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Strawberry Shortcake: Housewarming Surprise

Strawberry Shortcake: Housewarming Surprise is an animated television special from 1983, produced by Nelvana. This is the fourth to feature the American Greetings character, Strawberry Shortcake.

Strawberry Shortcake: Housewarming Surprise
Written byPeter Sauder
Directed byRaymond Jafelice[1]
Animation director:
Gian Celestri[1][2]
StarringRussi Taylor
Chris Wiggins
Theme music composerPatricia Cullen
Songs composed by:
John Sebastian
Performed by:
John Sebastian[1][2]
Phil Galdston[1][2]
Bill Keith[1][2]
Ben Sebastian[1][2]
Sharon McQueen[1][2]
Produced by:
Phil Galdston[1]
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Michael Hirsh
Patrick Loubert
Clive A. Smith
Editor(s)Scott LaBarge[1]
Rob Kirkpatrick[1]
Tom Jorrin[1]
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)MAD Productions[1][2]
Nelvana Limited[1][2]
Those Characters from Cleveland (uncredited)[1][2]
DistributorLBS Communications (TV, 1983)[2]
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseUnited States:
March 31, 1983 (New York City)[3]
April 1, 1983 (Los Angeles, California)[2]
Preceded byStrawberry Shortcake: Pets on Parade (1982)
Followed byStrawberry Shortcake and the Baby Without a Name (1984)



Strawberry Shortcake: Housewarming Surprise chronicles Strawberry Shortcake's move into a new house. Her friends, including several new ones she met on a recent "around the world" vacation come to visit her. The villains attempt to ruin the fun by stealing all the recipes Strawberry's international friends bring with them.


Name Character Source
Russi Taylor Strawberry Shortcake [2]
Robert Ridgely Peculiar Purple Pieman
Jack Blum Captain Cackle / Additional voices
Melleny Brown Lime Chiffron
Jeri Craden Sour Grapes
Jeannie Elias Huckleberry Pie / Parfait / Lem
Susan Roman Blueberry Muffin / Crepe Suzette / Ada
Chris Wiggins Mr. Sun / Narrator


Housewarming Surprise was the first Strawberry Shortcake special produced by Nelvana, the previous three having been produced by Romeo Muller, Robert L. Rosen, and Fred Wolf.[citation needed] Bernard Loomis and Carole MacGillvray served as executive producers.[1][2]


The special premiered on March 31, 1983 on WCBS-TV in New York City,[3] and on April 1 on KTLA in Los Angeles.[2] It was subsequently released on VHS by Family Home Entertainment in early 1984.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Hirsh, Michael; Loubert, Patrick; Smith, Clive A. (directors); Sauder, Peter (writer) (April 1, 1983). "Strawberry Shortcake: Housewarming Surprise". Syndication. Missing or empty |series= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Woolery, George W. (1989). "Strawberry Shortcake's Housewarming Surprise". Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962–1987. Scarecrow Press. pp. 403–404. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2.
  3. ^ a b "Television Listings: Thursday/March 31". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. March 27, 1983. p. G10.

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