Wednesday, February 20 2013 00:24

Review: Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures - Season 3 Premiere

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Thirty years out from the 1980s and everything old is new again. I honestly never thought I'd be sitting here as a parent introducing my children to the same things that I enjoyed as a kid, but flip on The Hub and there they are: CARE BEARS, MY LITTLE PONY, POUND PUPPIES, G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS... the Saturday Morning staples, rebooted and enhanced to modern specifications with new stories for a new generation. And then you have STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, a character relaunched a few times, and doing great as the third season of STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE'S BERRY BITTY ADVENTURES is set to premiere this Saturday (2/23) with back-to-back episodes at 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. ET (encores Mondays, 11:30 a.m. ET).

huck pieWith the new season comes the arrival of "the new boy in town," as Huckleberry Pie rolls into Berry Bitty City for the very first time. When I last saw Huckleberry, he was a little country bumpkin' with a straw hat and overalls. In fact, I still remember the distinct smell of the little non-moving "Strawberryland Miniatures" figurine from the old KENNER division of HASBRO (pictured left). My sister had quite a few of those little figures, as well as the bigger, poseable dolls. In 2013, Huckleberry Pie is a pretty clean-cut young lad, updated with a t-shirt, khakis, skate shoes, and a very Justin Bieber-eque shag hairstyle. 
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When Huckleberry arrives in "A Boy And His Dogs," he's having trouble with his van on the outskirts of town (we'll later learn he has a habit of this) and it's up to Strawberry and her friends to lend a helping hand to he and his canine friends.
The good-hearted youngster has hopes for setting up a shelter/home for dogs, but in the meantime he's placing pups with worthy companions. While he tries hard to fit in (sort of a reverse "Smurfette situation" - the only male in a city of girls) by being completely agreeable with everything, Huck learns to simply be himself after bonding with Blueberry Muffin over a love of mystery tales.
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In "Partners in Crime," Huck and Blueberry take part in a fiction-writing contest, but when Blue discounts some of Huck's ideas, he turns to songwriting, penning a tune with local rockstar Cherry Jam instead.
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Soon, it's Blueberry that's trying to change herself into a more "Cherry" form through clothes, hair, and music - but learning guitar is something that you just can't do in a day.

483411 422719951139470 1859942798 nStrawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures is a fun show that we've watched quite a bit. My oldest (Addie) loves it, and it captures her attention quite well. The CG animation is vibrant and colorful, and being The Rock Father, I appreciate the fact that Strawberry Shortcake and the girls rock out as a band from time-to-time. It was a pleasant surprise when UPS dropped of a scented, strawberry-shaped package here at Rock Father HQ last week containing this sneak-peek, and since then it's already been played twice. We watched it as a family over the weekend, and just last night I played it after the girls were already off to bed. I was washing dishes (baby bottles, mainly) but wanted a more "focused" viewing before sharing some thoughts with all of you.

Our DVR is set for more Berry Bitty Goodness as Season 3 gets rolling.

For more: Check out the official Strawberry Shortcake site on The Hub

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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