Strawberry Shortcake: The Berryfest Princess
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, much like the first Strawberry Shortcake full-length, The Sky's the Limit, Strawberry 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?
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?