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Strawberry Shortcake: The Sweet Dreams Movie is a 2006 American computer-animated film produced by DIC Entertainment, and released theatrically in select cities on October 7, 2006 by Kidtoon Films. It is the first feature-length film to feature the title character, and also includes the first appearance of the villain, the Purple Pie Man, since Nelvana's Strawberry Shortcake specials from more than twenty years ago.

Plot

Strawberry Shortcake is dreaming of a world filled with berry plants that she and her friends can share. But when the Peculiar Pie Man comes to Strawberryland and plots to take over the place, her dreams and friendships begin dying, leading to a crop whose stock has been devoured by "Berry Birds". After arranging a sleepover with her friends, Strawberry and the rest travel to the Land of Dreams on a Dreamboat that Ginger Snap has built, in order to stop the Pie Man from taking over their residence.

Release

The Sweet Dreams Movie received its world premiere at Omaha’s Rose Theater for the Performing Arts. American Greetings, DiC, the local Children’s Hospital (where it was also screened) and Radio Disney sponsored the event. Special showings of the film took place at Cleveland’s Toonaloo event on October 1, at the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival on October 8, and at the Avalon Theatre in Washington, D.C. on January 27, 2007.

In spite of its theatrical release, the The Sweet Dreams Movie was largely considered as a direct-to-video feature, according to animation expert Jerry Beck on his Cartoon Research site.

The Sweet Dreams Movie debuted on DVD in North America on February 6, 2007, courtesy of Fox Home Entertainment. Although there are no special features on the disc itself every copy includes a special package of organic strawberry seeds.

The movie has its first known international appearance when Disney Channel Asia picked it up for its "The Wonderful World of Disney" movie slot in March 2007. Disney Channel Asia has since repeated screenings of the movie several times. However, the movie was not released onto VideoCDs in the Asian region until December 2007, well over 10 months after the February 2007 North American DVD release and over a year after its US theatrical début.

Merchandise

Tie-in books based on the film were published by Grosset & Dunlap, all of which contain actual stills from the production. They are The Sweet Dreams Movie Storybook by Megan E. Bryant, Dream Big! by Sierra Harimann, and a sticker book entitled A Berry Big Adventure, edited by Molly Kempf.

A soundtrack album was also released by Koch Records. Nine songs were featured on the album, including "Sweet Dreams" and "All It Takes". Additionally, two songs unrelated to the movie, "You’re my Berry Best Friend" (from the regular episode Peppermint's Pet Peeve) and "Tell Me A Story" (A bonus music video from the Adventures in Ice-cream Island DVD), was included.

In addition, the video game Strawberry Shortcake: The Sweet Dreams Game was released by Majesco Entertainment for the PlayStation 2 and the Game Boy Advance, the latter of which also featured stills from the film. A port of the game for Microsoft Windows was announced, but unreleased.

Cast

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