The Care Bears' Big Wish Movie

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The Care Bears' Big Wish Movie
Below either side of the tagline (at top),Funshine Bear and Good Luck Bear are sitting on clouds; at the bottom of the poster, Wish Bear hugs Twinklers. On the DVD cover for the film (at centre right), she waves to the camera while five others are floating in the background.
Promotional poster
Directed by Larry Jacobs
Ron Pitts
Produced by Cynthia Taylor
Written by Jeffrey Alan Schechter
Starring Stephanie Beard
Robert Tinkler
Julie Lemieux
Linda Ballantyne
Stephen Ouimette
Tracey Hoyt
Ron Rubin
Elizabeth Hanna
Music by Ian Thomas
Edited by Jason Cohen
Production
  company
Nelvana Limited
American Greetings
Distributed by Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Release date(s) October 18, 2005
Running time 75 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget US$3–5 million[1]

The Care Bears' Big Wish Movie is a 2005 children's animated feature film, produced by Nelvana Limited and released by Lions Gate Home Entertainment. Directed by Larry Jacobs and Ron Pitts, and written by Jeffrey Alan Schechter, the film is a follow-up to the Care Bears' previous efforts in 2004's Journey to Joke-a-lot. It was the fifth film to feature the Bears, and the second to be computer-animated.

The Big Wish Movie centres on Wish Bear, a Care Bear who can make and grant wishes. After some of them do not work, she feels worried that the other bears have overlooked her abilities, and wishes for a few new friends who care more than she does. Those three—Messy Bear, Me Bear and Too Loud Bear—cause further trouble for Wish Bear, her wishing star Twinkers, and all of Care-a-lot.

As with Journey to Joke-a-lot, Toronto's Nelvana produced and self-financed the Big Wish Movie; additional work was handled by India's Crest Animation Productions. Production involved various personnel from the previous film, among them Ron Pitts, composer Ian Thomas and various voice actors including Stephanie Beard, Stevie Vallance and Julie Lemieux. The Big Wish Movie was released on DVD by Lions Gate on October 18, 2005; prior to this, it premiered on U.S. and Canadian television, and was accompanied by a tie-in book from Scholastic Press. It subsequently received favourable reviews from Parenting magazine and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. This was Nelvana's final production with the Care Bears, before SD Entertainment of California assumed responsibility for future instalments in the franchise.

Plot[edit]

This movie starts when, atop the roof of an observatory at their cloud-filled home of Care-a-lot, the Care Bears hear Wish Bear's story of how she (as a Cub) found her new friend, a wishing star named Twinkers. The Care Bears are touched by this tale, but are a bit worried when she uses Twinkers' inherent power to wish them all some popcorn. Cheer Bear raises concern that this may be a frivolous use of Twinkers' power. Wish Bear, however, assures everyone that she is a trained professional.

The next day, Wish Bear uses the wishing power to help her friends. She wishes for plenty of rainbow sap for Share Bear, and for Grumpy Bear's rocket to have "zoom", but the wishes backfire when the sap overflows and the rocket spins out of control.

A monthly meeting of Care-a-lot's steering committee (with Champ Bear presiding) reveals a problem with the Caring Meter. The machine, which measures how much caring there is in Care-a-lot, has moved towards the raincloud side. Wish Bear suggests using her wishes, but is rejected since not all of them work as intended; they didn't like their wishes ("I Wish"). Disappointed, she decides to wish for other bears who like wishing as much as she does. This causes three new bears to arrive in Care-a-lot: Me Bear, Messy Bear, and Too Loud Bear.

Everyone is pleased to welcome the new neighbours at first, but things soon get out of control. The new bears unwittingly make a huge mess of everything (especially when the huge mansion they asked for causes pollution). Then, after a confrontation with them at a picnic ("Get a Lot") Wish Bear accidentally wishes Twinkers away to the new bears; they soon abuse the star's power with an amusement park focusing on Me Bear, a mud pie for Messy Bear, and a huge noisy motorcycle for Too Loud Bear. Once the new bears finally realise their problem, they try to fix it with more wishes, but to no avail—Care-a-lot becomes a blank white space (wishing that all of this was gone), the bears begin to glow in color (wishing for everything to be back how it was, but with more color), Grumpy Bear turns black and white (wishing for less color), and Messy Bear turns into Messy Cub (wishing for everything to be like it used to be). When they try to wish Twinkers back to Wish Bear, the star ultimately loses his power from exhaustion (because they had been pushing him much too hard). Wish Bear uses Grumpy Bear's rocket to bring him to the Big Wish, a grandmother star, in the sky. Big Wish restores his power, but not before Wish Bear assures her that she has learned her lesson, which is wishing is fun, but it is far more important to work hard to achieve your dreams.

Wish Bear tells them that wishes are not an effective solution any more, and everyone works together to make their home beautiful again ("It Takes You and Me"). In the end, Me Bear, Messy Bear, and Too Loud Bear, having seen the error of their ways, apologize and ask if they can still live in Care-a-lot. The rest of the bears agree, and decide to go on a road trip, and the movie ends.

Cast[edit]

Name Character Source
Stephanie Beard Wish Bear [2]
Stephen Ouimette Too Loud Bear
Tracey Hoyt Me Bear
Ron Rubin Messy Bear
Scott McCord Bedtime Bear
Linda Ballantyne Champ Bear
Sunday Muse Cheer Bear
Catherine Disher Friend Bear
Julie Lemieux Funshine Bear
Susan Roman Good Luck Bear
Robert Tinkler[nb 1] Grumpy Bear
Athena Karkanis Harmony Bear
Angela Maiorano Love-a-lot Bear
Stevie Vallance Share Bear
Andrew Sabiston Tenderheart Bear
Elizabeth Hanna[nb 2] Big Wish
Richard Binsley Twinkers

Production[edit]

As with 2004's Journey to Joke-a-lot, The Care Bears' Big Wish Movie was self-financed by the Nelvana studios in Toronto, Ontario.[1] The second computer-animated production with the Care Bears,[3] it is also the franchise's fifth feature instalment. Director Larry Jacobs had previously worked on another Nelvana venture, a public television series entitled Cyberchase.[1] Mike Fallows, the director of Joke-a-lot,[4] served as the supervising director.[2] The film featured various voices from Joke-a-lot, among them Stephanie Beard, Julie Lemieux, Stevie Vallance, Robert Tinkler, Andrew Sabiston and Scott McCord.[2][4] Animation was handled by Nelvana in Canada, and Crest Animation Productions in India.[2] Big Wish marked the last time Nelvana embarked on a Care Bears project; from 2006 onward, the California-based SD Entertainment was responsible for future animated fare with these characters, starting with Oopsy Does It! in 2007.[5]

Release[edit]

The Care Bears' Big Wish Movie first aired on Canadian television on October 3, 2005;[6] in the United States, it premiered on cable television's Disney Channel on October 17.[nb 3] The day after the U.S. premiere,[3] it became one of Lions Gate Home Entertainment's five direct-to-DVD "marquee" offerings for young viewers;[8][nb 4] restaurant chain Burger King served as the promotional partner.[3] Twice during 2005, Stephanie Beard (the voice of Wish Bear) promoted the film in the Toronto Star under the alias Suga Baybee;[9][10] in October, she proclaimed that it "is going to be a classic".[10] The film charted on Video Business' Top Kids Rentals list for January 23, 2006, where it ranked 20th.[11] On August 11, 2007, it placed seventh on Billboard's Top Kid DVD Sales chart.[12] Jeffrey Alan Schechter, the film's writer, was nominated for a Writers Guild of Canada Award.[13] The film is known under two French-language titles: À vos souhaits les Calinours ! (in Canada's Quebec province)[14] and De Nouveaux Arrivants chez les Bisounours (in France).[15]

Days before the release of the Big Wish Movie,[16] Scholastic Press published a Care Bears storybook based on the film; it was written by Sonia Sander and illustrated by Jay Johnson.[17] One scene in the book involves Wish Bear and the three new Bears grocery shopping; this does not appear in the film.[2][18] Later in the book, when Messy Bear wishes for everything to be like it used to be, it causes the Bears to travel back to the age of the dinosaurs; in the film, Twinkers just turns Messy Bear into Messy Cub.[2][18]

Bruce Kluger of Parenting magazine referred to the Big Wish Movie as "Cute stuff, if a tad sticky-sweet: Heart-shaped toothbrushes, toasters, and waffles abound."[19] Cristina Rouvalis of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gave it three stars out of four, and said that "Young Care Bear fanatics will wish for more."[20] In April 2010's Journal of Aging Studies, Sylvia Henneberg commented that Big Wish, the grandmother star, served as "a poor substitute for a truly three-dimensional maternal figure".[21]

Music[edit]

The music for the Big Wish Movie was composed by Ian Thomas (also from Journey to Joke-a-lot), and conducted and orchestrated by Peter Cardinali.[2] At his studio, Thomas worked with the Hamilton Children's Choir[22] on the film's opening theme.[2] In February 2005, Stephanie Beard said that "I Wish", a track she performed, "is my favourite cartoon song yet. It's so cute; I can't wait for the world to hear it."[9]

Song Writer Performer(s) Producer(s) Notes
"Big Wish Theme" Members of The Hamilton Children's Choir Conducted by Zimfira Poloz; choir recorded by Bob Doidge; assisted by Amy King at Grant Avenue Studio, Hamilton, Ontario
"I Wish" Creighton Doane; Daniel Gerrard Leblanc Stephanie Beard Creighton Doane; Daniel Gerrard Leblanc Song animation by Ron Pitts
"Get a Lot" Noah Shilkin and Amos Carlen; The Brumby Brothers Cast Noah Shilkin and Amos Carlen; The Brumby Brothers
"It Takes You and Me" Creighton Doane; Daniel Gerrard Leblanc Michael Borkosky Creighton Doane; Daniel Gerrard Leblanc
"The Power of Wishing" Anthony Vanderburgh; Don Breithaupt Daniel Galessierre

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Credited as Rob Tinkler.
  2. ^ Credited as Liz Hanna.
  3. '^ Listed as "FILM 226388" on The New York Times television schedule at the time.[7]
  4. ^ During late 2005, Lions Gate's other "marquee" titles were Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus, Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends and Pinocchio 3000.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Davidson, Sean (April 25, 2005). "Youth: Care Bears out of hibernation". Playback (Brunico Communications): 15. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Jacobs, Larry; Pitts, Ron (directors) (2005). The Care Bears' Big Wish Movie (Animated film). Lions Gate Home Entertainment (distributor) / Nelvana Limited. 
  3. ^ a b c "Kids' disc premieres deliver more wallop". Variety (Reed Business Information) 287 (51): S13. June 13, 2005. 
  4. ^ a b Fallows, Mike (director) (2004). Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot (Animated film). Lions Gate Home Entertainment (distributor) / Nelvana Limited. 
  5. ^ Ball, Ryan (September 28, 2006). "AG Properties Makes MIPCOM Debut". Animation Magazine. Retrieved September 29, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Movies on TV, Today & Tonight". Leader-Post (Postmedia Network Inc.). October 3, 2005. p. A9 (Arts & Life). 
  7. ^ "Television Listings: Monday/October 17". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). October 16, 2005. p. M13. 
  8. ^ a b Arnold, Thomas K. (August 4, 2005). "Lions Gate Entertainment building new family ties; expands reach with DVDs, films". The Hollywood Reporter 390 (17) (VNU/Nielsen Business Media). p. 15. 
  9. ^ a b Beard, Stephanie (February 17, 2005). "Will the real Suga Baybee please stand up?" (Registration required to read article). Toronto Star (Torstar Corporation). p. P.11 (Planet). Retrieved November 5, 2010. "By far, my solo in the soon-to-be-released sequel to the latest Care Bears movie is my favourite cartoon song yet. It's so cute; I can't wait for the world to hear it." 
  10. ^ a b Beard, Stephanie (October 20, 2005). "How to spot a big-screen winner" (Registration required to read article). Toronto Star (Torstar Corporation). p. P.14 (Planet). Retrieved October 25, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Top Kids Rentals". Video Business (Reed Business Information): F. January 23, 2006. 
  12. ^ "Billboard Charts (August 11, 2007)". VNU Entertainment News Wire (Online) (VNU/Nielsen Business Media). August 1, 2007. BB Charts; Pack. 
  13. ^ Schechter, Jeffrey Alan (November 22, 2007). "About Me". Contour at the Movies. Jeffrey Alan Schechter and Contour at the Movies. Retrieved November 5, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Joyeuses fêtes à l'antenne de Radio-Canada: Une programmation chaleureuse pour le temps des fètes à la Télévision de Radio-Canada" (PDF) (in French). Sociète Radio-Canada. December 9, 2005. Retrieved November 5, 2010. 
  15. ^ "De Nouveaux Arrivants chez les Bisounours". Première.fr (in French). Lagardère Group. Retrieved November 5, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Product information for The Care Bears' Big Wish". Amazon.com Inc. Retrieved November 5, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Catalogue information for The Care Bears' Big Wish". WorldCat. Online Computer Library Centre (OCLC). Retrieved November 5, 2010. 
  18. ^ a b Sander, Sonia (2005). The Care Bears' Big Wish. Scholastic Press. ISBN 0-439-74416-4. 
  19. ^ Marcus, Leonard S.; Milvy, Erica; Kluger, Bruce; Reeks, Anne (November 1, 2005). "Parenting Picks: Best books, music, DVDs/videos, and software". Parenting (Time Inc./Bonnier Group) 19 (10): 231. 
  20. ^ Eberson, Sharon; Mervis, Scott; Rouvalis, Cristina (December 8, 2005). "Formidable fighter; Crowe has another Oscar-worthy turn in 'Cinderella Man'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. W-36. 
  21. ^ Henneberg, Sylvia (April 2010). "Moms do badly, but grandmas do worse: The nexus of sexism and ageism in children's classics" (Requires ScienceDirect access/subscription). Journal of Aging Studies (Elsevier B.V.) 24 (2): 125–134. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2008.10.003. ISSN 0890-4065. Retrieved October 25, 2010. 
  22. ^ Turnevicious, Leonard (May 20, 2010). "A time for song and celebration". The Hamilton Spectator Met Edition (Metroland Media Group Ltd.). p. Go 18. 

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