Strawberry Shortcake, c. 1980
3-cel master setup
Acrylic on acetate and gouache on paper
Collection of Trent Claus
Strawberry Shortcake began as a greeting card character, becoming a pop culture phenomenon after a series of animated television specials from 1980-1985. The specials focused on Strawberry Shortcake’s adventures with her friends while trying to avoid the plots of the villainous Purple Pieman. This 3-cel setup features Strawberry, her friends Lime Chiffon, Orange Blossom, and Apricot, her cat Custard, and her rabbit Hopsalot.