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MPAA Rating: Not rated; Ok for kids 3+

Released on DVD: Feb. 18, 2014

Buy It: Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Big Help

Genre: Preschool, Animated

Runtime: 88 minutes

Cast: Sarah Heinke

Official Site: Strawberry Shortcake

SYNOPSIS: "Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Big Help" includes three episodes from the sweet TV series: "Babysitter Blues," "A Stitch in Time" and "Fish Out of Water."

REVIEW: "Strawberry Shortcake" is one of those series that has the potential to drive parents insane with the sugary-sweet stories, happy songs and colorful characters. But it's not about us. It's about the kids. Kids love this series, and it's stood the test of time.

Strawberry Shortcake, which dates back to 1977, is licensed and owned by American Greetings. The franchise was originally used in greeting cards and expanded to include dolls, posters, and other products, including a popular TV show and DVDs. And of course, there are spinoffs of the character's friends and pets.

Strawberry Shortcake started to take off in the 1980s, and while the current version is more modern, glam and colorful, you can still see remnants of the red-haired girl's classic 80s' look, including her iconic green and white-striped tights. She and her friends live in a miniature world beneath a berry patch. In the whimsical land of Berry Bitty City, they run little shops and have fantastic adventures full of humor, fun and friendship.

"Berry Big Help" features three Strawberry Shortcake episodes. In "Babysitter Blues," it's Strawberry (voiced by Sarah Heinke) to the rescue when the princess asks her to look after a very special Baby Berrykin. Yes, I love the adorable little fruit names.

In "A Stitch in Time," Orange and Lemon take on the role of "Fashion Elves" to help Raspberry with her fashion design dreams (dream big, girl). And in "Fish Out of Water," there's no place like home when Orange adopts a bitty fish that turns out to be a homesick tadpole.

All of the Strawberry Shortcake DVDs and TV episodes offer educational and sweet messages to kids about friendship, making good decisions, teamwork and lots of other age-appropriate life lessons. They may be sparkly, but Strawberry and her friends are little girls with big possibilities who share a positive, anything-is-possible attitude for overcoming obstacles.


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Sex/Nudity: None.

Violence/Gore: None.

Profanity: None.

Drugs/Alcohol: None.

Which Kids Will Like It? Kids 3 and older who like bright, colorful animated stories.

Will Parents Like It? While "Strawberry Shortcake" might drive parents over the edge with all the sugary sweet singing and dancing, kids love these characters, and the messages are positive.

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Jane Boursaw

Jane Boursaw

Jane Boursaw is the founder and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Her credits include hundreds of print and online publications, including The New York Times, People Magazine, Variety, Moviefone, TV Squad and more.

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