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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Strawberry Shortcake: The Berryfest Princess
Strawberry Shortcake: The Berryfest Princess
Fox // G // March 2, 2010
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Review by Danny Cox | posted March 30, 2010 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie

So Strawberry Shortcake movies are not exactly my cup of tea or are they something I've ever really watched. Growing up as the youngest child in a family of six with three older sisters though; Strawberry and her friends were all over the house. He-Man loved knocking them off the turret towers of Castle Greyskull though, I can guarantee you that. Anyway. This DVD of The Berryfest Princess was picked at the request of my sister for my four-year old niece. Essentially my view of this is going to be that of whether my niece would enjoy it or not while also trying to be the least judgmental possible. If I were to go off of my gut reaction then this thing would get a low score right off the bat because it would never be in my collection, but this review won't go that route.

All of those that reside in Berry Bitty City are getting ready for the Berryfest Spring Festival so that everyone can have a great time together. Problems arise immediately though as there is no-one to lead all the festivities since Princess Berrykins was called away for something important. A new leader for the festival must be chosen so an election is put together to see which girl would be the best one for the job. When it's all said and done, Orange Blossom and none other than Strawberry Shortcake are the only two left in the running. They start campaigning against one another but even more problems show up as the girls don't want to betray either of their friends en route to picking the best one for the position. There must be a winner and the festival simply must go on, but will it tear all those in Berry Bitty City apart?

First and foremost you can't help but notice that not only does the CGI add a new dimension to Strawberry Shortcake's world but that the girl herself has gotten a totally new look. No longer are the big puffy cheeks so prominent on the very short girl with red hair. Strawberry has been modernized with a brand new style that makes her so very much "today" and more in touch with young girls and all the other things they witness on television and in stores. Think Bratz but on a much less trashier level. It's weird honestly because I recall my sister's dolls whose breath smelled like their name when you squeezed their stomachs. Now these characters would be more like Barbie dolls if they were to be sold in stores. Actually didn't make this movie nearly as hard to watch as originally anticipated.

The story itself is a good one that teaches young girls some very important lessons while making them fun and focusing on not shoving it down their throats. Important ways of friendship and decision-making are what they'll be taught the most in this particular movie and it makes it very entertaining for them. Little girls, probably no more than five or six years old, will really love the catchy songs and different characters that keep things fresh and new. It's never an overkill of just Strawberry Shortcake but all of her friends participate here constantly making it overly evident that there is never need for conflict because good and trusting friendships are most important. Throw in some cool little fairies and your kids will sit down and not move for an hour. Well, that is until it's time to start the DVD over and over again.

The DVD

Video:

I've already kind of mentioned the look of the new Strawberry Shortcake and everything in her world, but to see it is a whole other story. Berryfest Princess is presented in 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and it is quite fantastic. Bright and beautiful colors as far as the eye can see in this CGI-world that evidently can belong to only one group of people so it had to be done up "berry" well.

Sorry, even I'm ashamed of myself on that one.



Sound

Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound allows your little girl and all her friends to get the music filling the room for their full enjoyment. It's done quite nicely even though only the songs take advantage of the rear speakers. Everything else comes through the front, but it's all well just the same because the songs are what the kids will be wanting to take advantage of. Parents on the other hand may find it a bit troublesome that they come through so loudly and clearly...time after time after time after time.

There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired and also in Spanish.

Extras Extras

A Berry Royal Sing-a-long - Kids can sing along with all their favorite tunes from the movie as they watch. Not a bad thing as the little ones will enjoy it, but it's bound to drive parents nuts once it is played fifty times daily.

Printable Coloring Pages - Throw the disc into your DVD-ROM drive so that you can print out some coloring pages of Strawberry Shortcake and her friends for your little one to color.

All Said And Done

Personally I'll never end up watching this DVD again, but that's probably expected from a thirty-year old man. My four-year old niece on the other hand has already watched it twice in a row before it even grace my DVD player at home. She fawned over it and tried singing the songs long before she knew a single word. Little girls are going to love this particular flick and adore the brand new Strawberry Shortcake. If you are someone that has or know young girls no more than about six or seven years old then make sure you grab them a copy of this for Easter or something. Recommended.

Danny lives in New Orleans with his dog and writes plenty in way of movies, sports, NCIS, Crime TV, and life over at Examiner, IP Movies, and Associated Content. If you're looking to keep up with all he does though, there's always Twitter or Facebook.
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