'Felicity: An American Girl Adventure: Deluxe'
(Kevin Zegers, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (2005) 2011 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Meet Felicity Merriman, a 10 year-old girl who’s as spirited and independent as the American colonies she lives in. For the first time ever, Felicity comes to life on screen in Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, a full-length live action movie based on American Girl’s best-selling books.
DVD Verdict: All of the American Girl books and movies do a wonderful job of introducing history to our children, but Felicity is by far my favorite.
This movie is all about the Revolutionary war, the tea tax, all those things you would expect from a movie of this nature, but it's also about family, respect, friendship and compassion.
These are truly a lovely way to get a young girl interested in reading and watching the story of another little girl from another time in history. The doll provides the tactile introduction to the movie. The book makes it great to learn more. American Girl has the right idea for little girls to see their dolls as more than something to throw away when you're done playing.
Sure there are a couple of mildly scary parts that worried my niece (a grandfather dies, a horse is treated badly, and the pregnant mother has a rough delivery, etc.), but all of these are handled responsibly in the movie and a marevelously happy ending comes to everyone.
The values it teaches are needed so desperately in our times, and I highly recommend this to anyone who also wants to introduce the rich history of our country to our children. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
"On Set with Felicity"
A Tour of Colonial Williamsburg Featurette