- Shailene Woodley as Felicity Merriman
- Kevin Zegers as Benjamin Davidson
- David Gardner as Grandfather
- John Schneider as Edward Merriman
- Marcia Gay Harden as Martha Merriman
- Eulala Grace Scheel as Nan Merriman
- Robinne Fanfair as Rose
- Rothaford Gray as Marcus
- Lynne Griffin as Lady Templeton
- Katie Henney as Elizabeth Cole
- Juliet Holland-Rose as Annabelle Cole
- Géza Kovács as Jiggy Nye
- Janine Theriault as Miss Manderly
Ten-year-old Felicity Merriman is growing up in Williamsburg, Virginia, just before the American Revolution. High-spirited and independent, Felicity decides to tame a wild horse owned by a leather maker/tanner, Jiggy Nye, who mistreats the horse. Even though her parents forbid her, she runs off to be with the horse, which Felicity names Penny. She eventually tames Penny and the two become fast friends.
Meanwhile, tension grows between the colonists. Some, including Felicity’s father and his apprentice, Ben, wish for independence from the king of England. Others, like Felicity’s grandfather and her best friend, Elizabeth, remain loyal to the king.
Books Included in the Film
- Felicity first meets Elizabeth and Annabelle at Merriman's Store, as opposed to Miss Manderly's home in Felicity Learns a Lesson.
- In Felicity Learns a Lesson, Felicity begins attending Miss Manderly's lessons around autumn 1774, meaning she is nine at the time. In the movie, Felicity begins her lessons shortly after her tenth birthday in 1775.
- Felicity receives her Riding Habit from Grandfather himself in the movie when the Merrimans arrive at King's Creek. Mother gives Felicity the Travel Trunk containing the outfit following Grandfather's death in Changes for Felicity.
- Miss Manderly is shown to be a younger woman around Mother's age, with reddish-brown hair. In the books, she is shown to be a much older woman with gray hair.
- The Cole family is of a higher social class in the movie.
- The invitation Felicity receives from the footman is for the Templetons' Christmas Eve ball, not a dancing lesson at the Governor's Palace on January 7.
- In the books, Mother is ill during the Christmas season from a cold. In the movie, it is the birth of Polly that indirectly leads to her illness. Furthermore, Polly is born at home, not on the road as in Felicity's New Sister.
- Ben only takes Felicity to the Governor's Palace and does not actually attend the dancing lesson in Felicity's Surprise. In the movie Ben not only escorts Felicity, but accompanies her to the Templetons' ball.
- In Felicity's Surprise, Father is unable to escort Felicity to the Governor's Palace because Mother is still weak from her illness and Rose is not at the Merriman household to look after her. In the film, Father is unable to escort Felicity to the Templetons' ball because of an emergency meeting held by the Patriot Army.
The movie premiered on November 29, 2005, on the WB channel.
The DVD was released on December 6, 2005. Early editions came with a horse-and-foal bracelet.
A deluxe DVD edition of the movie was released on February 15, 2011, to celebrate American Girl's 25th anniversary.
The original DVD edition presented the movie in fullscreen format and contained the following extras:
- On Set with Felicity
- Felicity's Tour of Williamsburg
- Information about the American Girl Club
- Samantha: An American Girl Holiday trailer
- DVD-ROM Weblink to AmericanGirl.com
- English, French, and Spanish subtitles
The deluxe DVD edition presented the movie in widescreen format and contained the following extras:
- Women in Williamsburg
- All About Felicity, An American Girl
- On Set with Felicity
- Felicity's Tour of Williamsburg (renamed as Felicity's Williamsburg)
- English subtitles
Items Associated With the Movie
- Felicity Merriman (doll)
- Elizabeth Cole (doll)
- Felicity's Tea Lesson Gown
- Christmas Gown and Stomacher
- Elizabeth's Tea Lesson Gown
- Elizabeth's Holiday Gown
- Two-Doll Colonial Carriage
- Colonial Stable Set
- Patriot the Foal
- In Felicity's illustrations, Elizabeth originally had brown hair and eyes. After the movie, the doll was made into a blond with blue eyes and the original illustrations, along with the text alluding to aspects of Elizabeth's appearance, were edited so that there were no discrepancies. One theory is that the doll was changed because Katie Henney is blond; the official position from American Girl is that this was to distinguish between her and Felicity.
- At the Ball, Felicity and Elizabeth dance to Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik". This was composed in 1787.
- Christmas carolers are shown singing "Deck the Halls". The English language version of that carol ("Nos Galen", a New Year's song from Wales) did not appear until the 1880s.
References and Footnotes
- ↑ Amazon.com's listing for the Bracelet Gift Pack
- ↑ Amazon.com's listing for the Book and Mini Doll Gift Pack
- ↑ Not listed in the Special Features portion of the DVD packaging.