Strawberry Shortcake is back with a gang of her friends in the two episode Strawberry Shortcake DVD Big Berry Journeys. In this instalment of the Strawberry Shortcake series, the title character and a bunch of her friends (with equally sweet names) go on two adventures. The first is a road trip to see a rare flower blossom (it happens every 10 years); the second is based on the story “Around the World in 80 Days”. This is a good family DVD.
Both of the 22-minute Strawberry Shortcake cartoons on the Big Berry Journeys DVD are full of bright colourful scenery, fun songs, and valuable lessons. The first story was slightly vexing for my kids, as they seemed to identify Strawberry Shortcake as a younger child, however she mysteriously gets a car, into which she hops with three of her friends, and heads out on a road trip. My oldest child wanted to know when he could get his car. There is some fun here, as well as learning that getting there is a lot of the fun of any trip – a valuable lesson for kids of all ages.
The second of the Big Berry Journeys has a real ‘bad guy’, something that had not happened in previous Strawberry Shortcake DVDs that I have reviewed (Rockaberry Roll and Happily Ever After). Pie Man bets Strawberry Shortcake all the berries in Strawberryland that she cannot duplicate the around the world in 80 days challenge. With help from her friends however, Strawberry does just that. This episode is full of lessons of persistence in the face of daunting obstacles, and continuing to think positively no matter what the immediate future seems to hold.
This is a great DVD with good lessons and fun music. The bonus features (character gallery, and printable colouring pages) are duplicates from other Strawberry Shortcake DVDs but my kids didn’t seem to mind. All four of my children liked this cartoon and I did too.