A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some good social-emotional lessons, but may be lost amongst all the holiday excitement.
Overcoming perfectionism, the magic of holidays comes in the imperfections, the real meaning of holidays is being close to the ones you love, and sometimes you just have to believe.
Positive Role Models
Characters are generally trying to do the right thing. They admit when they are wrong and try to make things right. There is a bit of mildly rude behavior, and one character who spends most of the special looking at her phone (for somewhat good reason, but it still comes off as rude).
Large female cast with range of personalities and interests shows that there are many different ways to be a girl. There is also a boy character with counterstereotypical interests like fashion and design. The two main characters in this special are white, but the supporting cast has diverse skin tones and hair textures (with no mention of their cultural backgrounds in the show). The special is about a made-up holiday called Winterswirl which has clear parallels to Christmas (but "Christmas," "Santa" etc. are never said).
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Violence & Scariness
Some slapstick injuries befall the villains, who cause silly mischief. There are a few storylines that focus on dislike and mistrusting "friends." Differences resolve in the end and characters learn their lessons.
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Some brief expressions of dislike and mistrust between characters. Silly curse word stand-ins like "Fluffernutter!" and "Holy hazlenuts!"
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Products & Purchases
Some focus on gift-giving aspect of the holidays but overall not materialistic.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Strawberry Shortcake's Perfect Holiday is a holiday special mini-movie featuring modernized characters from the 80's cartoon. The characters celebrate a winter holiday called "Winterswirl." While it's technically not Christmas, the made-up holiday has a lot of clear parallels to Christmas. There are some silly villains who are felled with slapstick calamities. There also are some expressions of dislike and mistrust between some of the kid characters, and some mildly rude behavior. Characters learn positive lessons about the spirit of the holidays.
Is It Any Good?
Strawberry Shortcake's Perfect Holiday is a sugary sweet confection that celebrates the magic of Christmas. The visuals are wintery perfection and kids will enjoy spending time with all of the fruit-themed characters and their different personalities. While the messages are positive, the story seems a bit half-baked. It will probably be a bit tricky for young kids to follow all of the plots happening simultaneously. Grown-ups might not appreciate the slightly sassy way the characters talk to each other, even if the characters learn their lesson and do the right thing in the end. This special is fun, but there are other kids' Christmas specials with more heart.
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