Friday, March 12, 2010

Giveaway: 'Strawberry Shortcake' DVDs

Strawberry Shortcake has changed a lot since I was a kid in the '80s. Gone are the short hair and dowdy, Little House on the Prairie-esque clothes. Gone is the over-sized baby face.

Yes, Miss Shortcake has been tarted up for a new generation of kids, but the changes serve to make something that's already sweet into something modern and appealing to children older than 3.

My 3-year-old was smitten with the newly released DVD "Strawberry Shortcake: The Berryfest Princess Movie," from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

In fact, once the credits rolled, CC said, "I don't want it to be over." A good sign for Strawberry and her pals Lemon Meringue, Orange Blossom, Blueberry Muffin and Raspberry Tart.

The CGI-animated "Berryfest Princess Movie," which hit shelves March 2, tells the story of Berry Bitty City's annual Spring Festival preparations. This year, the village of delicious-sounding characters must choose a princess, and that makes life a little more complicated for the young girls.

When the election comes down to Orange Blossom and Strawberry Shortcake, things get a little tricky. How do the girls decide, considering they're all BFF? (No, not a frenemy in sight, except for maybe a pair of attention-hungry ladybugs.)

The story offers up the idea that being able to choose between two or more options is actually a good thing -- not something to fear.

After the election (and I won't spoil it for you, although the cover is pretty revealing), there is a whole other set of problems, including what it means to be a leader and how to manage a group of girls who are dedicated and excited but also interested mostly in their own contributions.

If anything, it shows how friendships -- even the best of them -- can be put to the test.

Ian was a little worried that the movie offered zero educational benefits, but I disagreed. Admittedly, there are no counting or alphabet games to speak of, but there are lots of lessons to be learned about sharing, compassion and compromise.


I'm giving away a trio of "Strawberry Shortcake: The Berryfest Princess Movie" DVDs, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Just tell me (or tweet me; I'm @la_story) your favorite Strawberry Shortcake character and why.

I'll announce the three winners Friday, March 26. Good luck!


Greg, Christina, and Kaitlyn said...

Although, he was the nemesis, I sort of had some facination with the Purple Pie Man. I'd love to see how my daughter reacts to Strawberry Shortcake. - Christina

Pokie said...

Definitely Strawberry Shortcake was my favorite. It's been a long time, but I swear all the characters had a scent to them. Am I losing my mind? what can I say, I'm a sucker for strawberries!

Cheryl said...

My favorite Strawberry Shortcake character is Apple Dumpling. She was always the cutest baby.

L.A. Story said...

Crystal also sent me an email -- yes, you can sign up for L.A. Story email updates! -- saying she wanted to enter the giveaway, too. Her favorite character? She says Strawberry herself -- "The leader of the smell good princess gang!"

"Miss" Anita said...

Strawberry Shortcake herself is my favorite character because she smells berry-licious and because she's so sweet!
roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com
(Thanks for hosting this giveaway!)

cheznath said...

Hi, I was born in France. Over there, they call her "Charlotte aux fraises". She was my favorite because I was offered the doll for one of my birthdays and I just loved how good she smelled. I thought it was the most precious gift. Her cat cat was called "riz au lait". He was pink with little white dots on it. Great memories..
Is the Giveaway over yet?

L.A. Story said...

"Charlotte aux fraises," I love it! She did smell lovely, no? Sorry you missed the giveaway. Stay tuned for more, and thanks for reading!

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