Wednesday, July 2 American Girl will release its first feature film, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. The movie stars Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin as Kit, a girl growing up during the hard times of the Great Depression. It also features Julia Ormond and Chris O’Donnell as Kit’s parents.
If by chance you are unfamiliar with American Girl and Kit, you must not have a girl age 5-13 in your household.
Kit Kittredge is a beloved historical characters and an American Girl doll. Her books—and now her movie—bring the 1930s and the challenges of the Depression vividly to life.
If your daughter is a fan of the original six-book series written by Valerie Tripp, she will surely enjoy the movie. In the books Kit longs for a tree house but never gets one. According to American Girl, a fantastic tree house set was created for the movie that required building not only the tree house, but the tree itself! A large trunk and branches were built out of wood and metal, then covered with large strips of bark created from burlap and plaster. In fact, American Girl was so enchanted by Kit’s tree house set that its product developers were inspired to create a toy tree house for girls to use with their Kit and Ruthie dolls!
According to American Girl, once 11-year-old Abigail Breslin signed on to play Kit, other casting decisions quickly fell into place, including the casting of Joan Cusack, Stanley Tucci, Glenn Headley, and Jane Krakowski as boarders who rent rooms from the Kittredges. Wallace Shawn makes an appearance as a crusty newspaper editor. Young actors Madison Davenport and Zach Mills were cast as Kit’s good friends, Ruthie and Stirling. An open casting call for extras was held at American Girl Place stores, and the movie will feature some first-time actors as Kit and Ruthie’s friends.
Keep in mind Massachusett's first American Girl Store will open late this fall at the Natick Collection in Natick (for more information, visit previous post at: http://baystateparent.blogspot.com/2008/05/new-englands-first-american-girl-store.html)
For more information on the movie and to find where it is playing near you,visit the official Web site at http://www.americangirl.com/movie/