A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids can learn plenty of positive social lessons about being yourself and helping friends.
Strong positive messages, through words and example, about the importance of friendship and what it means to be a friend. The story reinforces the idea that you should always be yourself and not try to change for others. Also, to quote the lyrics of Cherry Jam: "Anything is possible. It's up to me to make my dreams come true."
Positive Role Models
Strawberry Shortcake always keeps a positive, upbeat attitude. She learns to see the real Cherry Jam, not her show-business persona.
Products & Purchases
This DVD is a production of Hasbro and American Greetings, who make Strawberry Shortcake toys and greeting cards. It's heavily marketed, and merchandise associated with the DVD is available for purchase.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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