Care Bears (TV series)

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Care Bears
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Original title card for the series.
Created byLinda Denham
Elena Kucharik
Written bySandy Fries
Jack Olesker
Directed byJames A. Simon
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
Country of originUnited States
France
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11 (22 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersAndy Heyward
Tetsuo Katayama
ProducerJean Chalopin
Production companiesDIC Enterprises[a]
Those Characters From Cleveland
DistributorLBS Communications
Release
Original networkSyndication
Audio formatMono
Original releaseSeptember 14 (1985-09-14) –
November 23, 1985 (1985-11-23)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Care Bears in the Land Without Feelings (1983) and The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine (1984)
Followed byThe Care Bears Family (1986)

Care Bears is an animated television series based on the franchise of the same name. The first series was produced by DIC Enterprises and ran from September 14, 1985 to November 23, 1985 in syndication. It aired a while after the theaterical release of the first movie in the series.

In 1986, a successor series produced by Canadian studio Nelvana who produced the movies - The Care Bears Family, aired on Global in Canada and on ABC.

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 they try to thwart the plans of the evil Professor Coldheart.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
Specials2April 22, 1983 (1983-04-22)April 6, 1984 (1984-04-06)N/A
DIC series11September 14, 1985 (1985-09-14)November 23, 1985 (1985-11-23)Syndication
113September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)December 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)ABC (U.S.)
Global (Canada)
26September 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)October 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
330September 12, 1988 (1988-09-12)November 25, 1988 (1988-11-25)

Voice cast[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 – 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 – Grumpy Bear, Frostbite, Mr. Poole, Carl, Charlie, David, Ken, Eddie
  • Joyce Gordon – Auntie Freeze

Uncredited[edit]

  • Jim Henshaw – Bright Heart Raccoon, Jeff, Mr. Johnson (Patti Johnson's Father), Mr. Bland (Mayor of Drab City), Amy's husband, Joey and Elaine's Father
  • Marla Lukofsky – Playful Heart Monkey, Patti Johnson

Home media[edit]

United States[edit]

The series has seen a few VHS releases from DIC Video and Buena Vista Home Video throughout the 80's and 90's.

In March 2003, Sterling Entertainment released 3 releases on VHS and DVD - "Bedtime Stories", "The Last Laugh" and "To the Rescue". Each release contained 6 or 7 episodes, with a bonus episode on the DVD version, while "To the Rescue" contained a bonus Sylvanian Families episode. An additional DVD - "Daydreams" was released on February 4, 2004, and contained a Strawberry Shortcake short as a bonus on the DVD version.

Sterling would later release all 22 episodes in 7 volume collections in 2004 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 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.[1] 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.[2] The 2-disc set features all 22 episodes of the series.

International[edit]

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 2016, Platform Entertainment would release 4 DVDs of the series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Animation outsourced to KK DIC Asia, Nippon Animation, Studio Junio and Studio Korumi.

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