Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights Big Dreams

| November 10, 2011

From the pop-rock inspired theme song to the emphatic cheers accompanying every little accomplishment, it’s immediately obvious to whom Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights Big Dreams is targeted. The high-pitched voices, flowery fields, and abundance of pink immediately rule out a certain demographic. The three episodes included on the DVD are chock full of adventure, as Strawberry and her friends sing and dance and bake their way through three girl-powered episodes.
Whether they’re accommodating rude house guests, trying to break a world record, or competing in a dance off, the girls know how to have a good time, and they always learn numerous lessons in the process.
It’s a perfect world where cats and dogs play together, flowers grow larger than trees, and bugs and creepy crawlies are unusually cute, functioning as librarians and mail carriers. Strawberry and her friends Lemon Meringue, Orange Blossom, Blueberry Muffin, Raspberry Torte, and Plum Pudding live life in a fantasy world where little girls take control, and everything appears to be free. The animation is a little low-tech, and the over-the-top expression of the characters doesn’t help (neither do the frequent, high-pitched giggles), but little girls are sure to be intrigued anyway.
Lessons like perseverance, self-control, and good manners are taught through the many adventures of Strawberry and the gang, and since the show is targeted toward a (5-10?) age group, many of the lessons are explained rather than implied; that is, at the end of each scene or episode, Strawberry and her friends talk about the lessons they learned with each other, outlining them and giving examples so that young girls will know not to make the same mistakes.
The over-the-top theme is friendship. No matter what the girls go through or how upset they may get, they stick together and take care of each other.
Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights Big Dreams is very over-the-top and a little cliché at times, but the type of audience it’s meant for is sure to gobble it right up. It’s colorful and animated, and there’s always some sort of movement going on, be it a juice fountain in the distance, or the baby strawberries coming up with a dance routine.
Every little girl who watches this is sure to have a “berry good time” with Strawberry Shortcake and her friends. She might want to dye her hair pink eventually, but the DVD should suffice for now.

About the Author:

Caress is a Chicagoan who has a deep fascination with film. Her love for movies began as an undergraduate at Roosevelt University, where her teacher suggested she write a movie review. Caress' favorite genres include indie dramas, foreign films, experimental films, and psychological thrillers. When she's not watching movies, Caress enjoys writing, photography, travel, fashion and music.
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