Case Number 19716: Small Claims Court

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: BERRYWOOD HERE WE COME

Fox // 2010 // 45 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // September 19th, 2010

The Charge

Strawberry Shortcake at the movies.

The Case

It's time to head to Hollywood, or, rather, Strawberry Shortcake's version of Hollywood -- Berrywood (that's the best berry pun these guys could come up with?). She and her pals go to visit Limelight, a spunky young address that -- are you ready for this -- both likes attention and smells like a lime! Limelight!!!

Turns out Limelight is kind of a jerk. She thinks she's pretty awesome, even though at any moment she can be scooped up and jammed into a bottle of Corona Light. Drunk on star-power, she alienated Strawberry and her pals, forcing them to turn on the Very Important Moral Lesson Mojo and teach her the moronic concept that "everyone is a star." They even sing a song about it.

Part of this epic (45 minute) saga, tracks Strawberry's crew back home, where they embark on the imposing task of reopening a decrepit movie theater. Their main obstacle however won't be clearing the project with the zoning board or asbestos removal or updating the knob and tube electrical wiring, but putting together a movie good enough to attract an audience. Meanwhile, the evil Pie Man (he has a mustache!) is plotting a nefarious scheme. The friends utilize the lesson of talking out their problems to rise above his threats and put together a corny movie about talking out their problems, which sends the audience into a crazed fit.

It's saccharine and cutesy, but there's no reason why your berry-leaning kids shouldn't enjoy Berrywood. The animation is bright and colorful and attractive and the music is catchy. While I can get on board with the "talking out your problem" moral lesson, we all really need to move on from the "everyone is a star" crap. Look, some people are indeed talented and accomplished, but there are plenty of folks who just need to face their mediocrity and be done with it. Has Simon Cowell taught us nothing?

Full frame, 2.0 stereo, printable coloring pages through DVD-ROM.

The Verdict

Not -- berry -- Guilty. Har!

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 80

Perp Profile
Studio: Fox
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)

Subtitles:
* English (CC)
* Spanish

Running Time: 45 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* PDF Coloring Pages

Accomplices
* IMDb
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt1699150/combined