Friday, July 13, 2012

TOMORROW!!! Meet the 2012 Girl of the Year®, Who Turns Challenges into Triumphs. AN AMERICAN GIRL: MCKENNA SHOOTS FOR THE STARS™ Scheduled to Air on Saturday July 14, 2012 at 8/7c on NBC

American Girl’s Incredibly Popular 2012 Girl of the Year® Comes to Life 

in an All-New Adventure Starring Oscar® Nominee Nia Vardalos, 

Jade Pettyjohn, Ian Ziering & Cathy Rigby 

July 3, 2012

Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack – Featuring DVD, Digital Copy & UltraViolet™ – and DVD
Sold Exclusively at Wal-Mart, American Girl Stores and

 Scheduled to Air on Saturday July 14, 2012 at 8/7c on NBC

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Universal City,Calif. (April 25, 2012) – A talented young gymnast turns trials into triumphs in the inspiring new feature-length movie, An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars, coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital Download on July 3, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  Inspired by the beloved American Girl® line of dolls and featuring the celebrated 2012 Girl of the Year®, the film stars Oscar® nominee 

Nia Vardalos (My Life In Ruins, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Jade Pettyjohn (“The United States of Tara”) as McKenna, Ian Ziering (“Beverly Hills 90210”), Kerris Dorsey (Moneyball, “Brothers & Sisters”and former Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby (Broadway’s “Peter Pan”).  

modern and heartwarming original story about a young girl whose dream to compete as a world class gymnast is jeopardized when she begins to have trouble in school,An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars helps girls learn to believe not only in their family and friends but also themselves.  With more than 139 million books and 21 million dolls sold, American Girl® has earned the loyalty of millions of girls and the praise and trust of parents and educators.  Just in time for the Summer Games, this fun family film on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD is available only at Wal-Mart, American Girl® retail stores and  A must-own addition for American Girl® fans, the film can also be purchased via Digital Download through a variety of online retailers. 
You can rent it on Amazon and stream itto your wifi ready blue ray player for 3.99 for 48 hour rental. If you prefer throwback way with the disc, like me: you can buy the disc on Amazon for 15.50  on Amazon. But it is available from NUMEROUS other retailers as well!

I don't know about your girls, but mine are 7 and 2 and both know what an American Girl dolls is! I have gotten the catalogs in the mail since I was my daughters age, and although I never had any of the dolls, I am very familiar with the characters. What is funny is; most of the characters that were around when I was little, like Elizabeth, Felicity, and more.. Most of those - of course, aren't available anymore, so they are actually collectors items. I do remember Molly & Kit from when I was little though. 

We have always loved American Girl. That's why when my husband got a promotion, we bought Giana her very first American Girl doll, Rebecca. She's a new Jewish doll that lives in New York and she is SOOO cute!
Giana got Rebecca last Christmas and now has Marie Grace (she JUST got for her 7th birthday!) who is her favorite.... Man- she BEGGED for that doll!!!

 Giana even own a bunch of the books, which were aorund when I was little as well. My favorite doll is Julie  (she's from the 70's),. But Giana like's her best friend Ivy, who ironically looks like a lot like McKenna's best friend Toulane!!!

It should go without saying that we love the movies, which weren't around when I was small either. 
We have seen (and love) almost all of them. That's why I knew what to expect when we received this DVD. The Blu-Ray comes with a Blu-Ray disc, a Regular disc + a digital copy for you to transfer to your mobile devices! How neat, right?

This movie, like all other American doll products grabs you by the hearts strings and doesn't let go. It follows McKenna who is super determined  on being in the Olympics and a very talented young gymnast. She hurts her ankle and is forced to sit out and even has to get a tutor. She learns about life and what's important and it teaches kids you can shoot for the stars and to have a ton of determination. This movie is heartwarming and my daughter has actually watched it now about 20+ times!!!
I keep waiting on her to get tired of it, but not yet! I can recite it almost word for word!

 I think it's neat that it's airing on TV  ( AN AMERICAN GIRL: MCKENNA SHOOTS FOR THE STARS™ Scheduled to Air on Saturday July 14, 2012 at 8/7c on NBC ) after it released to DVD (July 3rd -- 10 days ago)   You should schedule a Mommy Daughter day and do nails and watch it. Maybe bake some brownies too?

I loved McKenna and her mom, who I recognized right away form her early performances in Hocus Pocus and My Big Fat Green Wedding, Ian Zeiring of course is from 90210!!! I am so old, right?

We loved this movie and it is now Giana's daily DVD she has been watching every since we got it!!!


AnywayDefinitely look for this movie on Blu Ray on shelves in stores and get it for the special little girl in your life. It is a very inspiring and interesting movie.
My daughters love it! Former Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby (Broadway’s “Peter Pan”) is adorable and believable as McKenna and I am sure she is thrilled to be the Girl of the year as well! What a lucky little girl! :)

The An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars Blu-ray Combo Pack delivers the film in perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.  The Blu-rayCombo Pack also includes UltraViolet, a DVD, and a 

Digital Copy of the film – so consumers can truly enjoy the movie anytime, anywhere, on the device of their choice!  UltraViolet is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows and put them in the cloud.  From there, they can download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones.  In addition, consumers can redeem a Digital Copy of the film from a variety of retail partners, who offer many viewing options including iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPodtouch, Android, connected televisions, Blu-ray player apps and more!

Meet McKenna Brooks, a determined and confident young gymnast, in this all-new modern-day adventure. McKenna is on track to make the regional competitive gymnastics team but off-track in school, where she’s suddenly struggling to keep up.  When her teacher suggests a tutor, she’s embarrassed and desperate to keep it a secret from her friends. Then a bad fall at the gym sidetracks her from her favorite sport.  Will she recover in time to make the team? Can she succeed in school, too?  McKenna needs to focus on her strengths to overcome her challenges – and, with the help of family and friends, find a way to believe in herself again.


CastNia Vardalos, Ian Ziering, Cathy Rigby, Kerris Dorsey, Jade Pettyjohn
Directed By: Vince Marcello
Based on the “McKenna” stories by: Mary Casanova
Teleplay By: Jessica O’Toole, Amy Rardin
Executive Producers: Steven Brown, Gaylyn Fraiche
Producers Debra Martin Chase, Ellen L.Brothers
Co-Producers: Erin Falligant, Ellen Rutter, Kim Todd
Director of PhotographyJon Joffin
Edited By: Paul Millspaugh
Production Designer: Craig Sandells
Costume Designer: Mary Partridge

Street Date: July3, 2012
Copyright:2012 Universal Studios
Selection Number: 63120909
Running Time: 1 Hour, 34 Minutes
Layers: BD-50
Picture Format: Widescreen     
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Rating: N/R
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
SoundEnglish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1

Street Date: July 3, 2012
Copyright:2012 Universal Studios
Selection Number: 63120882
Running Time: 1 Hour, 34 Minutes
Layers: Dual
Picture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen          
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Rating: N/R
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Sound: English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0

Enter by July 16th on the American Girl Facebook Page because you could win a McKenna doll, DVD, Book + more!!!!

Since McKenna is the Doll of the Year, that means toward the end of the year they will never make her again, and she will become a collectible. 

I really wanted last years Girl of the Year doll, Kanani  but Giana liked Rebecca Rubin  & Marie Grace better. Now Kanani is super expensive, and was almost immediately after they stopped making her.. Every year that passes between the time the Girl of the Year Doll was made, the more value it gains, and they gain it QUICK! 

You should  Buy Mckenna Doll   before she is no longer being made, because she is super cute and has the cutest little green & gray striped outfit! (Gymnast Clothes sold separately!)

Enter to win by August 31st 2012!! 

Here’s one more reason to get excited about the all-new McKenna movie: You could be one of five winners to receive a prize package featuring a McKenna doll and more! There’s only one week to enter, so don’t wait. Enter on our Sweepstakes page (via a computer) here:

+ right now enjoy FREE SHIPPING until July 31st - which is awesome considering American Girl has rare shipping promos and coupon codes. I know since it was impossible for me to find one when I purchased our two.

About Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios ( Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stationsgroup and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.

About American Girl
American Girl Brands is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) (, the world’s leading toy company. Since American Girl’s inception in 1986, the company has devoted its entire business to celebrating the potential of girls ages 3 to 12. American Girl encourages girls to dream, to grow, to aspire, to create, and to imagine through a wide range of engaging and insightful books, age-appropriate and educational products, and unforgettable experiences. In meeting its missionwith a vigilant eye toward quality and service, American Girl has earned theloyal following of millions of girls and the praise and trust of parents and educators. To learn more about American Girl or to request a free catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005, or visit

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c allen said...

McKenna sounds like an inspiring movie. I know that my 8 year old daughter would enjoy seeing it. I love the idea of enjoying brownies and make watching it a mommy daughter event. clallen at ntin dot net

Kambrea said...

It sound like a great movie with an even greater message. My daughter would love it!
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LearnHowToMakeBows said...

I want to win!
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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

awesome review! i'd love to see this movie, since i missed it when it was on tv! Thanks!

Dealsfan32 said...

Great Review, I would love to watch this movie, Thank you!

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Christy Maurer said...

I love how inspiring McKenna is to girls! More girls need to believe in themselves :) I commented on your giveaway post as well :) Thanks for the review!

Veronica said...

My daughter want this doll so bad I am almost afraid to let her watch the movie! LOL I didn't know you could stream the movie. We might have to do that. Thanks for sharing!

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Melanie said...

This looks like it's got a great message! I'd love to see it with my daughter.

deanna said...

Great review! I know my niece would LOVE this.
PS why are some SO expensive??

Emily said...

Sounds like a good movie.

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Kris B said...

Movie sounds great and I love the message of overcoming challenges!

Charity said...

Thanks for your thoughts on this film! My little sister has been dying for McKenna and has a whole wish list on the AG website:)


amy beth marantino said...

i want to win, my nieces would love this

Shaky Mommy said...

My girls would love this movie! Thanks for the review!

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Kristie said...

It's good to give girls positive role models and this movie definitely fits the bill. I love the American Girl dolls and concept. My sister got Molly when we were little. It's kinda exploded since then though. A four story store! Really? I remember Beverly Hills 90210 by the way. I was a big fan. Love to catch reruns! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Trisha B said...

This would be a perfect movie for my neice and I think she would love it!Great review.

Becky said...

I love your review! My granddaughters really want to see this and I love that it has an inspiring message.


Gianna said...

My daughter is such a fan, the dvd looks like something she'd really like.

purango said...

Great review. I know my granddaughter would love the movie.

susansmoaks said...

mckenna is going to be a hit around here. your review rocks!

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kathy pease said...

This sounds really good my niece loves american girl and i know she would love to see this heck i would even watch with her :)

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