Strawberry Shortcake: The Glimmerberry Ball Movie

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Some stereotypical "girl" behavior, but gentle lessons, too.
  • G
  • 2010
  • 64 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Two chipmunks are seen preparing for their winter's hibernation. The seasonal change from autumn to winter is celebrated. The girls learn that when giving a gift, it's important to think about what the recipient would like rather than what the gift-giver likes.

Positive Messages

Lots of fundamentally positive messages: working together is an ideal; a community's well-being depends upon each of its members; "believe in yourself," misunderstandings lead to anger; there is great value in apologizing when mistakes are made.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Strawberry Shortcake and her five best friends learn from their mistakes and are excellent team players. They are caring and responsible members of their community. Each girl has a special area of interest or expertise: food, fashion, art, books, music, organizational skills. While there is some ethnic diversity, they are uniformly "girly girls" in their demeanor and in their approach to their respective interests. The one male character plays only a minor role throughout.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

This DVD is tied into lots of Strawberry Shortcake merchandise, including toys, clothing, music and DVDs.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that other than the fairly stereotypical female behavior and interests of Strawberry Shortcake and her friends, the messages delivered and problem-solving skills employed here are all desirable.  There's nothing scary. There are no villains, and the conflict is created because of miscommunication or jumping to conclusions. It's for the very youngest viewers and may have little appeal to older kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1, 4, 6, and 14-year-old Written bydena S October 28, 2010
this is a fun movie to watch. positive relationships and working things out. Not scary but not educational either
Adult Written bycrazygal October 6, 2010

good for homealone kids

i think that this movie shows kids how to make friends and how to deal with the problem
Kid, 12 years old March 23, 2020

Plum is mean

She throws the chipmunks out of the tree. Inappropriate. Stick with the 80s

What's the story?

The GLIMMERBERRY BALL MOVIE is episodic and consists of three separate stories, all dealing with Berry Bitty City's preparations for an annual event that celebrates the coming of winter. In the first story, each girl must choose a First Frost gift for one secret friend. There's lots to discover about giving and receiving, and even "re-gifting." The middle story shows the girls in a competition. Each must design and carve a frozen glimmerberry for the upcoming festivities. When all the designs turn out to look very much alike, the girls learn about the power of suggestion and how easy it is to jump to the wrong conclusions. Finally, everyone plans for the Glimmerberry Ball, but unbeknownst to them the ballroom they choose is already "occupied" by some surprising winter tenants.

Is it any good?

The updated Strawberry Shortcake clan lives in a bright, beautiful, idealized environment. The problems are easy to solve; no one stays mad for very long; and Strawberry Shortcake is the always-resourceful, always-generous leader. The girls learn about the value of teamwork, friendship, and helpfulness. The film is pretty to look at, optimistic in spirit, yet doesn't always avoid old-fashioned stereotyping. The girls chatter and giggle a lot, love dressing up, having parties, and looking great. It's a narrow view, but given the shortage of female-oriented children's TV and direct-to-video movies, it's fun for very young girls.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about hibernation. What other animals hibernate in the winter?  How do they prepare for the long nap?

  • When the girls saw their "ballroom" from the chipmunks' point of view, they learned an important lesson. Can you think of a time when you learned a lesson by looking at a problem from someone else's perspective?

  • What are some of the things you like best about Strawberry Shortcake and her friends? Do you think the bright colors and beautiful settings add to your enjoyment of the stories?

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