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The Care Bears Movie (1985)

The Care Bears watch over a young brother and sister who have lost their trust in humanity. Meanwhile an evil wizard wishes to cover the Earth in concrete.

Director:

Arna Selznick

Writer:

Peter Sauder (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rooney ... Mr. Cherrywood (voice)
Jackie Burroughs ... The Spirit (voice)
Georgia Engel ... Love-a-Lot Bear (voice)
Sunny Besen Thrasher ... Jason (voice)
Eva Almos Eva Almos ... Friend Bear / Swift Heart Rabbit (voice)
Patricia Black Patricia Black ... Funshine Bear / Share Bear (voice) (as Patrice Black)
Melleny Melody ... Cheer Bear / Baby Tugs Bear (voice) (as Melleny Brown)
Bob Dermer Bob Dermer ... Grumpy Bear (voice) (as Bobby Dermer)
Jayne Eastwood ... Birthday Bear (voice)
Eve Evans Eve Evans ... Secret Bear / Champ Bear (voice) (as Anni Evans)
Gloria Figura Gloria Figura ... Bedtime Bear (voice)
Cree Summer ... Kim (voice) (as Cree Summer Francks)
Brian George ... Mr. Fetuccini (voice)
Janet-Laine Green ... Wish Bear (voice)
Luba Goy ... Lotsa Heart Elephant / Gentle Heart Lamb (voice)
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Storyline

The Care Bears live in a country high in the clouds, where they have a lot of fun together. But they also do care for the human children on Earth, who they watch through huge telescopes from the sky, and come to help whenever there is need. Nikolas, a magician's apprentice, is in danger of getting under the influence of a bad spirit, which resides in an ancient spell book. The siblings Kim and Jason don't trust anyone anymore after being disappointed once too often. The Care Bears take them into their wonderland where they experience exciting and dangerous adventures together and quickly become good friends. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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A movie that'll make the whole family care-a-lot. See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

'Weird Al' Yankovic mentions this film in his original song, "You Make Me", which is a track on his 1988 album, "Even Worse". See more »

Goofs

During the "Care Bear Family" song, when everyone is walking up the ramp, the outside is dark and cloudy, which it shouldn't be anymore since Grumpy Bear and Good Luck Bear fixed the rainbow beamer. See more »

Quotes

Nicholas: There. The spell is cast. Now, everyone in town will know the loneliness they've made me feel.
The Spirit: Not quite. Look. These two children still care very much about everyone... except you.
Nicholas: But they were to fall under my spell.
The Spirit: Ah, but those soft little bears shield them from your spell with their... love and caring.
Nicholas: Ah, let them go. I'm even now.
The Spirit: Are you? What about all the others?
Nicholas: Others?
The Spirit: All the others that you have not yet cast your spells on. All the others that still care.
Nicholas: I've gotten even with the whole...
[...]
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Connections

Followed by Care Bears (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Look Out! He's After You!
by David Bird and Walt Woodward
Additional Lyrics by Ken Stephenson
Sung by David Bird, Becky Goldstein, Susan Kross, Anne Marie Prunty, and Christine Seibert
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I always hated the Care Bears... until now.
19 April 2002 | by San FranciscanSee all my reviews

I always hated the Care Bears.

The reason why is simple. Let's face it: The Kenner Company itself admitted that the movies and TV episodes were designed to sell the toys of the same name, a nauseating trend that eventually bored kids to death by the end of the eighties. And I immediately hated anything that was so crass as to be merely an animated advertisement because it was pointing to a very uncertain future for the industry as a whole at the time.

I was in my teens when the Care Bears were unleashed, and even with my reputation for creating cartoon animal characters I couldn't stand them and simply ignored them with every chance I got. The toys were EVERYWHERE and unavoidable, the TV show seemed to always be on in whatever store you went into and Kenner made a fortune. Trendy overload!

I don't know exactly when the craze stopped...probably around the time the decade ended, I guess... and I forgot all about them until my little foster sister recently told me about how much she loved the Care Bears when she was a toddler, and would I like to watch this movie with her?

I watched partially because I knew she wanted to share something special with me, but also because I was surprised to discover that this movie was animated by one of my all-time favourite studios, the award-winning Nelvana company up in Canada.

And now, guess what?

Now that the toys are all long gone (with the exception of being available online for collectors) and the merchandise is no longer being shoved down your throat until you want to scream, now that the trendiness has evaporated, and the movie has been long since stripped of any possibilities of being an advertisement for anything commercial at all... a film that once was the epitome of "commercial sellout" and "unoriginal trendy tripe" has now aged surprisingly well, and manages to stand on its own as a genuinely charming children's offering.

And I never thought I'd ever be defending "Care Bears" anything.

But what once seemed like pop shlock trash now feels genuinely charged with lighthearted spirits, a childlike-wonder innocence and well-meant passion. The animation here, simply put, is gorgeous. But then, Nelvana has always had a rich tradition of adding top quality to whatever they set their minds to. Even more surprising, the songs are provided by Carole King and John Sebastian (both who now seem like perfectly logical and touching choices to musically illustrate this morality tale).

It actually managed to get me misty-eyed and even on the verge of a tear, especially since it now serves as a reminder of how much innocence has been lost in the animation industry since the 80s. Back then, animation was seen in the United States as kiddie fluff, and so no one except the artists who loved the medium took it seriously. But in the 90s, we got a vicious backlash as a whole crowd of new animators--all sick and tired of being mocked for being cartoonists while growing up--unleashed upon the world a torrent of the ugliest, most thoroughly vicious and vile animation until the situation completely reversed itself, and suddenly animation is now seen as too "adult" for its own good. Things like this simply never get made anymore.

So in the real world, much to my surprise, the Care Bears actually HAVE succeeded in doing what they were always claiming to be doing in their show--they've survived all this time and now they really ARE bringing a caring and sensitive Christian message to a world and especially an entire industry which has lost its innocence. Our world is becoming uglier and more jaded by the year. We desperately need films like this to show our children now as opposed to "South Park", "Beavis and Butthead" and "Ren & Stimpy".

One note I wish to make, though: if you decide to check out any other Care Bears videotapes, be sure they are done by Nelvana and are NOT the early attempts by DIC Enterprises (also sarcastically known as "Do It Cheap"). The DIC cartoons are horrid and just plain awful. But anything with the famous Canadian Nelvana label is guaranteed to be created by artists who--no pun intended--genuinely care.


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Novas Aventuras dos Ursinhos Carinhosos See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,725,001, 31 March 1985

Gross USA:

$22,934,622

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,934,622
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Stereo (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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