List of 1980s Strawberry Shortcake television specials

In the early 1980s, there were six animated television specials produced featuring Strawberry Shortcake and related characters.

Strawberry Shortcake
GenreAnimation
Based oncharacters created by
by Those Characters From Cleveland, a division of American Greetings
Written byRomeo Muller
Voices of
Narrated by
Theme music composer
Opening themeVarious
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada (4-6)
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Romeo Muller
  • Robert L. Rosen
Running time22 minutes each
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkBroadcast syndication
Picture formatNTSC
Audio formatMono
Original release1980 –
1985
Chronology
Related showsStrawberry Shortcake (2003 TV series)

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] this was later re-released on February 10, 2015 by Paramount Home Media Distribution.[3]

SpecialsEdit

Title Air date
The World of Strawberry Shortcake March 28, 1980[4]:458–459
Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City April 10, 1981[4]:399–401
Strawberry Shortcake: Pets on Parade April 9, 1982[4]:402–403
Strawberry Shortcake: Housewarming Surprise March 31, 1983 (New York City)[5]
April 1, 1983 (Los Angeles, California)[4]:403–404
Strawberry Shortcake and the Baby Without a Name March 24, 1984 (New York City)[6]
March 30, 1984 (Los Angeles, California)[4]:398–399
Strawberry Shortcake Meets the Berrykins March 29, 1985[4]:401–402[nb 1]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Theatrically released in the U.S. with The Care Bears Movie.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  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 Missing or empty |title= (help)
  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. ^ TCM.com https://shop.tcm.com/strawberry-shortcake-double-feature/032429214423. Retrieved August 15, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Television Listings: Thursday/March 31". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. March 27, 1983. p. G10.
  6. ^ "TV Programs Today". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. March 24, 1984. p. 47.
  7. ^ 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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