The Care Bears (TV series)

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The Care Bears (TV series)
Created by Linda Denham
Elena Kucharik
Starring Billie Mae Richards
Jim Henshaw
Dan Hennessey
Chris Wiggins
Melleny Brown
Luba Goy
Eva Almos
John Stocker
Tara Strong
Country of origin United States
Canada
France
Japan
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 60 (List of episodes)
Production company(s) Atkinson Film-Arts (1983 and 1984 pilot/specials)
DIC Entertainment
(Cookie Jar Entertainment) (1985)
Nelvana (1986–1988)
Distributor TV syndication:
LBS Communications
(1985, DiC episodes only)
SFM Entertainment (1988, Nelvana episodes only)
Cable:
Christian Broadcasting Network (1988-1990)
International Family Entertainment (1990-1997) (DiC episodes), (1990-1998) (Nelvana episodes)
DVD:
20th Century Fox Television (DiC episodes)
Lionsgate (Nelvana episodes)
Broadcast
Original channel United States:
First-run syndication (DIC episodes, 1985)
ABC (Nelvana series, 1986–1988)
Audio format Stereo
Original run September 14, 1985 (1985-09-14) – December 25, 1988 (1988-12-25)
Chronology
Related shows Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-lot (2007–2009)

The Care Bears is an animated television series based on the Care Bears franchise, which aired between 1985 and 1988 in syndication; on the ABC network, The CBN Family Channel from 1988 to 1990, The Family Channel from 1990 to 1997 (DIC episodes only) and from 1990 to 1998 (Nelvana episodes only) in the United States. The 1985 episodes were produced by DIC Entertainment; the ABC episodes were made by either Toronto, Kitchener, London, Woodstock, Tokyo, Paris, Shannon, Chicago, New York City, or Los Angeles's Nelvana studio as The Care Bears Family. This is the only Care Bears series produced by Nelvana; in 2007, Sabella Dern Entertainment produced a revival, Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot.

Synopsis[edit]

The Care Bears live in a faraway place up in the clouds called Care-a-Lot, which constitutes a part of the Kingdom of Caring. With the help of the Cousins and their Buddies, they go all around the world on Missions in Caring whilst Evil villains such as Professor Coldheart (DIC episodes), and Lord No Heart (Nelvana episodes), try to thwart their plans.

Voice cast[edit]

Maxine Miller True Heart
Pam Hyatt Noble Heart
Billie Mae Richards Bright Heart
Jim Henshaw Tenderheart
Dan Hennessey Brave Heart
Melleny Brown Tugs
Tracey Moore Cheer
Bob Dermer Grumpy
Luba Goy Lotsa Heart
Eva Almos Champ
Pauline Rennie Treat Heart, Grams
Chris Wiggins No Heart
John Stocker Beastly
Terri Hawkes Shreeky, Hugs

Episodes[edit]

Broadcast and distribution[edit]

Airing history[edit]

United States

United Kingdom

Canada

DiC series[edit]

All episodes from the DiC series were originally released on DVD in Region 1 between 2004-2006 by UAV Entertainment. They released all 22 episodes in 7 volume collections entitled Celebration, Dreamland, Forever Friends, Land of Enchantment, Starry Skies, Tenderheart Tales and Fun in the Sun.

In 2007, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment acquired the rights to the series and re-released all episodes on DVD in 5 volume collections entitled Care-A-Lot Adventures, Forest of Feelings, Magical Moments, * Carousel of Dreams and Sharing in the Sunshine.

On August 26, 2008, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released Care Bears: Care-A-Lot Collection on DVD in Region 1.[2] The 2-disc set features all 22 episodes of the series (with its original opening and closing titles).

In 2013, Mill Creek Entertainment acquired the rights to the series and subsequently released three volume collections which contain 6 episodes each, on September 10, 2013.

Nelvana series[edit]

In Region 1, Lionsgate Entertainment has released many episodes on DVD in various single disc collections from 2004-2008. In total, 12 collections have been released, each featuring random episodes from the series.

On October 9, 2012, Lionsgate released Care Bears: The Original Series Collection on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[3] The 6-disc set features the majority of episodes from the series (from the previously released discs excluding King of the Moon and Giving Thanks) as well as the bonus feature Care Bears Nutcracker Suite.

In Region 4, Magna Entertainment released all 52 episodes (in chronological order) on DVD in Australia in 2004 in 12 separate volumes.

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Criticism[edit]

In Remote Control: Power, Cultures and the World of Appearances, Barbara Kruger referred to the series as "a veritable position paper, a saccharinely preachy manifesto on 'caring.'"[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 8, no. 4 (typo in magazine: should be "no. 5"), September/October 1990: pp. 48, 50-51, 56.
  2. ^ Care Bears: Care-A-Lot Collection
  3. ^ Care Bears: The Original Series Collection
  4. ^ Kruger, Barbara (1994). "March 1987". Remote Control: Power, Cultures, and the World of Appearances. MIT Press. pp. 86–87. ISBN 0-262-61106-6. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 

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