like the dolls were coming to life. Barbie in the Nutcracker had come out a few years before, so I saw the impact of those kinds of graphics on promoting doll brands. For the Bratz, it really made it feel like the dolls came to life. The hair movement, the outfits, it came alive.

Unfortunately, the details themselves were missing. Obviously, there were many backgrounder and location images recycled throughout the Bratz series and Rock Angelz, even if they weren’t intended to be the same location or places. Eventually, it became a staple of the show and even a running gag (after watching Super Babyz, I saw that little wink from a Bratz Kidz Yasmin look-alike). But it could make things confusing sometimes.

One of the worst parts about the visuals in the movie is the lack of attention to the Bratz girls’ fashion passions. It seemed like they translated their fashion passions into personalities instead. For example, instead of Cloe wearing dramatic clothes, she’s a drama queen, or instead of Yasmin liking bohemian fashion, she behaves like a stereotypical bohemian, practicing yoga and saving the environment. Don’t know where they were going with Jade, but her personality was “cool”, not her style. While it’s good to focus more on their individual personalities than clothes, they were known for also having individual style, and it was significant. Unfortunately, the visuals didn’t cater to those details. Thus, we saw Bratz characters in outfits they shouldn’t have been in.

Perhaps the first sign of this was the switch between Cloe and Jade’s outfits. This irritated me from the first scene because I couldn’t tell who was doing the talking. I literally kept confusing Jade for Cloe. The problem was that the dolls had already been released, and Jade was my favorite, of course. When they stuck my favorite outfit on Cloe, I was in an uproar. First off, why would Cloe, the girl who likes shimmery, sparkly fabrics and animal prints, as well as trendy outfits, be wearing those Beetlejuice shoes? Only Jade could pull that off, not Cloe. But again, no one had the heart to adapt the Bratz correctly.

I find that to be some poor promotion. I mean, I’ve seen some doll brands promoting outfits that don’t exist, but at least Mattel will make sure the outfits they are releasing are promoted on the right doll because they hope those dolls will sell. If you’re going to make a movie to promote the line, at least sell it properly. Back then, little girls were confused in toy aisles, buying up Cloe instead of Jade, and Jade instead of Cloe, depending on the one they liked best.

Because they couldn’t get their styles right, and didn’t pay the same painstaking attention to detail the designers did working for MGA, the passion fashions got all mixed up. It got to the point I didn’t even care about their fashion passions and it got to the point I stopped caring if I could tell them apart.

Unfortunately, I believe this is why they weren’t able to produce more Bratz pack members in the series for fear they would look too much alike. Kumi, Dana, and Tiana would just look like Jade, and this was made worse when they started putting their outfits on Jade. If they’d stuck to the outfits they actually released for these characters, we could at least tell the difference between the characters based on what they wore. But since they didn’t care to pay attention to that, we got a limited Bratz pack universe.

This issue traveled into the Bratz TV series. They put Ooh La La outfits on Jade and Sasha, knowing good and well those girls didn’t even appear in the line, even if they were supposed to. This prevented Kumi and Dana from ever appearing in the future. They did the same in the Bein’ Who We Are music video. It got so mixed up, that eventually fashion passions no longer mattered in the actual Bratz brand. They started throwing outfits on any one of the characters, and they started looking more and more identical, with less individuality. Bratz Rock Angelz movie started that mess in my opinion. Thankfully, the outfits were still well-made, even if less individualistic. Still, it was a change that was noticeable.

Also, because they’ve released characters out of order, making Roxxi a new girl when most Bratz fans been knowing her awhile, it’s likely any other former stories connected to them would have been altered or rearranged. They weren’t good at giving a proper backdrop for the dolls, beginning with them not making the story consistent with the timeline. The story didn’t line up with the way the dolls were being sold, so it became a confusing mess.


The music was okay, but it wasn’t what I expected. I expected to hear more rock music, to set the Rock Angelz mood, and especially the music from the Rock Angelz album. Unfortunately, it was filled with songs from the future Bratz TV series, very pop and urban, with some random pop rock numbers, and only ONE song from the album made it in…at the very end of the freakin’ movie. Overall, the music felt like it was tossed in there to give a Bratz feeling, but not a Rock Angelz feeling. This is what happens when you want to tell too many stories at once.


So, you all might say I’m super negative, not a real Bratz fan, and that I’m the only one who feels this way about Rock Angelz. I agree I’m a Bratz fan outsider today, in today’s world, where the kids who grew up with Bratz at a much younger age now have a stronger influence on the community, and have a different attachment to Bratz. But back in the day, I know I wasn’t the only one. All of the older Bratz fans back then had the same problem, which was why everything was cleaned up better in the next couple of movies that came after. Notice how Genie Magic and Forever Diamondz had music from their soundtracks. Notice how the movies inculcated the lines better and gave the fifth girl in the line more screen time or importance. They still couldn’t hardly get their outfits right, and they still made old-time characters, like Katia, suddenly seem like new girls, but at least they cleaned things up a little more. They wouldn’t have done that if fans hadn’t complained. So I don’t think I was the only one, even if I probably am one of the few remaining fans from back in that time…

The Bratz Rock Angelz movie brought the dolls to life with its CGI and it had humor and entertainment, but it tried to tell too many stories at once, it didn’t really focus on the Rock Angelz band, the characters remained altered and misinterpreted, so different from the doll universe, and the music wasn’t even from the freakin’ soundtrack.

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#14 Bratz Go To Paris

Coming in next is Bratz Go to Paris. I wrestled with whether I should even include this on the list because it’s basically like BFF and Good Vibes where it’s a collection of episodes made into a movie. However, I think with this DVD they attempted to make all three episodes into one full-length film. It barely gets a pass. Re-released in 2013, several years after it aired on television, they basically wanted to give fans more movies but didn’t have the same backing they did back in the day. So they just started re-releasing stuff. I remember I was 23 and just never considered this a real movie.


Written by Peggy Nicoll, the story focuses on the Bratz as they are recruited by Byron Powell, who they discover is a spy, to go undercover as spies themselves. Someone had been poisoning super models in Paris right before designer Jean-Paul’s major show. The models have all aged tremendously from the poisons. The Bratz agree to help, not being able to resist going to the “City of Lights”. Cloe is hoping for a romance story, Yasmin is hoping for inspiration for her writing, Jade is a major fan of Jean-Paul, and Sasha wants to experience the nightlife…I think. Anyway, when the girls show apprehension about going to Paris due to them needing to complete their magazine, Byron tells them he only needs one of them anyway. He decides to put them through a spy test to determine who will go.

This sparks an obvious rivalry between the girls, as they all try to beat the other and hold each other back, but in the final race to the finish, Yasmin crashes. The Bratz resolve that they will not leave one another behind. Byron reveals the real test was one of working together and he agrees that all of them are ready to go.

The Bratz pack, along with Cameron and Dylan, arrive at the runway show to find Jean-Paul stressed and having a break-down because his models are dropping like flies. Nicole, one of his last remaining models, tells the girls what’s been happening. Jade comforts him, and in her, Jean-Paul finds a new muse. At this moment, Nicole shows herself to be jealous of this, but she gets distracted when she catches sight of Cameron. She begins flirting with him the rest of the movie, causing Cloe to be jealous. In the midst of all of this, Roxxi shows up with her former bandmate Cruise, and Sasha becomes smitten. She and Cruise form a relationship. However, because the girls are in Paris for a mission, she ends up leaving him hanging right before their first official date. He takes it personal. Later, Sasha finds him on the cover of a magazine with Alonce (the “Beyonce” of the Bratz universe). Heartbroken, she’s unable to focus on the mission.

Eventually, the Bratz realize they’ve got to stay focused, especially when someone breaks into their hotel room, attacks Yasmin, and flees. Byron takes the evidence and finds a strand of hair that belongs to modeling Agent Elimina. Believing they’ve found the culprit, Byron drops the case. The Bratz aren’t so convinced. As they dig deeper into this, Jade and Cloe are lured into an abandoned room by Nicole and poisoned right before they were to appear in the show. Eventually, Sasha and Yasmin are able to find them as Nicole is trying to drag them into a car to escape. The girls are able to take her down using their new spy techniques and they save the day. In the end, Sasha is able to talk to Cruise about the misunderstanding, so they’re happy, and the show continues on, making Jean-Paul a success.

My first impression of the re-release was that this was really cheap. Most fans wanted a new movie, not a DVD with already-released episodes. By the time the DVD was released, I’d already seen everything, so I had no reason to buy it.

But the story is really cool, it’s one of the best Bratz TV episodes. It was nice to have Paris as the setting, a runway show as the focus, and it was just exciting, action-packed, full of drama, and suspenseful. This was a lot more cleaned-up in comparison to Rock Angelz and it maintained focus.

I would have liked the movie to explore Paris a little more than it did. It kind of didn’t focus on the landmarks that are so iconic. But the gem was that it wasn’t stereotypical. Eh.

The other thing I don’t think was necessary was the initial competition to see who would get the spot to go to Paris. Or rather it definitely seemed like Byron tricked them. They said they couldn’t go because of the magazine, clearly not seeing the opportunity to create an epic article from this adventure. Byron tells them he only needs one of them anyway. During the “I Spy” competition, they all agreed not to go if all of them couldn’t go. When Byron says they all passed and could all go, that still left the problem of who was going to run the magazine…If that was such an issue before, all of them winning together doesn’t solve the initial problem that caused the competition in the first place. I think Byron knew he could convince them all to go if he motivated them to compete, but they never brought up the magazine again…

Again, another problem was that this was supposed to be an Ooh La La theme, but it was without Dana and Kumi. It grinds my gears, especially when Sasha and Jade weren’t in the line. And now, the possibility of Kumi and Dana being in the show with these outfits is slim to none because the other four girls wore their outfits…


Cloe really irritated me in this movie. I understand she is jealous of Nicole spending time with Cameron because she supposedly has a secret crush on him, whatever, but she has been dating and flirting with other guys throughout the whole Bratz TV series and in all the books. She only recognizes Cameron when he’s moved on, then she just wants him all to herself. Girl, he’s not yours to claim.

I was happy that finally Sasha received a love interest. I get tired of people thinking Black girls are these tough, independent characters without layers. I think this is the first episode I ever saw Sasha show emotion, and I actually would’ve loved to see more emotion from her in the other movies and shows.

I loved Yasmin and Jade’s roles in this. Jade was super focused on the task. Despite Yasmin trying to find inspiration for her writing assignment, she was also on task.

I don’t even know why Dylan was there.

All the supporting characters felt recycled, but it became a staple of the show and movies, so…


The visuals were meh in my opinion. They mostly spent time in one location and much of the visuals had been recycled from the TV series, like in all the original episodes. I think they did at least choose a different kind of hotel. Did they? Anyway…The outfits were beautiful on the characters, they just weren’t the right outfits. A lot of characters were recycled from the TV episodes, which caused me more confusion. I think they could’ve put a lot more Parisian scenes in it to make it more visually stunning. It felt flat in comparison to what I was hoping for.

I felt this would have been better if they had trained in Paris, too. Then we could see more of the scenes and sights. Of course, they wanted to have a test of friendship first. I still felt like there should have been more when covering Paris.


Because this was not originally a full-length film, it doesn’t have its own music or music that’s a staple of it. The movie had overplayed songs from all the other movies and TV show episodes. It doesn’t feel like it had its own soundtrack. It was nice to hear some familiar favorites, but it just didn’t have music that set the mood, due to this originally meaning to be a couple of 20 minute episodes.


Overall, the story was pretty exciting and amazing. I was definitely on the edge of my seat. However, it misses the actual Bratz back-drop, the Ooh La La line characters, the characters in this movie annoyed me, the visuals were blah, and the music was just shoved in there…because it wasn’t really meant to be a movie.

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#13 Girlz Really Rock

Coming in next is Bratz Girlz Really Rock. I first watched this movie in 2008, when I was around 18 years old, starting my first year in college. I was pretty grown-up by the time I watched this. I don’t think my feelings have changed too much since I’ve watched it 12 years ago. Man, I feel old.


Written by Norah Lally and Meg Martin, the story appears to be a movie musical about a movie musical. It centers on the Bratz pack members Cloe, Sasha, Yasmin, Jade, Dylan, and Eitan heading to Camp Starshine, an arts camp in the woods. Initially, the Bratz go to the camp for fun, but they soon realize everyone else is taking things way too seriously there. The camp is hosting a contest for campers to perform something spectacular, with the winner receiving a movie deal. Later, the Bratz girls begin to see why everyone is so serious, and they start to get serious once their own individual talents are recognized. This breaks the group apart. Eventually, Dylan and their new friend Anna begin to help them realize they are changing, especially when a self-centered dance instructor named Demidov threatens to separate them, all so she can get her shot at the limelight. In the end, they are able to re-unite back together and win the contest along with their friend Anna.

Overall, the story is okay. It’s engaging in a lot of ways.

My first impression of it wasn’t as bad as with Rock Angelz because I’d gotten used to the new Bratz universe by this time. Of course, the story was also more focused on the girls trying to stay together amidst competition. One thing that was always interesting about the Bratz dolls’ storytelling was that they didn’t mind showing the girls competing against one another or challenging themselves. That was different than the “princess sweet” stories often told about girls. But they always learned that they were stronger together. This story was about them being diverse and strong apart, but stronger together. They also learned to take their talents seriously and to work hard to reach their dreams rather than goof off all the time. Anna learned to make time for a “life”. They all learned to balance work and play. It was a very cute story.

It was also the first story where Dylan actually had a serious relationship with a girl. It was nice to see him in a different light. However, I still felt like he was in “limerence” with Anna, not “in love” with her. Honestly, the boy only saw her across the room and thought he was madly in love. He knew nothing about her, and actually hated ballet, according to the Secret Date electronic game. So, he only got into ballet just to get closer to Anna. Dylan probably did get serious with Anna later, but to me, he really didn’t fall in love with her. He fell in love with the idea of being with her. Personally, I wasn’t feeling it.

Now, I’m not the most romantic person, so maybe that plays a role in shaping my opinion, but if I could give you all an example of my favorite on-screen romances it would be Sakura and Syaoran and Touya and Yukito from Cardcaptor Sakura. I like relationships that develop over time, relationships and bonds that form after people get to know each other well. Dylan and Anna were…I don’t know, but something about Dylan’s approach to Anna felt like his approach to any other girl; she just took the bait. And this is aside from the fact I don’t really like the way they developed Dylan’s personality entirely in the CGI universe as it is. There’s nothing wrong with a goofy side, but it’d be nice if it was balanced out with something deeper. But okay…

Overall, though, I thought it was a pretty engaging movie. I found myself wanting to see what would happen next. Of course, it was predictable, just like most movies based off of dolls, but everything is predictable nowadays since every story has been told before. It’s hard to please people one hundred percent. I sometimes look forward to a predictable story with a predictable ending as long as I can follow along.

My biggest criticism of this movie though is that, just like with Rock Angelz, it really wasn’t focused on the “Girlz Really Rock” line. I mean, they did at least initially have the girls attempting to perform their rock band to win the contest, but the great majority of the movie was spent on them doing other things and not really focused on the band line at all. What’s worse nowadays is the outfits from the dolls don’t even appear in the movie online. They appeared in the music video for “Friends Are Everything”, and at the end of the original movie, if I remember correctly.

It also feels like this movie didn’t really happen in the Bratz universe. In the end, Cloe broke the 4th wall, if that’s what you call it, and said she forgot her line while they were all saying good-bye after camp. When they were on the red carpet, I think it was said that it was a movie about their real experiences, but I couldn’t really tell.

Overall, I would say the story wasn’t remarkable, but it wasn’t bad either.

What was most annoying about it was that it was a musical, and just about everything was a musical back then, thanks to the popularity of High School Musical, Hannah Montana, and Camp Rock. It kind of got out of hand. Girlz Really Rock was riding that band-wagon, like all the other dolls. Even American Girl was reported to be working on their own Julie musical back then…Weird.

Anyway, the story was designed around musical clichés common in then-tween-teen musicals, such as friendship drama, romance, and excuses to perform.


The characters brought over the same personality traits they had from Rock Angelz, so, hey. Again, Jade was the only one focused on fashion, and they didn’t dare inculcate other interests in her character, such as her interest in extreme sports. But the movie did a good job of introducing their individual talents and giving them individual screen time, despite the fact the movie was supposed to be told from Sasha’s point of view.

While Anna was cute and everything, I actually would’ve preferred the story to introduce a Bratz pack member instead of the random movie-only character. There were so many other characters in the line, like Phoebe, Roxxi, Meygan, and Dana, but they didn’t bother trying to inculcate them in the movie. But her inclusion didn’t hurt the movie either, so she was okay. I liked her story of trying to balance work and play, and learning not to become a slave to someone else’s dream. I didn’t like her initial attitude towards the Bratz, like sneering at them in the cafeteria, but she evolved as a character, so she was okay.

Eitan barely had a role, yet again, and Dylan was thrown a romance story. You know, I would have liked a movie where the boys had more of a storyline, outside of romance. Like what were Dylan’s wishes, hopes, and dreams? I felt they made him pretty one-dimensional throughout most of the Bratz movies and series. I hate that about Ken in the Barbie universe. And yes, I know it’s mostly about the girls, but it would have been nice to see more development from the boys. I even wished there were more episodes that catered to them. I think Crush in a Rush was the only one, and it was, yet again, a romance story. There’s got to be more to them than girls. This is why I’ve been writing up my own Bratz series, maybe just as a fan, and hopefully with all of this research I’ve been doing about the Bratz universe, I can get that going and kind of unite the Bratz universes together.


I felt like the visuals had improved, mostly due to the era in time. CGI was getting better, and it showed. They still recycled background characters. I saw a few Easter eggs. Still, I think by this time, they kind of felt it became a staple of the universe, so it fit. The setting was really interesting, though I don’t understand why an arts camp had to be in the middle of the woods. It didn’t make sense to me. But a real camp setting was nice. I think the visuals would have been better if the Girlz Really Rock outfits had actually been included beyond the music video portion of the movie.


Again, it was a musical. When I first watched the movie in 2008, I couldn’t stand the music. I thought it was annoying and out-of-place. This kind of movie didn’t need a musical. When I watched it again in 2020, it didn’t turn out to be as annoying as I thought it would be. In fact, it felt like the music didn’t really take over the movie, which was a good thing. Back then, maybe it was annoying because I was tired of musicals. Especially in this movie, the songs seemed to be poorly written. Particularly “We’re Gonna Shine”. I hate songs that just “talk-sing” every little line. It just feels like they could be talking instead of singing. In fact, the movie would have been fine without the music. Some songs were re-written and reprised, such as All about Me. That was originally We all Can Be Starz. Summertime Fun was nice and Friends Are Everything was pretty fun. It had a fun summertime little soundtrack. And hey, at least all the songs from the soundtrack appeared in the movie. But I can definitely say you won’t find me bumping these songs in my car the way I would other albums from the Bratz. Unfortunately, this is my least favorite soundtrack. Yet, it was the only one that had every single song in the movie. {sigh}


Overall, the story was easy to follow, it had interesting points, and all the music from the soundtrack was actually in the movie. However, the movie didn’t add to the characters in any way, the story was cliché, and the musical numbers were poorly written or just not necessary in the movie.

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#12 Bratz Babyz The Movie

Coming in next is Bratz Babyz The Movie. It was released in 2006, my Junior Year in high school, and I was around 16 years old. Many of you Bratz fan readers are probably mad that I rated this higher than some of the fans’ faves because it’s just a cheesy Bratz Babyz movie. Well, I do have a soft spot for the storytelling in a lot of the Babyz movies because I think they all mostly have at least a message to send, and the messages are more diverse than overcoming “Barbie” and “romance”.


The twin Bratz Babyz, Nita and Nora, get ready to join Cloe, Jade, Sasha and Yasmin at the daycare center in the mall. Snappy, Nita’s puppy, jumps into Nora’s bag when no one’s looking, and Nora, hurrying to keep up with Nita, rushes out without knowing Snappy is in her bag. Once they are at the daycare center, Snappy gets out and escapes into the mall. The Babyz escape to find her, but by then Snappy has been dognapped by Duane, the mall bully. He’d overheard Nora singing in the mall, and demands the Babyz join the karaoke contest and win the prize money of $50 for him as a ransom for the dog. Nora, being shy, is afraid to do this, and Nita insists Nora can’t do it because of her stage fright. They all come up with different ideas on how to get the dog back, despite Duane’s demands. Jade, Cloe and Nora try to get Snappy back by earning money doing something else, while Sasha, Yasmin, and Nita try to get her back by trying to grab her when Duane isn’t looking. When time starts to run out, they decide the only way to get $50 is for Nora to win it in the karaoke contest. However, Nora learns not to give into a bully. The Babyz team up and overcome the bully, all while still managing to get their puppy back.

While at face value, this may seem like a cheesy story centered on a bunch of babies (that don’t really sound or act like babies to some people), I felt it was pretty clever in its approach. As someone who has worked with children, I can tell you that some of the “babies'” behaviors are spot on. It was like watching the Rugrats without the baby talk. I liked how the scene was set in a mall, and from the eyes of a 3-year-old, where everything in the world seems bigger. I liked that the story took two different approaches to dealing with a bully, and ultimately, taught the lesson that you just don’t give in to a bully because they will keep coming back to harm you.

I also have a soft place in my heart for this movie because Nita and Nora remind me of me and my own twin when we were younger. My sibling was more of the Nora, sweet and would get nervous easily, and I was the Nita, strong-willed and had more of a smart mouth. I had to realize that sometimes I would say things that would hurt them and other people. It wasn’t my intention but I did feel like we always got in trouble because of my sibling’s clumsiness.

Now, while I did enjoy the movie, there were some things I didn’t understand. I mean, of course, babies won’t do things that make sense all of the time. Still, I thought that when the babies lost the puppy, they should have immediately told their teacher. They were afraid of getting in big trouble, but when they were caught after sneaking out, which was worse, Ms. Calabash didn’t even react or call their parents or anything. So, it wouldn’t have been bad at all if they had told their teacher. None of the Bratz Babyz realized that they should have just told the teacher in the first place.

None of the babies told the security guards or other surrounding adults about the bully Duane either, which I thought was unusual. Kids usually tell an adult when someone is being mean to them, especially at 3-years-old. And if they don’t, there’s usually an indication as to why they’re not doing it. Instead of trying to run away from the security guard, why didn’t they just tell him why they kept escaping or why they were having a hard time? I mean, maybe they didn’t want to admit they brought a puppy into the mall and didn’t want to get into trouble. Still, after they got caught the first time by security, and saw that they weren’t really in trouble, why didn’t they just confess the problem or even think to do so? Also, why didn’t the adults ask them why they were sneaking out? I mean, I know Ms. Calabash and Officer Murphy were dim-witted, but really? Anyway, I think this story would have been a lot shorter if that had occurred. Nora would have never found the courage to stand up and out on her own, and none of them would have stood up to the bully Duane. However, I would have written it so the babies had no choice but to take control, basically having them exhaust all options. Only then would this kind of story have made sense–well, from a mischievous baby’s perspective.


The characters were cute and funny. Of course, some of them were…annoying.
It was nice to be introduced to some characters from the Bratz pack universe. Still wish Yamit, from the Lil’ Dancers line, had been in it, but almost everyone was in this movie. I would like to see an older version of Nita and Harvey one day.

But back to the movie…

Nita was definitely a handful with her temper tantrums. I can’t say much because I was bossy and tough like her. Still, it’s not a likable quality, even I can admit that. I didn’t like how mean she was to her sister the whole movie. And all the Bratz Babyz could say was “Break it up you two”. No, it wasn’t the “two” of them fighting; it was Nita basically bullying her sister. And Nora even said her oldest sister, Jilian, was also mean. She’d been getting it from both of her older sisters. I am glad that Nita realized her behavior was wrong by the end of the movie. Admittedly, though, many three-year-olds act like Nita. They throw tantrums to get their way, they boss each other around, I mean, hey. Can’t expect a whole lot of maturity.

I was a little bothered by Cameron and Harvey’s behavior towards their teacher as well. They found it fun to throw toys at their teacher, and it was kind of cringe-y to watch. I kept wanting to call some parents myself. Poor Ms. Calabash was so sweet, but those kids were just rotten and she didn’t have the back-bone to get the class under control. Nita earned my respect when she shaped that classroom up, I’ll tell you that. But I hate that Cameron and Harvey participated in that garbage.

The main four Bratz girls were interpreted as their usual selves, with Yasmin being given the least screen time and development. But at least they showed up and out when necessary.


Due to the 2-D animation, it obviously didn’t have the fancy CGI graphics everyone was used to by this time, but it also didn’t have the luscious greenery, sinister sunsets, and realistic-looking buildings present in Starrin’ and Stylin‘. It gave me A Pup Named Scooby-Doo type of vibe. To me, the animation felt cheaper than Starrin’ and Stylin‘, but it gave it an old-fashioned cartoonish charm that brought me back to the good old days of Saturday morning cartoons.


The music was everything to me. I think this is the most memorable Bratz Babyz tracklist. My favorite song is “Catch Me If you Can”. I just love that club pop vibe. The music was catchy and unforgettable FOR Me. I think it set the mall scene well.


Overall, the story had a good message, it brought me back to my childhood, and I could relate well to the characters. The movie was cute and funny. But some actions didn’t make sense in the story, some of the characters were a bit annoying, and the 2-D wasn’t of the best quality.

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#11 Bratz

Coming in next is Bratz the movie. I know a lot of you Bratz fans out there are going to be on here like, “I know this heifer didn’t just put the worst Bratz movie higher than Rock Angelz and Girlz Really Rock!” Yes, I did!

This movie arrived in theaters the Summer of 2007, Summer Break for me, before I entered my last year in high school. I saw it the day it arrived in theaters.

Now, yes, I was a bit stunned to see a completely different story than the one that had been developing the last couple of years prior, especially because the CGI movies and TV show had been really popular (particularly outside of the USA). You’d think they’d continue to profit off of it.

But it didn’t make me too mad. In fact, it made me happy, because finally people could understand that the CGI TV series was not the ONLY canon universe surrounding the Bratz. In fact, the only canon universe is the DOLL universe itself (if even that universe). This movie proved it. Unfortunately, people will find you to be “less of a fan” if you actually like this movie. I don’t care. I’ve been with the Bratz nearly 21 years now, so I think I have the right to like any take on the Bratz. It doesn’t measure how much of a fan I am.

So while everyone else was complaining that this movie didn’t have Bratz magazine and the Tweevils, I was ready to dive into a new take on the Bratz. I took this movie for what it was. This doesn’t mean I felt it was the best movie in the Bratz universe, but it did have some strengths.


The screen play was by Susan Estelle Jansen, and the story was by Adam de la Pena. I heard Sean McNamara, the director, had a huge hand in the story as well.

The story centered on four diverse girls, from diverse backgrounds, Cloe, Jade, Sasha, and Yasmin, who start the big-bad high school for the first time. Enthusiastic, excited, and confident, they shake the campus as soon as they arrive with their fashionable style and amazing talents. Though they are very different from one another, they maintain their friendship, not really starting off interested in the cliques set up in the school.

This deviant behavior catches the attention of student body president Meredith who feels it’s her duty to maintain control of the school and keep the cliques afloat and separate. Of course, because Meredith herself has been the one responsible for organizing the school according to cliques, and because she’s had the power to do so, being the rich daughter of the principal and daughter to a mother with connections to MTV, all the students have helped her in keeping the status quo. She puts pressure on the girls and the rest of the student body to make sure the cliques stay in-tact.

Eventually, the cliques end up pulling the four girls apart for two years, and it seems Meredith has won. However, after a cafeteria food fight at lunch, the girls all end up in detention, leading them to talk out their differences and rekindle their friendship. The Bratz re-unite, threatening Meredith’s power. She tries everything to wrestle it back; She tries to throw ANOTHER super sweet 16 (though she’s already 16), this time with MTV involved, and she attempts to organize and monopolize the school talent show so she can decide who joins and who doesn’t. Though her stunts have the whole school turning on the Bratz, including their so-called friends, the Bratz manage to bind together and overcome Meredith by tying with her for the win at the talent show. Ultimately, they are able to unite the cliques on stage with them and wrestle back control, which was the true win.

Overall, the story took some elements from Rock Angelz, which was focused on the Bratz wrestling control from a Barbie-like figure and empowering themselves, accepting themselves, and not letting someone label them. While it took that element, it was more clear in its focus. It felt like it understood what story it wanted to tell, which I appreciated.

This story brought Bratz back to its roots. Initially, Carter Bryant designed them to be the “cool girls in school” and, according to the book You Don’t Own Me: How Mattel V. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie’s Dark Side, that was even going to be the Bratz dolls’ slogan. The movie played off of that, showing how cool the Bratz really were, showing how they were able to conquer the school with their style, talents, and individuality. And yes, they did threaten the Barbie empire in real life, much like how things played out with Meredith. Ironically, the ending credits lists Meredith’s mom as “Barbie” Baxter-Dimly. Because of this connection to the dolls’ roots, I have a certain fondness for the movie.

However, let’s be real. The movie was one big cliché, especially because it seemed like a big rip-off of other tween-teen movies like Mean Girls and High School Musical, which, again, were REALLY popular movies at this time. The emphasis on cliques, on some “pair” or person not really subscribing to the cliques, and then the same individual(s) using “music” or some sort of show to take back power and overcome the cliques. It’s the exact same story as High School Musical to be honest, with some elements stripped from Mean Girls (like the seating charts). Maybe it was meant to be a parody.

To be fair, it’s a lot like an exaggerated form of high school. Some people do go their own way in high school, especially when people start joining after-school activities. I separated from a lot of my childhood friends in high school. We eventually came back together later in life, but some people just part ways. It takes a lot of strength to overcome cliquish behavior.

Of course, I don’t remember high school being as exaggerated as this movie portrays it, and I believe the director said he was inspired by his daughter’s vision of high school, her fears and ideals, the summer before she started. That’s why it came across this way. Our visions of things before we’ve experienced it, especially as children, are always more exaggerated. Imaginations are funny like that.

With that being said, while I appreciated the fact this movie brought Bratz back to their roots and gave us fans a fresh new story, it wasn’t what I really wanted from the first theatrical film. What I was really hoping for was maybe a World Destination story, possibly one for Tokyo a-go-go, more like Cheetah Girls 2 or The Lizzie McGuire movie. It would have been nice to have more Bratz pack members, like Fianna, Tiana, Kumi, May-Lin, and Eitan, adapted for the big screen. Or maybe the movie would actually adapt the actual Bratz the Movie doll line on the screen, with Sharidan and Bryce returning. It really had no connection to the dolls’ movie line, which was frustrating for a fan like me.

But it had a decent story about friendship and celebrating diversity. To me, it wasn’t big enough to be on the big screen, but it was decent, and remains a cult favorite.


With a star-studded cast, it was hard to look away from the movie. As soon as I saw Anneliese Van der Pol from That’s So Raven (she starred as Chelsea Daniels), I got a little excited. The movie also had Malese Jow from Unfabulous, one of my other favorite shows back then. Chelsea Staub was the show-stopper. She played Meredith very well. And I just found out Sasha’s father was in KC Undercover, another show I loved, which drew me into the Bratz movie again more recently. So, this movie gives me more reasons to revisit.

Yet, what was best about the movie was the actual development of the characters. Though I may not have liked everything about the movie, finally, FINALLY, a movie tapped into the Bratz pack’s past. We saw PARENTS. No, the families didn’t match the Bratz universe, which was disappointing. Cloe should have an older sister named Sonya, and two infant siblings named Colin and Isa. Her mother should be a glam woman named Polita. Sasha should have a younger sister named Zama. I’m quite sure by now, after examining the Rebel Royalty prototype and Itsy City fish shack, that Jade is also of Japanese descent, not just Chinese (which they seemed to allude to, based on her mother’s portrayal). But at least they attempted to develop a back-story for these girls. Yasmin’s mom may have appeared somewhere in the background, but they focused on her Bubbie and Manny, so it’s a pass. I’m happy they also tapped into her Jewish past. Carter Bryant did intend her to be Hispanic, but she was kind of transformed into an Iranian-Jewish girl, too, after her name change before debut. We all know that name is a Persian name. So I would like to think that her heritage consists of both. Yasmin is actually quite connected with Iran culturally.

With the parents around, the Bratz girls weren’t just acting out unwatched and unattended like in the CGI movies. I never could understand how these girls were secret agents or traveling the world without their parents’ knowledge. I mean, maybe it’s not necessary because it’s not real, it helps kids dream, and it’s a lot of fun, but it still crossed my mind. Bratz, the live action movie, was more realistic in that way, and that’s saying a lot, considering how exaggerated the movie actually was. There was some parental supervision, some support, and some insight as to how these girls developed into the ladies they became.

Of course, in their attempt to make the characters more distinct, more changes were made to the characters. Jade did not return back to her athletic roots, but she at least showed interest in chemistry, something other than fashion. And while Cloe maintained stealing Jade’s sporty side from her, Cloe was stripped of her girly and glam tendencies as well, so fair game. They also gave her an interest in media and film. Yasmin was still the sweet-heart, the journalist, and into music. Ya’ll know she’s the darling of MGA, and, if you’re a fan, ya’ll know why (she’s named after the CEO’s daughter, Jasmin Larian). Of course, she didn’t seem as interested in plants and animals as she had in prior media. No sweat, because she seemed more like the Yasmin from Starrin’ & Stylin‘ and that whole universe. Sasha still seemed somewhat like a dancer, but was made into more of a cheerleader, which was cool. Of course, she completely jacked Cloe’s style with the glitter and animal prints. I didn’t like that they made her stuck up and, yet again, the “mad Black woman” without a compassionate side. But at least she had a personality. I really felt like they took away Cloe’s personality. She was clumsy, but not dramatic, like she’d always been interpreted. She was very quiet. Of all the Bratz pack members, she seemed to have the least lines.

In any case, the characters were developed more than in previous movies, and even in comparison to movies after. However, even this movie failed to review the full Bratz universe, and those who developed it failed to analyze Bratz well enough to adapt it exactly as it should have been.

I especially say this in the cases of Bratz Boyz Cameron and Dylan. I don’t know what it is about doll companies and flunking the boys. They just don’t seem to know how to help the boys shine in a woman-driven universe, and it’s sad.

As mentioned before, Cameron is supposed to be THE BLAZE, the hottest boy around. In Bratz, Cameron was Meredith’s S.I.M.P. boyfriend, a lame, a cornball. He was preppy and ultimately quiet for most of the movie. I think he only had a few lines. Where was the edgy, smokin’ hot boy he was at release? Back in 2002? I swear, the only media that ever got the Bratz Boyz right was the commercials.

And Dylan…Whoo. Let me come down before I go into this one. White-washing don’t fly with me. Don’t get me wrong, Dylan has been light-skinned in his earlier releases, so it can be implied that Dylan is biracial, but we KNOW his behind got some Black in him. There’s no way he would be wearing box braids like that in Wild Life Safari and Wintertime Wonderland if he wasn’t (unless some cultural appropriation went under the radar). He was definitely Black-coded. His bronzer skin in the Play Sportz line and Kidz line should be indicators as well. So, when I saw who they cast for DYLAN in this movie, I almost asked for my money back. I don’t support racism, colorism, or White-washing. That’s why I refused to watch Ghost in the Shell and Avatar The Last Airbender, knowing my anime behind would normally. Heck, I don’t even like watching movies when they replace a White person with a Black person. To me, it’s jarring, clearly fake, feels low-budget, it’s not real representation, and I don’t think we should accept hand-me-down stories. It’s modern Black-face, like with Hamilton. It made me uncomfortable to think a bunch of Black people were acting as slave masters…

Hopefully, in the future, the White-washing thing will be out of the water. If the Bratz are EVER to be properly adapted live action again, we don’t need a spoonful of Whiteness to make the Blackness go down. I don’t want to see this in a Bratz movie again.

What makes it worse is FINALLY Dylan was written with dimension. He was more sensitive, caring, and they developed him into a character with hearing loss…But he had to be White in order for it to happen? Now, for Biracial characters, I do believe that it could be argued that a Black OR White actor can play them, but why do we always choose White over Black in these situations? This is is exactly why Bratz the movie couldn’t get higher on this list. Ultimately, I can’t just blame whoever picked the cast. If they decided who would play the characters based on that Bratz TV series, it’s no wonder they got it wrong. The only hint of his Black heritage in the CGI universe was the actor cast to play him. Still, I’d argue that Black people aren’t a monolith and don’t all look the same, and the casting director should have known this, considering his heritage like they did with the Bratz girls. I also would like to know who was the consultant at this time…

Among the supporting cast, Meredith was definitely the delicious villain that we all loved to hate. She was pretty, well-dressed, funny, entertaining, and a great performer. Honestly, she was more fleshed out than some of the Bratz characters. We actually saw her home, her parents, her sister, and the rest of her lifestyle. We didn’t see any of that from Cameron or Dylan.

However, despite her fascinating portrayal and intriguing actions, I found her motivations to be confusing. Really, why was she so obsessed with keeping the cliques in-tact? Of what benefit was it to her? At least in High School Musical, one of the movies Bratz tried to imitate, Sharpay’s motive for keeping the cliques in-tact was to continue to be the lead in the school play so she could have advantages in show business. In Mean Girls, Regina didn’t even create the cliques; they created themselves based on people merging with others like themselves, just like herds of animals. There were natural cliques in the school, and probably would have always been because most people clique off with people they get along with and are in after-school clubs or teams with.

We never got to know or understand why Meredith was obsessed with maintaining these cliques, as if it was her duty. There’s nothing in it for her, and I can’t see a character as rich and powerful as she is caring about where people sit at lunch for little to no reason.

Ultimately, I can only conclude that she had no interest really in maintaining the cliques, she just used that as an excuse to mask her jealousy of the Bratz, and utilized the cliques to keep them apart because she feared they were stronger together than apart. She was jealous that they received so much attention from the moment they walked in, and as student body president, they made her look bad, especially when they ignored her seating arrangements.

But the probably is this can only remain a theory. I would have liked deeper insight into her mindset instead of a superficial display of a Sharpay-Regina-George mash-up character. I would have liked the Bratz to actually get to the root of Meredith’s behavior rather than taking her down in a talent show. The girl was clearly insecure, and they could’ve really gotten rid of the problem by getting to the problem at the root.

Then again, the Bratz girls could barely understand when their friend Yasmin suddenly dropped out of the talent show, so I guess they weren’t the types to analyze another person’s behavior. Meredith was just meant to be a mean girl, and that’s all. I mean some people feel there’s no excuse for mean behavior, but I think the bullying would have been put to rest permanently if they had dug a little deeper.

Meredith’s actions and behavior was appalling enough, but let’s talk about the strange behaviors and actions of some of the Bratz girls’ other so-called “friends”. I couldn’t stand them.

Before I get into why the “friends” in this movie annoyed me, I’d like to point out that, yet again, Sasha, the Black girl, is the only one left without a love interest. This is always how these movies depict Black women, like we don’t have a feminine side, like we’re not capable of love. We’re all just “sassy and independent”. This happens because we are not usually the ones on the team to help create these movies.

Then again, to be fair, I’m glad Sasha didn’t get a love interest because the boys in this movie sucked. Cloe’s man, “Cameron”, made out with Meredith right in front of her. And while yes, Cloe and Cameron technically weren’t dating at the time, he seemed to like it a little too much. I would argue that Cameron was weak. He let Meredith control him from the very beginning, and just followed her around instead of being his own person. Now, if we’d seen more of a story about it, about why he’s letting this happen, maybe it would have made him more interesting. Sadly, I felt he was S.I.M.P-ing…and was a straight…I can’t even tell ya’ll what I really thought he was. It would be too inappropriate.

Dylan was White-washed, so nothing about him was right.

Then there was Dexter, Jade’s “love interest”. First off, he ain’t even a Bratz pack boy, so I don’t care to know him. Second, he was weak-minded, too. When Jade decided to stand with her friends, he threatened her, talking about if she can’t hang with him and his friends, she can’t be with him and their chemistry club. When Jade tells him not to “be that guy”, he firmly says “that’s not up to me”. The what? What do you mean it’s not up to you? What, you’re not in control of yourself, boy? Meredith got you whipped? After that, any “chemistry” he and Jade had went out of the water for me, too. I shuddered when I saw Jade kiss him at the end of the movie. I’m like, uh uh. No. He never apologized for that. He contributed to their misery. As far as I’m concerned he was a bystander, and that’s as bad as the person doing the bullying. He gave Jade an ultimatum, and when she didn’t do what he wanted, he walked away. To me, he’s showing how he will be in a real relationship. There are red flags there.

I felt the same way about Sasha’s “cheerleader” friend. Girl, bye. She stated, “If you can’t hang with us, then maybe you’re not a fit”. Nah girl, your cheer squad ain’t a fit, because before Sasha jumped in, the team was stiff and robotic. Bye.

Anyway, though this movie showed more evolution for the Bratz characters in a lot more ways than the other movies had, it was still attached to racial stereotypes, White-Washing, and weak-minded supporting characters.


The visuals in this movie were ON POINT. In fact, the visuals are the best part of this movie, and it made this movie entertaining. The fashion, oh, the fashion. I swear I wanted every single outfit in this movie, and I mostly like androgynous fashion. I don’t even look like this. Ya’ll know. I was TOO MAD when there were no dolls released wearing anything from this movie.

When they finally released the signature collection, Closmins happened. Basically, only the White character, Cloe, and racially ambiguous Yasmin, the favorites, were released with two outfits from the movie. The actual Bratz the Movie dolls wore nothing like the outfits from the actual movie. There were implications from the Hollywood Holidays book that Bratz was a “movie made about the Bratz”, not necessarily a real part of their lives or universe, so that could explain why none of the outfits appear in the Bratz the Movie line. However, I felt the outfits in the movie were better than the actual Bratz the Movie line. I was still pretty disappointed.

The outfits were just a portion of the best parts of this visually intriguing movie. Everyone was good-looking, and everything was looking good, too. There was this grandiosity, an exaggeration of daily life, that made everything feel larger-than-life. The school was huge, Meredith’s house was HUGE. The shopping center was INVOLVED. The Super Sweet 16 was almost a literal circus. The girls’ bedrooms were stylish! Each scene was pleasing to the eye, drew you in, and told you a story.

The only visual thing I hated was Dylan. He spoiled the movie for me. It’s not that he was ugly, he just wasn’t Dylan. I wish someone passionate about Bratz, someone who knew the fan base and knew the dolls, were on board with this movie. Someone with heart, someone who really cared about this brand. People can be good writers, but that doesn’t mean they truly understand or feel what they’re writing. That lack of feeling comes across right away when a hard-core fan watches the material.


The soundtrack game was pretty strong. Some 2000s favorites were laced through the album, and some songs are so iconic, they became a staple of Bratz, like Prima J’s Rockstar. To this day, I love Brick and Lace’s “Love is Wicked” to death. I’ve smashed that replay button on this song over one hundred times.

I also loved the “Bratz” songs from the movie. Meredith’s songs were amusing and entertaining, and I would argue a bit better than the Bratz’s “Bratitude” song. Of course, Meredith’s “All About Me” (Trivia: It’s actually the second Bratz soundtrack song with this title), is pretty dated as “Myspace” is a part of the lyrics, and that is mostly a thing of the past. The Bratz music is more timeless and can be listened to later down the line. When I first watched the movie, I was disappointed in “Bratitude” as a “final” song. I don’t know why. I mean, it was hype and everything. But it felt a bit sloppy. They tried to add too many things to it. I understand the Bratz girls wanted to bring the school together, so they found a song that combined many different elements into one sound. However, it made the song’s composition a bit messy, and it came across more like noise in many respects. I really didn’t know where the song was going at first. Eventually, I got used to it, but I understand why the Bratz only tied with Meredith and didn’t beat her.

The song that played during the ENDING credits, “Open Eyes”, was a bop. I would argue that should have been the final song against Meredith. They probably would’ve won then. I guess it was more chill than hype, and they wanted a song that could get the crowd on their feet and get the Bratz dancing.

The stage was pretty epic during the “Bratitude” musical number, adding to the grandiose setting, so I think only a hype song could have fit. However, I still preferred “Open Eyes”, and yet, it only played during the ending credits.


Overall, the movie was fun, it was flashy with the visuals, was probably the closest to designer Carter Bryant’s vision for the dolls, and it gave a little bit more evolution to the Bratz universe than all the other movies, giving them a family background and individual interests outside of fashion.

However, it was cliché, stereotyped all the characters, White-washed Dylan, didn’t include the universe everyone was hoping for, and didn’t pay attention much to the details in the actual Bratz doll universe.

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#10 Bratz The Video: Starrin’ & Stylin’

Coming in next is Bratz the Video: Starrin and Stylin. And calling it a “video” is showing its time. I first watched this movie at age 14, starting my first year in high school. The first Bratz movie ever, it was the first time the Bratz came to life on-screen, being developed with a 2-D animated universe. Keep in mind, though, there had been tons of other Bratz books, another Japanese stop-motion series overseas, the official website information, commercial story-telling, AND the Bratz dolls’ boxes themselves fleshing out the Bratz universe before this movie was released. But this movie was the Bratz’s first full-length animated movie. So, here goes.


Written by Meg Martin and Norah Pierson, the story follows the Bratz girls, Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, and Jade, along with friends Cameron and Dylan, as they prepare for prom weekend. Unfortunately, right before, their teacher gives them a big art project about expressing themselves, which he makes due the Monday after prom. Fortunately, Yasmin comes up with an idea; they can do a video during their prom week and each do a segment from their perspectives.

Prom week is full of drama though. Cloe crashes her car with all of her friends nearly hurt, Sasha has been stressing over being head of the prom committee, Jade is panicking over losing her “fashion sense” after her friends found her latest outfit picks to be “unappealing”, and someone has been leaking stories to the school newspaper, slamming the Bratz pack and making waves.

Eventually, the Bratz girls discover that it’s YASMIN who has been writing those things about them, and everything starts to fall apart in their friendship as well. Eventually, Yasmin is able to catch up with the Bratz and explain. They’d been talking about how boring her column is, and so she wanted to spice things up.

Once Yasmin began apologizing for hurting everyone, everything seemed to fix itself. Cameron finished fixing Cloe’s car, they Bratz girls are able to find the perfect prom attire, and their video is almost complete. Though there was a slight snag when the prom caterers, photographer, and DJ didn’t show up, the Bratz pack got themselves together to make sure it was a success. When Monday rolled around, they all got As on their video project.

For me the story was simple, with a slice-of-life, and interesting. It didn’t need the fancy flash-and-dash to be good. There were many twists and curve balls, and it left me wanting to know what would happen next after each scene. With a little more tweaking, the story could have been even better, but overall it was a good start for Bratz.

Now, remember, the movie came out shortly after rival Myscene’s first movie Jammin in Jamaica, so it had a lot to live up to. While it didn’t have the world destination theme, it did attempt to capture the tween-teen spirit and what average teens go through, even if it appeared a bit cliché, like much of the TV shows and movies back then, such as Lizzie McGuire, Unfabulous, Zoey 101, Rugrats All Grown Up, As Told By Ginger. You get the picture. I believe it also captured Carter Bryant’s vision of making them the “Cool girls in School”, which I think was a unique take, different from the “Geeky Girls in School” tropes that were so popular to use at this time. Also, it wasn’t exaggerated, like in the live action Bratz movie.

I did wish the movie had explained in detail how they got their name “The Bratz”. The movie almost didn’t even acknowledge that they had the name, which left quite a hole.

My biggest criticism of the movie was that much of the story made some of the Bratz characters look bad, and for some people, no amount of apology could fix it. The behavior of the characters didn’t really bother me, as I hate Mary Sue characters and prefer characters to have flaws and imperfections, but it can be a turn-off to people who want their characters to display better character traits.


Speaking of characters, let’s get into that. To me, this was the obvious weakness of the movie. Being the first movie, I was expecting them to bring to life ALL the qualities present in the Bratz universe, including Jade’s love of extreme sports and her far-out outlook, as outlined in the Bratz’s first video game and on the official Bratz website. Instead, they made Jade a one-dimensional character that “loved fashion”. Dramatic Cloe loved art and planned on being student body president. Quiet and shy Yasmin was interested in journalism. Sassy and hip Sasha was into partying and music, and had a knack for organizing and planning events. And Jade was just…into fashion. Cutting edge fashion, but just fashion nonetheless. NONE of the Bratz girls were sporty, so that was a bummer. But at least Jade maintained her way extreme and totally far-out outlook. More than I can say about Bratz Rock Angelz‘s take on Jade. Why would anyone like Jade ever try to work with pink Your Thing?

Still, despite it being better than the movie that followed, there were quite a bit of issues with the development of the characters.

In Starrin’ & Stylin’, some of the characterizations made it difficult for the Bratz going forward, and I would say it began to be dated as the universe was trying to expand. First off, Yasmin was supposed to be a girl who “just moved to town recently”. This conflicts with the whole Bratz Babyz and Bratz Kidz universe that followed after the movie. So, it’s hard to take the story seriously within the totality of the Bratz universe.

Second, Cameron was “Ken-dolled” (In reference to the Ken doll only being known for being the romantic companion to Mattel’s Barbie doll), permanently making him Cloe’s love interest, when everything, from commercials, to lines like Secret or Blind Date, showed otherwise. What made Bratz different from Barbie was that they were all single and ready to mingle. They weren’t “owned” by each other. They may have had crushes on each other, but they were friends first, and recognized they were too young and independent to settle down. Cameron was “The Blaze” because ALL the Bratz girls thought he was hot, which means they all had a crush on him, not just Cloe. This allowed the Bratz to potentially be seen with anyone, opening up the possibilities of interracial dating, queer dating, and even friendship dates that lead to nothing romantic. It actually made lines like Secret Date possible and FUN.

Barbie was settled with Ken, and could never seem to shake him even when she broke up with him and tried to come out as Bisexual. Please, of all the pandering. Bratz never had that kind of pandering before…until they “Ken-dolled” Cameron. Now, whenever the Bratz return, they only bring Cameron back so he can be the love interest to Cloe, giving him little evolution beyond his attraction “to the girl”. The Bratz Boyz were so much more than love interests before Starrin’ & Stylin‘. There were even books just about the Bratz Boyz. Starrin’ and Stylin‘ ruined that.

Now, I’m not saying it’s wrong to have a romance story, but when it’s limited in this way, the “White boy” ends up with “White girl”, there’s no room for growth and diversity.

What’s worse is that only Cloe had a romance story, which added to her popularity, and made her outshine everyone else. Cloe was the drama queen with all the personality, along with the romance story, and honestly this made her the most likeable character in the movie and beyond.

While all of the characters of color, Jade, Sasha, and Yasmin were made mostly unlikable in this movie. Jade was boring and one-dimensional, Sasha was bad-tempered and a control freak, and Yasmin was a sneaky back-stabber. It was made obvious when the school newspaper, aka Yasmin, didn’t even have anything bad to say about Cloe. Even Dylan was made more unlikable than Cameron, though admittedly, he had more personality. I was still hoping for a slick “Nick” type of character development for Dylan, as implied by the nickname the GIRLS gave him. If he was as corny as he appeared in this movie, why would the girls even give him this type of nickname?

In the movies and series, it appeared that the boys gave themselves those nicknames, which conflicts with the back of their boxes where they say the “Bratz” call them this, meaning the “girls”. There’s a difference. Pay attention. I wish some of these writers would pay attention to the details. But there’s the conflict of creating your own artistic vision and trying to represent the Bratz brand. I get it. Still, I want a writer who really knows Bratz. I can’t help it.


A lot of people used to come down hard on the Starrin’ & Stylin”s animation style. And while the movie displayed a cheaper animation style, I really liked the 2-D animation. No, it’s not the fancy CGI “next-gen” graphics or whatever, but it had character and heart.

The main reason why it was used was because of the animated characters present in the commercials. Before the movies and animated series, the only media providing a lens into the Bratz universe was the commercials. The animation style had the Bratz interacting with their surroundings, and it actually lead to people asking for a movie about the Bratz, using those animated characters. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to translate well into movie form in some people’s eyes

I liked it, though. The backdrop actually appeared like a real neighborhood, especially when I saw it recently. The coloring was luscious at some points, dark and sinister at other points, and just set the mood in ways CGI animation couldn’t. Also, the backdrop or neighborhood was interesting because it appeared like an upper class suburb, similar to Springfield, Missouri, Carter Bryant’s hometown and the birthplace of the Bratz concept. Stiles High even looks a bit like Kickapoo High School, the school of the students that inspired Carter Bryant’s designs. Later, the Bratz TV series and the CGI movies placed them in Stilesville, California, which was okay, too. However, I liked that little detail in Starrin’ & Stylin‘.


The music was pretty good. It’s quite nostalgic. “Summertime Girl” was actually played everywhere in children’s commercials back in the early 2000s. I remembered it being played on Nickelodeon’s Slime Time Live back in the day and even in the promotional commercials for the Kids’ Choice Awards. I think it played during a New Year’s segment, too. Anyway, the music had this cool beach party vibe that I dug. Most of it is iconic. I’d like to add that because DVDs had the BEST features, the Karaoke feature allowed viewers to sing along to these songs, making them more iconic.


Overall, the gem of this movie is that it didn’t need the fancy animation and world destination theme to be a good engaging story with a twist. The animation was really beautiful in my opinion, especially when capturing the neighborhood and the houses. And it was cool to see the commercial animation get full-length with voice actors.

But of course, the downside is the writers’ didn’t pay attention the groove of the Bratz universe, they stripped some characters down to one-dimensional characters, made all the characters of color unlikeable, and approached the first full-length film with simplistic storytelling, which didn’t really “Wow” the general crowd.

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#09 Bratz Super Babyz

Coming in next is Super Babyz. This movie was released in 2007, shortly after the live action Bratz film as released in theaters. I believe I was in my final year of high school, which would be my Senior Year, according to USA schools.


Written by John Doolittle, the story follows our favorite core four Bratz Babyz characters: Cloe, Yasmin, Jade, and Sasha. They are excited to go to a super hero convention at an amusement park, and are excited to meet their favorite super heroes from their favorite show. Of course, as little impressionable babies, they long for super powers, too, especially because they believe they won’t have to go to bed if they don’t want to nor be told what to do.

The next day, while at the amusement park, a bunch of potato aliens, who’d crash-landed the night before, gets one of his devices, the “Matter Exchanger”, lost among the toys at a gift shop. When the Bratz get to that shop, their Nana accidentally buys it for them.

Late that night, while they are sleep, Nana, who can’t see very well without her eyeglasses, takes the device, thinking it’s a remote, and accidentally presses the button on it, causing a shockwave through the house that ends up giving the Bratz Babyz powers. When they wake up the next morning, they have super abilities. They begin using these abilities to save the people and animals in their community, but eventually start tiring out.

The aliens reveal that their mission on Earth is to transform themselves into babies and take the Earth babies’ place, (mistakenly) believing babies are worshipped on the planet. Remembering the Babyz from the gift shop, they realize the Bratz Babyz have taken their Exchanger. They scheme a plot to steal back their Matter Exchanger, and replace the Babyz while the Babyz are out saving the world. The Babyz realize the aliens’ plans, and seek to get rid of them. However, their super powers get more in the way, and the Babyz get worn-out trying to use them.

They soon learn that they don’t need super powers. Their own abilities, as normal Babyz, could help them save the day. They are able to trick the aliens into turning themselves into rats, getting them kicked out of the house. In the end, the aliens are held as pets by a local worker.

When the movie was first released, I’m not going to lie, the movie was kind of cheesy and forgettable. But I expected it coming from a movie told from the perspective of toddlers or “Babyz”. I remember thinking to myself, “Uh, the planet is being invaded by vegetable aliens”? {LOL} Okay. It wasn’t until I got older that I appreciated it more, maybe because I’ve worked with 3-and 4-year-olds closer. What I found interesting about the Bratz girls’ relationship to the idea of “super heroes” was the fact that they idolized the heroes, much like many of the American kids of that time did during the early super hero Marvel craze. Many kids wanted super powers of their own. What I like about the movie now is it teaches the lesson that kids don’t need super powers to “save the day” or to make a difference. It also teaches them to appreciate being young while they still can. The Babyz wanted to be able to stay up all night, and thought super powers would give them the chance to do that (Though, now that I think about it, I don’t see how they came to that conclusion. Hey, they’re Babyz). But after getting the super powers, they realize how much work it is to have powers. They realize it comes with a certain set of responsibilities.

Eventually, the Babyz also began to realize their own favorite super heroes were fakes, breaking the illusion that a real hero has powers at all (or wears a cape). A real hero is someone willing to help others. That message was actually a pretty good one. So, I can say I appreciate the story a little more now that I’m older. To be honest, I even got used to the aliens. The inclusion of aliens isn’t weirder than genies and pixies. The Bratz world is just weird.


The movie stuck to the core four, which was for the best, especially since they were in the Super Babyz line. The best part about this movie is that they gave Jade a little more dimension than in even the movies with her as a teenager. Sure, we only learned she was a really messy toddler, but it was still a little something more than she’s just “a fashionista”. Because, again, they all are.

Nana was my favorite character overall, though. I’m still trying to figure out if she’s a relative of Cloe’s. In any case, with her lack of vision and three pairs of glasses strung around her neck to help her see, she reminds me of my own grandmother. Therefore, she was so funny to me.

Of course, the “potato alien” thing was kind of weird. But it was mildly entertaining. I don’t understand why they chose potatoes as enemies to be honest. Vegetables would have been perfect. What is more of a natural enemy to a toddler than vegetables, amiright?


The visuals were passable. A staple of its time. Of course, the “alien potatoes” had a really strange look to them. I liked the detail, but when I was younger the potatoes looked so weird to me, especially as babies. It kind of creeped me out.

Aside from lower-budget CGI, at least the Babyz actually WORE the right super hero costumes from the actual Bratz line and all from the line were present in the movie. Of course, I’m still interested in the Super Babyz artwork promoted with the film that seems so different from the actual line. Where does that even fit in?

Overall, the visuals of this film didn’t do much to improve the overall quality of the movie, but it was decent enough.


The songs on here were cute and pretty catchy. “Feel the Power” was my favorite for a minute. I loved “We Can Win”, too, as it felt like it had some soul to it.


Overall, the movie had a cute story with a good message, all of the characters from the line were in the movie, WEARING THE RIGHT outfits, and the music was good. However, the story was cheesy and forgettable, and some parts of the animation weren’t too appealing.

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#08 Bratz Babyz Save Christmas

Next up is Bratz Babyz Save Christmas. Released in 2013, I was definitely an adult by the time it arrived, and aged 23. Basically, I was way older than the target demographic. At the time, I was just excited to get anything from Bratz, since there had been issues with the court cases and Bratz arriving back for their 10th Anniversary. This movie is close to my heart in that way, but there are other things I liked. Of course, there were also a few elements I didn’t like so much.


Written by Karl Geurs, the story centers on Bratz Babyz Cloe, Jade, Sasha, and Yasmin, staying with their Nana, excitedly awaiting the return of their parents from a winter vacation, just in time for Christmas. Unfortunately, their parents end up stuck in a winter storm, forcing the Babyz to spend Christmas Eve with Nana.

Being babies and all, they are upset, missing all of their parents and family traditions. Nana tries to do the traditions with them to make their Christmas special, but the Babyz feel like it’s not the same. Hoping to cheer them up, Nana takes them to see Santa at the local mall. The Babyz think it’s a good idea to visit Santa, hoping they can ask Santa to bring their parents home.

While there, three criminals, Max and his minions, Ralfie and Reggie, plot to dress up as a fake Santa and elves so they can pick the pockets of the parents in the shopping center. While Max is talking to his boss, who he apparently owes money to, the Bratz, mistaking him for Santa, misunderstand him when he gripes about “a lack of helpful elves”. They believe he’s canceling Christmas because he doesn’t have help. Later that night, they learn on the news that Santa is at a place nearby called The North Pole, about to deliver a large donation to Summer House, a home for orphans, and they decide to visit it.

Meanwhile, the three criminals hear about it, too, and they head to the place to steal the money. Their boss, Milly, disguised as a security guard, also heads there. The criminals arrive first. While plotting to steal the key to the car trunk full of money from the Head Elf, the Bratz Babyz arrive, putting a wrench in their plans. The Babyz offer to help the Head Elf. In order to distract them, Max sends his minions out to pretend they want to help, too.

Ralfie and Reggie are much more sentimental about Christmas, and with the Bratz, they prove to the Head Elf that they can be helpful elves to Santa. Eventually, Max is able to steal the key, and just as his boss Milly arrives. She has him and his minions lock the Bratz and the Head Elf in the stables, and they take the car with the money and drive off. After the Bratz Babyz find out Max was a fake Santa, and even learn that the place they’re in isn’t the real North Pole, they almost lose hope for this Christmas. The Head Elf tells them that he does work for the real Santa, and that the reindeer in the stables are Santa’s real reindeer.

Outside and feeling guilty, Ralfie and Reggie hop off the car their boss tries to drive away, and head back to The North Pole to release the Bratz and the Head Elf from the stables. Ralfie, Reggie, and the Babyz all head out on the reindeer to stop Max and Milly. They are able to cut them off and have them arrested. The police are able to drive the Bratz Babyz home before Nana even notices they’re gone.

What they didn’t know the whole time was that Nana had dressed herself up like Santa and was attempting to climb down the chimney so the Babyz wouldn’t lose hope in Christmas and Santa like she did growing up. While stuck in the chimney, Santa is able to meet her on the roof, surprising her and fulfilling her wish to meet him.

The story is really cute. What I love most about the story, and was pleasantly surprised to see, was the time-old story of appreciating what you have. I think many kids, and many adults, miss what the holidays are all about behind all the traditions and presents.

I didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas, so I never desired presents nor understood the compulsory need to give expensive gifts or stress yourself out cooking and throwing parties. I hated parties in my house anyway because, let’s just say, it was really stressful in my home. I was thankful we didn’t celebrate it. I got rewarded when I did good in school or did my chores well, so I just didn’t expect my parents to give me things. I was taught that money doesn’t grow on trees, and that everything you get should be treasured, taken care of, and earned. What I liked about this movie was that the Bratz Babyz learned to appreciate making new traditions and seeing the silver lining instead of complaining about what they don’t have. They initially think it’s the worse Christmas because everything isn’t perfect, but they learn to be adaptable and make their own Christmas special.

I still felt bad for Nana because she was trying her hardest to make things good for the Babyz, and obviously they didn’t see how hard Christmas must have been for her. She seemed to live in an old house, all alone. I have seen a picture of a couple on one of her tables, so maybe she has children, but none of them were there on Christmas Eve. I do wish that the Babyz had seen how happy they could have made Nana, instead of thinking about how others could make them happy.

Still, I felt the message was good, as with all the Bratz Babyz movies.

That aside, I have to admit that some things didn’t make sense, as with many of the Bratz Babyz movies. When the Bratz Babyz, Ralfie, and Reggie were chasing the criminals, I don’t know how the Head Elf or the police were able to find them after they veered off of the road. I mean, sure, the Head Elf could have used some magic to notify the police, and prior to veering off of the road, the criminals almost ran into someone, so maybe that person called the police. And that’s aside from a police man chasing Milly all the way to The North Pole. Still, how could the police have gotten there so fast unless one of them had been tailing them all along? In any case, anything can be explained away with magic.

Some people have trashed this movie, and find it stupid. I actually liked it and think it’s cute, especially for a movie about dolls. The story seems like a toddler told it and handed it to the writers. But that’s fitting for a movie where toddlers are the central characters.


I think the four main Bratz girls were kind of drowned-out in the movie. They didn’t display as much individuality from one another. But at least none of them were made to be worse off than the other, as with other movies. They seemed more united in this movie.

However, the stand-out characters were the supporting ones, particularly Ralfie and Reggie, who missed out on a childhood of toys and games because they’d always been ill-behaved. They had a longing for their childhood back, giving them Peter Pan syndrome and a sense of nostalgia, kind of like myself, and their evolution in the story was most entertaining and interesting.


Though the visuals weren’t miraculous by this time, and I’d gotten used to CGI by 2013, I thought that there were many details in the background that added to the story. For example, it’s clear that the Bratz Babyz lived in a warmer climate, so as they moved toward the “North Pole”, suddenly snow started to show up in the background. That was a pretty interesting detail to add, especially because a lot of kids in the west coast and warmer climates don’t get to see snow. It was a way the Bratz Babyz could experience a white Christmas, despite not always having that luxury.


There wasn’t much music, which was kind of disappointing. My favorite song from the movie, “Feel the Magic”, only played in the credits. There were two other cheerful Bratz Christmas songs that I liked, too. If you want to get in a Bratz Christmas mood, these songs would be perfect. The best part about these songs is that they are only associated with this movie, so if you hear it anywhere else, you’d know where it came from.


Overall it was a pretty cute movie with a good message, despite the wacky things that happened in it and the average visuals.

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#07 Bratz Fashion Pixiez

Next up on the list is 2007’s Bratz Fashion Pixiez. I was 17 when this was released, and in my Senior Year, or last year, of high school in the USA. Dark Pixies, light pixies, gnomes, magic, and Bratz. What could be better? What a lot of ya’ll may not know about me is I love fantasy, and I don’t care what forms it comes in. I was always into Peter Pan, Cardcaptor Sakura, Sailor Moon, and much more when I was growing up. I still love magic, mystery, and dark fantasies with hidden messages. Obviously, this movie came out around the height of Winx‘s popularity. Barbie: Fairytopia was also hugely popular at this time as well. This was the Bratz pack’s take on teen pixies, so I was all in.


Written by Bart Jennett, who I believe wrote some episodes of the Bratz TV series, Fashion Pixiez centers on a family of pixies who have learned to hide in plain sight from humans while helping the planet. Breeana, the youngest in a family of pixies and a pixie or fairy princess, notices that her older sister Cymbelline has been acting angsty. One day, Breeana follows her sister as she sneaks out and shockingly notices her sister sprouts wings and flies off.

At school, the Bratz pack, Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, and Jade, are friends with Cymbelline, who happens to be in their same grade, and they have also noticed her behavior has changed. She was put in charge of the upcoming Magnolia Ball, hosted by Breeana’s father, and always seemed to take school and responsibilities seriously. A new girl appears at the school, a gothic girl who dresses similarly to Breeana and Cymbelline, signifying some magical leanings. Dylan becomes smitten with this mysterious girl, despite Breeana’s attempts at trying to ask him to the dance.

Eventually, this mysterious girl is able to draw Dylan deep into the forest and manipulate him into being her slave. The next day, he begins acting strangely, so the Bratz confront Breeana about her sister’s behavior and Dylan’s, especially when they learn Dylan has asked Breeana to meet him alone. The Bratz girls follow Breeana to her house, and out of impatience, Cloe and Yasmin climb the gate in time to be confronted with angry gnomes and a flying girl who they discover is Cymbelline.

The next day, Cloe and Yasmin try to explain to Sasha and Jade what they saw, but they don’t believe them. They confront Breeana, and discover that Dylan, who’d been acting strangely, asked her to meet him in the forest. Yasmin and Cloe decide to go with her, finding the whole situation suspicious. When the girls enter the forest, they are ambushed. Yasmin and Cloe are captured by the dark fairy, who they learn is Lina, and her legion of dark fairies, with Breeana managing to escape.

The next day, Cloe and Yasmin begin acting strangely, having a bit of a ‘tude, being rude, and shirking their Magnolia ball responsibilities, just like Cymbelline. This time, Jade and Sasha believe something must be going on and they approach Breeana about it, who had been crying after Cloe and Yasmin were captured. Breeana tells them about her family history, of them being the family of pixies or fairies, and of their mother disappearing years ago, leaving them only with magic charm bracelets and a wand. She shares with them the world of the fairies through magical “glasses” or masks, and explains that her father is the fairy king and oversees the fairies who need to live in secret to help humans. She explains how her sister got caught up in wanting wings, which only sprout when you are 18 and only when you do a good deed. Cymbelline had wanted wings ahead of time, but their father refused. This led to her getting connected with the dark pixie Lina, who had been leading a revolt against the King for 10 years, and who offered Cymbelline wings of her own. Sasha, Jade, and Breeana come up with a plan to follow Cymbelline to a party she revealed she was going to deep in the woods.

When they arrive there, they find Cloe, Yasmin, and Dylan at a dark pixie club, a pixie circle, dancing under a spell. While trying to get Yasmin and Cloe out of their trance, they give their presence away. Lina tries to bring Breeana over to her side, needing Breeana’s power to get stronger, but Breeana uses her mother’s wand to put the club’s lights out with magic, which hurts the pixies. Lina uses her magic to cause the tree, where the party was being held, to collapse on top of the three girls, and she heads to the Magnolia Ball with her army of fairies to take down the fairy king.

Using their cell phone flashlights, they navigate through narrow openings until a group of gnomes discover them. The gnomes had been following them, so they were able to find them and help them. They brought with them the royal flying unicorns as well. Breeana, Sasha, and Jade fly through the sky to the Magnolia Ball, and they confront Lina. Breeana’s dad, the King of the Fairies, faces off against Lina and is able to break some of her slaves out of their spell. He’s weakened after this, and for a moment Lina has the upper hand. Breeana gathers her friends, her sister Cymbelline, who’d been broken from the spell, and they discover that their mother has been turned into the Magnolia tree in the center of the park after they sense her presence. They surround the tree, bring forth Cymbelline and Breeana’s mother, Dee, and together they overcome Lina and turn her into a tree. That’s the gist anyway.

The story is pretty involved. On it’s own, it’s a really engaging story. Lina is one cool, seductive, and sinister witch fairy, and on its own, I love it. The whole family dynamic, of a mother disappearing years ago due to a revolt lead by a dark pixie? It makes for a pretty cool story. Throughout, there was so much mystery surrounding the story, bringing me in and making me want to know more.

But that is only on the surface. If I look at this movie as being something that’s supposed to promote the Fashion Pixiez doll brand? MGA, what the heck were you thinking? First off, in the Bratz Fashion Pixiez line, Breeana, Lina, and Dee are sold as pretty, young, ingenue TEEN pixies. They weren’t given the adult body types that adult moms Polita and Portia were given later as to distinguish them from the teen dolls. Unfortunately, in the movie, the “adult” pixies look almost as young as teenagers in their true forms. Yet, they are supposed to be “adults”.

The PROBLEM IS there is no indication on the boxes that Lina and Dee are meant to even BE adults, and this causes confusion for kids during playtime. I’ve seen kids literally play out Dee with Cameron romantically, or even Lina with Dylan, not realizing THEY’RE GROWN WOMEN. Now, there have been other adult Bratz dolls, but the boxes clearly indicate that one is the “mom” doll and the other is a CHILD. Without that indication, all of the dolls in Fashion Pixiez are assumed to be TEENAGERS. Now, I can’t come down on a young-looking woman because everybody says I look like a 13 year old sometimes. Look at Ariana Grande? But still, if you’re going to have a young-looking adult sold, there should be some indication to the children playing with the dolls that’s what they are. Otherwise, problematic playtime could occur, such as the “adult” fairies ending up in fantasy weddings with the teenage Bratz Boyz. This occurs with kids who don’t fully understand the Fashion Pixiez movie or never watched it.

That also brings me to another problem. Lina was technically an adult flirting with a teenager and manipulating him, making him her slave in this movie, I’m just going to be real. That looks bad. I understand she looks like a young teenager forever, almost like the vampires in Twilight who have lived for hundreds of years, yet are in a relationship with some of the humans in the story or movie. But in the case of those movies and books, they kind of do a good job of making the Vampires feel like wandering ghosts who remain the same age forever, especially since most of the time, they never mingle with any adults or anyone older than 16. It’s almost like they are still teenagers in “vampire years”. Monster High uses this formula as well to give the illusion that they are still “teenagers”.

With Dee being MARRIED with a teenage daughter, we can’t use the illusion that they are “teenagers” in pixie years, like they did with Monster High’s Draculaura, who is 1600 years old. Dee got into an altercation with Lina TEN YEARS before the events of the movie, which also means Lina must be older, too. Therefore, we have to assume Lina was a full grown adult preying on Dylan and making him her “lover boy”.

And that wouldn’t be a problem, because it could be a cautionary tale encouraging young people not to talk to strange adults, to avoid thinking they are in love with you when they are preying on you, and whatnot. Yet, the problem is they were actually selling a DOLL based on this character. And then the character basically dies at the end of the movie, or is rather turned into a tree. So, why sell this doll?

Now, I’ve seen several people trying to theorize why the Fashion Pixiez doll looks so different from the movie version. Some people say they’re selling a version of the pixies that showcases them before they were adults, before Lina turned evil. I call bull. It’s pretty obvious what happened.

The dolls were designed first, and 1,001 bucks they were all designed to be teenagers. The writers and producers of the movie were handed a handful of the dolls to write a story around and they just wrote any old thing using the characters. They didn’t think, “Oh, these characters are going to potentially be sold to kids, being perceived as teenagers”. No. Some of the other toys included, like the Magic Mini Pixie Friends, didn’t even appear in the movie. That just says to me there is little to no connection between the Bratz Fashion Pixiez doll line and the Fashion Pixiez movie.

So while the story is very interesting, and one of the best in the Bratz franchise, it fails to capture the Bratz universe appropriately.


The primary Bratz pack characters’ personalities carried over from all the other movies, but I felt that Jade and Sasha were interpreted better in this movie. It was interesting that Cloe and Yasmin were the compassionate girls who impulsively jumped in to help Cymbelline, and that Sasha and Jade were the clear-headed girls who actually saved the day. There wasn’t as much emphasis on their individuality, but I felt it wasn’t needed.

I do still feel they leaned towards making Sasha more selfish than everyone else, especially when Jade suggested they go to the dark pixie party to save their friends, and Sasha was over there more worried about the Magnolia Ball. This is not to say Black characters have to be perfect, but I just feel like the darker-skinned characters are never structured as sweet or kind. If there’d been more Black representation, like with Felicia or Lydia making an appearance, then I’d probably be okay with Sasha being who she is. But with her being the only one representing darker-skinned girls, I wasn’t happy that she was written less likeable, especially considering how little she appeared in the lines after the TV series and how poorly Black characters are received in general.

But overall, the characters weren’t so difficult to handle in this movie.

Once again, though, they made Dylan a cornball. More interested in Lina, a grown woman, than Breeana, someone around his age. As soon as Dylan showed interest in Lina, I really felt that Breeana should not have tried all movie to ask him out. Once somebody shows you who they are and what they want, listen to them. At the end of the day, even if he were to get with Breeana, he’d be looking for the “Lina” in her. That’s what caught his attention. Honestly, I really felt bad for Breeana, because she was designed to appear so desperate for his attention, and he just didn’t see anything in her until Lina turned out to be bad. She was his second choice. Just saying.

Dee was an interesting addition as a mom and MARRIED character. Can’t believe that little thing popped out two children. And it just feels kind of weird to think the doll Dee is even married because in my mind all of the Bratz pack characters should be in open, friendly relationships with mild crushes, with an emphasis on independence. Ya’ll ruined that, too.

Overall, though, each character played their part in making the movie itself good. If I wasn’t seeing this as a Bratz movie, it’d be more enjoyable for me.


The visuals are pretty mesmerizing, not gonna lie. All the magic, fairy dust, flapping wings, it was all pretty, especially for 2007. I felt like most of the story took place at night, and considering Lina was in town, the weather did seem mostly cloudy, like a shadow had clouded over the city. I think it was considered drab until Jade and Sasha put on the fairy glasses/masks and saw the world in color. It seemed like there was supposed to be a contrast. I thought that was artistically laced within the movie. It’s not revolutionary or anything, but I like when it’s done in movies.

And of course, I was very happy to see the prototype pixie outfits in the movie, since they couldn’t make it on the dolls. And they looked just as amazing as I imagined them to be. Still think the prototypes should have been released as special editions, but hey. Beggars can’t be choosers.


The best part about this movie is that the songs from the Fashion Pixiez soundtrack actually appeared in the movie. I believe they heard the complaints from fans back in 2005 with Rock Angelz and started fixing it ever since with the other movies. “One of a Kind” and “Look Closer” are my favorite songs, so it was great to hear them in the movie. I love the modern pop feel, but they also had this mystical magical quality that really brought me into the pixie universe.


Overall, I loved the movie’s story. It was full of magic, mystery, excitement, thrill, family drama, and family togetherness. It was very fun and had its touching moments. The story drew me in, and I actually would like to know more about the Kingdom of the Fairies. I loved the visuals, and the music took me there.

But it was not a good adaptation of the actual doll line, and it made things problematic as a fan of the dolls. I wish Lina and Dee had been developed into the teenagers they were meant to be, or at least Lina wasn’t as problematic so I could enjoy having the Lina doll a little more.

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#06 Bratz Genie Magic

Higher up on the list is Bratz Genie Magic. Released in 2006, earlier in the year before Passion 4 Fashion Diamondz, I was still a Sophomore, in my second year of high school, and almost 16 years old. Man, time flies.


Written by Peggy Nicoll, the writer who wrote the “Bible” of the Bratz series and oversaw it, the story focuses on teen genie Katia. She escapes from her home, the ESA headquarters, and heads to Cafe Mambo where she meets the Bratz for the first time. Mesmerized by the Bratz girls’ music, she finds herself following them backstage. The Bratz girls find her intriguing and like her outfit, but a famous celebrity Matt Rock distracts them as he connects with Jade, who has shown interest in him all night. When a bouncer enters backstage looking for Katia, who didn’t pay to enter, she uses her mysterious magic to escape.

The next day, the Bratz girls meet back up with Katia, and discover that she’s being chased. They are willing to protect her, but then discover that she’s lived in a closed-off facility with no freedom, and had run away from home to live life like a normal teenager. Her father sent some goons to bring her back. Though the Bratz believe she should talk to her father, they agree to give her a real teen experience. They organize a sleep-over at Cloe’s house.

While there, Bratz Boyz Dylan and Bryce attempt to crash the party, which frightens Cloe, and she ends up wishing that they “would croak”. Katia misinterprets this to mean that Cloe wants them to turn into frogs, and so she grants it. At first, the other Bratz girls can’t believe what they’ve seen. Katia explains she’s a genie, granting one wish to each person until she’s 18, and expressing the limitations of not granting eternal life, more wishes, immense wealth, or something harmful. (Of course, there are loopholes through this; more on this later). After the Bratz Boyz wish for themselves back, the Bratz realize they have a new genie friend that can help them with their troubles. Cloe is trying to get an A in Geography, Sasha is trying to win a DJ contest, Jade is trying to score a date with Matt Rock, and Yasmin wants to have an animal shelter built to protect the animals from the crazy weather that’s been lately spiraling out of control all around the world, including in Stilesville. Because Cloe has already used her wish, Katia agrees that the girls can share three wishes. Anyone can make the wish at any time, and she won’t have to be present for it to come true. Unfortunately, this causes an argument between the girls as they try to decide whose wishes should be made.

In the midst of this, Bryce asks Katia on a date, and she agrees, making this is her first time going out with a boy.

The next day, while with the Bratz pack in the shopping center, Katia continues granting the wishes of people around her, gaining the Bratz pack’s admiration. They shop with her for some outfits similar to hers before she goes on her date with Bryce. She starts to feel light-headed suddenly, and shares with the girls that it happens when she’s away from her magic bottle for too long.

While out with Bryce, she catches the goons watching her and abruptly ends her date to find her new friends. As she gets closer to the Bratz pack, whose arguing is getting worse, they catch sight of their friend running from the goons. They try to help Katia, but she is caught. She reassures them that she’s going to talk to her father.

Back at the facility, a shady science lab located on a boat in the middle of a body of water, her father is angry with her for leaving, wearing makeup, and hanging with boys. He refuses to listen to her, causing her to be upset. At this facility, we learn that Katia is working with a man named Kon and his partner Zelle to “improve weather conditions” or “natural disasters”. She believes she’s helping, so does her father, who has decided to dedicate his life to science since he lost his own powers after his genie bottle was broken. But actually, Kon and Zelle are a part of an evil scientists’ association that is using Katia’s powers to create dangerous weather conditions around the world so they can extort money from the world’s governments. Eventually, Katia overhears their plans to harm her friends because they know of Katia’s powers. She escapes again to warn them and help them. Kon and Zelle, realizing she’s left to warn her friends, send their goons, and they reach Cloe and Yasmin before Katia can, kidnapping them. Katia manages to reach Bryce, Jade, and Sasha. Unfortunately, at this moment, while standing in pouring, flooding rain, Sasha makes a wish for an umbrella, leaving them all with only one wish left.

When they arrive at Cloe’s house where she and Yasmin were supposed to be, they realize they’d been kidnapped. Byron Powell, a famous friend of the Bratz pack and a secret agent, enters the broken-into home, and he begins to tell them more about Kon and Zelle. Katia realizes she’s been helping criminals. Byron asks Jade, Sasha, and Bryce to protect Katia, giving them gadgets for assistance, but Katia is adamant about going with them so she can protect her father.

Katia summons her magic carpet, splits it for her friends, and Bryce, Jade, Sasha, and Katia ride to the facility to find her father and their friends. When they arrive, hey discover her father has left his study, where he normally is, and is out looking for Katia. While they are searching for him, Zelle has given a truth serum to Cloe and Yasmin to find out what they know. She then prepares a mind sweep so they can become mindless minions like the goons. Fortunately, Katia, Bryce, Jade, and Sasha are able to arrive just in time to save their friends. Zelle flees the room.

As Kon enters to warn Zelle about the Bratz, he realizes she’s gone and the Bratz have the upper hand. He takes Katia’s bottle out of his jacket, and threatens to destroy it. Katia needs her bottle in tact in order to keep her powers, otherwise all of the wishes she’s ever made will be undone. The Bratz take this opportunity to wish for Katia’s father to be back safely in his study. What they don’t know is the study is rigged with a trap that could freeze him to death.

With all three of the Bratz wishes gone, they feel trapped. Bryce steps in quickly, wrapping the new gadget wire comb rope Byron gave him around Kon’s legs, crashing him to the floor. Katia is able to step forward and grab her own bottle. However, at this moment she realizes in order to save her father, she has to sacrifice her own powers. She smashes her bottle, causing every wish she ever made to be undone.

Kon is able to escape at this time, and he attempts to lock all of the Bratz pack in the room by breaking the entrance pad. Jade, Sasha, and Katia manage to escape, but Bryce, Cloe, and Yasmin get trapped on the other side. As Kon heads back to his office, Zelle knocks him out and handcuffs him to a pipe on the wall. She has been tired of his patronizing ways towards her, and turns on him, stealing all of the money.

As soon as the Bratz catch up with Kon, they realize that he has been over-powered by Zelle. The Bratz head to the roof to try and stop Zelle. Using their teamwork and clever ideas, they are able to take her laptop holding all of the money (Jade did her thing hoping onto that helicopter and sliding out of the moving helicopter, not knowing if she would make it. Chiiillld), and crash her helicopter, thanks to Katia and Jade distracting her with a split magic carpet and Sasha using an excavator truck of some sort. Though Zelle manages to get away, Kon is taken in by Byron and Katia. She and her father are reunited, and her father decides their family will live a normal life.

The story is very involved, and personally, as the third movie in the Bratz universe, it was a vast improvement from the first two fumbles. First off, the story actually focused on the Genie Magic line and the concept as a whole. Katia was used in majority of the movie. It had a clear purpose, and actually it was the first time a Bratz character was interpreted WITH A FAMILY, with parents. Though they didn’t focus on the families of the core four characters, it was a start. I also thought a story centered on a teen genie was so unique at the time. There’d been a lot of teen shows about witches like Sabrina the Teenage Witch and ones about teen fairies like Winx. But none about teen genies. I thought it was a unique spin on the typical genie story. To be honest, I would have liked a series centered on just Katia. She would make a good lead character because she has a family background and more adventures to tell with her genie powers (though she unfortunately loses it at the end of this movie, sort of).

Now, again, the story was missing the WHOLE Bratz Genie Magic landscape, just like most of all of the other movies. Meygan, who’d been a part of the main Genie Magic line, was missing from this movie, and that bothered me. I’d rather have her than Dylan or Bryce. I mean, I understand a Bratz boy was used so Katia could go on her first date like a quote “normal teenager” (clearly I wasn’t normal because I didn’t date in high school…). But there’s no excuse for them to ignore Meygan time and again.
Regardless of her inclusion, the movie was pretty entertaining. It was exciting, magical, fashionable, and fun.

There was one big hole that I discovered after watching, though. Maybe it’s not so much a hole, but it definitely made this movie confusing at times. I found it interesting that though Katia can’t grant immense wealth, she was able to grant the wish of a passerby who said he wished “he had a dime for every time his girlfriend asked [if she was fat]”. Ultimately, couldn’t that make him immensely wealthy?

Also, though she can’t grant any wishes that harm others, Zelle and Kon were able to use her wishes FOR HARM by lying about the circumstances of the wish. Her powers didn’t pick up on the “ill intent”. So, I wondered if the regulations are controlled by Katia, all of those conditions being her own regulations. The movie never specified why these conditions existed or who established them, yet, unlike with most genie tales, where the genies are usually not in control of whether a wish is granted or not, it appeared as if Katia was in control of the wishes she could grant, and that the greater issue was that she was largely manipulated by people into making wishes happen. Her real issue seemed to be not knowing if people really liked her for who she really was but for what she could do for them. Just an observation of mine.


The main four Bratz girls were interpreted much like they had been in Rock Angelz, BUT I’m glad they brought out Jade’s more extreme tendencies. She didn’t show any reservations when she hopped on that helicopter to take down Zelle. And then, while fighting off Zelle in a moving helicopter, girl used her acrobatic skills on the goon and grabbed the laptop, almost falling to her DEATH before being caught by Katia on her flying magic carpet. If that isn’t “way extreme and totally far-out”, as Jade is often described, I don’t know what is.

The other Bratz characters maintained their dramatic (Cloe), tough (Sasha), and superior-acting (Yasmin) streaks, which weren’t bad because they all learned to set aside their negative qualities to help their friend Katia.

Bryce…was a surprise visit. Prior to the movie, it was assumed he was romantically involved with Meygan (though there has been evidence she’s been interested in Nevra, too). Based on the Secret-Blind date adverts, that was implied. So many people didn’t know how to feel about the Katia-Bryce interpretation. But as I’ve said, I’ve always seen the Bratz as independent creatures who have crushes, but just don’t settle down. So, it’s all good. We don’t all crush on just one person in our lifetime, and its especially fleeting when we’re teenagers. Bryce’s appearance was altered so he could have a pair of glasses.

Dylan was yet again a cornball.

Without Meygan, this female dynamic was incomplete.

Katia was fully developed in comparison to the other Bratz characters, having a backstory, a family, and a reason to have a passion for fashion. I think after Katia, though, the “parents-are-super-strict” thing was overused (Passion 4 Fashion Diamondz, Bratz live action movie). However, what parents wouldn’t be strict with the Bratz? They do seem quite rebellious, even to real parents.

The one pet peeve of mine regarding Katia was how the writers tried to weave her into a Moroccan character. Initially, it was pretty obvious Katia was meant to be Russian. Back in the 2000s, on the social security name database, Katia was a name most commonly used in Russia, hardly even used in the USA, and not at all in any Arabic or middle eastern countries. To give Katia more of a proper Arabian nights feeling, they developed an Arabic background for her.

It’s still possible her mother is Russian, as there hasn’t been much information on her mother. But we know that she was supposed to be Russian when she was released in the Bratz Holiday line in 2005, a year before this movie was even released. And again, she’s going through the same problem as Roxxi, messing up the timeline. They have her written in as a new girl when she’s been around at least a year before this movie was even released. I felt they should have already made her a friend to the pack instead.

Again, I don’t know any doll brands who introduce old characters as new ones in their media content. They usually introduce an all-new character to fulfill this role because they know the doll community won’t know the character and will be excited to get a new character and a new doll, increasing the purchase of the doll. Katia has had other dolls before Genie Magic, like Holiday and Hollywood Style Katia, and they were just as beautiful as Genie Magic a year later. So what’s the pull? If they were ever to make a movie based on the Holiday dolls or Hollywood Style, it would be weird for it to take place after the events of Genie Magic. Also, didn’t Katia have a Bratz Babyz doll, with illustrations showing her interacting with the other Bratz pack members? How is that possible if the Bratz just met her in Genie Magic? I mean, I guess she can have a doll without having ever met the Bratz, but it still leaves more questions than answers. They can do what they want, it just doesn’t make sense in the Bratz doll timeline. That’s all.


The outfits were so beautiful in this movie, and it kind of lit up the scene. Throughout much of the movie, it was gloomy, dark, and rainy. The bejeweled outfits were so colorful, that they stood out against the backdrop. In fact, I felt that the CGI was actually pretty sharp for the time, again with the hair having fluid movement (instead of stiff movement, like you may have found in other doll movies).

However, I did notice that they put Yasmin’s doll outfit on Sasha, and Sasha’s doll outfit on Yasmin. Luckily, they look differently enough from one another that there’s no way we can confuse them in toy aisles (unlike with Jade and Cloe in Rock Angelz). But it is jarring when you’re looking to buy the doll and she’s wearing a totally different outfit.


This was the first time the music from the album actually appeared in the movie. Granted, some of the music from the album was from the TV series. Fine. But it is important to have some of the soundtrack music appear in the movie, especially if the soundtrack is released first. It’s expected that it will set the tone for the movie.

Unfortunately, the music wasn’t full of the same storytelling that Rock Angelz‘s album had, but the sound of the songs set the scene with a captivating “genie-like” vibe.


Overall, the movie was magical, mystical, action-packed, and visually stunning. Some favorite music numbers were put in, showing the complaints about Rock Angelz were heard. It was cool to watch a movie about a teenage genie. I wish they could have inculcated the Bratz Genie Magic line a little more closely, with Meygan included, and considered Katia’s status or place in the Bratz pack, as well as her cultural background, by the time of the movie’s release. Other than that, it was a good movie.

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#05 Bratz Passion 4 Fashion Diamondz

Within the top 5 is is Passion 4 Fashion Diamondz. This was released September 2006, surprisingly the same year as Bratz Genie Magic. They were really working hard to promote Bratz this year. I was 16 years old, and just started my Junior Year, or third year, in high school, just to give context as to how old I was and how strong my memory was.


Written by Janna King Kalichman, the story follows the Bratz as they are recruited by Byron Powell for his reality show America Rocks. The Bratz represent their self-titled magazine, visiting three cities to find the next teen fashion designer while competing against rival magazine Your Thing. Three girls were expected to be chosen by each magazine and taken to New York City to put on a fashion show. Between the two teams, one winner was expected to be chosen, with he winner earning diamond go-go boots and a contract with a famous designer.

As the Bratz pack and Your thing travel throughout the USA, they are met with “road trip drama”, such as ghost-story ghost hitchhikers coming to life, lonely diners with strange waitresses, and aliens. On the way, the Bratz pick up one contestant, named Mandy, who makes sure she’s the only one. She frames second contestant Tiffany, and secretly sabotages Your Thing‘s team.

When Your Thing retaliates, leading the Bratz off of the road, they meet Sharidan, who they discover is a shy but gifted designer, especially after they discover her studded design work (Forever Diamondz outfits). The Bratz recruit Sharidan to be their second contestant. Though her parents are initially apprehensive, they allow her to follow her dreams. Intimidated by the competition, Mandy steals Sharidan’s designs, the tour bus, and heads to New York City by herself to steal the show. Fortunately, Sharidan’s parents assist by offering their daughter their car. While headed after Mandy towards New York City, the Bratz discover that all of the road trip scares were concocted by Byron Powell for higher ratings on the reality show. Though they are disappointed in him, they continue on the show to make sure Sharidan’s dreams come true.

When they arrive at New York City, they’ve realized that Mandy has passed off Sharidan’s fashions as her own. They encourage Sharidan to use her design skills to make the studded designs they saw back on her farm. When Sharidan is complete, voila! They are shining like “real diamondz”. Shardian wins the competition.

Mandy isn’t having any of it. She knocks Byron out as he tries to bring the diamond shoes to Sharidan, and makes a dash for the New York City subway. The Bratz chase her, but she’s slick. Shardian is able to cut her off, but Mandy dangerously walks the tracks, with Sharidan inching in, almost putting them both in harms way. Eventually, the other Bratz are able to cut her off, with the police charging in with Byron Powell to arrest her.

The Bratz are awarded by the famous designer with a photoshoot wearing his new Ice champions (or On Ice) fashions, and they all live happily ever after.

And what became of Your Thing? Burdine went batshit crazy after being abducted by the fake aliens planted by Byron Powell, the Tweevils ran away her only contestant, Kristy, and they failed to impress anyone on the runway in the contestant’s place. The end.

Personally, I loved, loved, loved the story. Growing up, every summer, my family went on a road trip from one state to another, and we’ve had some adventures. One day, I would love to travel my large country, the USA, even more. There’s a lot to see here. Maybe one day when the situation is better. I personally love road trip movies and stories of spooky situations on the road. What was great about this movie is that it was full of adventure, suspense, shady western characters, action, and fashion! Though some moments were predictable, it never seemed like they tried to hide the intentions of most of the characters. We knew that everyone was shady, we just didn’t know when everything would blow up. The suspense made for a really fun movie.

The one thing I did question was the fact that these teenage girls were driving a truck or trailer, as it has been called in advertisements, supposedly being around “16 years old”. The Bratz are from California, and California law states any trailer that is over 20″ long or over 10,000 gross vehicle weight (or gvw) requires a CDL. In order to drive it across state lines, they have to be 21 years of age or older to receive the proper license. The Bratz are nowhere near that age. I mean, it’s just a slight hiccup, but hey, what’s the fun if you think of ALL the details, right? Overall, the idea of four teenagers taking a road trip by a rolling runway is just FUN, and it’s cool that there was a doll-sized version.

I was thinking possibly they faked their age or Byron pulled some strings to get them driving across state lines…Or maybe they were just breaking the law on live television and people overlooked it. I believe you just have to be 18 to drive within the state. Maybe the Bratz were reinterpreted as 18, and they just happened to drive across the state lines, stretching the law a bit. Just a bunch of outlaws they are.

Anyway, it didn’t take away my enjoyment of the movie.


I really liked the quirkiness and spontaneity of the characters. The core four Bratz pack members were the same as ususal, but they didn’t really focus on individualizing them. Dramatic Cloe was her same usual self the most, and it made for an entertaining time. The Tweevils and Burdine had me dying most of the movie, and when they threw in…What’s her name, Kristy? It was even more fun.

Mandy was something else. She was a delicious villain.

And of course, I was happy to see the development of Sharidan. Since Sharidan was first introduced in the Forever Diamondz line, they finally made the new doll the NEW girl, not some old-time doll that they suddenly tried to make a new part of the pack. And this was before Fashion Pixiez. Of course, I would have liked other characters from the line to appear, such as Vinessa, Katia, and Fianna, (though I kind of felt she appeared in the movie as Tiffany) It would have been nice to actually have them all there. Still, the girls from the main line were present, so it was all good.

The only thing I didn’t like was when the Bratz pack members tried to give Sharidan a “makeover”, deciding to “take off her glasses” and change her clothes. Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, makeover scenes were very common, and they often ended with the “nerd” removing their glasses to appear more “attractive”. The Bratz should have helped Sharidan feel confident the way she was. I say this as someone who doesn’t let anyone take off her glasses. I rock my own style with them on. So, I felt a bit funny about that. But considering Sharidan really wanted to wear her own fashions and style, and didn’t seem too comfortable with her Plain Jane appearance, that’s fine.


Okay, the dusty roads weren’t glamorous, but it really set the mood. Long stretches of road and totally isolated. That’s how it felt watching it. And it made it all the better when they reached lit-up New York City and walked down the runway in the diamond-studded outfits, contrasting the long road they’d overcome. It was refreshing to have the Bratz leave Stilesville again and have a totally different setting for most of the whole movie.

Also, I was so happy the Bratz pack were wearing THEIR OWN OUTFITS, and it was great to see the prototypes with the original words on the tops. Of course, there have been two other prototypes for the Forever Diamondz line before even that prototype, and honestly, they are better than what became the final copy.


There wasn’t too much music, but the three main songs that appeared, “Just Having Some Fun”, “You’ve Got It”, and “Let Go”, were reprised versions of the songs on the album and I LOVED them. It was like a special edition that you can only get by buying the DVD, and then if you want the other version, you have to buy the album. It was a clever way to sell both, if you ask me. I was disappointed the song “Forever Diamondz” and “Oooh Fashion” wasn’t included in the movie, but hey, I’m not going to complain because at least some songs appeared in the movie. I liked the various feelings the music gave, whether on the road, on the catwalk, or ice skating.


Overall, it was a fun movie, full of suspense, thrill, action, adventure, and friendship. It’s definitely not realistic for teenagers to drive a trailer truck across the USA, but it’s all in good imaginary fun, so whatever. The movie was great, but I would’ve liked more from the Diamondz universe.

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#04 Bratz Pampered Petz

Coming in at number 4 is Pampered Petz. This movie was released in 2010, the same year the Bratz returned during their first reboot, after the court case fiasco, and the year I turned 20. I’m often really surprised that this movie is rated so low, but then again I’m not because many Bratz fans think Bratz is about the magazine and the Tweevils and whatnot. Whatever.

I felt this story had a lot of heart. It was very heartwarming, honestly.


Written by Sindy McKay, the story follows the Bratz as they help one of their neighbors, an elderly woman, named Lola Reyes, save her home and her animals from her greedy neighbor, who wants her property for himself.

Early in the movie, Jade learns that her line of handmade accessories caught the attention of Mud Spa Springs and they invite her to open a booth there. They allow her to bring her friends.

Suddenly, the Bratz pack here ruckus outside and rush out to see what’s happening. They run into Jixi, the mischevious monkey, and two men named Mr. Joe Lacky and Mr. Grunian. The Bratz discover that the noise was occurring because the men were trying to get their “plans” back, which were stolen by the monkey. Being an animal lover, Yasmin manages to retrieve the plans from the monkey and hand it back to the men. Yasmin and Cloe then allow the monkey to lead them to his home.

When they arrive at the home, they realize it’s packed full of animals. The resident of the home is Lola Reyes, and she’s made it her mission to rescue animals from the cruelty of the local pound. Of course, she admits that she has too many animals, and has no family to help her with all of them. She reveals that she only has a daughter, but they have been estranged since she became a successful lawyer. Yasmin then agrees to come by and help the woman every week after the Bratz pack’s trip to the luxury spa.

As soon as the two girls leave, the two suspicious men spy on them and huddle together to scheme a plan.

The next day, as the Bratz head to the luxury spa, the Bratz pack receive a phone call from Lola. Someone has called the police on her, discovering she has more pets than Stilesville allows (which is three pets per household). The officers tell her she has only 72 hours to get rid of the pets or they will go back to the pound.

With this news, Yasmin and Cloe agree to stay behind and help Lola find her animal companions homes. Jade and Sasha continue on to the spa, since this is Jade’s one opportunity to sell her accessories.

When Jade and Sasha arrive at the luxurious spa, they get caught up in relaxing. In fact they get so caught up, they almost lose sight of time, causing Jade to be late to set up her booth. Scrambling out of the mud bath towards Jade’s booth, with the mud still on them, they fail to heed the warning from their attendant, who told them to shower right away after leaving, otherwise they’d stiffen. The booth ends up being a complete flop, with them fumbling to operate it while stiff and messy.

Back in Stilesville, Cloe and Yasmin decide to give the animals makeovers. While doing this, they discover an old box revealing Lola to be the famous musician Dolores Reyes. She shares her scrapbook with them, revealing that she and her husband travelled around with their daughter, Celia, at one time, but that life on the road was not good for her. They sent her to a boarding school, but their relationship had not been good sense.

After learning of Lola’s past, Yasmin and Cloe are more determined to help. They begin posting signs to get people adopt a pet. What they don’t know is Lola’s neighbor, Mr. Grunion and his “lackey” Joe Lackey, have been sabotaging their efforts, following them and pulling down fliers wherever they put them up and setting up signs convincing people that the girls are looking for stray animals (causing them to have more animals than they started with).

Soon, Lola’s landlord is contacted, and she is given an eviction notice since pets violate the terms of her lease. Yasmin and Cloe decide to visit Lola’s daughter to see if she will help, since she’s a lawyer. However, when they arrive, they are dismissed.

Jade and Sasha return from their trip, and all the Bratz pack fill each other in on what has happened. At this time, Jinxi steals other plans from Mr. Grunion, this time bringing it to the Bratz. They discover Mr. Grunion has been behind all of the issues surrounding the animals, and that he plans on getting Dolores kicked out of her house to he can buy the property to have a larger house built for himself.

Mr. Grunion takes it a step further and has the local news appear, attempting to paint the “famous musician” as a “lonely, eccentric, recluse” and “animal hoarder”. Sasha is able to turn the story around, announcing the Lola actually plans to throw a comeback benefit concert to find the animals homes.

Angry that his plans are foiled, he and his lackey (also his brother-in-law, we learn), kidnap the animals, along with stealing Jade’s remaining supply of her accessories, and hold them captive. While preparing for the show, Yasmin discovers they’re gone. The girls search everyone, with Cloe approaching Lola’s daughter one more time, bringing Lola’s special scrapbook, with her. Cloe is dismissed again, but this time, Cloe leaves the scrapbook in the office, which peaks Celia’s curiosity.

Meanwhile, Joe Lackey, the bumbling lackey, is tricked by the animals, and Jinxi is able to help the animals escape by taking the keys and opening the cages. When Mr. Grunion pulls up in his vehicle, the animals hijack it and dangerously drive it through the city, with Jinxi navigating.

The animals eventually reach the concert stage, wearing Jade’s accessories. The Bratz discover them, and they proceed to start the show.

After the show, at Lola’s house, the Bratz, Lola, and the remaining animals are celebrating when the police show up. Since Dolores was still over the city limit after 72 hours, Mr. Grunion orders them to remove her from the house, since the landlord agreed to sell it to him already.

At that moment, Celia arrives, expressing her feelings of being angry with her mother after feeling abandoned. Her mother apologizes and they patch things up. Celia then reveals that she’s bought the property from the landlord, and plans on turning it into an animal shelter. Mr. Grunion’s plans are foiled. The End.

I really loved this story. No, it didn’t have the romance, the action, or whatever. But it was a very moving story about animal cruelty and family togetherness. When I thought of Lola, I thought of all of my own elderly family members, and how they sometimes feel that us younger people are too young to spend time with them. I found it so moving that Lola rescued these animals from being killed in the pound, and I was moved by the compassion the Bratz pack showed. But of course, Yasmin and Cloe are the only ones designed to have a heart, which burns me up.

Regardless, I still loved the story.

Of course, it has unrealistic elements. Obviously, the monkey Jinxi was surprisingly advanced, even for a monkey. Unless he was trained, how could he drive like that all the way to the show? Those animals would’ve crashed, period. In any case, it was a comical little gag. Ultimately, I was happy the animals were able to save themselves and escape.

I think everyone can relate to this movie.


Once again, Sasha was interpreted as lacking the most compassion. She was designed to care more about shallow things than the others. I can’t stand that. But Sasha made up for it by standing beside Lola when they tried to make her look bad on live television. She used her brains to turn that around real quick. Cloe’s drama wasn’t as exaggerated in this movie, which was good. This was the perfect movie for Yasmin, the animal lover. Generally, I felt I received all of the characters really well. Their personalities didn’t interfere with the story, and they mostly all put others before themselves.


When watching it again, I noticed how polished the animation was. The Bratz pack looked gorgeous in their outfits, and they wore several new outfits with some old pieces. Unfortunately, none of the outfits were really released on the dolls. The Pampered Petz line didn’t look anything like what was in the movie. Even some other Pampered Petz artwork that I found looked nothing like what’s in this movie. They look like prototypes or whatnot, but they didn’t look like what they were trying to promote on the dolls. Again, another movie fashion line that didn’t seem connected to the Bratz doll universe.


I loved the Latin-themed music, and I think the sound makes this movie a stand-out when it comes to sound. No other movie has inculcated Latin music that heavily, which always surprised me, considering how popular the sound was and still is. Unfortunately, there were only three songs, but they made an impact and were quite catchy in my opinion. I loved “Let’s Celebrate”. It was suspenseful, mesmerizing, and upbeat. It was a great time.


Overall, the movie was heartwarming, interesting, and cute. The characters showed the most compassion towards the elderly Lola, making me like them a little more. Yes, the animals and villains were cheesy, but it made this a pretty fun experience. I would have liked the outfits from the Pampered Petz line to actually appear in the movie, though. I wouldn’t say this was the most amazing movie ever, but I didn’t have any problems with the movie either, as a Bratz fan.

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#03 Bratz Kidz Fairy Tales

Coming in 3rd place is Bratz Kidz Fairy Tales. This movie was released in 2008, when I was almost 18, getting ready to graduate from high school. Whoo!

A lot of people may be surprised that any Bratz fan ranks the Bratz Kidz movies higher than the movies with them as teens. Honestly, I would think that the other Bratz movies would be just as good. Unfortunately, I just found the Bratz Kidz to be more enjoyable for me. That’s sad, considering it’s really considered a spin-off.


Written by Bart Jennett, who was back better than ever, Bratz Kidz Fairy Tales begins with the Bratz Kidz Cloe, Jade, Yasmin, and Sasha, trashing the fairy tale characters they are meant to portray in a school play: Rapunzel, Snow white, Little Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella. Suddenly, a magical talking frog appears before them, telling them the keeper of Grimm’s fairy tale books have heard them insulting the stories and will make them learn to “walk a mile” in the princesses’ shoes. If they can learn from the error of their ways, the frog can turn back into a prince. He whisks them away inside the Bratz’s fairy tale book, and they find themselves in the fairy tale land. Throughout the story, the girls have to find a way to finish the characters’ stories. Alone, each of them discovers they are unsuccessful, and that it wasn’t as easy as they thought it would be to escape. These kids did ultimately find a way to change the stories, showing they are smart and clever and brave, but they realize that they wouldn’t have been as successful if it weren’t for each other. They learn to respect the fairy tale books. After they finish their stories and return, the frog turns back into a prince…kind of. He literally stays a frog, with a crown appearing on his head, then he disappears. Shortly after, their school principal, Mr. Grimm, appears, sounding just like the frog. We get an inkling that he was the real keeper of the tale. The Bratz Kidz put on a show expressing how much they “opened their eyes” and appreciate the stories now more than they did.

I LOVED this story, and not just because I love fairy tales, especially Grimm fairy tales. I love the message. So many fairy tale stories and Disney movies get ragged on for having princesses who are “damsels in distress” waiting for a man to save them instead of saving themselves. And while there should be conversations about how we portray women in the media, and there should be a balanced view of those portrayals, many times people fall into the trap of “victim blaming”, often missing the whole point of these stories and acting like they would have done better had they been in these girls’ situations. Yes, Cinderella waited to marry a prince so she could escape her situation. But it makes sense for the time period. Women didn’t have many options. She could just leave the house, but then where would she go? Who would take her in? There weren’t programs to help people back then. Women weren’t protected by the law. How would she eat and survive? People act like she could just get a job and become successful right away. In any case, without a support system or any kind of money, that’s difficult even in modern times for people, let alone in Cinderella’s time.

Sure, we can have inspiring stories of these time-old princesses saving themselves, but would that be realistic? And if most of us were in that situation, we would probably see our opportunity to leave the house the same way. Some people ARE in that situation RIGHT NOW.

I just love how the Bratz pack thought they were big and bad, and got their behinds handed back to them. Look, I have no problem with people using their brains and strengths to get the job done, but don’t look down on someone else who’s doing it differently from you because you don’t know the gag. You don’t know what people going through.

I love this story more now than ever because I really like Ever After High. If Bratz and Ever After High weren’t from such different worlds (MGA vs Mattel), it’s be nice to see the Grimms interact. It’s likely they’re all descendants of the original Grimm Brothers.

Another thing I love about this story is that each Bratz girl gets their time to shine. Each girl has her moment to showcase her talent, abilities, and personality, and that’s really the strength of both of the Bratz Kidz movies.

The true shame of this movie is that there was never a Bratz Kidz line based off of this. I believe they came out with a Bratz 4 Ever Kidz Fairy Tales line later, but it wasn’t based off of this movie in any way. I don’t even know why they made this movie. Maybe a line was in the works but was scrapped.

In any case, I would like to see the main teen Bratz in a fairy-tale themed line in the future, if they ever get back to the point they are targeting the dolls to a general audience so they can make play-lines again.

My only criticism of this movie’s story is I couldn’t tell whether the fairy tale land they landed in took place in the past or in a futuristic version of the fairy tale land. The frog said it took place in an old century, but they had cell phones to call fairy godmothers, magic mirrors dressed like modern-day reporters, and “street signs” on tree trunks. It seemed like Ever After High, a fairy tale world with a modern-ish twist in my opinion.


I really felt like each Bratz pack character showed themselves fully, their strengths and their weaknesses. Each character had to learn and grow, and I love evolutionary stories like this, ones with a lesson or a purpose. It was easy to follow and understand, and I think I took something away from it myself, from each of the characters’ stories. All of the movie-only characters are memorable, especially because they all played a unique role in these timeless classic stories. After watching it a few weeks ago, I think I’ve watched it at least three more times after.


I would say a minor criticism of mine is the design of the fairy tale land in this tale. I imagined the fairy tale land to be much more vast and beautiful. I felt the shading was pretty dull in comparison to what I expected. I don’t know why. I also wanted to know why Stiles High was used as the Bratz Kidz’s elementary school, unless they go to a K-12 school, which is very rare in the USA. I saw some teenagers in the background, which confused me. I’m quite sure they didn’t all skip grades. Other than that, it was refreshing to see a different world outside of Stilesville once more, and each scene suited the story they were telling, as I imagined they would.


There weren’t that many songs in the movie, which was pretty surprising. I wasn’t mad, because that would be pretty stereotypical for a fairy tale movie. The songs they did have were really catchy. “Round and Round” was catchy. “Are you Sure?” was like a slap in the face on those girls who thought it would be easy to be in someone else’s shoes. “I’ve Opened My Eyes” was a good musical number to express the girls’ feelings about being more open-minded than they were before. Personally, I felt the songs had purpose and meaning in the story. They weren’t just stuffed in there, and so the songs are a staple of the movie.


Overall, this was one of my favorite Bratz movies. I loved how the characters were portrayed, the overall message, and how easily the music taught the lessons as effectively as the story itself. I do wish they’d had an actual line for this and I wish there was more clarity as to whether this was a modern world or a time period piece. I also would have liked a little more vibrancy in the scenes, but I’m really pulling stuff out my behind because I know I liked this movie.

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#02 Bratz Kidz Sleep-Over Adventure

Coming in second place is Bratz Kidz Sleep-Over Adventure, released in 2007. I was 17 that year, and was starting my last year in high school. It was good this movie came out before Halloween because, man, it was spooky, in a good way.


Written by Robert Schlueter, the story focuses on Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, Jade, and Meygan, yes, Meygan, attending a slumber party held at Sasha’s new friend Ginger’s house. Ginger and her family just moved to an old house that was once abandoned and she’s never had a sleep-over before. Their sleep-over turns out to be fun; they eat and dance, and then time for spooky stories. At this point, Ginger becomes afraid, not just of the stories, but it seems she’s also afraid of something else…

Each Bratz girl begins telling her story: Cloe tells a story of a talking dog that tried to prevent her from getting her own puppy by ruining her life; Sasha tells a story of her being so in love with her own reflection that it came to life as her doppelganger and lived life like her; Meygan tells her story of being so upset that she couldn’t do what she wanted to do at the carnival, wishing everyone to go away, and finding at a magic show that makes her wish come true, only for her to be left alone in a haunting empty amusement park; Yasmin tells her story about selfishly buying an expensive bracelet instead of a birthday gift for her friend Dana only for it to haunt her, following her, not allowing her to take it off; and Jade tells the story of her thinking an amusement park ride isn’t scary and is for babies only to find her friends shape-shifting into monsters during the ride.

At the end of it all, the Bratz start hearing weird noises in the house. They ask Ginger to start her story, and she appears to be telling them about herself, when she runs out of the room scared. As the Bratz pack follow her, they realize that the house has gotten cold, dusty, and old. As they open the doors to the house, they realize that everything is falling apart and dusty, like no one lives there. Suddenly doors start closing on them, and they realize the house is haunted. As they run out of the house, they pass a “No Trespassing” sign that wasn’t there before. Apparently, Ginger was a ghost.

As the girls run for safety through the streets, they stop by different houses, running into the creatures from their stories. They run into the talking dog that drove Cloe crazy, they run into Sasha’s doppelganger, they run into the creepy clown from Meygan’s fun house horror, and they seem to run into Ginger at every house they try to run to. Eventually, they start shape-shifting into monsters. Not realizing it, they disappear into the strangeness of the night.

This movie was super creepy and honestly scary. When I first watched it, I was 17. It creeped me out. I still can’t watch this at night because it gives me chills. And it’s not that I believe it’s real, it’s just the principle. Like a doppelganger coming out of your mirror? Being alone at an amusement park? Being on a scary ride where your friends’ eyes start glowing and they turn into monsters? Having a charm bracelet follow you? And worst of all, having one of your new slumber party friends…reveal themselves to be a ghost? If that wasn’t a twist, I don’t know what is. This movie is one of the most unforgettable and sticks with me, so I feel that it was really well-written. It had a goal in mind, and that was to give you a light-hearted scare. For a children’s movie, it’s not too shabby.

I loved hearing each Bratz girl tell their own story. Again, the strength of the Bratz Kidz movies is their individual story-telling because each character is allowed a chance to take center stage and express themselves. Ultimately, we learn something about them.


That brings me into the character development. Finally, FINALLY, we got Meygan. In the actual Bratz Kidz Sleep-over line, Meygan was present, and I’m happy that they didn’t set her aside just because another red-headed girl was going to be the Bratz pack’s friend in this movie (Ginger). I was so happy to see her and to get a story line about her. She’s the fifth Bratz pack member, she should be in there sometimes, probably more than Cameron and Dylan. She was in the Bratz before they were. It made me sick that Roxxi, Katia, and Sharidan got more screen time than she did. What’s up with that? I’m glad they remembered her for this movie.

They even brought in Jade, though she wasn’t even in the sleep-over line. I’m glad they did.

I’m happy they finally interpreted Jade to be the daredevil she really is, too. She wasn’t afraid of a “baby ride”. Ya’ll know Jade is supposed to be the daredevil. Why does it take a kid movie to bring out Jade’s coolest streak? They made Sasha self-centered again, but at least this time, she learned her lesson.

I was also surprised they even brought over Dana into the mix. Dana was not in the primary Sleep-over Adventure line but she was in the Bratz Kidz Sleep-over Super Secret Manicure Bedroom, which is a detail I didn’t think anyone caught. It was too bad Phoebe didn’t make an appearance, though. She was in the Bratz Kidz Sleep-Over Super Secret Lotion-Making Bathroom playset, which seems connected to this line, too. But Rock Angelz ruined the possibility of her being included because apparently the Bratz didn’t meet Roxxi until “the benefit concert”, meaning they couldn’t have possibly met her twin sister, either…

All of those Bratz Kidz lines Phoebe was in apparently largely went ignored in the Bratz series and movie universe.

On a positive note, it was great to have Ginger, too. I heard she was trademarked by MGA Entertainment and was supposed to be released, too, but it never happened. Possibly because, prior to the release of Monster High, it was hard to get “ghoul toys” on the shelves. According to creative director Carter Bryant, back then, it was hard to get dark toys past the Walmart buyers. It was still nice to have her in the movie, though.


I want to point out that almost all the outfits from the Sleep-Over Adventure line appeared, but they seemed to give Sasha one of Cloe’s second outfits. Not sure why, but I do believe Sasha’s outfits may have looked too much like the other pajamas AND I think they had to give Jade one to even include her in the movie, since she didn’t have an outfit in the line. Don’t know why they couldn’t change Cloe’s outfit instead because I would have preferred the pink on Sasha, but it’s all good though.


The music set the mood, that’s for sure. “Get Ready” made the whole environment creepy, but “Step One” and “Bratz Kidz”, the theme song, lightened the mood. I think if they hadn’t lightened the mood, it would have ended up being too scary for kids. It was scary enough for a teenager like me.


Overall, I fully enjoyed this movie. I can watch it over and over, especially as I search for answers to the mysteries going on in this movie. I have concocted several theories about Ginger’s family, and piecing it together is a chore. But I’m ambitious. I liked that several key Bratz pack members finally got their moment to shine, and happy most of the outfits appeared in the film. Still wish the right girls were wearing the right outfits and that Phoebe could have appeared. However, it didn’t take away from the movie at all. At least one of the playset characters appeared.

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#01 Bratz Desert Jewelz

Coming in 1st place is Bratz Desert Jewelz: Genie Magic 2. This was released around New Year’s Day, 2012. I was about to turn 22 years old! I can’t even believe it.

Some of you all might be a little shocked that I’ve ranked this higher than the original, especially because this movie came out way later. No, this movie didn’t include the rushed Bratz magazine or anything like that, but it had a lot more going for itself than all the movies on this list as far as I’m concerned.


The movie opens telling the story about the legend of the genie in the Temple of Aziz. There’s a lamp in the middle of a cave, in the middle of a desert, in the heart of Morocco, and only those with a pure heart can obtain it. Once obtained, the person who has it gains three wishes from a genie. After all wishes are granted, the genie returns to the lamp another 2,000 years before the lamp is found and touched by the next pure heart.

The story follows the Bratz as they head off to Morocco. Jade is a finalist in a designer contest, and is set to put on a “Genie Magic” show at the Shallah Museum. Katia has come along for the ride, bringing her father’s old carpet that she thought lost its magic. She had been stretching the truth to her father, Sebastian, telling him she was putting it in the museum when really she was going to allow Jade to use it in her show. While they are getting ready, a lone bandit catches sight of the carpet as she breaks into a museum to steal a ring, preparing to take it off to a cave in the middle of the desert.

As soon as the show starts, the carpet is lifted into the air, the magic returning to it, and it lifts the Bratz girls on the runway into the air with it and off towards the desert. When the girls arrive, they learn that a magic ring was connected to the carpet, and a girl named Alia retrieved both for her master Charlat, an archeologist. Charlat pretends to be nice, offering to take the carpet back to the museum for them, pretending he didn’t make Alia steal the ring and carpet, but when seeing Katia virtuously wanting to return the carpet herself, he believes she is the “chosen one”, the pure person who can help him with his plan. He tricks Katia into standing on the carpet, and has the carpet fly off, nearly leaving his pupil Alia behind. The Bratz try to stop him by jumping onto the carpet, but they aren’t able to stay on the carpet long enough.

With the carpet gone, the remaining Bratz pack members end up stranded in the middle of the desert. Alia, Charlat, and Katia meet an old woman who only allows them to eat and drink from her Oasis if they trade her something. Eventually, the Bratz girls find themselves here as well. The Bratz try to contact Katia’s father, but he can barely hear them. The woman becomes intrigued with Cloe’s cell phone when it plays a ringtone, she provides two camels to them in exchange for it. She warns them of the dangers in the sand, including cracked sand that can break and have them plunging to their deaths.

Hearing only a bit on the phone, Katia’s father calls the museum, who tells him the ring of Aziz has been stolen. He immediately makes plans to fly to Morocco, fearing for his daughter’s life.

As Katia’s band travels across the desert, she is able to temporarily trick Charlat, asking to see the carpet’s ring on his finger, only to take it off and fling it into the desert, causing the carpet to crash. As Charlat scrambles to find the ring, Alia keeps an eye on Katia. With Alia watching her, Katia learns more about her. Alia is trying to use the ring and carpet to get to the Genie’s cave so she can wish to know about her parents, who disappeared years ago. She tells Katia the story of how her father found an old goblet and gave it to her. They were from a very poor family, but her father helped her learn to appreciate the gift. One day, a man tries to exchange bread for the goblet, but Alia refuses, causing her parents to argue the night before because she kept the goblet instead of getting food for her poor family. The next day, her parents disappear, and Alia blames herself. After learning this, Katia hesitates.

Eventually, Charlat finds the ring. When he catches Alia looking at a picture of her parents, he sneers and tosses it off into the desert as a distraction. He flies off in the carpet with Katia, leaving Alia alone in the desert. With Alia roaming the desert, she eventually runs into the Bratz girls. Though she’s apprehensive at first, she eventually agrees to travel with them. They all learn to see each other in a different light.

Eventually, they come to the cracked desert in the sand. As soon as they walk, it gives way, and most of the Bratz girls struggle to stay on level ground. Cloe and Yasmin end up on an isolated pillar in the middle of the desert, barely clinging on to life. While the Bratz are able to save Yasmin and barely Cloe, they aren’t able to save one of the camels. Cloe had grown fond of the camel, so this causes her grief. Alia begins to realize how caring the girls are in comparison to her master.

At this same time, Charlat and Katia arrive at the side of a mound. Charlat uses the ring as a key, and the carpet turns into a magical door, opening to reveal a cave on the side of the mound. Charlat had been forces Katia into the cave and tries to force her to pick up the magic lamp. Katia realizes that the magic lamp has her family name on it. When she demands to know of it, Charlat realizes she’s a descendant of the Genie Aziz. He sees even more opportunity.

At this time, the Bratz pack and Alia, barely getting passed the traps and pits in the cave, finally arrive. Charlat threatens to keep Katia’s friends trapped with Katia in the cave if she doesn’t lift the lamp. Katia agrees to do it, but she doesn’t hand the lamp to him. She begins tossing it to her friends, and eventually the lamp ends up in Alia’s hands. Tempted to know about her parents, instead of returning the lamp to the stand, she rubs it and makes her first wish. While in a taxi cab on his way to the airport, Katia’s father suddenly starts disappearing. He reappears as the Genie of Aziz. Katia is devastated because her father is now transparent, almost like a ghost. She begs Alia to stop. Alia proceeds with her wish.

Alia learns that her parents were killed, which makes her overcome with grief. Then, she asks the Genie (Katia’s father) to tell her who did it. Sebastian grants her wish, and she learns Charlat was responsible. Alia is pissed now, and she is ready to use her last wish to destroy Charlat, but seeing Katia beg to say good-bye to her father one last time, she is moved with compassion. Alia breaks and wishes to set Katia’s father free. Charlat gets mad with greed. He starts to try to remove the stand that held the lamp, causing the cave to come crumbling down. The Bratz girls, Alia, and Sebastian all escape. Alia takes one last look at her master before the door closes in on him, trapping him permanently.

Alia is happy that she escaped, but feels alone now. At this moment, Katia and Sebastian accept Alia as a part of their family. The old woman arrives with the lost camel, who seems to have been magical. She gives them words of wisdom about being trapped by greed before she walks off into the sunset. The Bratz pack finish their runway show, this time with Sebastian playing the sax and Alia sharing the runway stage with them.

This movie was amazing. It had me laughing, it had me crying, it had me on the edge of my seat, it had me moved, it had me angry. I felt so many emotions, and I can’t really say that about a lot of movies written for dolls. I think the American Girl movies were the only ones that did that for me.

The story was very involved, from the setting in Morocco, to the themes of abuse (I mean who does Charlat think he is having Alia call him master? What is he teaching her? And I didn’t accept how he was grabbing Katia by her wrists and pushing her around!), and then to moments of grief and lessons about continuing on after loss, to lessons on greed and learning to understand what is truly valuable…

This movie was just simply the best. It just wasn’t as empty-headed as some of the other Bratz movies, and yet I think it’s underrated because of when it came out and how it just didn’t have the same format as the Bratz TV series, which most fans apparently love. However, I felt this movie had more heart than all of the movies I’ve listed before it. Every time I watch this movie, I know I’m listening to a tale, a real tale. I already love magic and mystery. This was more than I bargained for.

I love that they didn’t try to throw in any random new Bratz pack characters, and that Katia was treated like a member of the pack, which she was, and should have always been.

This was just an overall enjoyable film. While some things may have been unrealistic or even random, it was meant to be. In some ways, it made the story better, in my honest opinion. Everything could be explained away with magic.

My only criticism is I was hoping to see more about Katia’s mother, but I’m sure if it went that route, it wouldn’t be about the Moroccan desert or her Genie lineage, if indeed she’s interpreted as Russian as her name suggests.


I love the way the characters were interpreted. Finally, finally, Sasha was not the selfish, arrogant diva she’d been in every other movie. When Alia was refusing to ride with the girls, and Jade was adamant about leaving her in the desert, Sasha stepped up and said “We can’t leave her here” and she let Alia ride with her. See, that’s the “layers” I was hoping to see for the only Black girl that represents all Black girls in the Bratz movies. All of the characters learned something about themselves and others, and they grew. Cloe grew to love camels, which she initially hated. Jade learned to accept Alia, and Alia learned what real love was from the Bratz. Katia learned more about her family and her Genie heritage. She could have learned more, but the mystery around her makes her more alluring, I think. I really think she brought out the “Flirty Turtle” in this movie because she played the role when trying to escape Charlat. Ain’t gonna lie. You have to do what you have to do to survive.


As in Genie Magic, the outfits were stunning in this movie.

The backdrop of an ancient Moroccan city and desert just wrapped me in. I love destination themes, and you throw in some history AND MAGIC? I’m sold.

Unfortunately, the outfits weren’t anything like the actual dolls, and unfortunately the oufits in the movie were BETTER, way better, than the actual dolls’ outfits. The actual line didn’t even have Sasha in it. She was never released. I’m a bit mad about that. These outfits look more like some Desert Jewelz artwork in the Bratz books. They look more like prototypes. I wish they’d been released, and it seems like it would’ve been two outfits because they are wearing pretty dresses during the ending credits. The animation definitely got sharper, in my opinion, and I enjoyed watching it visually as well as for the story.


I loved the music. Just like with Bratz Kidz Fairy Tales, the music was carefully placed to get the viewers to think. “Steal your Breath” was a song preparing us for a future adventure, “Think About It” was in there to teach us to re-warp our minds when seeing people, “Time to Celebrate” was a song celebrating the end. I loved the Arabic “Genie-Magic” sound the soundtrack had.


Overall, this is the best Bratz movie to me. It gave me so many emotions, it took me in, and I was left thinking about life, my own life, at the end of it. I wish the doll line was half as good as the movie at the time. I hope future movies are like this, but I doubt it. Somebody really just needs to bring all the Bratz universes together, because at this point there’s so many contradictions and inconsistencies, there really is no canon universe. But if any media produced for Bratz in the future can be half as thought-provoking as this movie is, while also capturing the fun and vibrant spirit of the movies that came before it, it would be perfect.

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Well, that’s my full review and ranking! If you have time to read and review, give me your thoughts in the comments section below!

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American Girl Luciana Vega Gets Sued For Appropriation!

18 May

American Girl’s Newest Girl of the Year 2020, Joss Kendrick, Flies Above Stereotypes

1 Jan

American Girl kicks in the new year and decade with Joss Kendrick, Girl of the Year 2020, who dares to surf and take cheerleading chances…despite having a personal disability!

Book Synopsis

Book 1Joss: In this first book of her series, catching waves on her board, Joss is all in, 100%. When the surf’s up, she pops out her hearing aid, hops on her board, and paddles into the waves. Joss is stoked to enter a surfing video contest with her surf sister Sofia and Murph the surfing bulldog. If she can master a killer aerial like the frontside air and get her brother Dylan to catch it on video, maybe she’d even have a shot at winning. But Dylan throws her a curve: he dares her to try out for the cheer team. No way—Joss can’t see herself as a cheerleader. (What’s with those ginormous hairbows, anyway?) She’s 100% surfer girl, and Dylan knows it! Still, if she takes him up on his dare, then maybe he’ll help her with her video—it’s worth a try, right? 152 pages. 

Book 2Joss: Touch the Sky: In the second book in her series: Joss Kendrick is always looking for new ways to soar. So when her cheer team needs a new flyer, she can’t wait to step up (literally). Her high-flying skills on her surfboard and skateboard make her a natural for the role. But when her skateboarding act at the talent show turns into a total catastrophe—make that a dogtastrophe—Joss loses her confidence all around, even at the cheer gym. The cheer competition is coming up fast, though, and her team is depending on her to nail a tricky stunt. The problem is, Joss doesn’t trust them not to drop her. She wants to do an easier stunt, but if she plays it safe, can her team still win? And if they don’t, will her team ever forgive her? 144 pages.

The author is Erin Falligant.

Her Collection:

American Girl states, “Whether she’s on her surfboard or in the gym, Joss shows girls the importance of trying new things, pushing past stereotypes, and being a good team player.”

What American Girl might mean by “stereotypes” could be more than just the character Joss re-thinking her stereotypes regarding cheerleaders or about cheerleaders overcoming their prejudices about surfer girls.

Good Morning America stated,

American Girl partnered with experts specializing in surfing, competitive cheerleading, hearing loss as well as the portrayals of deaf characters in literature to create Joss.

In general, American Girl may have seen that among the hearing-impaired, or those with hearing loss of any kind, it’s a struggle to find diverse characters. Yes, American Girl’s Julie’s stories touch on such a disability from a friend’s perspective, but the character is what you would expect of an “underdog” character with a disability: kind of shy, timid, sad, and overtly bullied. This is actually a common depiction of kids with disabilities in literature, especially literature directed to children.

Well, in 1976, that may have been the real case, as people didn’t have the proper education or knowledge to truly understand people with differences. Even if they did, prejudice was normalized.

In 2020, people are making strides to show more confident and self-reliant characters, despite their disabilities, and are seeking to re-educate the public’s perception on America’s minority groups.

What is so empowering about these stories and the character Joss is that she’s not so absorbed in her disability the majority of the story. She has other things on her mind, other things to do, like surf and cheer. Like the average child today, she doesn’t appear ashamed of who she is and doesn’t let her disability set her back from achieving. As a collector, I tend to lean more towards the cocky, confident characters than to the shy and overtly well-behaved (which I never resonated with as a child and still can’t connect to as well). She’s also got that tomboy thing going on, and you all know how much of a tomboy I am. Joss is well-liked in this house.

However, by not really focusing on this character’s disability, it proves to be a double-edged sword, so I’m conflicted. On the one hand, the stories definitely capture this particular challenge as a minor inconvenience, not something to pity, and it is delivered to show that Joss is still a normal girl, no different from any other Girl of the Year.

But that’s just the thing. If we didn’t notice this character had a hearing aid, she would literally be just like any other Girl of the Year we’ve had before: white surfer living off of the California beach. In fact, the collection and concept is just like Kailey’s from the year 2004.

Before you go off saying, “That was over 10 years ago,” I moseyed on over to Youtube, just to see what the little chil’ren were saying about her. The most common comment is “Her collection is okay. Didn’t we have a surfer already before?” With the internet just at their fingertips and fandom pages around to give the most enthusiastic fan all the American Girl information they need, kids today don’t see the past the way we used to as children, before we had internet (I’m showin’ my age). They know what you did, and they are seeking to find that character you created on the secondary market.

Second, Joss is your typical brunette with an average collection. The only unique aspect to her collection is the cheer-leading portion (thank goodness). I felt this collection could’ve survived without the surfing aspect tied in, but hey, they had to rise above stereotypes in some way, I guess. Still, how many characters can you create with a bathing suit theme? I can run down the list of characters over the last decade that had bathing suits tied in, but there’s too many of them, so I don’t feel like putting forth the effort.

Honestly, if Joss’s story had touched more deeply on her challenges, it would have resonated more with with me. The depth that the historical characters have is still my standard, and for some reason I haven’t let that standard go. A part of me yearns for a modern story that shows both struggle and victory, but maybe I just get off on depressing story-telling. Hey, history isn’t all rainbows, and that’s the gritty truth.

And no, it’s not like the historical characters go way deep or anything, but they go much deeper than their contemporary cousins, that’s for sure.

Despite that little quirk, I’m loving Joss as a character and interested in her cheerleading adventures. Luciana, Girl of the Year 2018, is still my favorite from the last decade, but Joss is a great start to a new era and, in my opinion, a lot more interesting than last year’s Girl of the Year, Blaire Wilson. I can’t wait to see what else American Girl has in store in the 2020s.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you all think about Joss Kendrick!

7 Dolls I Played With As A Kid That Shaped My Life As An Adult

23 Oct

Greetings Gen Next readers!

People often say that dolls can influence the children playing with them. As a huge doll enthusiast, I can agree with this to a certain extent. It’s amazing how a plastic item can make such an impact on a child. I’ve had dolls that really shaped my view of the world and I’ve seen dolls shape other children around me.

With that being said, I understand why parents, particularly mothers, are so concerned with how dolls influence or shape the lives of their children.

However, I can honestly say that kids view things from a different perspective than adults. While mothers might think a doll brand will influence their child in one way, the child may pick up a completely different message depending on the other surrounding things going on in their lives.

I can honestly say that has been the case for me. Growing up in the 1990s and early 2K, we didn’t have the technology these little kiddies have. We had TOYS! And in the 1990s, toy aisles had anything a kid could ever want to play with. They were filled to the brim.

My parents encouraged me to play at a young age. I was a shy anti-social kid who didn’t like playing too much with the neighbor’s kids. Toys were my escape. My mother, along with other family members, always tried to find the best toys for me. My family always considered how each toy would impact my life, but they never knew exactly how that would occur.

Toys became an integral part of my life. Being raised a girl, my parents and grandparents always saw it fitting for me to play with dolls. Early on, my mother encouraged me to be feminine. She would encourage me to play with the most pro-girl and pro-feminine dolls she could find. She was that way. Little did she know I would grow into a tomboy who loves androgynous fashion!

My other family members, like my grandparents, also tried to find dolls that instilled values.

With my family members encouraging me to play, you can imagine I had a lot of toys, especially dolls, growing up.

Still, you might be wondering, “How did those dolls influence you to the point they impacted or shaped your life right now, as an adult?” Well, let me run down SEVEN dolls I played with as a child that shaped my life today as an adult. When I mention how they influenced me, you might understand more…

I will do a countdown style.

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7. Kenya

Created by Tyco, Kenya was a doll that promoted the beauty of African American girls’ hair. Her slogan was literally “the beautiful hairstyling doll”. You could style her hair just like you do yours African American girls!

This was probably one of the first pro-black dolls I saw on TV. Seriously, all of the dolls that came out of the Kenya brand were images of black girls.

When I first saw Kenya in the commercials, the thing that stood out to me, as a kid, was how her hair could be styled to look just like mine. To me, she looked like my vision of a “real girl”. A “real girl”, in my mind, was someone who looked like me! It’s kind of how I feel about American Girl’s Melody now. Kenya was the “Melody” of the 1990s. She was more of a modern girl that encouraged me to love myself. And I could feel that message as a kid. She was actually one of the first black dolls I was exposed to and I loved that doll. I played with her everyday. I even tried to draw my own tattoos on her…Which didn’t turn out too good, but at least she was loved.

I think having a doll like Kenya did something to me. For starters, It exposed me to the country of Kenya. In school, when we were studying countries, I never forgot about the country of Kenya because the Kenya doll had the same name. Every time the teacher would ask us to name one country in Africa, I would always remember Kenya. And I still remember that country to this day. I paid a lot of attention to that lesson and now I know so much about the country.

Then, Kenya helped me love being black with thick hair and made me desire more black dolls. I think after seeing Kenya, the generic white Barbie wasn’t satisfying enough. I began looking for more diverse brands with dolls that looked like me. Kenya made me aware of the underrepresentation present in the media because I couldn’t find any other dolls like Kenya. I always wanted to braid my dolls’ hair and put beads in my dolls’ hair. There were few dolls that offered that.

Seeing Kenya take that spotlight helped me see the beauty in being African American. I think that’s why I push for representation and equality to this day.

The only thing I never loved about this doll was the commercial. It was basic and cheesy then, and it still is. XD

I heard Kenya made a comeback some time in 2012. She came with more modern clothes and more diverse skin tones. I heard she even came with a 12″ Barbie looking type. Kenya is still making waves with trying to push representation…


6. Global Friends

I’m sure most of you guys know nothing about this 18″ doll brand. It didn’t even come with a commercial or anything fancy (though they had a website back in the 1990s, which was a big deal back then, but I didn’t have a very good computer in the 1990s and the internet was dial-up). If you grew up in the 1990s, maybe you got one of their catalogues.

Created by the company of the same name, Global Friends Company, inc, it spawned a brand of around 12 to 13 dolls, all from different parts of the world. Their collections and accessories centered on their cultures and their friendship through the Global Friends pen pal service set up online. At that time, the computer was just becoming a household item, and the internet was the newest advancement. With the internet age, people were able to connect with other people from all over the world. I remember when I was in 4th grade, I got my first online pen pal. She came from a different world. That was so amazing to me at the time.

This brand was trying to encourage girls to connect with girls of different cultures and backgrounds. It was a brand trying to expand the minds of girls.

Like the other 18″ dolls of that time, they were apart of the “18”” doll trend (though they were technically around 14″), meant to look like real girls, and were sold only by “mail order catalogues”. That was the allure of these dolls. They were exclusive and expensive, yet educational and wholesome.

Unfortunately, I never got to buy a Global Friends doll until I was an adult. However, I always got their catalogues in the mail and would flip through them for hours.

Though the dolls may have highlighted mostly stereotypical forms of girls from around the world, they were the first dolls that got me interested in other cultures and traveling. The dolls looked so pretty to me and the outfits were bursting with color. The diversity was fulfilling. It filled my eyes up like I-candy.

Basically, these dolls at least exposed me or became a gateway to the world. The one thing I remember most about the dolls was their “greeting” printed next to them in the magazine. I literally learned how to say greetings in many different languages because of this brand. Gretchen from Germany was first, so I always remembered “Guten Tag” (which means “Good Day”). I always remembered “Jambo”, “Ni Hao”, “Oi”, “Ahllan”, “Dobree Dyen”, Bonjour”, “Konnichiwa”, among others! I may not have learned how to properly pronounce these greetings, but I learned OF them. It was an introductory exposure to other cultures. And it worked!

The brand expanded my worldview and got me thinking about how other people live outside of my existence. I think ever since I got into these dolls, I developed a desire to travel and meet people from so many different backgrounds. I still have that desire, and I want to take the greetings I learned with me.


5. Amazing Amy

Amazing Amy, the interactive doll by Playmates Toys, Inc, with over 10,000 phrases. This company had a lot of interactive dolls come out of it in the 1990s and early 2K era.

And oh no, I can’t forget about Amy. I still have the commercial jingle lodged in my head, “Amazing Amy! How does she know?” And she responds, “I just know!”

Of all the dolls I grew up with, this doll actually had quite a negative impact on me.

Maybe most of us have had a negative fear of dolls before, right? Especially fearing dolls that talk. I know people who have doll phobias. I’ve never really hated dolls neither have I been scared of them. Toy Story might have scared my friends, but it didn’t scare me…

But then came Amazing Amy.

Amazing Amy was battery-powered and mechanical, which was becoming a thing at the turn of the 21st Century. She had her own clock, which could be set to the player’s specifications. She came with lots of accessories. She was blonde and wore pink. I was told she had a black version, but I knew about the blonde one from the commercials.

Quite frankly, I’m glad I didn’t get the black doll. If any doll wanted to influence me to form self-hate tendencies, it would’ve been the black Amazing Amy.

This doll…was the most annoying piece of plastic ever to come into my life.

I first saw her in a commercial and thought it would be cool to have this cute doll that could talk to me. I thought it was appealing to be able to take care of my own daughter. Appealing…So I thought.

Amazing Amy came with some pretty cool accessories, too. She had a toothbrush, a partly chewed popsicle, a bottle of milk, hot dog, juice, pizza, a banana, a cookie, and a plate of disgusting-looking “mashed food”. She liked to play “Simon Says”, “Feed Me Something”, and her “Squeeze Games”, too. She had a dress, diaper, and pajamas.

Oh yes, Amazing Amy was going to be my daughter. It didn’t matter to me that she was white and blonde in comparison to her black mother. I was excited to have my very own daughter.

So how did this cute and interactive doll shape my life negatively?

Maybe it’s not all negative to everybody, but…I believe Amazing Amy is the reason I resolved in my heart, at a young age, that I never wanted kids. To this day, I not only take motherhood seriously but I have no desire to have a baby too soon. On the plus side, I think that’s why I avoided teen pregnancy.

When I got this doll at 8 years old, I was not ready to take care of a baby. Having Amy around and turned on was like taking care of a baby. Once you set her clock in the middle of her body and turned her on, her slogan took full effect: “She knows what she wants and how to ask for it!” At first, I enjoyed taking care of her needs and feeding her. Her sensors would glitch, which would be annoying, but overall I enjoyed giving her what she wanted.

Well, one night, I forgot to turn Amazing Amy off. All night, Amy kept asking for food, to play a game, to get her hair brushed. I was knocked out sleep. Well, Amy cried. She cried so loudly, it sounded like an alarm clock piercing through the night. She woke me up at 4:00 AM so that I could change her diaper, feed her, and play games with her. Then she glitched, so she started crying AGAIN! When I turned her around to turn her off, the button was stuck on “ON”! I tried taking out her batteries, but it was hard for my little hands to get the back open. So, she cried.

Eventually, frustrated, I snuck in the kitchen, picked out a fork, and pried out her batteries. Once those batteries were out, I never put them back in again.

The next day, I was so tired I couldn’t stay awake at school. My mother asked me why I was so tired. When I told her Amazing Amy kept me up all night crying, my mother laughed and said, “Imagine a real baby! But with your own, you can’t just take the batteries out!” That statement stuck with me.

So, now, every time I even think of having a kid, I think about how hard it was for me (at the time) to take care of that annoying, expensive little doll. Now, that I’m older, I’m wiser, but I still understand that taking care of a child is no glamorous or easy task. Amazing Amy definitely taught me that at a young age. Whenever my friends would say they wished they had a baby sister or a baby, my mind would flash back to this doll.

In some ways, I’m glad it taught me to take parenthood seriously. But when I’m interacting with others who really want children, I might not sound the most positive.


4. Barbie

Barbie has impacted thousands of girls the world over, including this girl.

Barbie is the world’s #1 fashion doll. Created by Ruth Handler while on vacation in Germany, and produced by the company Mattel, her husband’s company, Barbie was meant to be a challenge to the Baby doll industry and a response to the growing love of adult paper dolls. Ruth Handler wanted to create an actual plastic figure of famous comic and paper doll characters because she noticed her daughter preferred them to the baby dolls.

At the core, Barbie was meant to be a doll young girls could admire and dream of being one day. She fit the American ideal: white, blonde, beautiful, stylish, wealthy, glamorous, and forever young.

I grew up with her in the 1990s when she’d already had a huge empire and had expanded beyond the fashion world. Barbie could do and be anything by the 1990s! That’s the vision they sold us.

This blonde adult figure inspired a lot of playtime out of me growing up. I would always pretend she was my mother. She reminded me a lot of her. My doll was white and my mother was black, but they both were stylish, career-oriented, and could do things I couldn’t at my age.

Interestingly enough, Barbie’s fashion sense never appealed to me. I didn’t like her for her fashion. I liked her for all of the mini items she came with. For example, my Teacher Barbie came with a chalkboard, mini chalk, and desks. I always thought it was cool how I could create my own classroom in a mini-sized version.

So how did Barbie come to influence who I am today? How did she influence a messy tomboy like me?

It might shock you, but Barbie ushered me into the technology age. Yeah. She also expanded my interest in dolls. I have to give her credit for this.

When we first got a computer in my home, one of the first websites I knew about was Barbie.com from commercials. I can’t find that commercial anymore.

The jingle went like, “What can you be there, what can you see there? Now you can be there, uh-huh…” Something like that.

Anyway, Barbie encouraged me to navigate the internet. It was the first website for dolls I’d ever heard of.

Barbie also introduced me into video games. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I had always watched my young uncles and cousins play video games, but I didn’t have a system or games of my own. My mother and grandmothers didn’t think it was a suitable toy for “girls”. I would try to play games like Mortal Combat and NBA Sports at Arcades or at restaurants or laundromats.

But when I first got my playstation, the first game I played was Barbie Race and Ride. By playing this game, I learned the mechanics of the playstation system. Eventually, I moved on to more advanced games from there. I loved Crash Bandicoot and Spyro games, Tekken and Street Fighter, and eventually RPG games like Kingdom Hearts. It was because of Barbie that I fell in love with video gaming. I still love video games to this day.

I also used to play Barbie Super Sports (which was a little more challenging than Race and Ride) and Detective Barbie. The most fun Barbie video game I played was a PC/CD-Rom game called Secret Agent Barbie. That was my first PC game. I wish I could still play that game. It’s not compatible with anything nowadays.

In all honesty, Barbie made me into a gamer girl!

Barbie also got me interested in diverse and unique dolls. A lot of dolls have claimed to have been the first major diverse dolls out there, but Barbie has always had sister and spin-off brands that focused on a group of diverse dolls. Generation Girl was about 8 best friends from different backgrounds and cultures who attend International High. Diva Starz was also a diverse brand, and probably the first I saw with the big head and big feet design. Polly Pocket was innovative. Myscene was stylish and mature. Even to this day, Barbie’s sister brands Monster High and Ever After High continue to produce diversity. Going to Barbie’s website, I was able to get in touch with the other lovable brands.

Barbie’s mini world inspired me to look for more out of my collections. She pretty much set the bar for how far a doll line could expand. Barbie has had it all. I can only be impressed by how much this doll brand has accomplished for over 50 years. It’s amazing. The appeal of Barbie was that I could be in a lavish mini world I wouldn’t naturally be able to afford in real life. I could be anything when I had Barbie.

Barbie developed my interest in building a career, believe it or not. I always had working women around me. I didn’t have the privilege of a stay-at-home mom. My mother had to work. Barbie made that seem okay for me. Through Barbie, I could always pretend she was in a career. She had so many career options in the 1990s. I believe she inspired my ambitious nature.

Barbie may have had an influence on me, but she didn’t turn me into a materialistic and superficial broad. She may have done that to some kids, but not me.

Little did I know I would take this influence and drive it towards a rival brand…


3. Magic Attic Club

Oh, The Magic Attic Club. This club was like the Babysitters Club of the 1990s, only it dealt with magic and younger girls. But it was the club every girl wanted to be in. Magic Attic Club inspired me in many ways but also taught me valuable lessons. Let me explain.

Magic Attic Club was following that “18” doll” format. They were sold by mail order catalogue, were expensive, and exclusive. They were cheaper than American Girl though. Unlike American Girl, Magic Attic Club was a modern and more fantastical line. They came with a series of books that followed the characters’ adventures through a magic mirror that would allow the characters to explore their imagination. The adventures they would go on would also teach them how to deal with their everyday life (though the things they go through might seem minor).

Magic Attic Club dolls passed through the hands of many companies before retirement. They were first sold by Georgetown. They filled the gap American Girl didn’t fill at the time: They produced modern girls (while American Girl still primarily sold historical dolls). Eventually, Magic Attic Club went to Knickerbocker and last Marian (which was a company created by actress Marie Osmond and her husband Brian).

Magic Attic Club influenced my life in five ways.

First, Magic Attic Club got me interested in the fantasy genre. Magic Attic Club was able to be and do anything, at 10 years old. I was always excited about whatever adventure they would go on. And the outfits they came with! They were just bursting with color and luxury!

I think the mystery behind the Magic mirror was so intriguing that I longed for that mystery in other genres. To this day, my interest in the fantasy genre has expanded. I enjoy Harry Potter, Circle of Magic, Jewel Princesses…I got into a lot.

Second, Magic Attic Club made me realize indigenous people still EXIST, not as a foreigner but in my own country. Yes, I was an ignorant little child back then. I used to see indigenous groups as groups belonging to the past. I didn’t realize that there were still people from these groups, even little girls like me, living modern lives while trying to hold on to their ancestry. Rose Hopkins, the Cheyenne girl in the Magic Attic Club, taught me that. To this day, there are still very few doll lines that have a modern doll representing the indigenous groups of people. Ever since I was introduced to Rose, I have felt she was a rare gem, and I have looked for that kind of representation in every doll line. Rose is also one of the most gorgeous dolls in the brand.

Global Friends also had an indigenous doll, but at the time, it didn’t dawn on me that the character was “American”. Unfortunately.

Third, Magic Attic Club taught me to shut my mouth and stick with real friends. When I was younger, about 8 years old, that was the one time in my life I wanted to fit in with the other girls. I had so many popular girls in my class. They were kind of mean and stuck up to some of my friends. I used to be like a loser or an outcast because I would hang out with the underdogs.

But one day, I had been talking about the Magic Attic Club. All the “cool” girls liked Magic Attic Club because of how exclusive and pretty the dolls were. These girls found out I loved Magic Attic Club, knew a lot about the dolls, and let me be apart of their clique because of it. Me, being a fan of Magic Attic Club, would share fan info with these girls, insider knowledge. At that time, they were giving me some attention, and I liked it.

Eventually though, that died down. They started cooling off from me. I guess all they had in common with me were these dolls. So what did I do? I came up with the biggest and stupidest lie. I told them that my grandmother works for the company that makes Magic Attic Club dolls and that she could get them dolls for free.

After that, the girls came back around me.

But see, I had to keep up with this lie. The girls kept pressuring me and asking when they would get their free dolls. I had to keep pushing back the date to make it believable. Eventually, one of the lead girls got suspicious. She came up to me and said, “I don’t believe your grandma works for the company.” I tried to defend my lie. And I managed to defend this lie up until I was 10. I finally confessed that my grandmother didn’t work for Magic Attic Club and that my grandmother just happened to buy me two dolls and books. Obviously, this made me the bum of my elementary school days. I deserved it.

On the other hand, my real friends stayed by me and liked me for who I was. From that Magic Attic Club encounter, I learned that you can’t buy friendship and I learned to shut my mouth. If I can’t speak truth, I don’t need to speak. I learned not to lie about who I am.

The fourth way Magic Attic Club had an impact on me was it actually got me interested in doll fashion. The one thing Magic Attic Club had over all the other 18″ dolls of the time was they were girls my age that wore trendy and modern clothes. They were the first dolls that got me interested in the fashion aspect of doll brands. Beforehand, I just liked the stuff dolls came with. Magic Attic Club had an array of different outfits and clothes, but they were also on trend in my eyes. Barbie was fashionable, but she was an adult. The MAC were wearing clothes I could wear and WANTED to wear. My interest in their fashion expanded my interest in fashion dolls in general (even though they weren’t fashion dolls!).

Last, Magic Attic Club has influenced my summers. Magic Attic Club always reminded me of summers spent with my great-grandmother (who I would visit every summer). When I was younger, I couldn’t afford all of the Magic Attic Club books. However, during the summer, my great-grandmother would take me to the library and I could find all of the MAC books! I would check them all out. The librarian knew which books I would get every summer. Eventually, this turned into a tradition. Every summer, even up into high school, I would check out the Magic Attic Club books and read them.

Eventually, the library closed. I also couldn’t spend as much time with my grandmother. But I managed to buy all of the ones in print (still looking for Jane in a Land of Enchantment). I still read them every summer. Summer doesn’t begin for me unless I read these books. Having the dolls also remind me of those lovely summers.

Overall, the Magic Attic Club dolls have had a profound impact on my life.


2. American Girl Dolls

The American Girl dolls come from a brand focused on educating and inspiring girls through play. They come with a line of historical characters and modern characters fleshed out through dolls, accessories, and books. Through storytime, their characters help girls face the real world around them. Honestly, of all the 18″ dolls, American Girl was the first to do this and has always been the most effective at this.

American Girl was originally produced by Pleasant Rowland through Pleasant Company. It was designed to combat Barbie’s influence as an adult figure and bring back dolls that looked more like girls. It also bounced off the popularity of the Little House on the Prairie, which had been popular decades prior due to the TV series. The dolls were meant to help connect girls today with girls of the past, to bridge generations of girlhood, tell history from the female perspective, and inspire future leaders.

Ironically, Barbie’s parent company, Mattel, ended up buying American Girl. American Girl continues to educate and inspire girls.

This company definitely inspired me. I got into American Girl in 1995 with the books I would get from my school library. I received my first American Girl doll in 1997. At that time, the modern girls were just becoming a thing.

American Girl influenced me tremendously. First, this doll brand inspired my love of history. It was the gateway to learning the important events in my country. And as they say, if you don’t know where you come from, you don’t know where you’re going. I think American Girl encouraged me to appreciate the place I live and even to appreciate the histories of other countries! American Girl made history come alive for me, and made history fun and appealing. In school, I always got As on my history tests. I would win history bees and competitions. American Girl didn’t have all the answers, but they were the only books telling history from an everyday perspective, not from one of those glamorized and over-dramatic perspectives. They would go over things about history I honestly never heard of, like what foods people ate and what clothes they wore. I literally got interested in how people live.

American Girl is the reason I have the job and career I have NOW. I was inspired to get into education. I was inspired to build up my own community of African American children and help them value education. Addy was my first American Girl and she made slavery and reconstruction even more real for me. I’ll never forget when she got her freedom and she still had to build her life. It wasn’t a walk in the park. The books were so real for me, not cheesy at all.

I currently work with black children and I try to get them into their own roots and history. I try to inspire them the way American Girl inspired me. I wanted to give back. American Girl showed me the importance of doing that.

American Girl instilled some really strong morals and character traits in me. I think the brand helped me develop courage, a spirit of adventure, open-mindedness, kindness, compassion, sacrifice, strength, and determination. Whenever I thought my life was hard, I would think about girls who came before me who had it harder. I try to live up to these qualities everyday. I think American Girl helped me see the importance of developing these qualities early in my life.

Having the dolls really made history real for me. I could pretend to be from a different time and place, a different race or culture, and through that playtime, I learned to understand people and I learned to understand life. I’ve learned how to cook foods and prepare them in ways different from my own. I’ve learned to study the way people dress and live. I’ve learned to melt my own prejudices when seeing someone different.

I definitely learned to transcend myself. Perhaps my favorite non-black characters are Kaya, Kit, Molly, and it doesn’t feel like American girl without Felicity. I’m still into the brand and have loved newer dolls like Melody and Julie. I do hope to have a 1920s character soon as well. That’s on my American Girl wishlist. Through these characters, I feel like I’ve lived several lives…

I feel like I’m recording a brand ad or something right now…

American Girl also helped me connect with my elders. By learning about times in the past, I knew about some things my grandmother and great-grandmother enjoyed. My great-grandmother always felt she could talk to me because when she did, I knew what she was talking about and showed interest. It helped me bond with my family. I was able to appreciate doing things with my grandparents and my mother, things a normal child wouldn’t find interest in. I think it helped me respect women of all ages and what they have done for me.

American Girl showed me that women can be strong leaders, and I take the lessons from the brand with me into my adulthood.


1. Bratz

Bratz is a brand of cutting-edge and fashion-forward dolls that arrived shortly after the 21st Century began. These dolls were meant to make the beginning of a new century, and they did that for me.

Just when I was losing interest in playing with dolls and was growing into a tween collector, out came the Bratz.

The Bratz were created by designer Carter Bryant (freelance designer on break from company Mattel) and produced by MGA Entertainment.

I got into the Bratz late 2000 when the website was under construction. Most of my followers know the story. I was actually looking for new dolls to get into. Something interesting. I had been looking for a particular doll when I accidently typed in Bratz. When I pressed the link and saw the website under construction, I thought it was going to be some kind of fashion cartoon (which I felt would’ve been awesome).

A few months later, the first Bratz commercial hit the scene and I was a different girl. The rest was history.

You might be wondering, “How can a line of fashion dolls top a girl-empowering line like American Girl?” I didn’t think that could happen either.

At the time I got into Bratz, I was what most people considered “too old” for dolls, especially during the surge of popularity Bratz received in 2004. I was a teenager by then.

The first thing Bratz taught me was that you’re never too old to like dolls. Bratz was set to target girls like me. I soon realized that. When I first heard Bratz was meant to target girls my age, I was shocked and excited. I knew that something different was brewing in the toy industry.

Bratz truly made me a COLLECTOR. I loved dolls before, but the clothing, items, and edge was so inspiring, I actually saved my money and bought even the hardest to find dolls if I could find them. Some items you couldn’t get anywhere.

Bratz exposed me to the toy industry in general. I’m not talking about as a toy but as a business. Bratz was on the rise during the computer age. MGA was one of the only doll companies FULLY open to suggestions back then. I remember I would email Mattel ideas of mine and would get one of those automated responses. I only got one real response and it was pretty rude.

MGA always responded in a very thoughtful and engaging way. And the things I asked for at my age…They delivered! I think after I heard Bratz was releasing a CD in Japan in 2003, I asked for MGA to get a CD created for worldwide release. Shortly after, Bratz’s “Who We Are” and “Bratz Rock Angelz” was released. When Bratz had a show released in Japan to tie in with the CD, I asked for the Bratz movies and shows and got it shortly after! I wouldn’t say my emails made a difference, but by seeing the results, it made me feel like my opinions mattered.

I realized my own fan power in shaping the success of my favorite brand and I brought this fandom power into many other fandoms.

I also realized harsh truths about the doll industry through the Bratz. I think the Bratz business is the only one I’ve followed closely. I’ve seen how a doll line could rival another doll line in sales. I saw how that impacted the direction of toy brands. All of this at age 11 to 17.

I began to see the difference in companies. When I was a kid, companies didn’t matter. I didn’t know Amazing Amy, American girl, and Barbie were even from different companies. They were just toys.

After getting into Bratz, I realized the difference.

I learned the legal system that works around toys as well, especially seeing the legal issues surrounding Carter Bryant, MGA, and Mattel. I learned that just because you created something doesn’t always mean you are allowed to have full rights over the product. That whole situation made me “business-smart”.

Bratz has taught me so many valuable lessons about toys in general.

While American girl inspired the career I’m in now, Bratz is inspiring my future goals. Everytime I see a Bratz doll, I feel inspired to get creative. The amount of detail and coolness that goes into Bratz draws out a lot of ideas in my mind.

Bratz has even inspired my sense of fashion and developed my social identity. I think I told followers that I was raised in a very super-feminine home. It was so suffocating, I couldn’t slouch, spill messes, or accidentally ruffle an ounce of my attire. I used to hate fashion and femininity because of how I was raised.

When I first saw the Bratz, and this may not be anyone else’s experience, I saw girls in baggy pants, beanies, bandanas, and sneakers. The dolls were wearing a diverse range of styles. They didn’t fit into one feminine box. Sure, some wore skirts. But they could throw on a denim jacket and sneakers in a heartbeat. That had an impression on me. I finally felt I found a doll brand that represented someone like me.

Later on, Bratz tried many outrageous styles, which helped me explore all possibilities in fashion and even other forms of art! I had developed an interest in cutting edge and avant-garde fashion. I really began taking a liking to androgynous fashion. As a youth, the Bratz produced an image that encouraged me to be my individual self. They helped me explore my identity.

Bratz has developed me into an adult that is willing to take risks, stand in my truth, and explore my options. I believe these were the last dolls that truly inspired me. Bratz has changed my whole world vision.

Bratz set the bar for this century. For all new dolls, I’m looking for a spirit of individuality, style, and innovation. I take that attitude with anything I do.

That’s my list of dolls that have had an impact on who I am today! Leave me a comment and let me know of any dolls or other toys that influenced you in your youth! What do you think of my list? Let’s get the discussion rolling!

Bratz are Back Again! A 2018 Bratz Collectors’ Exclusive Review: Look One

8 Sep

Greetings GenNext readers!

I’m sure every Bratz fan knows by now that the 2018 Exclusive Collector Bratz dolls’ photos have been revealed on Twitter and Instagram. I planned on doing a review after we’ve seen everything from the collector line (because I get the feeling there’s going to be more leaks over the next couple of days). But I received a request to give my perspective on the new dolls, and some of ya’ll may want to know what I think thus far.

A lot of people have especially asked my opinion on the reactions from the veteran or OG fans versus the general doll community, as it seems they feel differently about the new dolls. There’s been a mixed reaction. Many of the old-time fans have been very critical of the new dolls, while the general doll community feels the dolls are better than what we’ve been seeing on toy shelves. Then, there are people who are fans of Hayden Williams’s illustrations who really wanted to see dolls from him.

So let me break down how I feel about each Bratz girl and then give my opinion of the overall line and the community situation. If you don’t like reading, watch my video below! Skip to the Bottom

Let’s talk about Sasha first.


When I first saw Sasha’s full look on the artwork, I personally loved it, but I wondered or worried how the general fashion doll public would see it. The look is avant-garde for sure, and most people wouldn’t wear what Sasha’s wearing on a day-to-day basis. I wondered how the artwork would translate on the doll.

So far, it looks okay to me. I love outrageous fashion, as I’ve mentioned before in other videos and articles, and Sasha delivers it without being too gaudy. I don’t like the fit of the outfit, but it’s okay. I can deal with it.

Does she live up to her fashion passion? Yes! Far more than she did in 2015. Sasha is supposed to be into fashion that’s inspired from the streets-a little bit of old school and a little bit of new hip-hop. This outfit Sasha is sporting reflects a lot of what current hip-hop, Black pop, and R&B artists are sporting. I can see artists like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj wearing something like this. The jacket seems to be inspired from something Ariana Grande has worn.

Granted, it looks more like a stage outfit than something the average person would wear on a daily basis, but it’s fun. And Sasha isn’t your average character, so it suits her.

Sasha has also been characterized as “always being on the hunt for a new look”, so she’s into clothing that’s experimental and avant-garde. This outfit delivers that. She also likes it “flashy and classy”. Not sure if this is super classy, but it’s definitely flashy (without all of the colors).

Of course, it’s important for us to remember that we’re just looking at ONE outfit and a few accessories. Hayden mentioned on Twitter that there will be mix-and-match fun, so I actually look forward to whatever other surprises Hayden and MGA have with this comeback.

Okay, so let me break down Sasha’s look piece by piece.


I’ve never been a fan of snapbacks advertised forward. I hated it in the artwork. I like the pulled-back look, even if people think it looks thuggish. But I like the snapback itself. It gives the entire look an urban flair that I love. It has real fabric and pleather. I love that accessory. I hope it goes with other outfits in the line. Sasha seems to have a bit of a sporty look with the snapback and jacket. I don’t know about how I like it on her head though…Or even with this outfit….

Sasha’s hair looks nice with the tiny braids. Of course, I was hoping for natural hair, cornrows, or micro-braids, but this will do. Long loose hair allows the hair to get styled in different ways. And, as an African American, I know people of other races get frustrated with our hair. Imagine being us trying to find different ways to style it everyday! I hear people complaining about the coarseness of American Girl’s Addy doll (different doll brand but still…), so I know some people just can’t get it. Still, I would’ve liked Sasha to sport some styles that are really popular in the Black community. Maybe I should be specific…Black American community…Honestly, Hayden Williams is from the U.K., so maybe the styles Black people sport there are a little different. I don’t know. Anyway…

I feel like we lost the elaborate Bratz hairstyles somewhere in 2005. It’s not bad, I just think the hairstyle set the whole outfit off. I know most people like the long silky hair because it allows people to style the hair the way they want to, but I would like some dolls to sport hair bobs, braids, etc. That’s just me. The hairstyles also give the girls individuality and add value to the photos.

Sasha’s face looks ways better than she did in 2015. Some Bratz fans don’t like that she looks straight ahead rather than giving the sassy “side-eye” Bratz are known to have from 2001 to 2009 screenings. Even 2010 dolls got the “side-eyes”.

I personally…do not care this time around because she looks sassier than the last dolls that stared straight ahead. Maybe some people will say I’m not a real fan. Honestly, I’m open to new screenings, new things period, as long as it looks sassy and not cute. I do agree she looks like the 2015 Bratz more, which I didn’t like, but I like that all the dolls do not have the same glances. I think that individualizes them.

Of course, like all the other fans, I was hoping for older screenings, too, particularly 2001 screenings. I can’t understand for the life of me why MGA won’t use them. But these are Hayden exclusives, so it’s fitting that the screenings feel like Hayden.

I do understand that the artwork may have mislead some fans. Sasha was looking to the side, so I understand that was what was expected. You’d be surprised how those little details in the art impact or influence fans.

I think the makeup is okay. It’s subtle. I was hoping for more of a smokey eye though because the artwork made it seem it would be darker on the eyelids. Still, I think it’s alright. I’m glad Hayden went with a brownish color for her lips.

I LOVE the earrings. The silvers are a nice combo. Simple yet sassy.

Overall, I think her face is okay. She’s pretty. Her eyes are staring right into me though.


I love the top and jacket. The detail of the jacket is really good. Could it have been fluffier? Yes, but it’s still a cool item to have as a collector. I’ve never had a doll with this kind of jacket. I hope there’s a faux zipper on it.

I think Ariana Grande wore a similar jacket style in different colors.

I love Sasha’s top. It was the thing that made me really like the outfit. It’s dangerous. I like the fishnetting feel of it. I wish I could see the sleeves because I liked it in the artwork but I’m not sure how it translates on the doll.

I personally love the shorts-garter-pant-denim combination. It’s unique for any doll line. I was hoping the shorts would be pulled higher, basically giving it a high-waistline look as it appeared in the art. But I still think it’s okay. It looks like a gimmick though.

I wonder if the bottom of the pants can be detached. That would be cool. That would allow more mixing and matching, which would be fun. I love the denim fabric so much. I can’t wait to touch it.

I like the choker. That sets the whole look off if you ask me. I love the design.

The bag has that real fabric that I love. I love the accessories to tell you the truth.


I think the shoes are my least favorite thing about this look. I’m not a fan of the camouflage for this outfit. I was also hoping the heel would have a sharper curve and would be higher. They aren’t ugly, I just don’t like them for this look. They have a “granny heel”. They might go with another outfit of Sasha’s.

Overall, the doll is a lot better than what we got in 2015, and I feel Sasha’s is both stylish and identifiable. But I feel the execution could’ve been polished better. I actually feel this about all of the dolls. I already like them, but I think I would’ve been blown away if they had been executed differently.

What do I mean by that?

Well, a fan named @WhatCollectorsWant on instagram did some edits to make the dolls look closer to their art. I think he nailed them.


whatcollectorswant Sasha

On the left-hand side is MGA’s version The right-hand side is @WhatCollectorsWant

Notice how those slight alterations make a world of a difference. I loved these edits so much, they made me more critical. At the same time, after viewing the edits it made me want the dolls more than I did! Sasha was definitely one of the dolls that had to grow on me.

In the edit, we see the smokey eye and darker lips that were in the art. Her face seems even edgier and sassier with the darker makeup. Yes, I still prefer a “side-eye” for her. The shorts have been lifted higher and curved at the bottom, giving the doll some sass. MGA’s version looks like it’s hanging off her. The shoes are curved at the bottom making the heel higher. This edit made me like the shoes (which I wasn’t feeling too much before).

The jacket is puffier, which makes it feel much more urban and less like it’s a school windbreaker that lost its stuffing.


Yasmin is naturally considered the most gorgeous doll to most people, so she could easily sell on her looks alone. However, I was most disappointed with the execution of her look. When I first saw the art, she was actually one of my favorites. But the execution wasn’t as strong as I’d hoped. She’s still a good doll. When I say disappointed, I’m not thinking on 2015 terms. I just can see it being done differently.

Does Yasmin live up to her fashion passion? Absolutely! So that’s not a problem of mine. In fact, it’s why I initially loved this look so much. Yasmin loves Bohemian styles in earth tone colors, with exotic prints and textures. She combines many different styles together into one look. She is also a little retro or “antique” in her approach.

This outfit has that Mary-Kate Olsen “homeless trash” bohemian look. I don’t know if any of you all are familiar with the Olsen twins, but one of the twins are known for that look. It’s “bohemian-bourgeois”. I really like that about Yasmin’s outfit. There’s some hint of retro in there as well.

Overall I like the concept, but I wish it could’ve been executed differently, particularly with one aspect of the look.


The hat is my favorite part of the look to be honest. To me, it looks better than the artwork. I like that detail in the middle. I’m not sure, but is there lacing in the middle? I think it’s dope. I would wear it. I was hoping the buckle would be more to the left like it was in the art, but I don’t care about it that much. The hat is still awesome. I love flamboyant hats like this.

This is kind of a throwback to the Rock Angelz days, and honestly really a throwback to the 2K era when these newsboys caps were popular. Yasmin is into the retro thing, so it’s fitting.

I notice that everytime Bratz is promoted with hats, the fans hate it. Many fans didn’t like the Rock Angelz hats. I was mad when my dolls didn’t come with it. I hope these dolls still come with the hats. I know it’s hard for some fans to like hats because of the Bratz dolls’ balloon heads. But that makes me love them even more!

Yasmin’s hair is silky, long, and strong, as usual. It’s fluffy and full and seems to be of good quality.

The face has that side-glance everyone loves. It does make her sassy. I think this is why everyone loves the actual doll so much. But as for me…I think the makeup is too light. A lot of fans actually like the “pink lips”. I preferred the darker nude pink I thought she would sport. Darker lips would give Yasmin more edge, drama, and would go with her autumn-earth-tone nature. I was also hoping for a smokier eye.

The new face is sweeter and softer, so I know it resonates with fans who see Yasmin as a “princess”, and their idea of a princess is someone who is feminine and sensitive. And she is all of that, but it just doesn’t give me the vibe I thought it would.

I LOVE the earrings. It looks so amazing against her outfit and hair.


The choker looks really good. Once again, the jewelry is really cool. I love that aspect.

The top looks like it has lace detailing on the torso, as was specified. I like this top  even though it wasn’t what I expected. I was waiting for more of a sweetheart shape to her neckline. I would like to see the top without the jacket to see if the other aspects are there.

I really like the jacket. It’s definitely that “trash boho” look. I like the detail and it looks like it will feel real. I like the lace on the sleeves. Some fans have said they don’t like it. I love that lace detailing. It reminds me of Prince. I would’ve liked there to be more brown in the jacket to make the skirt pop. But I’m not mad. Boho isn’t meant to really match.

Some people also said they hate the skirt. I like it. I like the suede style of it. My only complaint with it is I expected it to have a high-waist style (just like Sasha’s shorts). I expected it to be tucked tighter or pinned in around the waist like in the art. I still like it well-enough though. It doesn’t “wow” me, but it’s decent.

The bag is really cool. I love the texture and pattern. It looks like a computer bag, but that’s really fun to have in doll form.


The boots…Ya’ll I think Bratz’s foot game this comeback is a little weak to be honest. And it’s not really the style in all of the cases, it’s the execution.

With Yasmin, it’s a little of every problem for me. First off, they gave her the Dynamite Nevra treatment.

Basically, instead of making a whole boot, they took two parts and put them together to make it looks like a knee-length boot. Nevra got away with it because at least the bottom color matched the top color.

I know there’s an issue with Bratz and knee-high boots because of the snap-off feet. But I think it could still be executed differently. I think the fabric from the bottom could’ve been placed over the root of the foot and stretched higher. They wouldn’t have to make two parts to do that. Maybe it’s just not difficult in my mind?

I think the top half of the boot should at least look like the same fabric as the lower half…

Some fans thought it was going to be socks or short stockings and heels. I thought the boots were going to be of the same material as the hat. I would’ve liked it to be of a darker leather material. It seemed shiny somehow in the art. I wasn’t expecting velvet, but the velvet could’ve worked with a different execution.

Overall, I think Yasmin’s look is still very stylish, but the boots really throw the look off for me. I hope there are some other shoes in the set. I guess I can always take the top half off, but then I still feel like there’s something missing…The velvet magenta is completely out of place.

I liked What Collectors Want’s take on Yasmin. Still not a fan of the velvet magenta, but I liked his execution and wonder why they didn’t go for it at MGA. At least the velvet magenta sets off the trash boho look.

whatcollectorswant Yasmin

On the left-hand side is MGA’s version The right-hand side is @WhatCollectorsWant

The eyes are smokier in his version. The lips have that darker nude color. It gives her so much edge in comparison to the pink lips. The top has the sweetheart design I was expecting. The skirt is tucked in higher. Most importantly, the boot looks like it belongs together with itself. The bottom half is cut just right so it looks like at least most of the shoe is complete. I also like the lace detailing at the top of the boot, too.



Overall, Cloe’s look is one of the most public-friendly of the Pack. I like the leather details in her look.

Does her look live up to Cloe’s fashion passion? Probably not as much as some of the others in my opinion. It definitely reflects her sweet and tough personality though. Cloe’s fashion passion includes animal prints and sparkly or shimmery fabrics. She loves anything dramatic. I don’t think this outfit is particularly dramatic. But it is in Cloe’s favorite color blue. Her boots are also in a “snakeskin” design, which says “animal print” to me.


I love the leather hat. I love leather hats. I loved the star detail in the art and was hoping that would be included, but it doesn’t need that gimmick.

I love Cloe’s face the most. Oh my goodness! She looks gorgeous to me. I love the puckered red lips and smokey eyes. Definitely has that Bratitude.

I can’t really see her earrings clear enough. I hope she still has the pearls.

Her hair looks nice, fluffy, and full. Overall, her head is my favorite. It gives me a Ooh La La type of tease. The eyes aren’t quite as seductive, but it’s still near to that level.


I find it interesting that they traded Cloe’s beaded necklace for the new one. I really like the new one, but I hope she still comes with the pearls. I think it gave her look a sweet touch.

The top of the outfit is not my favorite to be honest. I don’t like the collared thing, and pulled up…it looks worse to me. I hope it can be pulled down a little more to give it a true-blue off-shoulder look though. I love the detailed corset in the middle.

I think the skirt is nice and I like the little chain on it, but I was expecting shorts. When I saw the dolls’ group photo, I decided I like the skirt a lot. Still, I thought shorts would be really unique. It would feel like a one-piece jumper, which we haven’t seen with Bratz.

To me, it looked like it was meant to be shorts, but someone said Hayden intended it to be a skirt, so… I’m wondering what that shadow in the middle of the artwork’s skirt is because it makes it look like shorts.

I was expecting the bag to be much smaller. I thought it would be more like a clutch. But I like the big bag. The chain on the strap is just very cute. It’s better than the basic strap in the artwork. Wouldn’t it be cool if we got both purses? That would make this the ultimate mix-and-match line.


I’m okay with the snakeskin look. I feel it fits with this edgy look and I think it highlights Cloe’s interest in animal-print. However, I was expecting more of a plaid pattern. Someone told me on instagram it was always supposed to be snakeskin…I don’t see it. Honestly, I preferred the plaid one simply because I feel the heel should’ve been higher and actually thicker like in the art.

Though I like Cloe’s look, What Collectors Want also showed some edits that I feel are more true to the art and make Cloe’s look better in my opinion. I think the edits basically nailed it.

Cloe has the star on her hat. Her collar is shaved down to give her a true off-shoulder look. I like the unique shorts. The plaid boots make the outfit pop. I like the higher heel.


When I first saw Jade’s teaser artwork with just the pants, I had very low expectations. It turns out Jade is my favorite by far! The irony! Jade has always been one of my favorites. I love her style. Some Bratz fans have said they’ve seen a look like this on her before and that it’s nothing new, but that’s why I like it. It feels like Jade.

Does it live up to her fashion passion? DUH! Jade is always on the cutting edge of cool! Jade is into anything quirky and extreme. She can be a little sporty, too. She is inspired from the feline persuasion and has a “sizzlin’ flair”. This outfit just screams Jade from head to toe.


I love, love, LOVE the beret hat. It is so unique in the doll world. I like the look and it seems like it will feel good to the touch. It’s very artsy.

Her face is the closest to how I envisioned her. Still would like smokey eyes, but I like the lips well enough. Her lips could have been a tad bit darker.

The earrings are cute.

She’s back with the bangs. But are the bangs a little asymmetrical or is that the hat making it look that way? In any case, it’s Jade’s signature look done in a very stylish way. I like.

She’s giving me chills with that side-eye. I’m for it.


I know we aren’t seeing too many accessories, but the other girls were shown with their necklaces. I hope Jade still comes with her choker because that will set this look truly on fire.

I like the top so, so, so much. I have to express myself in threes. So, so, so! Even though the tassels or tighteners or whatever weren’t in the original artwork, it should’ve been! I haven’t felt an outcome was better than the artwork in a long time.

Okay, there is one thing I don’t love. I can’t say for certain yet, but I hope the tighteners on the top aren’t print-ons and are real. Still, it looks good. I love the netted arm pieces.

Okay Jade! Over here looking like a snack!

The pants even look better than I thought they would. I actually like the fire print. This is actually what I expected of Sasha back in the 2002 Funk N’ Glow era. I didn’t expect fire, just actual print. I wasn’t disappointed in Funk N’ Glow, it just wasn’t what I expected.


But back to Jade…

Jade’s purse is like a flame in Jade’s hand. So amazing! Of course, I liked the darker purse, too. Ugh! If only I could have both!


Okay, I felt all of the Bratz girls’ feet game were weak this time around. Jade’s is probably the best. Her shoes really go with her look. I still feel like it is weak in comparison to the chunkier look in the art. The shoes in the art really felt like BRATZ. It also gave Jade her signature cutting edge flair. Jade isn’t just any stylish diva, ya know? She’s got to be different. She’s got to be the Queen of Hot Topic, ya know? But the shoes aren’t the least bit ugly. They just feel conforming, so it’s less impressive than the chunkier heel. It seems they dumped some shoes on her from their back closet.

Overall, I feel Jade still has the strongest look of the girls. I can’t wait to get her and see whatever else she comes with. What Collectors Want did an edit of hers as well and again it was AMAZING! However, I can say both versions are really good. I prefer Hayden’s tighteners hanging down.

But I think What Collectors Want nailed the hugging of the jeans. The lips have a slight darker tint, making it super sassy. The hat isn’t as wide, which makes it look even more stylish instead of like a pankcake. The choker definitely sets the look off. But I think the accessories will still be included.

Those smokey eyes though! I just really like that in the edit.



I’m really bitter-sweet about Cameron. First off, when I saw his complete look, I wasn’t all over him. It’s not the design. That’s the sweet part. I think it’s amazing for a boy doll! But the bitter part is it doesn’t feel like Cameron.

The boys never really had fashion passions like the girls, but Cameron always struck me as a casual and masculine guy, not full of flounce or flash. The jacket is super flashy for Cameron. What he’s wearing is something I would expect of pimp-daddy slick “The Fox” Dylan, not casual cool and hot “The Blaze” Cameron.

That’s another thing that I’m salty about. There’s no Dylan, our boy of color. I can’t get too excited about Cameron returning if it’s not both core boys returning. Having Cameron without Dylan is like releasing Bratz with just Cloe and Yasmin (which creates a Closmin problem). I hate that white boy Cameron with the blonde hair and blue eyes gets all the attention.

But I like him well enough to think he’s worth a purchase. He kind of looks like a Kpop star, only he’s white. I think he looks okay if I wasn’t thinking of Cameron. The hair is also…a no. The jacket is meh. I will also say this: MGA betta not forget Dylan again. I’m forgiving to a certain extent, but that extent isn’t limitless.


I’m surprised Cameron didn’t come with some sort of hat. Maybe he will with the actual collection.

I don’t hate his hair as much as I thought I would. I like the platinum look. But I was expecting more of a curl on the side. Really, just not a fan overall of his hair.

I’m loving his face more than I expected. The eyebrows look far more like it matches a blonde. The artwork’s eyebrows were really dark. But the eyes are spaced out for sure.

I’m glad they kept his earring detail. Finally, the boys are getting more jewelry.


I have one question about Cameron’s necklace: Did they switch his chain for Cloe’s pearls? Move over Cloe! Cameron is the new “Angel”? That’s what it looks like. I think that’s BOLD and everything, but I really liked the chain necklace. I’m hoping Cameron still comes with the chain necklace. It felt more like Cameron.

Cameron has been seen in plaid tops before. That seems to be his staple. What I like about this top is that it brings out his eyes. I would like to see it without the jacket though.

The jacket is flashy for Cameron, but still very detailed and has great quality. I like the furs. I think the jacket can work for any character, so it’s a gender-neutral product. I can see myself having fun with it. The jacket itself is a lot lighter than I thought it was going to be, but it doesn’t take away from it for me.

I like the jeans and the little chain on the side. It’s ok.


I think the shoes do. The shoes do their job.

What Collectors Want did an edit of Cameron, and honestly I like it better.

what collectors want cameron

On the left-hand side is MGA’s version The right-hand side is @WhatCollectorsWant

The hair has that unique curly thing going on. He has a darker jacket, which makes it look edgier. He has more of a dimpled chin and stronger cheekbones in the What Collectors Want version, which is similar to the style of the art. His buttons aren’t as huge and clownish. It looks more natural.

Cameron is just getting tanked by the Bratz community overall. There are some people who like him and what he represents, but he just looks gaudy and like a different Bratz boy.

Overall Review

Overall, I got some things I wanted from this comeback. I wanted dolls wearing real materials with high-quality hair (It looks high quality, but we shall see). I wanted the dolls to be more individual than they’ve been since 2005. I especially felt the dolls lost their individuality with lines like Bratz Passion for Fashion Diamondz and Fashion Pixiez. I wanted the sassy Bratz look back and I wanted an edgier look. I got it.

Of course, I didn’t get everything I wanted. I really wanted 2001 screenings. I wanted more elaborate hairstyles, especially Sasha in African American hairstyles, and I was hoping the looks would be executed differently. But overall, I’m okay with them and will be buying the dolls to get a closer look.

To be honest, I’m simple to please and a sucker when it comes to buying things I’ve always loved (I even went out and supported some dolls from the 2015 era). Give me some personal vision, style, edge, and sass, and I’m sold. I don’t even care about screenings (as long as it looks sassier than 2015) or articulation. I like the outfits well enough and I think there’s more coming. Truly, I can’t give a complete review until I see everything. So far, I’m okay with them. But they didn’t blow me away like I thought they would. Though I feared whether Bratz could deliver from the jump…Read my article on that.

If I wasn’t a big fan of Bratz and hadn’t really seen better, these dolls would be some of the best dolls ever. But because I’ve been such a huge fan of the dolls and I’ve seen their entire collection and evolution, I am critical.

Are they worth the price? I don’t know. I have to see them up close. So far, I think they would work at 20.00 or 30.00 USD. 50 to 70 USD is asking for a lot. They look good, but not THAT remarkable.

Head Game: B

Body: B

Feet Game-D

OG Bratz Fans V.S. The General Doll Community On the 2018 Bratz

Now, let’s talk about the community situation. I received a request from someone to do my review on the 2018 Bratz dolls because it seems old-time fans and the general doll community disagree about the results of the new dolls. It seems veteran fans (O.G. fans like myself) have critiques and criticisms, while the general doll community feels these are the best dolls coming out in today’s struggling toy industry, considering fashion dolls are becoming covered up and watered down. The general doll community feels these new Bratz dolls look better than what’s out on toy shelves.

I’m kind of caught in the middle.

First off, on the one hand, as a veteran fan, I understand old-timers’ frustrations with the 2018 dolls.

I believe that the longer you’ve been with a franchise, the closer you feel to it, the pickier you’ll be, even when you’re being handed something the average person loves. When you’ve seen everything Bratz has offered, it’s harder to feel satisfied with these dolls, especially when you’ve seen better executions and don’t like change. Our expectations are much higher for sure.

It’s frustrating when you’ve been asking for the same things for almost 10 years and you’re not getting it. Bratz fans have been asking for older screenings since the Bratz dolls’ 2010 relaunch. We’ve been asking for them to pay attention to details, to stick to the artwork a little more, among other things. The fabric is of decent quality and it is rather stylish, but the execution wasn’t as expected, which takes away from it.

This is Bratz’s first comeback since 2015 and was said to be for the fans. Hayden Williams, who has been a fan since 2001, was expected to bring other fans everything they’ve been asking for, especially with those faces. Fans also wanted articulated bodies because so many dolls have them. It’s almost expected. I’ve personally always hated articulated bodies with Bratz, but I know that most of the other fans wanted them because it makes the dolls more photogenic. Basically, the OG fans were looking for a designer to balance fan expectations with their own visions. They were looking for a designer that took in fan feedback.

The other problem is the rumored price, which is a problem for a lot of people, but especially OG fans. The dolls are said to be so expensive and that makes people more critical. They not only expect to get their money’s worth but they have to weed out the dolls they really don’t want in favor of the one they do so they can at least have one doll. I personally understand why they gave it the price they did. Because of inflation and the fact that the materials used for these dolls cost more than they did 10 years ago, I get the price, even if I don’t think these dolls are worth it. But others don’t get it. They also don’t understand why it couldn’t have been executed closer to the artwork.

Veteran fans believe it was Hayden’s idea to not only market these dolls on Amazon but set the price so high. I believe one fan said Hayden asked fans where they feel the dolls should be sold.

The price may not be unusual for fans who usually spend hundreds of dollars on their collections, but for a first 2018 comeback line and for regular playline fans, the pricing is too high. This is especially the case with OG fans who really don’t like these dolls as much as older dolls, and want to spend this kind of money on rarer dolls they actually like.

Some OG fans don’t necessarily have an issue with the style but the execution. With that, I have to agree to an extent, particularly with the Bratz shoes this time around. It could’ve been done in a more polished fashion. In fact, many aspects of the dolls could’ve been executed differently.

Fans don’t like that the clothes deviate from the artwork. I’m frustrated about that, too.

But that’s been frustrating me since 2002’s Funk N’ Glow. As I mentioned before, I was hoping Sasha would have yellow print on her jeans in that line because that’s how it looked in the artwork. It always reminded me of some Pepe jeans I had back in the day. I don’t know if any of you all remember Pepe. I was a little disappointed the doll wasn’t like the artwork. So again, every detail hasn’t been executed flawlessly in the past either. Yet, some fans act like the dolls coming out of the old eras were superior. They were beautiful, but not flawless.

Then again, I would say that was one thing we were hoping would be fixed in 2018.

Here’s where I agree with the general public though. These dolls are some of the best to come out in a long time. You can’t find dolls of even this quality anymore. You can’t find dolls sporting designer styles, even if the designs aren’t to everyone’s liking. You can’t find the same individuality anymore. These dolls are still good dolls and I see tremendous play value in them. Unfortunately, it should’ve been a playline, but there’s still some play value no matter what label is there.

These dolls aren’t childish. They have style, vision, and substance. They’re like Project Runway dolls-they have the designers’ stamp on them. They’re fan-made dolls. I haven’t liked many of the Project Runway dolls and outfits that have come out with American Girl, Myscene, or Barbie and never felt they were worth the price. But that’s designer dolls for you.

Just to have that is exciting for me. I think the dolls have character, so I’m excited to see whatever else they come with.

Now, can I spill some tea for you? I have a feeling where the source of all of this Hayden hate is coming from. This is just my theory. I feel like Wendy Williams or LovelyTi right now. I feel like saying, “Honey!”

Apparently, a while back, Hayden Williams had been sharing either his designs or screenings with some fans in an online Bratz fan community. I believe he was apart of the community. A lot of old-time fans as well as MGA’s “worker” fans frequent this community.

Now, this community allows people to be a little shady, okay? So, while Hayden was showing his latest creations, one fan told him something along the lines of this, “You should just scrap the whole thing, to be honest”. Hayden clapped back with a “Jessica Price” statement. If you don’t know about her, she worked on the Guild Wars video game series. When a fan commented their disagreeance towards her (though the fan wasn’t as disrespectful as the Bratz fan), she tweeted “Allow me-a person who doesn’t work with you-to explain to you how to do your job”. Hayden didn’t say that exact thing, but he was saying something similar.

The fan and Hayden had an exchange back and forth afterwards. By the end of it all, the fan community was basically divided. There were many fans that supported this “rude” fans’ comments. A lot of fans agreed that Hayden’s dolls were not meeting their standards and they felt that Hayden was too arrogant to listen now that he was working for MGA. Some fans felt his response wasn’t professional. They felt he didn’t listen enough to fan criticism either.

But there were also some fans in the community who supported Hayden, felt the fan brought their concerns to Hayden in a rude way, and they felt this fan jumped to conclusions before even seeing the dolls.

I wasn’t there personally. As I’ve said on many occasions, I haven’t been an active part of a Bratz community since they had that Yahoo Group. I found out the tea from Askfms. I just recently joined the Bratz Collectors! community on facebook, and they seem more polite and friendly. Some of these other groups…All I can say is be careful out there. They can drain the fun.

Because I hadn’t been really paying attention to the Bratz fan community that Hayden was in, I jumped in many conversations, trying to be neutral and see the good in the Hayden dolls. But it seemed the nicer I tried to be towards Hayden and his dolls, the more aggressive people became. They weren’t having it. In my last article, I talked about how shady some of the people were in the fan community.

Now, I understand why they were being shady towards me. I was being too neutral or giving Hayden too much credit in their eyes. I was giving too many “excuses” or not allowing fans to express their criticism, which they felt had been the situation since the Hayden dolls were announced.

This is the point I want you guys to understand. A lot of the people criticizing Bratz aren’t necessarily against the dolls themselves but the designer. I know two people who said they wouldn’t buy this line because Hayden left a sour taste in their mouths. I was very shocked.

Basically, they let their interaction paint their bias against the dolls. Even if they did like the dolls, they wouldn’t want to admit it. Even if they did like the dolls, they don’t want to support someone they feel doesn’t listen to them. Some of them are out to try and flop these dolls. Some of them are going on social media websites and picking everything apart just so Hayden will realize that fans impact the success of the doll brand. I’m sure that one fan Hayden got into it with doesn’t want to buy these dolls.

Me? I don’t have beef with Hayden. Hayden responded to one article of mine to correct something and thanked me for complimenting his artwork because I’ve always loved his illustrations. I even like his recent Rugrats design. I appreciate Hayden’s efforts to try and get these dolls back to their glory. It’s not easy trying to please so many different people.

However, I think all workers at MGA have to understand when people are asked to spend so much money, they will expect to get their money’s worth. When you say something is for the fans, fans expect you to listen to them. This goes with anyone who works with the brand or any brand really.

On the other hand, I can say I understand why Hayden snapped the way he did, if he did at all. I’ve felt that some people in this particular fan community react in very shady ways. They have made subtle rude statements. It’s not so much what they say, but the way they say things, you know?

If they had said some things in more of a respectful tone, maybe Hayden would be reconsidering his ideas or trying to curb the designs to fit fans’ expectations. But with so much hostility, he probably got stubborn and went through with his vision.

At the same time, everything public figures do impact the business. Public figures are always going to encounter rude people, but you sometimes have to redirect the rudeness or take it and turn it into a positive.

I’m learning that, too. I have to be very careful how I treat or react to people, even rude people, because it can hurt my business. I’m still learning this. There’s an art to it that can be hard to figure out.

Hopefully Hayden can eventually make peace with fans and hopefully fans can be more understanding of Hayden. I hope the beef is squashed so people can go back to having fun within the community.

The dolls aren’t bad. They actually look like a lot of fun to me, but if we let petty squabbles blind us to the fun of doll collecting, if we get so caught up in the individual trees we miss the forest, we will miss the joys of doll collecting.

Some people might feel that these fans take a bunch of dolls way too seriously. I agree with that to a certain extent. However, I believe for a lot of “fans”, they have built a career in the doll industry and many fans are working with the Bratz dolls specifically. Once something becomes your profession or your passion, you start to take it seriously. I think the issue is when someone’s professionalism is challenged, so is their pride and livelihood. That makes a world of a difference. When you have such a passion for dolls it becomes your career, these dolls become more than just playthings. I think that’s what’s been going on in theBratz doll community.

The general doll community just collects dolls as a hobby and wouldn’t want to take dolls seriously.

Then, on the other hand, we have to consider there are fans of Hayden who will like anything he throws out there and may be against any little criticism thrown his way. I personally love his illustrations, but I felt the execution of these dolls could’ve been better. Fans of Hayden might feel these dolls are their taste or they might even think Hayden had no hand in the execution and don’t want people blaming him. Hayden said on Twitter that MGA gave him full control, so…

Many Hayden fans are/were not originally Bratz fans, especially not serious collectors. Again, in the average person’s mind, these dolls are very stylish and different. That’s actually a good thing when considering the success of this doll franchise. We might get some new fans. However, the OG fans of Bratz might feel left out of this comeback.

I think the overall consensus is that most fans feel these dolls are for Hayden fans not long-time Bratz fans. Hayden himself is a fan, but did he know about all of the complaints the inside Bratz community have been having over the years? Did he understand fans’ desires for 2018? Did he realize what fans expected? These are key things to know before jumping into designing or marketing Bratz to fans.

I do think Hayden got the opportunity of a lifetime, and I’m happy a male of color received this opportunity. I just hope the details are polished by the time of release and I hope they come with other interesting pieces.

Well, that’s my spin on the 2018 Bratz Collector dolls SO FAR! Second outfits still haven’t been revealed. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about the 2018 Bratz comeback! Who’s your favorite? What do you think about the community drama? Let me know!


#Bratz 2018: What I Want to See Back and What I Don’t

8 Jul

Yasmin snapped! Let’s hope the doll is as beautiful as the art…

Greetings GenNext readers!

I am excited that Bratz are coming back this Fall! WOO! It’s really happening. We’ve been getting a few teasers on instagram that confirm it’s really happening. And of course, I have a few surprises up my sleeve to support the Bratz dolls’ return!

Ever since I started that 2018 article regarding Isaac Larian announcing the Bratz dolls’ return, I’ve been really thinking about the Bratz dolls’ career over the last 17 years. I’ve been reviewing pictures, my dolls, Bratz music, and even press interviews and such, just walking down memory lane. There was a lot about Bratz that just blew me away within that time!

I believe I’ve told people on my Bratz Quiz (How Well Do You Know the Bratz?) article a few years back that I’ve been into the Bratz since the website was under construction late 2000, early 2001-ish. So, I’ve seen a lot come out of the Bratz. I was among those in the target demographic back during the Bratz’s debut, and I’m so glad that I was able to support Bratz for so many years.

There’s a lot that I really loved about Bratz, and of course, I want to see it come back in 2018. So far, I’ve mostly heard good news (like Hayden Williams, a fan favorite designer and illustrator, at least designed one of the Bratz’s lines).

Hayden Williams illustrations

Isn’t Hayden Williams amazing? I can’t wait!

Still, there were a lot of things that bothered me, too.

While there’s a lot of things in more recent years that disappointed me (Bratz 2015 to be exact), there were some things during Bratz 2k that I don’t want to see anymore, either. That’s right. You read right. Let me repeat. There were some things that occurred from 2001 to 2009 that I don’t want to see AGAIN.

Let me break down my “Dos” and “Don’ts” for the Bratz 2018. Many of you might not agree with them, but I’m still going to say it.

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I told ya’ll in my last article why I didn’t want to do an article on Bratz too soon. I don’t want to come across negative. XD


Passion for Fashion

Okay, we all know the Bratz girls were developed with other interests. But let’s be real, we love the Bratz because they have a passion for fashion! The dolls showcased bold and fashion-forward style and that’s what I want to see return.

I don’t care what the radical feminists and soccer moms say about them wearing too much makeup. I say BRING IT! I don’t care if they slut-shame them. I say BRING IT!

What I hope to see is Bratz’s urban 2001 sass and design combined with their avant-garde punk attitude. There can’t be one without the other. Bratz should bring a little bit of both.

Four Core Girls and Two Core Boys

I understand why people made a stink about MGA adding Raya as the “fifth core girl” in 2015. After all, it was the original four that made the Bratz brand. Raya was also another blonde character, uninteresting, and just not necessary.

Still, I find it ironic that the same people that hated Raya being added as a core girl keep asking for Meygan and Dana to come back along with the core four. So why even be mad about Raya when Raya was not the first character to be the “fifth” core girl? MGA has been adding “fifth” core girls since Meygan was released in 2002 and Dana released in 2003.

For me, I wasn’t having it then, and I’m not having it now. Stick to the core four. There’s just enough dolls to express solid fashion passion. Too many characters drown out the individuality.

It’s okay to add these girls in there sometimes, but overall, the core girls (and boys) should be the main focus. And they should be in almost EVERY line. The CORE characters should not be replaced by other dolls (which in Raya’s case, at least she wasn’t a replacement, like Meygan and Dana have been in many of the Bratz lines).

I also want to see Dylan return. While it was cute that MGA announced CAMERON on instagram, where’s Dylan? He was one of the few boys of color in the Bratz Boyz line. He NEEDS to come back. They better not think of having a comeback without Dylan.

All the other side characters should be an afterthought.

Bratz Music

You can say what you want about anything else regarding the Bratz dolls, but you can’t deny their albums were filled with BOPS.

I was just going back through their music the other day. From Rock Angelz to Forever Diamondz, they had some cuts. I’m not ashamed. I dance to their music at home, in the car, on the street. I’m ready for it.

This is the one thing they didn’t mess up in 2015. Skylar Stecker did a pretty good job with the theme song “What’s Up?”

Still, I hope they can get Universal back on board for the project. The music sounded polished. All they need are some decent songwriters, and we’re good to go.

A Good TV/Netflix series

Whether it’s live action (like what MGA’s Project MC2 has), Stop Motion (like what they had in Japan in ’03, not Stoopid Studios’s garbage), or CGI animation like what the Bratz had before from 2005-2008, it should be well-written, engaging, and should promote the Bratz characters’ individual charms and styles (unlike the TV series, some of the movies, and the live action movie back in the day, which I’ll talk about later…). I would like a series that combines all of the Bratz universes together to return.

I have a good script going actually, if anybody is interested in picking it up. It’s juicy, and follows the Bratz’s “actual” life. Basically, it’s focused on the “real” story behind the Bratz dolls’ life and career. I aim to make it sophisticated enough for the target demographic (which should be 10 to 14, as it was once before), and fun enough for everyone.

But even if no one is biting for my TV/Netflix script, I really think a future series that highlights all of the characters’ strengths and weaknesses, focuses on things real tweens and teens experience, and has a little drama and adventure would be nice.

Jade’s Original Personality

This is the only thing the 2015 Bratz stop-motion series got right. They brought back Jade’s “extreme” personality traits. In 2001, Bratz dolls weren’t extremely developed back then. We learned a little about them from their profiles about their fashion sense and from the main website, where fans could get a glimpse inside the Bratz girls’ rooms.

Many Bratz fans who got into the fandom in 2002 and beyond didn’t know about the Bratz rooms set up on the main website because the website was changed as soon as Meygan was released. In Jade’s room, she had a skateboard and green alien. This was a sign that Jade was supposed to be a sporty character. You can even look at the 1st Edition Bratz and gather that she’s pretty sporty.

For some reason, those personality traits were given to Cloe in the movie and TV show adaptations. To me, it just didn’t fit Cloe’s “ethereal and angelic” image. Those qualities were clearly meant for Jade. However, because Jade’s personality was considered more empowering, maybe writers thought it would be better to give the BLONDE girl those traits (instead of Cloe’s “head always being in the clouds”, which would’ve made her fit stereotypes).

Or those involved with writing for the Bratz didn’t do enough research.

Though I’m glad Jade maintained her edgy fashion sense in the movies and TV show,  and I like that she had that “geek chic” thing going on in some of these adaptations, I don’t feel that any of the writers, producers, and directors really knew about Jade’s characterization throughout her entire doll career. I really liked that she was developed as both smart and sporty. Why can’t she be both?

I’m hoping that MGA returns Jade back to her original self.

Bratz Video Games

I loved the Bratz video games for the PlayStation 2 and I hope there are games released on the PS4 and Xbox One. Those games were entertaining for me. I also think it helped more girls get into video games. This time, though, I hope the UnReal Engine is used for future games. It would be awesome!

Make the Characters SINGLE Again

Cloe and Cameron are cute and everything, but their relationship kind of made playtime limited. Kids couldn’t put the characters they wanted together. People couldn’t take photos of Cameron with Yasmin, Cloe with Eitan, or Cloe with Yasmin and post them online without someone saying, “No, their boo is ___.” I think “shipping” should be open.

I also really liked the line Secret Date. Unfortunately, with Cameron being so heavily shipped with Cloe, lines like that are impossible now.

Still, I would like the Bratz to be single, available, and just dating and having fun in their Teen or young adult lives. I hope it returns.

It should be open so people can see any Bratz character with any Bratz Girl or Boy they want to see them with. I mean, you can do that already without regard to the adaptations, but the “fixed” coupling would make it harder to post pictures with your favorite couple without people making comments about who should be together.

Movies Like Bratz Passion for Fashion Diamondz, Bratz Genie Magic, and Bratz Fashion Pixiez

Even though these movies weren’t realistic, they were fun. There was a spirit of adventure and magic that made them fun to watch. I especially liked the suspense and mystery in Passion for Fashion Diamondz, even if the ending was a bit predictable. Movies like this also made the lines themselves more appealing.

These movies also included the soundtrack songs in them.

I still do think that adaptations should be a little more realistic and should focus more on trials real teens are going through, but I would also like more adventurous movies. With a movie, you have to entertain an audience for an hour or two.  You might as well make it fun.

Boyz Lines

I hope to see more lines just for the Boys. I do believe that Bratz should mostly focus on the girl dolls and should focus on building female bonds. BUT I also liked that the boys weren’t just “boyfriends” to the main characters. They had their own “passion for fashion” thing going on. It made them seem more individual and less like “Ken dolls”.

It seems Cameron is the only doll that has been re-released since 2015, and he really got the “Ken” treatment back during the 2015 revamp (being only released in the Funk N Glow line as Cloe’s boyfriend). I mean, I’m not whining because at least he’s back. Still, I would like to see the boys break out a little and be a little different from the other boy dolls out here.

Good Hair

Back in the day, the first Bratz dolls had really good strong hair. They had quality hair. It made their hair shine and it made hairstyles look so polished on the dolls. It could also get wet without problems.

But after awhile, it seemed like they started putting cheaper hair on the dolls. I really do hope they bring back that good hair.

I also hope Sasha starts wearing her hair more natural, kind of like how she wore her hair in Style It and Dance Crewz but possibly more natural than even those styles.

I would also like to see some real hairstyles return. Around 2005 and 2006, it seemed like the hair styles got more and more flat. When the Bratz were first released, their hairstyles were diverse and unique. Later, they all just had their hair straightened with some color.

I hope the amazing hair returns. I’m not saying it’s mandatory, as I would just like the diverse fashion, especially because the hair will probably come down anyway. But I really liked it as a collector. The hair was inspiring.



If ya’ll thought the Tweevils got on your nerves on the Bratz TV series, the Closmins irked me more. Since 2003, we started seeing how blonde white Cloe and racially ambiguous Yasmin) started getting all the love. And I know these two are a lot of your faves, so you may not like what I’m about to say.

But the rest of us Sasha and Jade fans were incensed. How dare they kick out the real dolls of color?

That isolation grew and grew until we hardly saw Sasha and Jade in major lines.

Don’t believe me? How about I bust out a list:

  • (2003) Big Bratz (Limited Collectors’ Edition)-Cloe, Yasmin, Meygen (where’s Sasha and Jade?)
  • (2004) Wild Life Safari – Cloe, Yasmin, Meygan, Nevra, Fianna (Don’t let that TV series fool you. Jade and Sasha would’ve OWNED this line. Screw Nevra and Fianna. They look alike anyway!)
  • (2005) Birthday Bash– Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, Phoebe (No Jade)
  • (2005) Campfire – Cloe, Yasmin, Dana, Phoebe, Felicia (I love Felicia and everything, but why couldn’t we have two black dolls in one line? Ya’ll don’t care to add Nevra and Fianna in the same freakin’ lines, and they look more alike)
  • (2005) Dynamite – Cloe, Meygan, Nevra (We don’t even have Yasmin in this line. Cloe is the only one in the line from the core Bratz. You trying to give us a “Barbie” type of tease?)
  • (2005) Fabulous Las Vegas – Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, Tiana (Jade? Jade? Where are you?)
  • (2005) Hollywood Style – Cloe, Yasmin, Dana, Phoebe, Katia (Wow, no Black girls belong here, huh? No Black girls in Hollywood?)
  • (2005) I-Candy – Cloe, Yasmin, Phoebe (More Closmins)
  • (2005) Midnight Dance – Yasmin, Meygan, Fianna (Yas is the only girl from the core here)
  • (2005) Ooh La La Paris – Cloe, Dana, Kumi (More Cloe)
  • (2005) Play Sportz – Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, Meygan, Fianna, Roxxi (Where’s Jade again?)
  • (2005) Wild Wild West – Cloe, Yasmin, Meygan (with horse), Fianna, Kiana (Closmins)
  • (2005) Pretty N’ Punk – Cloe, Jade, Yasmin, Meygan (See the Bratz Rock Angelz movie gave you the illusion that Sasha was involved. Nope. So what, MGA? Sasha can’t be punk? A Black girl can’t be punk?)

2004 and 2005 were Bratz’s biggest years, and yet Sasha and Jade didn’t get to enjoy the limelight. One can argue that maybe the years were bigger because Jade and Sasha weren’t in the lines, but based on online polls, at least Jade was considered the second most popular Bratz doll. Why was she omitted from all of these doll lines?

Bratz info to support series (2)

This isn’t even adding the fact that Cloe dominated all the solo “special editions” and the fact that only Yasmin and Cloe got outfits from the live action movie made for the dolls! So Cloe and Yasmin were the only ones meant to have that Bratitude?

Sasha and Jade only showed up for the “flagship” lines, the ones that were being highlighted in movies. They showed up just to confuse us. But they weren’t fooling petty fans like me. I didn’t miss a heartbeat.

And it wasn’t cute. If you are going to bring back the Bratz, don’t cater to the colorist side of the Bratz fandom. Please allow people to enjoy Sasha and Jade’s individual colors and unique physical traits. If Sasha isn’t outselling the other girls, give Sasha bomb outfits you can’t find on Yasmin or Cloe. Make her appealing. But don’t take her out completely because she isn’t white or “mixed” enough. That’s not 2018-ready.

And I know you think Jade can just be replaced by any brunette that looks similar, but you’re absolutely wrong. We need more Asian representation in media and entertainment. It’s bad enough they get “white-washed” out as it is. Bratz is supposed to be a line celebrating diversity. Show us you aren’t like Barbie by doing that.

If I see it again, MGA, you and I are going to have a nasty exchange. Well, not too much of a nasty exchange because I do love MGA, but I will have some words.

The Closmins reveal the fact that these “fifth core girls” did nothing but divide up the main four core girls. This is why I don’t want anymore core girls. These other characters should either be an extension of the four core or not in the line at all.

Bratz TV Series

I know what you 2005 Bratz fans are thinking: “WHAT? I LOVED the series! It’s what brought me into the Bratz! And I ship Cloe and Cameron and want to see what happened next!”

That’s where I clash with the fandom. That’s why I’m scared. Most of the fans want to see this series actually return.

Most of the people who fell in love with the Bratz through the Bratz series were probably way younger than me when that series came out. A lot of people say “The series was my childhood”. By the time that series came out, I was a teen fan of Bratz and a collector rather than player. Maybe I was too old to be into Bratz in some people’s eyes, but I still loved the dolls and wasn’t ashamed.

While I loved that the animation sort of brought the dolls to life and promoted the brand, there were a lot of things about that series that bothered me, and it wasn’t just the plot holes, lack of wardrobe changes, and corny script. In fact, that’s what I actually liked about it. All of those things gave it a cartoon-y charm.

The bad part, to me, is that I believe the series is the reason we even got the CLOSMINS in the first place.

The first thing I hated about that series when it first began is that it took the Bratz Rock Angelz model (yes, I hated that movie, too) and made Cloe the narrator and lead character. Mind you, Bratz was originally a line meant to differ from Barbie, where the blonde chick got most of the shine.

Yasmin is more the darling of the brand, and the books have stated the story was supposed to be from Jade’s perspective. So why Cloe?

Fox Entertainment, the distributor of the series, put more emphasis on ditzy and dramatic Cloe, giving her a beautiful steady love interest and an empowering personality (a personality stolen from Jade to make her more appealing, by the way), and less emphasis on the viewpoints of the other characters.

Though Yasmin was dethroned as the lead, she did get the best treatment in the series, being designed as this sweet and loving animal lover. The change didn’t really hurt her popularity.

What did Sasha get written as? A loud-mouthed, selfish control freak who wasn’t attractive to anybody but herself. I believe Sasha’s character in the series is why she was always voted as the least popular Bratz among the core in polls back in the day (and this is aside from the fact that people already have a negative opinion about dark skin, especially overseas).

And Jade just got all the leftover personality traits.

In fact, they completely changed Jade’s character. It’s not really the series’ fault. I blame Bratz the Video: Starrin and Stylin. Still, they took from that movie, which made me dislike the series even more.

I do not EVER want to see a Bratz series like this again. You all can come at me for it. I’m ready.

If it does return, I hope the wrinkles are ironed out.

Bratz Movies like Bratz the Video: Starrin and Stylin, Bratz Rock Angelz, and Bratz the Movie

I didn’t hate these movies overall, but there were some things that bothered me. The reasons I dislike these Bratz movies are the same reasons I disliked the Bratz TV series.

First of all, I did not like some things in Bratz the Video: Starrin and Stylin. I know many people didn’t like the movie overall. At the time of release, some people felt the animation was outdated and cheap-looking. For me, I actually liked the animation because it reminded me of the commercials. I truly like 2-D animation. I liked the story-telling, too. I think it was more realistic than the other movies.

What I hated about it was how the characters were written. This was the beginning of the destruction of the Bratz characters in my opinion. When the Bratz dolls were first released in 2001, they weren’t developed with any particular personality traits, just “fashion passions”. These “fashion passions” sort of highlighted their personalities, but not directly. So, anyone could kind of make-up their own personalities for the characters. However, there were other signs about the characters’ personalities on the main website, which apparently many Bratz fans (and these writers and developers) never visited. If you looked in their bedrooms, you could see their different interests. I wish I could show you all, but you can’t even get into this website now, not even on Wayback Machine.

Okay, I admit, I was one of the main people begging MGA to make a movie for the Bratz characters to flesh out their personalities. Stupid me.

Starrin and Stylin and the book series that inspired the movie didn’t consider the website. I personally was looking forward to a sporty and edgy Jade with a passion for fashion. Basically, a non-typical fashion girl. That’s not what Starrin and Stylin gave me. In fact, her whole sporty appeal was wiped from existence.

What’s more? Sasha was given the worst personality in the group. She was characterized as a “control freak”.

Bratz Rock Angelz bit off a little bit from the original movie. They brought back the relationship between Cloe and Cameron (only they made them childhood friends, when technically Yasmin and Cameron were, but we’ll talk…). Sasha was still a control freak, and now was also selfish and pushy. They brought back Jade’s “ultimate fashionista” persona, which I already didn’t like.

But what really killed me is that Bratz Rock Angelz COMPLETELY SWAPPED Jade and Cloe’s lives. And when I say literally, they even switched their OUTFITS. You know why this angered me? Because Jade’s outfit was actually one of the best sold in the line. It appealed the most to punky tomboys like myself. It gave Asian persuasion Jade an image that could help her become more popular.

What did Fox Entertainment go and do? They gave it to CLOE. And it was weird. It looked like Jade was talking with Cloe’s voice.

Yes, I’m a petty fan. I do not like when adaptations deviate from the source material. I hate this because everything that I like about something can be altered in-brand because of these adaptations. It overall affected the brand.

The worst part is the Rock Angelz movie is actually popular among the fans. Ugh.

To add insult to injury, Bratz Rock Angelz took away the emphasis Jade, who the story was supposed to be told from the eyes of, and decided they would tell the story through the eyes of the BLONDE. Why did I ever think Bratz could be different from Barbie when Fox pulls this crap with the Bratz?

Bratz Rock Angelz eventually spun into that wack-attack TV series that highlighted all of the negative changes.

Why did I even watch it? The Bratz Rock Angelz album was released before the movie. After that amazing album, I thought the movie would touch on all the subjects covered in the music, which actually would’ve made a compelling story. Not only did the movie completely miss everything in the album, only ONE song from the album was present in the movie.

And if those movies weren’t bad enough at jacking the Bratz up, here comes Bratz the Movie, the Raspberry-award winning live action based off of the dolls. While I loved most of the actors in the film, the film was obviously designed to capitalize off of the High School Musical craze. We’ve got a Sharpay look-alike, plenty of musical numbers, and friends torn apart because they belong to the wrong clique.

But the worst part about the movie is the white-washing of DYLAN. Dylan was clearly meant to be BLACK (at least bi-racial). This Bratz Boy has come with braids and dreads in his hair! He has been released with dark brown skin at many times. Even former characterizations of him, such as in the first Bratz movie, highlighted him as BLACK.

What did the live action movie do? They cast a white boy for his role. I took issue with that.

Overall, MGA would do us all a favor if they avoided white-washing the Bratz brand to appeal to colorist fans (and you know who you are).

For a more in-depth analysis on the movies, from worst to best movies, click here.


Don’t do this again. Don’t. Do. It. Again.

There is no room for goo-eyed, tacky, uninspired, and sweet-faced Bratz dolls. Not now, not EVER.


We all know that once the Bratz dolls come back, there will be a lot of copy-cats. We know all the doll companies want to create dolls that make a statement like the Bratz did. We need to just accept that there will always be imitations.

What we don’t need are more lawsuits coming from MGA. Really, because of all of those lawsuits from 2004 to 2009, MGA wasn’t able to really focus on the Bratz, and that affected the dolls. It affected the quality of the brand and Bratz were almost legally removed from shelves because of those lawsuits.

We need to leave the confrontational attitude back in 2k. Moving forward, we need to focus on making this brand the best it can be. I really don’t want another issue to rise up where we’re losing some of our MGA team because they all work hard to make their dolls successful.

Painted On Clothing

I forgot to mention this. We need to leave the painted-on leggings and stockings back in 2k. Looking at Bratz lines like I-Candy, Ooh La La Paris, and Star Stylez, I don’t like that someone decided it would be cute to paint on clothing instead of actually taking the time to design mix-and-match fashions!

I understand it’s cheaper than actually producing high-quality materials. I understand that it’s easier for kids because it’s harder to lose something that’s painted on and harder to swallow as well. There was also probably an issue with resources to fun some of these high quality items.

In all fairness, they probably wanted I-Candy girls to have stockings, but real fabric stockings with painted on shoes would’ve looked odd. So, I understand.

But it really also made mixing and matching outfits challenging. I mean, you could mix-and-match all you want, but there would be some awkward leg coloring peeking out.

If you’ve got an I-Candy Bratz doll, you know that these dolls would look awkward wearing any other outfits besides the ones they have on. Maybe that was the purpose, so that people would see the distinction in this line, but it’s just not fun.

Recycled Clothing from Sister Brands

This was a big problem for me. When Bratz Party Cloe was released, it was easy to tell that she was wearing leggings recycled from the Moxie Teenz line. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but they looked awfully similar…

It was almost like Bratz got whatever was left over from the  Moxie Teenz collection. I mean, MGA admitted in 2010 they rushed to bring the dolls back to shelves, so I guess they just put whatever they could find on these dolls. Still, I hope we’re not ever in that situation again.

I just hope that Bratz isn’t going to be “borrowing” from their sister brands this time around. Don’t get me wrong. I do like Project MC2 well enough, but I just feel the Bratz need to be distinct from them. Those girls are cute and everything, but just not the Bratz. If I can find the same outfits on a Bratz doll that I can find on the Project MC2 dolls, why buy the Bratz, ya know?

So that’s my list of Do’s and Don’ts. What are some things you Bratz fans want to see return? Do you agree with my list or not? Leave me a comment and we can get the discussion rolling!

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MGA’s CEO, Isaac Larian, Said, “Bratz Are Coming Back the Fall of 2018!” Can the Bratz Deliver This Time?

30 Jun



Greeting Readers! This is Gen Next!

I know I haven’t talked about the Bratz in eons. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping up with my Girls with a Passion for Fashion!

In fact, I have been hard at work preparing for their return. I intend to have a strong hand in the comeback this year. Why? Because I see that the Bratz dolls still have the potential to make their mark on the toy industry. I’ve got quite a few things in mind.

Three months ago, I sent MGA’s inventor team a 13-page proposal stating all of the things I feel the Bratz brand needs. That may have been overly-ambitious, and possibly overstepping my boundaries, but I feel better now that I’ve said what I wanted to say.

So, I’ve been busy with Bratz, don’t you worry.

I’ve had some readers ask me if I’ve heard about the Bratz’s comeback in 2018, and I have.

Why have I been silent? Two reasons: 1) I wanted to wait to do a major article on the brand when the comeback officially releases. 2) I didn’t want to repeat rumors and over-hype the brand just to let myself and others down. 3) I have several concerns regarding the comeback, and I didn’t want my negativity to rub off on the hopefuls.

As for number 2, I have this tendency to get super excited about a brand, to place all of my ideas out there, and I try to get others on-board, too. In the end, my expectations soar way too high. In 2015, I was really let-down by the Bratz dolls.

Read my article: Bratz Are Back Again in 2015: What Happened to the Bratz?

Honestly, I wasn’t sure the Bratz truly WERE going to come back this year. Companies often say one thing, it doesn’t mean that’s what’s going to happen. Delays happen, too. The toy industry has been suffering. Even Toys R ‘Us took a hit. I wasn’t sure if Mr. Larian could make this happen and I didn’t want to recklessly post my thoughts on it too quickly.

What changed my mind now? Well, I’m starting to see some extremely promising little updates happening.

We all should know by now that Isaac Larian has been hinting at the Bratz comeback since last year. He basically said “Bratz are scheduled to release this fall”.

The fall quarter is basically around the corner now.

We’ve also got some teaser Instagram posts lately:




















With all of this, I have every reason to be excited… but concerned, too.

I’m excited because it’s time for a doll brand like Bratz to come back to shelves. I’ve been through toy shelves recently to find inspiration, and diversity is seriously lacking. Even Disney’s dolls and brands are so white-washed.

Dolls are so….boring nowadays, too. They don’t have flash. Most come with cheap clothes, one outfit, and no accessories. Everyone is afraid of makeup. They are so busy trying to appeal to feminist social agendas, they fail to actually interest anyone.

The last time Larian said the Bratz were “coming back better than ever”, we got 2015 Bratz, the goo-goo eyed dolls with a sweet touch.

One of my concerns deals with retailers. Since Bratz’s debut, retailers have had so much control, they managed to alter many of the Bratz dolls’ older lines. Carter Bryant, the original designer of the Bratz dolls, mentioned that retailers’ opinions, especially the Market buyers at Walmart, are what led to the alterations of Bratz Fashion Pixiez (and I’m certain other lines as well). They couldn’t handle Bratz being so edgy, sassy, and fierce.

Now, retail chains are suffering. With the closing of Toys R’ Us, and the power of Walmart and Amazon, what will be sold has completely gone into the hands of these major retail giants. Without their approval, Bratz can’t return to the shelves. Does that mean Bratz may have to sacrifice some original ideas in order to be marketable to these giants? And can Mr. Larian sell the Bratz to these “family-friendly” retailers?

I did offer a different suggestion in my 13-page proposal, but I’m not sure they will really consider these ideas, and I’m not expecting them to. I’ve offered different ideas before the release of the last “re-launch” in 2015. None of those ideas were used, though all of my ideas were given a “thumbs up” when I posted them on Facebook. I have no doubt they tried to implement my ideas, but if retailers didn’t like it…Well, that’s that.

Talking to Carter Bryant back in 2015 has given me a lot of insight and has taught me one thing about the doll industry and creative property in general: You can create what you want, it doesn’t mean you have power over what you create.

Carter Bryant has helped me realize how powerful retailers are in the posts he made on my blog:

Carter Bryant has shown us that Walmart buyer Lori was responsible for a lot of the edgiest lines being dumbed down significantly. Walmart is one of the leading supermarket chains in the USA. Their buyers decide what gets sold on their shelves. They buy the product, sell it at their stores, and get a percentage of the profits.

She’s an older lady, and to me, she seems to favor Barbie. I mean, it’s not unexpected. She probably grew up with Barbie. Bratz probably rattled her cage. I’m not sure if she is still a toy merchant with Walmart, but whoever is will decide what happens with Bratz, and if she is still the primary girls’ toy merchant, we are in trouble.

So, despite the fact that Isaac Larian wants to bring out a doll line that’s “like no other”, would he really have the power to do it? I do have one solution to this problem, but will Bratz’s marketing team consider my idea a good one? Will that idea be enough?

Then, there’s the issue with the generation itself. Do girls even play with dolls anymore? Would they even BUY the dolls? Girls today have shown some interest in toys, but far more interest in technology. Children are more sophisticated than they were 10 years ago, and more girls reject traditional femininity than they used to ten years ago. Will they see Bratz as an outdated brand? Will they see Bratz as a brand that promotes superficial values and reject the brand as a whole?

Last, I’m concerned about feminist and mommy bloggers as well. Will they tear the brand down and influence their “soccer mom” supporters to help them?

There’s a lot to be concerned about.

Despite how negative I might sound, I am fairly optimistic about TWO things.

For starters, I’m optimistic about the Bratz brand’s quality. Lately, Mr. Larian seems to have come across some cash, which might be good for the overall quality of the Bratz brand. He offered to buy Toys R’ Us AND he’s offered to merge with Mattel, his original competitor! He seems well-equipped to polish the brand this time.

Article on MGA’s ambitious desire to merge with Mattel

He’s seen some success from his LOL Surprise brand. Project MC2 seems to have a steady beat. And both of Isaac Larian’s children have invested in their own brand, Cult Gaia, which brings the family more wealth. He seems pretty confident that he will reap even more profits from his planned Bratz return. So, who knows what he has up his sleeve.

Hopefully, this businessman has hired the right team and is ready to bring Bratz into the future full-force! But until then, I won’t be posting some of my ideas or hopes for the brand. I’m literally “cleansing palates of expectations”. For now, I will just sit back and wait until it all unfolds.

Second,I’m also excited to learn that Hayden Williams, a fashion designer and illustrator who was rumored to be hired to assist with the design of Bratz, actually WAS hired. This means MGA is at least considering the fans’ expectations for the brand. Hayden Williams has officially tweeted me to confirm that he is one of the Bratz designers!

Hayden Williams Response

At one time before this update, I wasn’t sure Hayden wouldn’t be interested in being a designer for MGA because it might mean he would lose his freedom as a designer.

Turns out, he’s doing a collaboration with MGA, so he will be free to work as he pleases. His dolls will be Amazon collectors’ exclusives available this fall!

I’m excited to know that MGA recognized his talents and vision.

Have you all SEEN his work? Check him out on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hayden_williams/?hl=en

The best part about the release of these dolls is that they will be available ONLINE ONLY (for now). One of my other concerns was that I wasn’t sure Hayden would really be on-board with designing (despite most Bratz fans’ desire to have him design for the dolls) because I was afraid retailers would try to restrict his freedom if the dolls came out too edgy. I was afraid retailers might be skeptical to buy the Bratz because of their reputation, and that Hayden would have to curb the Bratz’s stylishness. One of my suggestions in my 13-page proposal was for Bratz to be sold online if retailers got funky. Glad to know MGA got the same idea.

I don’t think Amazon will restrict the design of the dolls as bad as other retailers (considering they don’t seem to be biased in what they allow to be sold on their website). Hayden said on his own Twitter:

Hayden Williams Tweets

MGA gave him the freedom to really give his all to these dolls. That’s all us Bratz fans really want!

Still, I hope all retailers recognize this brand’s ability to bring back consumers’ interest back to toy aisles and don’t try to change the image of the dolls to get them there.

Now, here’s where I’m uncertain again. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear Hayden Williams is going to be designing all of the Bratz lines. If they do hire others, they better be on par. I believe that Hayden understands the original “Bratz” design best. He said he has been into the Bratz since 2001. We need fans like him that understand what the Bratz were. No offense to fans who came with the TV series, the movies, or when Meygen jumped in ’02, but you have to have known the Bratz their entire career to understand their image and message FULLY. If you believe you can be on par, do thorough research on the brand, backwards and forwards. I believe that’s why the other designers struggled. The TV series and movies changed a lot about the Bratz, which I don’t appreciate (Read or listen to Bratz 2018: What I Want to Return and What I Don’t)…and some of the people who are fans of the brand mostly remember the media entertainment portion of the brand. While it is one part of the brand, there’s more to it.

I really hope they don’t get Project MC2 designers on-board for the Bratz. If they do, we’re going to have another Moxie-Bratz 2010 problem.

Oh, you don’t know? Remember when Cloe’s leggings were recycled from Moxie Teenz? Yes, that problem.

We’ll also get cute, because that’s what Project MC2 is. They’re cute.

The Bratz are not meant to be “cute”. We don’t need designers who think “cute” will make the Bratz better. N-to-the-O.

So far, I have so many mixed feelings about this comeback now. I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m happy, I’m nervous. I just don’t know what to think anymore!

Readers and fellow Bratz fans, what do you all think of the Bratz’s upcoming “return”? Do you believe the Bratz will deliver this time? Or do you think retailers and critics will find a way to ruin the brand once again? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Read up on some of my other articles:

How Well Do You know the Bratz? Quiz

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Bratz Music

Bratz Dolls Say Good-bye to the Toy Industry

In case you couldn’t find it above: Bratz 2018: What I Want to See Return and What I Don’t


Question: Do these girls look like Bratz dolls or what?

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