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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
More entertaining than educational, this movie does teach some positive social lessons about politeness, teamwork, and perseverance.
Characters learn that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up if they work hard and don't give up. Sharing and politeness are upheld as positive values through the actions of the characters and through song.
Positive Role Models
The characters work together and teach little girls that they can be anything they want to be. When faced with setbacks, they persevere.
Violence & Scariness
A character hits her thumb with a hammer; a fire burns down a stage and podium (no one is hurt); a plague of berry bugs destroys nature.
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Products & Purchases
Strawberry Shortcake is a character in American Greetings cards and is part of a long-standing product line of toys, books, games, and accessories.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cartoon adventure teaches kids through song and example the importance of politeness, perseverance, and teamwork when making their future dreams a reality. Strawberry and her friends aspire to worthy professions like teacher, astronaut, restauranteur, and doctor, but when Peppermint Fizz tries to be the mayor of Strawberryland by being bossy and self-centered, she learns that "you can never outgrow being nice." Young viewers will be inspired to think about what they want to be when they grow up. (Kids might also be inspired to ask for Strawberry Shortcake-related products next time they see them in the store.) To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
For its target age group, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: GROWING UP DREAMS -- with its bright colors, simple storyline, and mostly cheerful characters -- should provide seemingly endless entertainment. The songs are catchy and filled with positive reinforcement of the story's core values: teamwork, friendship, and politeness. And the careers the girls aspire to are ambitious and varied.
Girls between 3 and 5 should be well entertained, but the relentlessly pink and girl-oriented movie may turn off boys (even though they could certainly benefit from its lessons about politeness as well). And while parents may appreciate the story's positive messages and role models, its simplicity may grow old as requests for repeated viewing inevitably arise.
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