An American Girl Movie is a live-action film based on characters created by American Girl.
The movies are generally rated from G to PG and all have been live action. Each movie (with the noted exception of Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) has been broadcast on TV; with the exception of Chrissa Stands Strong, these were all on standard cable or wide broadcast channels.
The first movies focused on a Historical Character each, and adapted major plots of the book series into about an hour and half long movie. While the general gist of the plots were kept, many things were changed or left out, including other characters. Significantly, the first three movies were all modified in plot to have the end of the movies occur at or near Christmas, so as to push a holiday focus both in the movie and in items released.
With Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, the majority of the plot was original to the movie with only a few references to the book series for characterization and details. It has been the first and so far only movie to be released in theaters instead of directly to DVD or Blu-ray.
Each film for a Historical Character was been marked by the release of a Best Friend and a revamp of clothing, furniture, and accessories for the character that tie the movie into their collection. This was most prominent with Felicity Merriman, whose collection had been severely reduced before her movie. Several items and outfits from the movie tend to be released, along with at least one significantly large item.
For Girls of the Year, their movies generally reflect details, outfits, and items from the collections--most likely because they are developed simultaneously--and so no additional items are generally released beyond the scope of the original collection.
It is currently unknown if full length movies will be made for the other Historical or BeForever characters. There were multiple rumors of a musical starring Julie Albright, but the movie never made it past the proposal stage.
American Girl Short Films
In Fall 2015, American Girl released American Girl Short Films on their YouTube Channel. These are roughly 15 minute long live action films focusing on BeForever characters. Unlike the feature length movies, the short films are based on original stories and not adapted from the Central Series or Short Stories.
History and Timeline
The first American Girl movie was released in 2004: Samantha: An American Girl Holiday. The movie aired on the WB channel on November 23rd, 2004, and released on VHS and DVD on November 30th, 2004.
Felicity: An American Girl Adventure was aired on the WB Channel on November 29th, 2005, and released on DVD on December 6, 2005.
Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front was aired on November 26, 2006, on the Disney Channel. The DVD was released on November 28, 2006.
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl was released into theaters on July 2nd, 2008 (June 20th at limited release). The DVD and Blu-ray disc was released October 28, 2008.
In 2011, deluxe DVD versions of the Historical Characters' films were released to celebrate American Girl's 25th anniversary.
Grace Stirs Up Success was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 23rd, 2015, focusing on the story of Grace Thomas. The movie was not aired on TV in the United States, but aired on Family Channel in Canada.
In Fall 2015, American Girl's YouTube Channel released two original short films: And the Tiara Goes To... focusing on Julie Albright and Maryellen and the Brightest Star based on Maryellen Larkin. These can be compared to prior Short Stories that were released for other characters.
List of Movies
- Samantha: An American Girl Holiday
- Felicity: An American Girl Adventure
- Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front
- Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
- Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, an American Girl Story
- Maryellen 1955: The Gift of Giving
- An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong
- McKenna Shoots for the Stars
- Saige Paints the Sky
- Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight
- Grace Stirs Up Success
- Lea To the Rescue
BeForever Character Shorts
- And the Tiara Goes To...; A Julie Albright Movie
- Maryellen and the Brightest Star; A Maryellen Larkin Movie
- Addy: An American Girl Story: live action play.
- ↑ Samantha's movie was the exception, as the deluxe DVD version was released on November 30, 2010.
- ↑ ‘American Girl’: ‘Black-ish’s Marsai Martin To Star In Amazon’s Special Set During The Civil Rights Movement, Deadline Hollywood, accessed August 25, 2016.