Saturday, February 26, 2011

SSC tidbits

Strawberry Shortcake: Berrywood Here We Come

I finally got around to watching Berrywood Here We Come, and man, is it a shock to go back to hearing the bad acting of actual kids.  Mostly in the first section, with Limelight and her production staff.  Seriously, how'd she ever become a famous movie star with such a terrible singing voice?  She must be autotuned to the max.
Storywise, I don't have much to say about the first part.  It's pretty much business as usual.  But the premise of the second part, with Strawberry and her friends deciding to make their own movie to save an old theater bugs me to no end.  I mean, if the theater was doing poorly enough that it has to close, then a. lack of good movies probably wasn't the problem and b. I doubt that some kids' home movie would actually draw enough business to  allow the theater to open again.  Heck, even one blockbuster probably wouldn't do it.  And if the pieman really wanted to keep the kids from saving the theater, why didn't he just buy it before they could finish their movie?

Strawberry Shortcake: Puttin on the Glitz

In other SSC news, Amazon finally has the next Berry Bitty Adventures DVD listed, which is coming out in about a month. Judging from the description, it'll have the episodes "Nice as Nails," "A Stitch in Time," and "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow." And can I just say, I love the ultra-prettified Strawberry at the top of the cover. @_@


Fairy Slayer said...

I agree 100% that Strawberry Shortcake doesn't strive to maintain logical consistency. I think that a lot of what the DiC versions did was to take understandable problems, simplify them a bit, and then show kids that it's good to take initiative. Even if they'd only brainstormed about how to save the theater that would be something for the target audience to think about.

One of the things I liked most about that run was the fact that they had kid actors, and better yet that the kid with the problem wasn't the only one having difficulties. As a friend likes to point out, Strawberry Shortcake often feels like she has the weight of the world on her shoulders (even if only the kid world). It's okay to not be perfect, and that applies to the problem child or those trying to help.

Another charm was that the children did their own singing and, surprise surprise! weren't exceptionally talented. Again, I think it goes back to the idea that you don't have to be perfect. The show set the bar low enough that the kids watching were willing to reach for it. Whether or not there's any merit to my thinking, I like the idea.

Don't worry: I won't try to rationalize any of the plots themselves. They're imperfect to a fault, but that is on the edge of being somewhat fun itself. :)

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