List of 1980s Strawberry Shortcake specials

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Strawberry Shortcake
Genre Yearly Animated TV specials
Created by Those Characters From Cleveland, a subsidiary of American Greetings
Developed by Murakami Wolf Swenson (1,3)
Perpetual Motion Pictures (2)
Nelvana (4-6)
Written by Romeo Muller
Presented by Muller-Rosen Productions
Schwartz and Company
Voices of Russi Taylor
Robert Ridgely
Julie McWhirter
Joan Gerber
Narrated by Romeo Muller (1-3)
Chris Wiggins (4-6)
Theme music composer Flo and Eddie (1-3)
John Sebastian (4-6)
Opening theme Various
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Production
Executive producer(s) Romeo Muller
Robert L. Rosen
Location(s) Strawberryland
Running time 22 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel First-run syndication (U.S.) (1980-1985)
Picture format NTSC
Audio format Mono
Original run March 28, 1980 – 1985

In the early 1980s, there were six television specials starring Strawberry Shortcake.

The first three specials were produced by Robert L. Rosen and Romeo Muller, who also wrote the specials. The first and third specials were animated by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and Toei Doga, while the second was animated by Perpetual Motion Pictures in New York. Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, of The Turtles and Flo & Eddie fame, wrote the music and songs for these specials. Russi Taylor voiced Strawberry Shortcake, Bob Ridgely voiced the Peculiar Purple Pieman, and writer/producer Romeo Muller voiced the narrator, Mr. Sun.

The next three specials were produced by Canadian animation studio Nelvana. Only Russi Taylor and Bob Ridgely reprised their roles from the first three specials; Chris Wiggins assumed the role of Mr. Sun, and other Canadian talent comprised the rest of the voice cast. Frequent Nelvana collaborator John Sebastian, most known for his music for Nelvana's Care Bears series, wrote the songs for two of these three specials.

In the United States, the first two specials (The World of Strawberry Shortcake and Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City) were syndicated by LBS Communications.[1] On March 6, 2007, they were released on a single DVD by Allumination FilmWorks.[2]

Specials[edit]

Title Air date
The World of Strawberry Shortcake March 28, 1980[3]:458–459
Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City April 10, 1981[3]:399–401
Strawberry Shortcake: Pets on Parade April 9, 1982[3]:402–403
Strawberry Shortcake: Housewarming Surprise March 31, 1983 (New York City)[4]
April 1, 1983 (Los Angeles, California)[3]:403–404
Strawberry Shortcake and the Baby Without a Name March 24, 1984 (New York City)[4]
March 30, 1984 (Los Angeles, California)[3]:398–399
Strawberry Shortcake Meets the Berrykins Early 1985[3]:401–402[nb 1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Theatrically released in the U.S. with The Care Bears Movie.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Television/Radio Age (Television Editorial Corp.) 29: N/A. 1981. Lexington Broadcast Services is offering two half-hour animated children's specials: Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City, for which stations will receive compensation; and The Wonderful World of Strawberry Shortcake, on a barter basis 
  2. ^ Martindale, Kirsten (August 2007). "Strawberry Shortcake: The World of Strawberry Shortcake & Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City". School Library Journal (Reed Business Information) 53 (8): 54–55. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Woolery, George W. (1989). Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962–1987. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2. 
  4. ^ a b "Television Listings: Thursday/March 31". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). March 27, 1983. p. G10. 
  5. ^ Blank, Ed (April 1, 1985). "'Care Bears' movie scores big at the box office; sequels expected". The Pittsburgh Press. p. B7. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 

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