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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this animated adventure story with Strawberry Shortcake and her friends goes to great lengths -- through song, example, and conversation -- to discuss the importance of the power of dreams and imagination to create the lives we wish for ourselves. For younger viewers and their parents, this movie should provide ample opportunities to discuss aspirations and how they can be achieved.
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What's the story?
All is not well in Berryland. There is an infestation of berry birds who are decimating all the crops in the berry patch. As if that wasn't bad enough, The Peculiar Purple Pie Man of Porcupine Creek has arrived, intending to take over Berryland and turn it into a pie-making factory. In order to make their dreams of growing their berry patch real again, Strawberry Shortcake (Sarah Heinke) and her friends must go to the Land of Dreams, where the Peculiar Purple Pie Man has taken over, intending to keep everyone's dreams all too himself.
Is it any good?
The themes of believing in your dreams and working hard to make them real are repeated so many times, older viewers may want to shout "OK, we get it already!" But STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: SWEET DREAMS is filled with enough songs and positive feelings to provide younger viewers with hours of entertainment.
As in all the movies in the series, Strawberry Shortcake is a positive leader who practices what she preaches when working and playing with her friends. She always does her best to settle differences between her friends, differences that don't seem too far off from disagreements young kids often have between friends. Strawberry Shortcake: Sweet Dreams should inspire discussion between children and parents about the differences between dreamt-at-night dreams and growing-up ambitions.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the importance of having dreams and making them a reality. Kids: What are some of your goals? How can you accomplish them?
In the film, one of the characters says, "To believe in dreams, first you have to believe in yourself." What does that mean?
When her friends get mad at each other, Strawberry must figure out a way to make them friends again. Has there ever been a time when you were upset with one of your friends? How did you make up?
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