Strawberry Shortcake

Season 2 Episode 1

Meet Strawberry Shortcake

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Aired Daily 8:00 PM Mar 11, 2003 on CBS
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Meet Strawberry Shortcake
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Today is Apple Dumplin's first birthday, and her older sister Strawberry Shortcake has made the decision to throw a party in honor of the occasion. Unfortunately for her, certain essential party-throwing items cannot be located inside of their house. The two sisters (along with their animal duo Custard and Pupcake) set out on an quest in Strawberryland in search of the supplies they need. During their travels, they meet a unique group of new friends who will join them in their celebration.moreless

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  • A great introduction.

    8.5
    This is the first episode of the 2003 version of Strawberry Shortcake and lovingly introduces everybody's favorite cartoon redhead. It is one of only four 45 minute episode formats. Despite the length, it doesn't seem dragged out at all. Strawberry Shortcake is out shopping for supplies and items for her sister Apple Dumplin's first birthday. On her shopping adventure, Strawberry Shortcake meets characters who would become her lifelong friends during the series.



    One of the things I noticed about this episode is that it has a soundtrack that seems to have a different flavor than the later episodes. Some parts the instrumentation is almost borderline jazzy. As can be heard in the theme song, this Strawberry Shortcake IS hipper and more contemporary. She's less whiny and cheesy as the 80s version and easier to identify with. Maybe the creators realized this and pulled out all the stops to have a fun soundtrack, but its kind of weird that the episodes after this have normal Saturday-morning style soundtracks.



    This episode is fun, but it suffers from "pilot episode syndrome". In essence, the creators could only go up from here. The songs got better. The writing got better. The animation got better. In fact I think this show reached its pinnacle sometime during the year with the second opening and into the early ones with the third opening.moreless
  • This is the introductory episode, and it's a good one.

    10
    Story: The story is mainly about Strawberry Shortcake going around Strawberryland to gather supplies for her sister Apple Dumplin's birthday. In her journey she met new friends who helped her fulfilling all she needed for the birthday party. After she arrived back home and finished all the preparations for the party, she realized that she forgot to invite guests so she quickly invited her new friends instead. Hmm... I wonder who the guests would have been if she had not met the new friends.



    Music: The background music are generally well made. The 4 songs in the episode are also good. The only thing I'm not quite comfortable with is the vocal right after the end of the second song and the copying of this show's theme song in the middle of the story. But it's personal opinion so let's put that aside.



    Graphics:

    Since it's the first episode, the graphics still have a long "to-do" list for perfection. Almost all characters here look blind. But as a first try it's still acceptable.



    Educational content:

    Generally, the educational content is about accepting new people as friends, even though they look strange and different. But hello, Strawberry. What would Angel Cake say if she saw what you did with her refrigerator?



    Final words:

    In general, this episode is a very good start for the upcoming episodes. There are still some flaws but this has a potential. I will give perfect score.moreless
  • Splendiferous, what more can I say?

    10
    Aside from formal introductions, Strawberry Shortcake's gotta find supplies for her sister Apple Dumplin's birthday party. Huge strawberries, strawberry clouds, raining strawberries...criminy, that's some good soil. Custard's just crazy about her own species. Hmm...Ginger Snap's got this thing called an Amazing Cookie Machine. Apple Dumplin', cute? Yep. And what cute songs. Strawberry decides to try a cookie until Ginger reminds her, "After lunch." Ha! Who says these characters have health problems despite the surrounding sugary goodness? Wait a second, why is Orange Blossom pouring different colors of juice from the same container? What's with all the characters' eyes? Everybody except Honey Pie looks legally blind; not that I have a problem with such people. Custard's mostly got no pupils at all. Um, is it really okay for the toddler to eat batter containing uncooked eggs? I hear that can be poisonous.



    What Angel Cake says: I work alone...But, it might be fun to work with others.

    What she means: I work alone...Aw, why not? I couldn't resist.



    Strawberry: It's the most beautiful cake I've ever seen.

    How I imagine Custard might respond: Don't worry. You'll see even lovelier as time goes on.



    Okay, enough rambling. Better move on. The group gets lost and meets Honey Pie, a talkative equine and the only character with organized pupils. Hah! She's too much. "I don't think we're in Cakewalk anymore." Did somebody get that from the Wizard Of Oz? One more friend to go: a boy named Huckleberry Pie. His creative work on some huckleberry bush branches eliminates the need to visit Upper Hat Rack. Uh oh! There goes the wagon, but thankfully not the supplies. Huh, Huck's the first non-cat friend Custard warmed up to. Does someone have a little crush? Hee hee hee. Once back home, Strawberry and crew make some butterfly invitations (yikes, they're haunted) which fly to each friend they've met thus far. Ginger's "Oh, boy!" response sounds like she spoke in Huck's voice. Then comes the third musical number; just look at how Huck and Angel stand back to back, Team Rocket-style. Hey, I remember witnessing that scene during the second line in a previous toy commercial. Ah, Custard is behaving.



    An off-site opinion had it that this episode lacks plot because it's comprised mostly of character introductions but that such is okay for the series' start. I couldn't agree more. The drawings and coloration especially have a long way to go, but the show's already gained my greatest confidence. It's gonna be a classic.moreless
  • This is the first epidose of her I saw in a long time, and is incredible.

    10
    This must be one of the best remakes ever made, Strawberry not just keep the only escence of the eighties, she is showed in a new look, really according with this new era.



    I only saw Strawberry once in my life, in an old tv special movie, but when I saw her in the new look, it was like be a little girl again, the same escence when I saw her for the first time, a incredible song, I think the opening song is one of the best I've ever heard, I hope to see more episodes of she, she is a character with a long life.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • You can see Pupcake sing "A Berry Happy Birthday" along with everyone else. Unless he's lip-syncing - a certain possibility indeed - such shouldn't be happening since the dog can't speak a human language.

    • In the first viewing of Apple Dumplin's birthday cake, the apple is topped with icing. Come the next shot, the icing disappears and remains missing for the time's remainder.

    • Orange Blossom pours some purple-colored juice into a bowl for Pupcake, orange juice into cups for Strawberry Shortcake and Apple Dumplin', and more purple juice into another bowl for Custard…all from the same pitcher.

    • When introduced, Ginger Snap is loading up a wagon with pastries other than cookies. Whether she made them herself or received them from elsewhere, such doesn't happen again until further notice.

    • Seeing as how the artists' drawing skills still have a long way to go, most characters' pupils tend to blur off and on with their irises (except Honey Pie). Such continues for the next three episodes even for guest stars. On the other hand, Custard's pupils are missing for the most part but are better established in the next episode.

    • Following the episode's first three minutes, Strawberry Shortcake's mouth is moving after she's spoken her line. This mismatched recording error occurs a few more times as the episode progresses.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Strawberry Shortcake: Pupcake, stop that.
      Huckleberry Pie: Well trained, I see.
      Strawberry Shortcake: Dogs just wanna have fun. And fun he will have.

    • Strawberry Shortcake: Strawberry girl in a strawberry world
      Life here is a treat
      Strawberry girl in a strawberry world
      Forever, it's upbeat

      Where the berries grow so tall
      Where the air is clean for all
      Where big berry raindrops fall
      Strawberryland is neat

      Jump and clap and turn around
      Make a big strawberry sound
      Jump and clap and turn around
      Make a big strawberry sound

      Strawberry girl in a strawberry world
      What a place to sing
      Strawberry girl in a strawberry world
      Ring-a-ling-a-ding

      Where the music sounds so sweet
      Where your toes tap to the beat
      Where each day's a great big treat
      Strawberryland is neat

      Jump and clap and turn around
      Make a big strawberry sound
      Jump and clap and turn around
      Make a big strawberry sound

      Strawberry girl in a strawberry world
      What fun to explore
      Strawberry girl in a strawberry world
      With magic lands next door

      Lands where giant fruit trees grow
      Lands with hills of cookie dough
      Lands where chocolate rivers flow
      Fun and then some more

      Jump and clap and turn around
      Make a big strawberry sound
      Jump and clap and turn around
      Make a big strawberry sound

    • Strawberry Shortcake, Custard, Ginger Snap, Orange Blossom, Angel Cake, Honey Pie, & Huckleberry Pie: A berry happy birthday to you
      A berry happy birthday to you
      Smile a smile from ear to ear
      Wish a wish to last all year
      A berry happy birthday to you

      SS: We've got juice, and we've got fruit
      And the birthday girl who's berry cute
      A berry happy birthday to you

      All: A berry happy birthday to you
      (A berry happy birthday)
      A berry happy birthday to you
      (A berry happy birthday)
      Smile a smile from ear to ear
      Wish a wish to last all year
      A berry happy birthday to you

      HuP: Have some cookies, have some cake
      Party hats are fun to make
      A berry happy birthday to you

      GS, OB, & AC: What's the party thing that's best
      A merry group of friends for guests
      A berry happy birthday to you

      All: What a super duper day
      Have some cake
      And now, let's play

      A berry happy birthday to you
      (Happy birthday)
      A berry happy birthday to you
      (Happy birthday)
      Smile a smile from ear to ear
      Wish a wish to last all year
      A berry happy birthday to you
      (Happy birthday)

      A berry happy birthday
      A berry happy birthday
      To you

    • Orange Blossom: Find a patch of dirt with room
      Plant a seed and watch it bloom
      Give it water, give it sun
      Growing plants is so much fun

      Strawberry Shortcake: Like that seedling in the ground
      Nourish all the friends you've found
      Give them laughter, show you care
      Let them know you're always there

      Both: Friendship grows like a flower
      Friendship grows like a flower
      Friendship grows by the hour
      Way up high like a tower
      Like a flower, friendship grows

      OB: Treat the good earth with respect
      Find a tree you can protect
      Till the soil and plant the seed
      Hoe and sow and pull each weed

      SS: Treat each new friend with respect
      Love them always and protect
      Every friend's a friend to keep
      Plant your friendships very deep

      Both: Friendship grows like a flower
      Friendship grows like a flower
      Friendship grows by the hour
      Way up high like a tower
      Like a flower, friendship grows
      Like a flower, friendship grows

    • Strawberry Shortcake: Ooh, I smell a cookie baking
      Tell me, what kind are we making
      Looky, looky, what a cookie
      Cookie, cookie, oh

      Ginger Snap: Sugar cookies, peanut butter
      Chocolate chip, here comes "anutter"
      Looky, looky, what a cookie
      Cookie, cookie, oh

      SS and GS: Cookie, looky, yummy-yumptious
      Deli-ticious, tummy-tumptious
      Flavorific, scrummy-scrumptious
      Cookie, cookie, oh

      Apple Dumplin': I see cookie, mixy, bakey
      Ooey, cookie, bixy, makey
      Looky, looky, gimme cookie
      Cookie, cookie, oh

      All: Cookie, looky, yummy-yumptious
      Deliticious, tummy-tumptious
      Flavorific, scrummy-scrumptious
      Cookie, cookie, oh

      Strawberry Shortcake: Shortening, flour
      Eggs, vanilla
      Sugar frosting for a filler
      Looky, looky
      What a cookie
      Cookie, cookie, oh

      All: Cookie, looky, yummy-yumptious
      Deliticious, tummy-tumptious
      Flavorific, scrummy-scrumptious
      Cookie, cookie, oh
      Cookie, looky, yummy-yumptious
      Deliticious, tummy-tumptious
      Flavorific, scrummy-scrumptious
      Cookie, cookie, oh

    • Strawberry Shortcake: I don't think we're in Cakewalk anymore.

    • Honey Pie: But this reminds me of the time I was in "Prance". And I was trotting; and then I was cantering; and before I knew it, I was galloping... (trails off)
      Custard: You just told us that story.
      Honey Pie: But did I tell you how everyone yelled "Hi-ho, Honey" when they saw me approaching?

    • Honey Pie: Upper Hat Rack? One of my favorite places. Similar to Upper Coat Rack, but less touristy.

    • Honey Pie: In fact, this reminds me of the time I was touring the fields of Scotberry and the king invited me to a game of polo... (time passes) And then there was the time that I opened for the Olympic jumpers... (more time passes) Once a sleigh of reindeer came through, and they asked directions too.

    • Strawberry Shortcake: (pauses trip in maze) Wait a minute. Didn't we just come this way?
      Custard: I told you to take the low road. Hmph.
      (Later...)
      Strawberry Shortcake: This doesn't seem right either.
      Custard: I told you to take the high road.
      (Even later)
      Custard: Why didn't you take the middle road?

    • Angel Cake: Custard, my friend, you bring a certain skill to this project that only a cat can.
      Strawberry Shortcake: See, Custard? Someone appreciates you.
      Custard: Probably just because of my tidy tongue.

    • Strawberry Shortcake: (about Apple Dumplin') Isn't she berry cute?
      (Strawberry and Apple giggle)
      Custard: She'd be a lot cuter if she had whiskers and a tail. Hmph!

  • NOTES (10)

    • This episode can be found on the Game Boy Advance Video Cartridge Strawberry Shortcake Volume 1, only in a half-hour version.

    • On DVD packaging and other merchandise, a different character model is used for Apple Dumplin'. Her outfit is slightly more detailed, but most notably, her hair is yellow rather than reddish-orange and she has a somewhat different hairstyle. Additionally, Strawberry is seen in merchandise in an outfit with small red, green, pink and white stripes, whereas on the program, her outfit contains only large red and white stripes.

    • In this episode, Strawberry Shortcake states that she is throwing a party for Apple Dumplin's first birthday. Apple Dumplin' seems to be rather advanced for a girl of only one-year-old. While many her age would still be in a crib, Apple Dumplin' walks and talks on her own. She seems rather aware of the world around her, as well as much of what is said to her, can mimic the speech of others and speak many words and phrases on her own.

    • This is a 45 minute episode. The broadcast version is edited to 22 minutes.

    • Featured songs: "The Cookie Song", "Friendship Grows", "A Berry Happy Birthday", and "Strawberry Girl In A Strawberry World".

    • The shot that pans across the singers' voices during the second line of "Berry Happy Birthday" was used in one of the earliest contemporary Strawberry Shortcake toy commercials.

    • First appearances of Ginger Snap and Honey Pie, whereas the other seven characters have all been revamped.

    • In this version, Huckleberry Pie is the first human friend to Strawberry Shortcake and Apple Dumplin' that Custard warmed up to.

    • This first new episode in over twenty years is a reinterpretation of Strawberry Shortcake rather than a continuation of the old specials. It provides an introduction to Strawberry Land very much like "The World of Strawberry Shortcake" did back in 1980.

    • In the original version of Strawberry Shortcake, Pupcake belongs to Huckleberry Pie and Apple Dumplin' lives with Raspberry Tart.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Strawberry Shortcake: "I don't think we're in Cakewalk anymore."
      A play on Dorothy Gail's line "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore" from The Wizard Of Oz.

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