Childhood Remastered: Episode 64 – The Care Bears Movie

The Care Bears Movie was one of the very first examples of true Toyeticism. It was created directly from a toy line as a means of selling those toys. The Care Bears are widely known, but this movie seems to have been forgotten by most. However, is that fair? The movie is widely regarded as actually being pretty good, had a star studded cast, and even spawned several additional films, AND multiple television series due to it’s success. I guess the only thing left for us to do, is rewatch it and see if the movie still holds up!

An orphanage owner (Mickey Rooney) tells a story about the Care Bears, who live in a cloud-filled land called Care-a-Lot. Traveling across Earth, the Bears help two lonely children named Kim and Jason find new parents, and also save a young magician’s apprentice named Nicholas from an evil spirit’s influence. Deep within a place called the Forest of Feelings, Kim, Jason, and their friends soon meet another group of creatures, the Care Bear Cousins.

Highlights:

Care Bears, Nelvana, American Greetings, Canada, Special Olympics, Michael Hirsh, Patrick Loubert, Clive A. Smith, Star Wars Holiday Special, Peter Sauder, Arna Selznick, Patricia Cullen, Carole King, John Sebastian, NRBQ, Tower of Power, Harry Dean Stanton, Lou Adler, Mickey Rooney, Jayne Eastwood, Hadley Kay, Brian George, Cree Summer Francks, Melleny Melody, Luba Goy, Billie Mae Richards, Wang Film Productions, Hanho Heung-Up, Cuckoo’s Nest Studios, Pizza Hut, Rotten Tomatoes, Ish Kabibble, Rugrats

Links:

Wikipedia: The Care Bears Movie 1985 Wikipedia
IMDB: The Care Bears Movie 1985 IMDB
Theatrical trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqB6_Q-pBYA
Fan website: http://carebears.wikia.com/wiki/The_Care_Bears_Movie
Carol King Care A Lot song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij9Bjl2Gy1c

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