Strawberry Shortcake: The Berryfest Princess

(i)

 

Some "girl" stereotypes mixed in with positive messages.
  • Review Date: March 4, 2014
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 64 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Viewers learn a bit about the process of voting.

Positive messages

Strawberry Shortcake: The Berryfest Princess offers strong messages about getting along, treating people kindly and fairly, and how to make choices that consider feelings and facts.

Positive role models

Characters are overwhelmingly simple but positive. Strawberry Shortcake and friends have realistic frustrations, jealousy, and competitive feelings for preschoolers. Adults or elder characters are peripheral but offer positive mentoring and guidance.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Though nothing specific is promoted here, the Strawberry Shortcake character and friends are widely available in toys, books, and videos.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, much like the first Strawberry Shortcake full-length, The Sky's the LimitStrawberry Shortcake: The Berryfest Princess is an extremely cutesy, glammed-up take on the original character. Here, voices are squeaky and high-pitched, glitter is inescapable, and interest in fashion and other stereotypical girl concerns and behaviors (such as free-range weeping) are emphasized. However, within this somewhat old-fashioned portrayal are very positive messages about friendship, respect, hard work, and working together.

What's the story?

It's time for the annual parade and spring festival in Berry Bitty City, and that means voting for a new princess. How will Strawberry and pals choose between two friends they like equally? Can they learn how to distinguish the candidate from the friend? And how will the winner delegate tasks among friends without creating problems?

Is it any good?

QUALITY

With the supersaturated CGI pink explosion, giant heads, and fashion-conscious characters, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: THE BERRYFST PRINCESS feels a lot more modern, but a lot less wholesome. With their high-pitched helium voices and bouts of weeping, characters here feel more like tweens-in-training than sweet preschoolers, and with the frequent use of "berry" and other cutesy language, it feels a bit retrograde in some of the messages it tells girls about themselves (that they're emotional and prone to disagreements). However, there are positive messages here, as well as some educational merit on the voting process and the importance of teamwork.

Girls who already like the character and world here will find a passable story with some good messages, and parents who are not too concerned about this underwhelming presentation or girly overload can appreciate that ultimately these are positive tales of cooperation and kindness. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes someone a good friend. How do we treat our friends?

  • Have you ever had to vote on something? What were your options? How did you choose?

  • How do we ask our friends for help? What can we say to make sure our friends feel appreciated by us?

Movie details

DVD release date:March 2, 2010
Cast:Ingrid Nilson, Anna Cummer, Ashleigh Ball
Director:Bob Hathcock
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Friendship
Run time:64 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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