Strawberry Shortcake and her equally delectable pals Rasberry Tart, Blueberry Muffin, and Ginger Snap take up a summer job at a dude ranch in this country-themed children's program. The girls learn about running a ranch while wearing cowgirl attire and … see full wiki
This is a distinctly different style Strawberry Shortcake. The changes may disappoint some fans of Strawberry Shortcake, but in contrast it may also appeal to an older age group of girls (still does not really appeal to most boys). The reason it no longer as appealing to young kids (~ages 4 to 8) is that Strawberry Shortcake and the other characters has an older look. The characters look and act more like tweens or teens in this movie. This makes is more interesting and relatable for kids around ages 9 to 12 than some of the other Strawberry Shortcake DVDs. The new look and older behavior of the show may not be enjoyed by all those who like previous Strawberry Shortcake stuff, especially if you are expecting the old not so heavy issues that Strawberry Shortcake and her friends deal with. By this I mean the old stuff is more lighter stories and this is heavier stories filled with more drama, as tweens and teen girls are prone to. Personally this is what kind of puts me off from really liking this Strawberry Shortcake DVD, however it was worth watching once. It just was not enjoyable enough to become a play again and again Strawberry Shortcake like other Strawberry Shortcake DVDs.
In this episode Strawberry Shortcake tells about two different country (i.e. farm) related stories about things that have happened in the past and are used to teach about different things. The first is to teach about having fun and not getting caught up in winning. It also includes the added drama of Plum Pudding being put down as harming the teams chances, as they forget about the importance of having fun and care more about winning, which they think they can only do without Plum Pudding.
The second story is about Strawberry Shortcakes friend Carmel Corn having trouble with her farm and facing having to sell it. Strawberry Shortcake sets out to help he find out what is happening to the farm animals. At first they think the animals are running away, but after finding tire tracks they discover they are being stolen. It is the Purple Pieman who is trying to get Carmel Corn to want to sell her farm, so he can tear it down and put up a parking lot (this is a country song reference, but I cannot remember the exact song/artist) for his amusement park. Strawberry Shortcake tries to keep Carmel Corns hopes up and save the farm. This part of the movie is not as drama heavy as the first and is more enjoyable than the first part of the show, however it is still a much heavy type of topic than previous Strawberry Shortcake stuff.
Overall this is not a horrible movie, but it is also not the best Strawberry Shortcake movie. I definitely would not recommend it for younger kids, as I would most other Strawberry Shortcake movies because I do not think they would like it as much as her other movies. Also, for those familiar with Strawberry Shortcake it may not be enjoyed, so I would recommend renting it instead of buying it first. Bottom line, though, is I think mostly only tweens will like this Strawberry Shortcake and not younger or older fans of Strawberry Shortcake.
This DVD has a few special features. One is a Music Video of On the Road, which is a song from the second story. There is also a character gallery memory book, which has pages and descriptions of all the Strawberry Shortcake characters, however this is has been on other Strawberry Shortcake DVDs and is not cool if you have seen it before, although it is kind of interesting the first time you see it. There is also some coloring pages on the DVD that you can print if you put the DVD into your computer.
Viewing Format: DVD
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 9 - 12
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