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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Strawberry Shortcake: Jammin with Cherry Jam is a collection of four episodes that follow Strawberry Shortcake and her friends as they befriend a rock star named Cherry Jam. Aside from consumerism concerns -- the DVD was made by Hasbro and American Greetings -- there's nothing to worry about in terms of content. Like the other Strawberry Shortcake features, this one is filled with positive messages, showing through words and actions the importance of friendship and what it means to be a good friend. Characters also sing and talk about how dreams can come true if you do your best.
What's the story?
When Strawberry Shortcake (voiced by Sarah Heinke) and her friends plan the grand opening of their marketplace, they decide to email their favorite singing star, Cherry Jam. The girls are "berry" surprised when Cherry agrees to play, and they believe that they need to change their fashion sense, hairstyles, and bedrooms in order to look like something they believe Cherry would like. When Cherry arrives in Berry Bitty City, Strawberry and friends are surprised that Cherry would much rather camp out under the stars and frolic in nature instead of act like a big famous star. Strawberry sees the real Cherry, and they all become friends when they learn to just be themselves.
Is it any good?
This is exactly what you'd expect from a Strawberry Shortcake DVD: Fun-filled lessons in friendship and being yourself are shown through words and example. And the girls learn these lessons while realizing what hard work it takes to be a successful musician.
While the musical training process the girls undergo isn't entirely realistic, the stories do show both the importance of practicing instruments and how much fun kids can have by learning to play music. It also shows that it takes lots of time and practice to become proficient.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Strawberry Shortcake. What makes her a good friend?
How does Raspberry Torte change when the talent agent tries to make her as successful as Cherry Jam? How does this teach why it's important to always be yourself?
How is Cherry Jam the singing star different when she meets Strawberry Shortcake and her friends face to face?
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