An American Girl: McKenna Shoots For The Stars on Blu-Ray and DVD



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

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”).  

A 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. 

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-ray Combo 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®, iPod touch, 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-trackin 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.



Cast: Nia 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 Photography: Jon 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

Sound: English 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


  1. ape2016
    April 26, 2012 / 2:00 pm

    This looks like a fun, family movie. I know we really liked the Kit Kittridge movie, so I bet we will enjoy this, too. Besides, I am a big fan of Nia Vardalos

  2. won
    April 28, 2012 / 10:16 pm

    This was my daughter's kind of movie for sure :)

  3. Laura Lane
    November 1, 2012 / 4:01 pm

    My 11 yo liked this movie.

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