Girls love American Girl dolls for their distinct personalities, beautiful features and many accessories. Parents love them for the positive messages they send to the young girls who play with them. American Girl movies are high-quality live action movies, each about a young girl who has positive character traits and has to overcome a challenge in her life. The movies are based on the books that come with the dolls. But young girls about ages 6-12 will enjoy these films whether they have an American Girl doll or not.
Based on the 2012 American Girl doll of the year McKenna, this movie follows McKenna Brooks, a determined young gymnast who has big dreams. McKenna is working hard to make the regional competitive gymnastics team, but her time at the gym is starting to affect her school work. Then, to make things worse, McKenna falls during her beam routine, resulting in an injury that will keep her from practicing gymnastics for weeks. With the help of friends and family, McKenna can overcome the obstacles in her way. But first, she has to figure out how to maintain balance in her life and accept help from those who love her.
Chrissa moves to a new school in the middle of the year, and she is teased and tricked by the girls in her fourth grade class. Chrissa is bullied in class, on the bus, online, and even at swim club. If Chrissa can learn how to deal with the bullies, maybe she can make a difference, and some real friends in the process. As Chrissa deals with the bullies, she gets good advice from the adults in her life that will help viewing kids understand how hurtful bullying can be, and how to deal with mean kids at school.
Life during the Great Depression has been difficult for many families, but young Kit Kittredge is lucky to live in a well-to-do area where the hard times are little more than dinner conversation. An aspiring journalist, young Kit just wants to get an article published in the local newspaper. But when hard times hit her own home, Kit will have to use all of her resourcefulness in ways she never imagined. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is also a historically educational and thought-provoking tale. The movie was released in theaters in 2008.
Set during World War Two, Molly:An American Girl follows a young girl who experiences many changes that could be very tumultuous for a young person. Molly's dad is overseas caring for wounded soldiers; her mom takes a job at the local aircraft assembly plant; and Emily, an English girl, comes to stay with Molly's family to escape the bombing in London. Through her experiences, Molly stays hopeful and learns the importance of pulling together.
Felicity: An American Girl Adventure brings to life the tale of American Girl Felicity Merriman, a spirited young girl living in the American colonies who determines to save a spirited horse from a cruel owner. The story has a strong positive message, and with the historical setting, it also offers a great opportunity for learning about the time period. Some perilous scenes may be frightening for very young viewers.
Samantha: An American Girl Holiday will delight American Girl fans with a touching story set in 1904. While living with her wealthy grandmother, Samantha befriends Nellie, the daughter of a servant. When Nellie is unexpectedly sent to live in an orphanage, Samantha determines to do something to help. The story shows how one little girl's compassion and love can turn into a Christmas miracle.