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Strawberry Shortcake: Super Sweet Collection

creator: Judy Rothman Rofé

270 minutes (G) 2001-5
Magna Pacific DVD Region 4 retail

RATING: 6/10
reviewed by Emily Webb
If you have young daughters like I do, then Strawberry Shortcake: Super Sweet Collection is a little slice of girlie heaven. This six-disc animated collection features the sweet little redhead who has been a fixture in the lives of little girls since her introduction to the world by American Greetings in 1980.

The collection features two episodes on each disc (these episodes first aired on TV from 2001-5), including Berry, Merry Christmas; Adventures On Ice Cream Island, and Moonlight Mysteries. Along with her pals Ginger Snap, Raspberry Torte, Angel Cake, Orange Blossom, and cat Custard, Strawberry Shortcake puts her little heart and soul into improving things for everyone she meets. She is the child version of George Clooney's Michael Clayton - she fixes situations! (Though, the dramas in Strawberryland revolve more around who is stealing the baked goods that the little berry friends have made for the fair or how to teach people to have good manners, rather than situations that will blow the lid of multi-national companies!)

This collection by Cookie Jar Entertainment - who acquired DiC Entertainment last year - is great for the little girl in your life (mine is three and she loves it). It's also nice for mums like me to reminisce about their Strawberry Shortcake-loving days (if you were a kid in the 1980s!) Interestingly, Strawberry Shortcake has had yet another makeover and has a slicker look with long hair and a sassier attitude. This makes me sad as this is not the Strawberry Shortcake I grew up with - no more bloomers, short red curls and floppy hat. Are kids these days so grown up so quickly that they can't have cute little characters?

The Strawberry Shortcake in this DVD collection is the look of the revived franchise of the new millennium. The characters are different looking to those of the 1980s - a little more contemporary (jeans, longer hair and older) but still very innocent looking. The adventures they have are very appealing to little girls and each episode always end with an uplifting song about making friends or being 'berry' nice or something along those lines.

I have rated this as an adult watching the DVD but if you ask my three-year-old, she'd probably give it a 10/10!
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