The Care Bears (TV series)

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The Care Bears
Care Bears DiC.png
Original title card for the DIC episodes
Created byLinda Denham
Elena Kucharik
StarringBillie Mae Richards
Jayne Eastwood
Janet Laine-Green
Luba Goy
Eva Almos
Melleny Brown
Dan Hennessey
Pauline Rennie
Patrice Black
Laurie Waller Benson
Bob Dermer
Jim Henshaw
Chris Wiggins
John Stocker
Terri Hawkes
Sunny Besen Thrasher
Noam Zylberman
Tracey Moore
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes60 (list of episodes)
Production company(s)Atkinson Film-Arts (1983 and 1984 pilot/specials)
DiC Audiovisuel
(1986–1988) [b]
DistributorLBS Communications
(DIC series)
SFM Entertainment
(Nelvana series)
Original networkSyndication (DIC series, 1985)
ABC (Nelvana series, 1986–1988)
Audio formatMono
Original releaseSeptember 14, 1985 (1985-09-14) –
December 25, 1988 (1988-12-25)
Related showsCare 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 on Disney Channel from 1990 to 1998 (Nelvana episodes only) in the United States. The 1985 episodes were produced by DiC Audiovisuel and LBS Communications; the ABC episodes were made by Nelvana under the name 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.


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.[1][2]

Voice cast[edit]

DIC version[edit]

  • Billie Mae Richards – Tenderheart Bear, Keith, Matthew Miller, Kara's Mother
  • Jayne Eastwood – Birthday Bear, Tommy, Willis Carter
  • Janet Laine-Green – Wish Bear, Mrs. Miller (Matthew Miller's Mother), Mary, Tricia
  • Luba Goy – Gentle Heart Lamb, Lotsa Heart Elephant
  • Eva Almos – Friend Bear, Swift Heart Rabbit, Kathy, Sanford, Millie Jacobs' Mother, Jimmy, Cathy, Lisa, Mary, Elaine
  • Linda Sorenson – Love-a-Lot Bear, Mrs. Peal (Patti Johnson's Teacher), Lisa's Mother, Paula Schaefer, Sandra, Wendy, Mary's Mother, Joey and Elaine's Mother, Amy, Kara
  • Melleny Brown – Cheer Bear, Marion Marshall, Missy, Millie Jacobs
  • Len Carlson – Grumpy Bear, Professor Coldheart, Strato Nefarious
  • Louise Vallance – Proud Heart Cat, Eddie, Linda
  • Dan Hennessey – Good Luck Bear, Brave Heart Lion, Loyal Heart Dog, Captain McDougal, Cloud Worm, Mr. Miller (Matthew Miller's Father), Counselor Bob, Mayor of Abbotsville, Jim
  • Pauline Rennie – Cozy Heart Penguin, Treat Heart Pig, Timmy, Benny
  • Patrice Black – Funshine Bear, Share Bear
  • Laurie Waller Benson – Murphy, Susie, Jill
  • Theresa Sears – Champ Bear, Bedtime Bear, Joey, Fred, Millie Jacob's Teacher, Joshua, Amy
  • Bob Dermer – Carl, Charlie, David, Ken, Eddie
  • Joyce Gordon – Auntie Freeze


Nelvana version[edit]

Season 1

Additional voices

Season 2

Season 3



Broadcast and distribution[edit]

Airing history[edit]

United States

United Kingdom




  • TVP1 (24.12.1992–1995, Nelvana episodes only)
  • TVN (1998–1999, Nelvana episodes only)
  • MiniMini+ (2005–2006, Nelvana episodes only)
  • Top Kids (2016–2018, Nelvana episodes only)






New Zealand

Latin America



  • SWABC (1988, Nelvana episodes only)
  • NBC (1990–1991, Nelvana episodes only)

United Arab Emirates


  • TV3 (Nelvana episodes only)
  • TV2

South Africa







  • ZBC (Nelvana episodes)









Hong Kong

  • TVB (Nelvana episodes only)
  • ATV (Nelvana episodes only)

DiC series[edit]

All episodes from the DIC series were originally released on DVD in Region 1 between 2004 and 2006 by Sterling 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 the United Kingdom, Maximum Entertainment released the whole DiC series on 4 DVD sets and 2 VHS releases under license from Jetix Europe (who at the time, owned the pre-1990 DiC library). Volume 1, released in August 2004 contained the first 2 episodes (1 on the VHS) alongside the Freeze Machine and Land without Feelings specials. Volume 2, released in October 2004 contained 5 episodes, and The Magic Shop (released in February 2005) and The Girl who Cried Wolf (released in August 2005) each contained 3 episodes, with the Freeze Machine special appearing on the latter again for an unknown reason, likely as filler. Both sets were released in 2 compilations titled "Volumes 1 and 2" (released in January 2005) and "Wedding Bells" (Released in May 2005), each containing 2 discs with their respective volumes. The separate volumes were re-released again in 2007, with the former 2 volumes being released simply as Care Bears. Another compilation titled Happy Birthday, Care Bears was released by Maximum in February 2008, containing 12 episodes set within 2 discs. Lace DVD re-issued the DVDs again in 2011 as well was releasing the entire series in a 4-disc boxset. These versions are identical to Maximum's releases.

In 2007, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment acquired the rights to the original DiC series and re-released all the DiC-produced 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.[4] 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.

On October 6, 2015, Mill Creek released The Care Bears – The Complete Original Series on DVD in Region 1.[5] The 2-disc set features all 22 episodes of the series.

Nelvana series[edit]

In Region 1, Lions Gate Home Entertainment has released many episodes on DVD in various single disc collections from 2004 to 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.[6] The 6-disc set features the majority of episodes from the series (from the previously released discs excluding King of the Moon and Give 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.


  1. ^ Chris Richards Young People, Popular Culture and Education 1441107355 p 111 – 2011 "It may be that there is a distinction here between the power used against No Heart, similar to that used by many other superheroes... "
  2. ^ Barbara Kruger Remote Control: Power, Cultures, and the World of Appearances 1994 0262611066 "... "in order to punish the Care Bears, a scary villain named No Heart concocts a not unfamiliar scheme — he floods "the Forest of Feelings" and forces its non-Care Bear denizens to join the Care Bears' closed colony."
  3. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 8, no. 4 (typo in magazine: should be "no. 5"), September/October 1990: pp. 48, 50-51, 56.
  4. ^ Care Bears: Care-A-Lot Collection
  5. ^ DiC's Episodes in 'The Complete Original Series' Return to DVD Archived 2015-09-10 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Care Bears: The Original Series Collection
  1. ^ Animation outsourced to KK DIC Asia and Studio Korumi.
  2. ^ Animation outsourced to Wang Film Productions and Hanho Heung-Up.

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