Strawberry Shortcake is planning a first birthday party for her sister Apple Dumpling, so she sets off on an adventure to find the perfect party supplies (juice, cookies, a cake and party hats) and makes five new friends (Orange Blossom, Angel Cake, Ginger Snap, Honey Pie Pony and Huckleberry) along the way.
Strawberry Shortcake is throwing a party for her little sister Apple Dumpling's first birthday. After making a list of the supplies they'll need, Strawberry Shortcake, Apple Dumpling, their cantankerous cat Custard, and their overly enthusiastic puppy Cupcake consult the map and head out into Strawberry land in search of things like juice, cake, and party hats. The adventuresome group meets lots of new friends like Gingersnap, Orange Blossom, and Huckleberry Pie, and learns to value friendship and diversity along the way. Certain plot points, such as a journey with a map and a cat who writes with its tail, serve as an over-sweetened, 1980s premonition of newer shows like Dora the Explorer and Sagwa while the automated cookie machine begs comparison to the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Nonetheless, girls ages 2 to 6 will very likely gobble-up this animated show like a bowl of breakfast cereal--but hopefully not the strawberry-scented DVD box. DVD features include English and Spanish audio, English and Spanish subtitles, and a music video. --Tami Horiuchi