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Mainstream - Mom Reviewed - Strawberry Shortcake - The Sky's the Limit

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The Strawberry Shortcake Movie Sky's the Limit
Strawberry Shortcake, Orange Blossom, Tangerine Torta
Fox Home Entertainment 2009
69 minutes

In this Strawberry Shortcake DVD, Strawberry and her friends must overcome several obstacles after a wild storm puts their village and way of life in jeopardy. They travel far and wide, following their friend, Mr. Longface Caterpillar, who has convinced them that he knows the way out of this situation, ultimately to discover that they have been led off course by a friend that doesn’t want them to move.

The Strawberry Shortcake Movie The Sky’s the Limit is a hard to follow story – why the Strawberry Shortcake gang would follow Longface is unclear. He convinces them that he knows the solution to their problem, by reading from a mysterious book that he never lets them see. They go on this wild (and somewhat amusing) journey, yet their homes are still in danger. As a parent, I could see some value in the story line (learning from mistakes, forgiving friends), and this is what I always look for in children’s programs.

My feelings aside, my kids liked this movie. They enjoyed the bright colors of the many characters, and the trip those characters went on to find a solution together. They also liked how the friends helped each other through some difficult times (overcoming fear of heights, and fear of sharing ideas).  The sheer fantasy of it was really fun for the kids as well – jumping from flower to flower and then flying on them really captured their imagination. That said, they didn’t like this Strawberry Shortcake DVD enough to ask to watch it again and again (which for me is a sure sign that this is not destined to be a classic).

The special features on The Sky’s the Limit were slightly lacking as well, with one music video and computer printables.  

All in all I would give it a slightly higher than a lukewarm rating – but not hot.

Carolyn Genge

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