Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City

This article is about a television special. For the nickname of New York City, see Big Apple.
Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City
Written by Romeo Muller
Directed by Hal Silvermintz
Starring Romeo Muller
Russi Taylor
Robert Ridgely
Theme music composer Mark Volman
Howard Kaylan
Performed by:
Flo & Eddie
Romeo Muller
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Buzz Potamkin
Romeo Muller
Editor(s) Neil Lawrence[1]
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Muller/Rosen[1]
Perpetual Motion Pictures[2]
RLR Associates (uncredited)[1][2]
Those Characters from Cleveland (uncredited)[1][2]
Distributor Lexington Broadcast Services Company (TV, 1981)[3]
Sunbow Productions (TV, 1987)[2]
Allumination FilmWorks (DVD, 2007)[4]
Paramount Pictures (DVD, 2015)
Original network Syndication
Original release April 10, 1981[5]
Preceded by The World of Strawberry Shortcake (1980)
Followed by Strawberry Shortcake: Pets on Parade (1982)

Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City is a 1981 animated television special written by Romeo Muller, produced by Muller and Buzz Potamkin, and directed by Hal Silvermintz. This is the second special to feature the American Greetings character, Strawberry Shortcake.


Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City chronicles Strawberry Shortcake's trip to Big Apple City (an obvious parallel to New York City, also known as the "Big Apple"), so she can compete in a baking contest at "the little theater off Times Pear" (referencing Times Square). Strawberry's journey, however, is in jeopardy due to the constant interference of the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak, who is her only competition in the bake-off. The Pieman counts on his kohlrabi cookies and a little trickery to beat Strawberry and her famous shortcake. A "Spinach Village" is also mentioned, a reference to Greenwich Village.


Name Character Source
Russi Taylor Strawberry Shortcake [2]
Robert Ridgely Peculiar Purple Pieman
Diane McCannon Orange Blossom
Bob Holt Coco Nutwork
Romeo Muller Mr. Sun / Narrator
Julie McWhirter Additional voices
Joan Gerber Blueberry Muffin / Apple Dumplin' / Apricot


Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City was the second television special sponsored by the Kenner toy company, then owned by General Mills.[5] The special marked the debut of characters such as T.N. Honey, Lemon Meringue and Horse Radish.[5] It premiered on April 10, 1981 on 101 U.S. stations, among them WPIX in New York City[5] and KTLA in Los Angeles.[2]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 Silvermintz, Hal (director); Muller, Romeo (writer) (April 10, 1981). "Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City". Syndication. Missing or empty |series= (help)
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Woolery, George W. (1989). "Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City". Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962–1987. Scarecrow Press. pp. 399–401. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2.
  3. 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);
  4. Mavis, Paul (March 16, 2007). "DVD Video Reviews - Strawberry Shortcake: The World of Strawberry Shortcake & Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City". DVD Talk. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
  5. 1 2 3 4 Salmans, Sandra (April 5, 1981). "When Merchandisers Guide the Animator's Hand". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. p. 27 (Section 2). Retrieved September 6, 2010. (subscription required (help)).
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