Thursday, February 3, 2011

DVD review- Felicity: An American Girl Adventure Deluxe Edition

As I've mentioned here before, when I was growing up, one of my favorite book series were the American Girl books.  I loved following the adventures of the characters and learning about life in earlier times in American history.  One of my favorite characters was Felicity, since I was particularly obsessed with Colonial Williamsburg, and that's where Felicity lived.  So the young me who is still living somewhere inside this 30-something body squealed with joy when I found out that I was going to get to review Felicity: An American Girl Adventure.  Here's a bit about this movie, from a press release that I received:
The film focuses on Felicity Merriman, a spirited and independent 10-year-old who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia around the time of the American Revolution. 
When Felicity meets Penny, a beautiful copper-colored mare, she knows with all her heart that she must free Penny from her cruel owner.  Felicity desperately wishes for that same sureness of heart about the rumors of revolution swirling through Williamsburg.  Felicity’s father believes that the colonies should be free from England’s rule, but her beloved grandfather and her best friend Elizabeth both support the king. With fiercely conflicting loyalties dividing the colonists, something as simple as a cup of tea could divide Felicity from her best friend forever. As Christmas time draws near, Felicity struggles to hold her family and friends close, and to find ways for love and friendship to rise above the growing conflict.

Felicity: An American Girl Adventure stars Academy Award®-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock, Mystic River) as Mrs. Merriman, John Schneider (Smallville) as Mr. Merriman and Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) as Felicity Merriman.
I really enjoyed watching this movie. I think it does a great job of bringing the books and the character of Felicity to life.  If you're looking for a fun way to introduce American history to your child, this would be a great DVD to add to your library. In addition to the main movie, there are a number of extras on the DVD including: Women in Williamsburg- Felicity: An American Girl (an insider's tour of Felicity's world of Colonial Williamsburg); All About Felicity, An American Girl; On Set with Felicity (behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Shailene Woodley (Felicity)); and Felicity's Williamsburg (a tour through Williamsburg, led by co-stars Shailene Woodley and Katie Henney). I really liked all the extras, particularly the Williamsburg tours.  Now I want to head to Virginia and visit Williamsburg for myself!

Felicity: An American Girl Adventure will be available on February 15, 2011. Own it on DVD! The movie has a suggested retail price of $19.97. It will also be available for digital download.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.


Karen said...

We are mucho American Girl fans in our house and have 4 of the 5 movies. So sweet, so well done, so perfect for girls of all ages.

I think Vivian needs a Bitty Baby, by the way.