Strawberry Shortcake (2003 TV series)
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|Genre||Animated series, E/I|
|Created by||Those Characters From Cleveland
|Developed by||DIC Entertainment (2003-2008)|
|Theme music composer||Andy Street, Judy Rothman Rofe|
|Opening theme||Straw Buh-buh-buh-buh-berry Shortcake|
|Ending theme||Straw Buh-buh-buh-buh-berry Shortcake (Instrumental)|
|Composer(s)||Andy Street, Judy Rothman Rofe, Nick Brown, Sandy Powell|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||44|
|Executive producer(s)||Andy Heyward
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||American Greetings
|Distributor||20th Century Fox Television|
First-run syndication (2003–2006)
|Picture format||NTSC 480i|
|Audio format||Stereo sound|
|Original release||March 11, 2003– September 11, 2008|
|Followed by||Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures|
Strawberry Shortcake is an American animated series produced by DIC Entertainment. As of July 2009, there are 44 episodes (including 4 two-part episodes), plus one short and one movie. None of the voice actors from the 1980s animated specials returned to reprise their roles, instead opting for younger and/or lesser known actors.
20th Century Fox began releasing the series direct-to-video beginning in March 2003. The first few episodes were released on both DVD and VHS, and bundled with certain toys; later episodes are DVD-only. They are also available on VideoCD through various fourth party licensees in South-East Asia and in certain other markets. The series can also be seen on select TV outlets worldwide (most notably Disney Channel Asia and Tiny Pop UK), as well as on the KEWLopolis time slot on CBS in the US since September 2007 (prior to that, they were aired on select syndicated TV channels, most notably on The CW affiliates in certain areas in the US).
The first four videos contain only one story but run for twice the length of subsequent episodes. In the North American TV markets these four episodes are broadcast as edited 30 minute versions. In international markets, however, these are broadcast as two-parters, doubling the episode count to eight. Subsequent videos in the series have two 22-minute episodes per disc.
In certain markets, the episodes are presented individually on the TV broadcasts but appear on the DVDs as "compilations" in which Strawberry recounts the featured adventures using her "remembering book". This is especially true for the fifth DVD onwards that is released in the North American, European and Australian market. The same market also presents the first four DVDs as expanded versions of the TV broadcasts (e.g., in the US and Canada, where the TV airings of the first four episodes of Strawberry Shortcake are known to be edited for time instead of being split into a two-parter). Other markets present the DVD releases as an uninterrupted version in the case where the TV episode is aired unedited as a two-parter (as aired in certain markets worldwide - particularly the Asian market. Disney Channel Asia airs the first four episodes as two parters.), while the subsequent episodes are presented as separate stories as seen on TV sans ads. As of July 2009, 20 volumes (plus one volume for the movie) have been released.
Shorts and PSAs
A five-minute Strawberry Shortcake short, "Growing Better All the Time", is available exclusively in the Care Bears: Daydreams DVD (released October 14, 2003) as a bonus feature. Numerous scenes from the short were used in the 2000s (decade) series' second opening sequence, and the song from the short was released on the "Strawberry Jams" CD.
- Sarah Heinke as Strawberry Shortcake
- Rachel Ware as Angel Cake
- Sarah Kolosky/Anna Jordan as Custard the Cat
- Samantha Triba as Ginger Snap
- Daniel Canfield/James Street as Huckleberry Pie
- Dejare Barfield as Orange Blossom
- Nils Haaland as Pupcake, additional pet sounds
- Pam Carter as Sea Beast
- Susan Collins as Papaya Parrot
- Melissa Deni as Coco Calypso
- Laura Grimm as Rainbow Sherbet
- Bianca Heyward as Blueberry Muffin
- Hannah Koslosky as Honey Pie Pony
- Katie Labosky as Apple Dumplin'
- Abbey Leib as Seaberry Delight
- Rebecca Noddle as Peppermint Fizz
This is a list of all the episodes released to date, including placeholders for episodes known to exist but whose title is as of the moment unknown (i.e. the title is not shown on the start of the program). Also, it should be noted that some episodes are released under different names in different regions. This will be listed down as alternative titles if available. The episodes are classified as E/I - educational content - in the US.
Throughout the series, the theme song has been changed a total of three times, the voice of Custard the Cat was changed from Sarah Koslosky to Anna Jordan and the voice of Huckleberry Pie was changed to Daniel Canfield from James Street due to the latter's death in a skateboard accident. In most cases, the word "very" in the show is pronounced as "berry", but this rule is not always followed.
Beginning of Year 4 episode Big Country Fun, the artwork style of the characters was changed. The design style of the artwork leaves an impression that the characters have aged into teenagers. This illusion of the aging of the characters was further backed by the fact that Strawberry Shortcake was seen applying for a job and later driving a car in Big Country Fun. Honey Pie and the other fillies were relegated to the role of background characters, with the character of Honey Pie Pony not having spoken since the Meet Apricot/Let's Dance episode. She was implied to have moved to Ice Cream Island permanently in the book The Friendship Trip, which featured the Year 4 characters, logically explaining why she appeared less in the series for the season.
|1/2||Meet Strawberry Shortcake||1||3/11/2003||45 minutes length, broadcast version either edited to 22 minutes, or presented as a two-parter.|
|3/4||Spring for Strawberry Shortcake||1||3/11/2003||45 minutes length, broadcast version either edited to 22 minutes, or presented as a two-parter.|
|5/6||Get Well Adventure||1||9/5/2003||45 minutes length, broadcast version either edited to 22 minutes, or presented as a two-parter. Released in the UK as Horse Tales.|
|7/8||Berry Merry Christmas||1||9/5/2003||45 minutes length, broadcast version either edited to 22 minutes, or presented as a two-parter.|
|P1||Growing Better All the Time||1/2||10/14/2003||5 minute promo released with the Care Bears: Daydreams DVD. Appears to be produced sometime between season 1/2 as the song from the promo appears on the first CD, Strawberry Jams, while scenes from the promo was used in the opening credits of the Second series of the show.|
|9||Horse of a Different Color||2||8/31/2004||New opening sequence from previous 4/8 episodes, shorter credit sequence. The voice of Custard the Cat has changed from Sarah Koslosky to Anna Jordan for the rest of the series.|
|10||Festival of the Fillies||2||8/31/2004|
|11||Here Comes Pupcake||2||8/31/2004|
|12||Peppermint’s Pet Peeve||2||8/31/2004|
|13||The Mystery of Seaberry Shore||2||2/15/2005|
|14||Legend of the Lost Treasure||2||2/15/2005|
|15||Angel Cake in the Outfield||2||2/15/2005|
|16||Win Some, Lose Some||2||2/15/2005|
|17||Ginger Snap’s No-Light Night of Fright||2||8/30/2005|
|18||The Blueberry Beast||2||8/30/2005|
|19||The Play’s the Thing||2||10/18/2005|
|20||The Costume Party||2||10/18/2005|
|21||The Friendship Club||3||2/7/2006||New opening sequence from previous episodes, credit sequence no longer includes a thumbnail version of the opening theme sequence.|
|22||A Festival of Friends||3||2/7/2006|
|23||When the Berry Fairy Came to Stay||3||8/22/2006|
|24||The Legend of Sherry Bobbleberry||3||8/22/2006|
|25||Baby Takes the Cake||3||11/14/2006|
|26||Piece of Cake||3||11/14/2006|
|27||Mind Your Manners||3||5/1/2007|
|28||Queen for a Day||3||5/1/2007|
|29||Everybody Dance||3, released as 4||10/2/2007||Released as part of Season 4. The voice of Huckleberry Pie is changed from James Street to Daniel Canfield for the remainder of the series.|
|30||Let's Dance||3, released as 4||10/2/2007||Released as part of Season 4.|
|31||It Takes Talent||4||1/7/2008||Aired on Disney Channel Asia on the same date. It was released in cinemas in the U.S. under the collective title Rockaberry Roll with "Playing to Beat the Band" in October 2008. Beginning with this episode, the series features yet another opening theme sequence change, the fourth opening theme since the series' beginning in 2003 (which can be seen in the Big Country Fun DVD). However it received an advance release on DVD on August 12, 2008.|
|32||Playing to Beat the Band||4||1/8/2008||Aired on Disney Channel Asia on the same date. It was released in cinemas in the U.S. under the collective title Rockaberry Roll with "It Takes Talent" in October 2008. However it received an advance release on DVD on August 12, 2008.|
|33||Strawberry's Big Journey||4||3/14/2008||Aired on Disney Channel Asia on the same date. The DVD compilation containing this episode, Berry Big Journeys, was released in the US on March 31, 2009, having been available in South Africa since 2008.|
|34||Around the Berry Big World||4||4/30/2008||Aired on Disney Channel Asia on the same date. The DVD compilation containing this episode, Berry Big Journeys, was released in the US on March 31, 2009, having been available in South Africa since 2008. This episode is a loose adaptation of, and directly references the classic novel Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.|
|35||Back in the Saddle||4||3/4/2008||Released on the DVD Big Country Fun|
|36||Down on the Farm||4||3/4/2008||Released on the DVD Big Country Fun|
|37||One Small Step||4||5/1/2008||Aired on Disney Channel Asia on the same date. The DVD compilation containing this episode, Growing Up Dreams, was released in the US on August 30, 2011, having been available in South Africa since 2008.|
|38||The Good Mayor||4||5/2/2008||Aired on Disney Channel Asia on the same date. The DVD compilation containing this episode, Growing Up Dreams, was released in the US on August 30, 2011, having been available in South Africa since 2008.|
|39||Toto's Tale||4||9/6/2008||Aired on Playhouse Disney Channel Asia on the said date, although it has aired on UK children's TV channel Tiny Pop a month earlier. The DVD compilation containing this episode, Berry Brick Road, was released in the US on October 6, 2012, having been available in South Africa since 2008. Pupcake speaks in this episode. In both this episode and the episode after this, Where the Gem Berries Glow, Sour Grapes (as Gladys, the Wicked Witch) appears without the Purple Pieman. A slightly aged version of Plum Puddin' portrays the role of Glinda, the Good Witch.|
|40||Where the Gem Berries Glow||4||9/7/2008||Aired on Playhouse Disney Channel Asia on the said date, although it has aired on UK children's TV channel Tiny Pop a month earlier. The DVD compilation containing this episode, Berry Brick Road, was released in the US on October 6, 2012, having been available in South Africa since 2008. In both this episode and the episode prior to this, Toto's Tale, Sour Grapes (as Gladys, the Wicked Witch) appears without the Purple Pieman. A slightly aged version of Plum Puddin' portrays the role of Glinda, the Good Witch. Both this episode and Toto's Tale were loosely inspired by the classic book The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.|
|41||Sleeping Beauty||4||9/8/2008||Aired on Playhouse Disney Channel Asia on the said date, although it has aired on UK children's TV channel Tiny Pop a month earlier. The DVD compilation containing this episode, Happily Ever After, was released in the US on February 3, 2009, having been available in South Africa since 2008.|
|42||A Princess Named Rap||4||9/9/2008||Aired on Playhouse Disney Channel Asia on the said date, although it has aired on UK children's TV channel Tiny Pop a month earlier. The DVD compilation containing this episode, Happily Ever After, was released in the US on February 3, 2009, having been available in South Africa since 2008. This episode is based on the classic fairy tale Rapunzel (the "Rap" in the title referring to the title character).|
|43||Hooray for Berrywood!||4||9/10/2008||Aired on Playhouse Disney Channel Asia on the said date, although it has aired on UK children's TV channel Tiny Pop a month earlier. The DVD compilation containing this episode, Berrywood Here We Come, was released in the US on August 31, 2010, having been available in South Africa since 2008. This episode reintroduces Lime Chiffon, but is referred to here as "Lime Light" (a pun on the showbiz term "limelight").|
|44||Lights... Camera...||4||9/11/2008||Aired on Playhouse Disney Channel Asia on the said date, although it has aired on UK children's TV channel Tiny Pop a month earlier. The DVD compilation containing this episode, Berrywood Here We Come, was released in the US on August 31, 2010, having been available in South Africa since 2008. Broadcast order-wise, "Lights... Camera..." is the finale of the 2003 series. It features the reformation of the Purple Pieman and thus seals the reformation of his loyal sister, Sour Grapes.|
Below are a list of videos released to date. In the US, up until World of Friends, the videos were released on both VHS and DVD. However, subsequent video releases after World of Friends were DVD only.
These videos are released on DVD by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
|#||Video (VHS/DVD/VCD)||Release Date||Stories||Notes|
|1||Meet Strawberry Shortcake||March 11, 2003||Meet Strawberry Shortcake||45-minute story|
|2||Spring for Strawberry Shortcake||March 11, 2003||Spring for Strawberry Shortcake||45-minute story|
|3||Berry Merry Christmas||August 15, 2003||Berry Merry Christmas||45-minute story|
|4||Get Well Adventure||August 15, 2003||Get Well Adventure||45-minute story, released in the UK as Horse Tales.|
|5||Adventures on Ice Cream Island||August 31, 2004||Horse of a Different Color
Festival of the Fillies
|Villains: Licorice Whip and Raven|
|6||Best Pets Yet||May 5, 2004||Here Comes Pupcake
Peppermint's Pet Peeve
|Villains: Peppermint Fizz and Cola|
|7||Seaberry Beach Party||February 15, 2005||The Mystery of Seaberry Shore
Legend of the Hidden Treasure
|8||Play Day Surprise||February 15, 2005||Angel Cake in the Outfield
Win Some, Lose Some
|Villains: Peppermint Fizz and Cola|
|9||Moonlight Mysteries||August 30, 2005||Ginger Snap's No-Light Night of Fright
The Blueberry Beast
|10||Dress-up Days||October 18, 2005||The Play's the Thing
The Costume Party
|11||World of Friends||February 7, 2006||The Friendship Club
A Festival for Friends
|12||Berry Fairy Tales||August 22, 2006||When the Berry Fairy Came to Stay
The Legend of Sherry Bobbleberry
|13||Cooking Up Fun||November 14, 2006||Baby Takes the Cake
Piece of Cake
|14||The Sweet Dreams Movie||February 6, 2007||The Sweet Dreams Movie||Villains: The Purple Pieman and Sour Grapes|
|15||Berry Blossom Festival||May 1, 2007||Mind Your Manners
Queen for a Day
|Like the theatrical release of The Sweet Dreams Movie before it, this was shown at select cineplexes across the US (in April '07) prior to its DVD release. It was released in VideoCD format in Singapore and Malaysia in late April, but not in cinemas.
The Purple Pieman and Sour Grapes appear only in the episode "Queen for a Day", while Raspberry Torte is featured in a Peppermint Fizz like role in "Mind Your Manners".
|16||Let's Dance||October 2, 2007||Dancin' in Disguise
|Like Berry Blossom Festival before it, this was screened at select cineplexes across the US one month (September 2007) prior to the DVD release. It was then released on October 2, 2007.
"Everybody Dance", also known as "Dancin' in Disguise" or "Dance, and Know the Steps", features Sour Grapes reforming from her role as villain. Presumably out of having a loyal nature, she remains her brother's partner in crime for episodes to come. However, it can be argued that she clearly had a greater conscience and desire to do right throughout the remainder of this series, despite her so-called reversion. Let's Dance is also called Everybody's Dancin'.
|17||Big Country Fun||April 4, 2008||Back on the Saddle
Down on the Farm
|Beginning with this release, the characters are now aged into teenagers, with their "All-New Look", to be more consistent with that of the current official artwork by American Greetings, as well as the "World of Friends" toyline by Playmates Toys.|
|18||Rockaberry Roll||July 2, 2008||It Takes Talent
Playing to Beat the Band
|Announced to be released to cinemas by October 2008. It received an advance DVD release on August 12, 2008. Prior to the announcement of the official title of the movie/DVD, many fans who have seen Disney Channel Asia's airing of the episodes have taken to calling the DVD Berry Blossom Festival II due to the said festival being mentioned in the series. Some fans still addresses the pair under the fan-coined title despite the official announcement.|
|19||Happily Ever After||February 3, 2009||Sleeping Beauty
A Princess Named Rap
|Title has already been released in South Africa and episodes apparently already aired in the UK, and was released in the US on February 3, 2009.
|20||Berry Big Journeys||March 31, 2009||Strawberry's Big Journey
Around the Berry Big World
|Announced to be an upcoming DVD released by Koch Records, music is already available on the Let's Dance CD. The release date for the DVD in the US was March 31, 2009, and it was already released in South Africa. Both parts of the DVD have already aired on Disney Channel Asia.|
|21||Berrywood, Here We Come!||August 31, 2010||Hooray for Berrywood!
|Title has already been released in South Africa and episodes apparently already aired in the UK. It was released in the US on August 31, 2010.
"Hooray for Berrywood" features the reintroduction of Lime Chiffon, now named Lime Light.
|22||Growing Up Dreams||August 30, 2011||The Good Mayor
One Small Step
|Title has already been released in South Africa, and was released in the US on August 30, 2011. Both parts have already aired on Disney Channel Asia.|
|23||Berry Brick Road||March 6, 2012||Toto's Tale
Where the Gem Berries Glow
|Title has already been released in South Africa and episodes apparently already aired in the UK. Finally released in the US on March 6, 2012.|
Game Boy Advance Video
Majesco has also released Strawberry Shortcake episodes as a Game Boy Advance Video cartridge:
- Strawberry Shortcake Volume 1
- Meet Strawberry Shortcake
- Spring for Strawberry Shortcake
- Note: The episodes released on Game Boy Advance Video are the 22-minute edited broadcast version of the episodes (some markets show these episodes as a two-parter without cutting off scenes instead), unlike the video versions which are 45 minutes in length each. Presumably this decision was made to keep the costs of producing the cartridges down (as the need for higher density memory chips would drive the cost of the cartridge up). As a result, two songs and a significant number of scenes from "Meet Strawberry Shortcake", as well as two songs and half of the scenes from "Spring for Strawberry Shortcake" were missing from the GBA Video release if compared to the other videos. Also notable is that the song Friendship Grows Like a Flower was shortened.
- 44 episodes released to date on various TV networks worldwide + 1 promotional 5-minute short episode.
- James Street at Find a Grave
- Megan E. Bryant (Author), Laura Thomas (Illustrator); The Friendship Club Book #3: The Friendship Trip; Grosset and Dunlap; 2007; ISBN 0-448-44557-3
- The internal season counting method used by DiC, Fox and affiliated licensees. Apparently the seasons are identified by the different opening theme sequences
- "Take 2 South Africa online store catalog". Archived from the original on 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
- "Koch Records' page for the Let's Dance Music CD". Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2016-08-10.