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The ten original Care Bears in the logo for the 1980s franchise, with Tenderheart Bear at top.
The ten original Care Bears in the logo for the 1980s franchise, with Tenderheart Bear at top.

The Care Bears are a set of characters created by American Greetings in 1981 for use on greeting cards. The original artwork for the cards was painted by artist Elena Kucharik. In 1983, Kenner turned the Care Bears into plush teddy bears. Image File history File links Acap. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... American Greetings Corporation, Inc. ... A greeting card is a folded card featuring a message of greeting or other sentiment. ... Elena Kucharik is an illustrator of Christian childrens books, famous for her artwork in the first Care Bears greeting cards of the 1980s. ... Kenner Products was a toy company founded in 1947 by three brothers, Albert, Phillip, and Joseph L. Steiner, in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, and was named after the street where the original corporate offices were located. ... For other uses, see Teddy bear (disambiguation). ...

Each Care Bear comes in a different color and has a specialized insignia on its belly that represents its duty and personality known as their "tummy symbol". The latest movie, however, controversially is going to rename them "belly badges". A spin-off of the family, the "Care Bear Cousins," features a lion, a monkey, a penguin, and other such animals in the same style as the teddy bears.

The Care Bears appeared in their own television series from 1985 to 1988, in addition to three feature films: The Care Bears Movie (1985), Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (1986), and The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland (1987). The Care Bears was a Canadian-produced television series based on the best-selling toy line, the Care Bears. ... The Care Bears Movie is an animated feature film, officially released on March 29, 1985. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...

As of 2007, Care Bears are still being marketed. The new toys offer features such as bellies that light up when pressed, bears that do aerobics, and glow-in-the-dark bears. As part of this comeback, the Bears have appeared in three computer-animated movies: Journey to Joke-a-lot (2004), Big Wish Movie (2005), and Oopsy Does It! (2007). The 25th anniversary of the toy line was commemorated in 2007. Computer animation is the art of creating moving images via the use of computers. ... The Care Bears Big Wish Movie is a direct-to-DVD CGI film from Lions Gate Home Entertainment and Nelvana Limited, released on October 18, 2005. ...

The "Care Bears" trademark and the copyrights in the character designs are owned by Those Characters from Cleveland, part of American Greetings.[1] American Greetings is the worlds largest publicly-traded greeting card company. ... American Greetings Corporation, Inc. ...



Following the success of their first big franchise (Strawberry Shortcake) back in 1979, American Greetings introduced the Care Bear characters in late 1981 through a line of greeting cards. Children's book illustrator Elena Kucharik did the original artwork for the cards. The line was a joint development by Those Characters from Cleveland, AGC's licensing division, and MAD (Marketing and Design Service of the toy group of General Mills).[2]. An original Strawberry Shortcake poster Strawberry Shortcake is a licensed character owned by American Greetings, originally used in greeting cards and expanded to include dolls, posters, and other products. ... American Greetings Corporation, Inc. ... Elena Kucharik is an illustrator of Christian childrens books, famous for her artwork in the first Care Bears greeting cards of the 1980s. ... Look up mad in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... General Mills (NYSE: GIS) is a Fortune 500 corporation, mainly concerned with food products, which is headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. ...

As they had done with Strawberry Shortcake back when it was called "Project I," AGC called the Care Bears franchise "Project II" as they strove to make the character program secret until advertising was ready. At the start of the franchise, Care Bears was already established as its working title.[3]

In 1982, the Care Bears were announced as a toy line for production by Parker Brothers and Kenner the following spring, as well as pre-licensed characters and media stars. In 1983, they were introduced to the general public, and starred in their first television special, The Land Without Feelings, which Kenner produced and sponsored.[2] The Parker Brothers logo. ... The Care Bears in the Land Without Feelings is the first television special to feature the Care Bears characters. ...

1984 saw the release of another special, The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine; a miniseries based on the toys was distributed by Lexington Broadcast Services Company in syndication. A spin-off line, the Care Bear Cousins, was introduced the same year.[2] The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine is the second television special to feature the Care Bears characters. ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... LBS logo from 1976 -1983 Lexington Broadcast Services Company (also known as LBS Communications, Inc. ...

In 1985, the Bears and Cousins starred in their first movie, The Care Bears Movie, produced by Nelvana Limited and released by The Samuel Goldwyn Company. It became the highest-grossing animated film made outside the Disney market at the time of its release. Later that autumn, a television series from DiC Entertainment based on the characters was produced, and it ran for 22 episodes in syndication. The Care Bears Movie is an animated feature film, officially released on March 29, 1985. ... Nelvana Limited is a Canadian entertainment company, founded in 1971, that is well-known for its work in childrens animation, among many things. ... The Samuel Goldwyn Company was an independent film company founded by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. ... Disney redirects here. ... The DIC Incredible World logo used from the late 2001-present. ...

The following year, Nelvana took over the animation rights for the franchise with a second movie entitled Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation. Released by Columbia Pictures, the film featured a new villain, Dark Heart, and introduced more of the Care Bear cousins. The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ...

Later that fall, The Care Bears Family Storybook (also from Nelvana) premiered on the ABC network, lasting two seasons and consisting of over 70 episodes. The Bears' last theatrically-released film, The Care Bears' Adventure in Wonderland, debuted the following summer. The Care Bears was a Canadian-produced television series based on the best-selling toy line, the Care Bears. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ...

As with many other animated franchises of the 1980s, the Care Bears movies and TV shows were designed and created only to sell the pre-licensed characters and related merchandise. This has been noticed, more or less, by the franchise's long-time aficionados.

Over 40 million Care Bears were sold between 1983 and 1987, and during the decade, American Greetings printed over 70 million of their cards. In whole, the sales of their merchandise reached over $2 billion during the 1980s.[4][1] This made them one of the most successful toy lines of its time, alongside "My Little Pony" and "Transformers." Fizzy and Galaxy, the unicorns from the My Little Pony animated series My Little Pony is a line of colorful toy ponies marketed primarily to young girls and produced by the toy manufacturer Hasbro. ... Various Transformers toys. ...

As the decade came to an end, the Bears' popularity faded away. At the start of the 1990s, an attempt to relaunch the phenomenon came in the form of Environmental Care Bears. Only a few select Bears from the 1980s line were used, with some changes (for example, Proud Heart Cat was released as a bear, sporting the symbol of a heart-shaped American flag).[5]

During the late 1990s, another two revivals came out, but both failed to match the success of the original toy line. In 1996, retailer ShopKo released only Tenderheart, Cheer, and Bedtime Bears, and during 1999, in an imitation of Beanie Babies, Kenner made six "beanlings" based on Tenderheart, Share, Friend, Cheer, Bedtime, and Good Luck Bears. ShopKo Stores, Inc. ... Teddy Beanie Baby A Beanie Baby is a stuffed animal made by Ty Inc. ...

The same year the beanlings were made, Jay Foreman, president of current distributor, Play Along Toys, bought the rights to the Care Bears franchise for just under $1 million.[6] Three years later, the Bears came out of hibernation to celebrate their 20th anniversary. A big event was planned for that year as Play Along began to roll out the new product lines; thus began a major trend as the toys became popular once again. Jay Foreman is the president of toy manufacturer Play Along. ... Play Along Logo Play Along Toys is a toy company. ...

2002 Relaunch

In 2002 American Greetings reluanched the Care Bear brand.With the artwork slightly different than the other. With series of dolls, toys and movies.

2007 relaunch

American Greetings reluanched Care Bears again first with a series of dolls then a new TV series Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot and a new movie Care Bears: Oopsy Does It! the animation and artwork is completely different than the originals giving the Care Bears have smaller body structures and different belly badges.

In the midst of this revival, Play Along released brand-new toys based on the newly-redesigned Bears, sold at stores such as Wal-Mart, KMart, Toys "R" Us, Target, K•B Toys, and Mervyns.[7] The new merchandise included the Bears doing aerobics; Tenderheart Bear as a doctor; Champ Bear as a fireman; and the Care Bears themselves as Cubs.[8] Over 70 million 13-inch plush Bears have been sold since the re-launch.[9] In addition, Lionsgate Home Entertainment and subsidiary FHE Pictures, in association with Nelvana, have made two direct-to-DVD computer-animated films featuring the newest characters, Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot and The Care Bears' Big Wish Movie. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... For the Australasian department store chain, see Kmart Australia. ... Toys R Us (currently typeset as ToYsЯuS in the logo) is a toy store chain based in the United States, Canada, Australia,The Netherlands, South Africa, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the United States retail company. ... K•B Toys is a chain of mall-based retail toy stores in the United States. ... Mervyns is a department store chain based in Hayward, California. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Lionsgate Home Entertainment is the home video and DVD distribution arm of Lions Gate Entertainment. ... Family Home Entertainment (FHE) is an American home video company, founded in 1982, which releases childrens and family-oriented programming, most notably the popular 1980s Marvel/Sunbow television series The Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem, as well as ThunderCats, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series,Gumby, and...

As part of the franchise's 25th anniversary celebrations, the Bears have been redesigned by Kelly Grupczynski. The new line consists of sixteen of the thirty-nine bears (as seen in the recent film): Amigo, Bedtime, Best Friend , Champ, Cheer, Funshine, Good Luck, Grumpy, Harmony, Love-A-Lot, Share, Surprise, Tenderheart, True Heart, Wish and a new character, Oopsy—debuted on February 12, 2007 at New York's American International Toy Fair.[9] Their brand-new theme song will be performed by former Letters to Cleo member, Kay Hanley, and the music video will premiere on FOX and Nickelodeon.[9] In August 2007, they appeared in 20th Century Fox's theatrical release of Care Bears: Oopsy Does It!. Another television series from DiC Entertainment, Adventures in Care-a-Lot, premiered on CBS' KEWLopolis block on September 12, 2007.[10] is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Letters to Cleo were an alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts (although they originally started out as a ska band). ... Kay Hanley (born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on September 11, 1968) is an alternative rock musician. ... This article is about the animal. ... This article is about the TV channel. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... KEWLopolis, weekends on CBS. KEWLopolis is a three-hour childrens programming block that began September 16, 2006 on CBS, replacing Nick Jr. ...

Main characters

Grumpy Bear in the Nelvana episode "Home Sweet Homeless".
Grumpy Bear in the Nelvana episode "Home Sweet Homeless".

The franchise consists mainly of the Care Bears themselves, as well as the later additions the Care Bear Cousins. Both of them live in the Kingdom of Caring, which is made up of Care-a-lot (the home of the Care Bears proper) and the Forest of Feelings (home to the Care Bear Cousins). In the most recent variation of the franchise, reported a February 2007 issue of the Wall Street Journal, "they live in a village, centered on a big tree—with no castle in sight."[9] Image File history File links Grumpy_Bear. ... Image File history File links Grumpy_Bear. ... There is also a separate list of Care Bear Cousins. ... Below is a list of Care Bear Cousins, along with character descriptions. ... Below is a list of Care Bear Cousins, along with character descriptions. ... The Wall Street Journal is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with an average daily circulation of 1,800,607 (2002). ...

Accompanying them are the Star and Heart Buddies, who look out for the Bears and Cousins whenever they are on missions in caring; and the Birds, who are usually seen in the Forest of Feelings with the Care Bear Cousins and watch over them. A less recurring character is The Cloud Keeper, the portly gentleman who maintains Care-a-lot. He only appeared in some of the franchise's early publications and on the DiC-produced TV episodes.

The ten original Care Bears consisted of Bedtime Bear, Birthday Bear, Cheer Bear, Friend Bear, Funshine Bear, Good Luck Bear, Grumpy Bear, Love-A-Lot Bear, Tenderheart Bear and Wish Bear. Later on, additional bears joined them, as well as the Cousins.

For the new 2007 TV series, the five care bears chosen to be the main characters of the show, as seen on the Care Bears website are Share Bear, Cheer Bear, Funshine Bear, Grumpy Bear, and the new bear introduced in the movie, Oopsy Bear. However, the other Care Bears still make appearances in the series. The unofficial role of leader of the bears, as of the new series, was transferred from Tenderheart Bear to Cheer Bear, although it could be argued Champ Bear was the leader in The Big Wish Movie as he presided over all the meetings.

Throughout movies and series, various villains have tried to stop the Bears and Cousins on their missions. On the first two specials and DiC television series, they battled against Professor Coldheart; in Nelvana's version, they faced Wizard No Heart, his apprentice Beastly and his niece Shreeky. In the movies, they went up against Nicholas and the Evil Spirit (The Care Bears Movie), Dark Heart (Care Bears Movie II), The Wizard, Dim, and Dumb (Adventure in Wonderland).The Care Bears adversaries have included the Rat King in Care Bears Nutcracker Suite, and Sir Funnybone the rat in the movieJourney to Joke-a-lot. The new movie, Oopsy Does It! introduced a new villain, Grizzle, which persists into the new TV series.

Care Bear Stare and Cousin Call

The Care Bears' ultimate "weapon" is the "Care Bear Stare," in which the collected Bears stand together and radiate light from their respective tummy symbols. These combine to form a ray of love and good cheer which could bring care and joy into the target's heart. The Care Bear Stare has several different looks. One has a beam coming from the tummy being made up of several replicated images of the symbol. Another variation forms a rainbow when multiple Bears and/or Cousins are involved. A yellow beam with red hearts is sometimes seen as well. The movies Journey to Joke-A-Lot and The Big Wish Movie do not feature the Care Bear stare, but it does return in Oopsy Does It!".

During the movies, the Care Bear Cousins call their weapon the "Cousin Call." In the second movie, the Call looks like a musical score, and the cousins, excluding Swift Heart Rabbit, use whatever animal noise is common to that animal. In the first movie, the Cousins simply make animal noises since they do not have any tummy symbols; those are later given to them by the Care Bears at the end of the movie.

Caring Meter

Shown prominently in most of the Care Bears movies and TV episodes, the Caring Meter is typically in the dead center of Care-A-Lot inside the Care Bears' main meeting hall. This meter shows how much caring there is both in Care-A-Lot and on Earth. In the 1980s movies/cartoons, it is shown as an un-numbered clock-like meter. In The Big Wish Movie, the meter is shown with a raincloud (less caring) side and a rainbow (more caring) side. Ideally, the Caring Meter should be all the way towards the rainbow side. Whenever the Bears see the meter drop towards the raincloud side, they try to prevent it from getting worse by going on "caring missions" to try to get more people to care or for the Bears themselves to do caring deeds. If the meter drops near zero, Care-A-Lot will suffer disasters, such as thunderstorms, buildings and rainbows crumbling (earlier movies) or the bright colors of Care-A-Lot gradually turning into black and white (later movies). If the meter were to reach all the way to zero (there is no caring anywhere), then Care-A-Lot would be gone forever. A rolling thundercloud over Enschede, The Netherlands. ...


A gummi bear box with the new Care Bears.
A gummi bear box with the new Care Bears.

Apart from toys, greeting cards and animated media, the Care Bears have been featured in a lot of merchandise as well, some of which includes gummi bears (pictured right), party goods, cell phone covers, interior decoration sets, stickers, clothing accessories and many other goods.[7] Image File history File linksMetadata Gbears. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Gbears. ... A sleuth of HARIBO Gold-Bears There are many types of gummies German Gummibärchen Gummy Bears are a rubbery-textured confectionery, roughly 2 cm long, shaped in the form of little bears. ...

Care Bears Gummi Bears, and Valentine Care Bears Gummi Bears, are a small candies that are shaped like bears, and come in many different colors. On the box, there are Care Bears characters. Otherwise, these are just like regular Gummi bears. Disneys Adventures of the Gummi Bears was an American animated television series that aired in the United States in the mid-1980s through the early 1990s. ...


Many children's books have been based on, and have featured, the Care Bears and Care Bear Cousins. Some notable publications include "Meet the Care Bear Cousins" (based on the first movie), "Sweet Dreams for Sally," "The Witch Down the Street," "The Trouble with Timothy," and "A Sister for Sam." All of these titles were published by toy makers Parker Brothers, who was a licensee of the characters. Over 45 million Care Bears books were sold during the 1980s.[4] As of 2006, Scholastic Press has published books based on the Bears' first two CGI films, as well as the new toys. This is a list of books based on the Care Bears franchise. ... Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is an American book publishing company known for publishing educational materials for schools, teachers, and parents, and selling and distributing them by mail order and via book clubs and book fairs. ...


At the height of the Care Bears craze, Kid Stuff Records released several LPs based on the franchise. These included "Introducing the Care Bears," "The Care Bears Care For You," "Adventures in Care-a-Lot," "The Care Bears' Birthday Party," and "The Care Bears' Christmas" (all from 1983), and 1986's "Friends Make Everything Better" (released as a promotion with Triaminic). They released the soundtrack albums for the first two movies. The albums based on the toys were bestsellers in children's music during their prime [4] This is a list of albums based on the Care Bears franchise. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion, because: If you disagree with its speedy deletion, please explain why on its talk page or at Wikipedia:Speedy deletions. ... The Care Bears Care For You is an album based on the Care Bears franchise. ...

All of the albums from 1983 featured writing, production, and performance credits from Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (also known as Flo & Eddie - former Mothers of Invention from Frank Zappa's 1970-1972 period). Mark Volman (born April 19, 1947 in Los Angeles, California) is an American rock and roll musician, best known as a founding member of the 1960s band The Turtles. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Howard Kaylan (Eddie) and Mark Volman (Flo aka Phlorescent Leech) were the original founding members of the psychedelic / bubblegum rock group The Turtles. ... Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 - December 4, 1993) was an American rock/jazz fusion musician, composer, and satirist. ... Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ...

In the midst of the franchise's revival, Madacy Kids released brand new Care Bear CDs. In 2004, "Meet the Care Bears," "Care Bears Holiday Hugs," and the "Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot" soundtrack album came out, as well as "Care Bears Nighty-Night" the following year. Madacy Entertainment is a video and music corparation that was founded in 1980. ...

Video games

In 2001 the first unofficial Care Bear Game was made called Care Bears Volleyball in which 2 players would play a game of volleyball as Tenderheart Bear.

In 2004, the Bears starred in their first PC game, Care-a-lot Jamboree and then again in Let's Have a Ball!. The following year, they appeared in Catch a Star (also for the PC)[11] and Care Bears Care Quest (for the Game Boy Advance). “GBA” redirects here. ...

Recently, the Care Bears have been featured in Care Bears: A Lesson in Caring for the V.Smile educational game console. V.Smile is an educational game system by VTech. ...

Comic books

Between November 1985 and January 1989, the Care Bears appeared in a 20-issue comic book series published by Marvel's Star Comics. The books were drawn by the famous DC Comics artist, Howard Post.[12] This article is about the comic book company. ... Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1 one of the first titles published by the imprint. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ...

Smart toys

A Care Bears interactive, or smart toy, called Care Bears Share-A-Story was introduced by Play Along in July, 2005. The head, mouth and eyes of the Care Bear move around as a tape cartridge plays fairy tales such as Goldilocks and the Three Care Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Little Pigs. A hardback book version of the story comes with it so the parent and child can read along as the tape plays.[13] A smart toy is a toy which effectively has its own intelligence by virtue of on-board electronics. ... Illustration by Arthur Rackham from a 1918 English Fairy Tales, by Flora Annie Steel. ... Illustration by Arthur Rackham from a 1918 English Fairy Tales, by Flora Annie Steel Jack and the Beanstalk is an English fairy tale, closely associated with the tale of Jack the Giant Killer. ... The third pig builds a house of brick The wolf lands in the cooking pot For the Disney animated short film, see Three Little Pigs (film). ...

Classic toys

At present (2007), the classic Care Bear toys can be found at such stores as Carlton Cards, Claire's, and Spencer's Gifts stores.[7]

Care Bears Live

Since 2005, the Care Bears have starred in their own stage show, called "Care Bears Live," organized by VEE Corp. The tour ended in Atlanta, Georgia in July 2006.[14]

Around the world

See the Wiktionary definition on "Care Bears" for a list of titles in other languages.

In French-speaking countries, the Care Bears are referred to as "Bisounours," roughly translating as "kiss bears," from "bisou" (kiss) and "nounours" (teddy bear). However, French-speaking Quebec knows them as "Les Calinours," or "hug bears;" the word "bizoune" is considered vulgar in the local vocabulary and is Quebec slang for "penis". French (français, langue française) is one of the most important Romance languages, outnumbered in speakers only by Spanish and Portuguese. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ...

In Germany, the show is called "Die Glücksbärchis," translating to "Luck Bears," the ending "chi" a slight alteration of the German diminutive "chen."

In the Netherlands, the Care Bears are known as "Troetelbeertjes," translated in English as "Cuddle Bears" or "Cuddly Bears." Professor Coldheart is translated in Dutch as "Professor Koudhart," which means literally the same as the name in English. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...

In Hungary, the show is called "Szíves Bocsok", can be translated as "kind bears", or "bears with hearts". The earlier movies were referred as "Gondos Bocsok" ("caring bears").

In Latin America, the Care Bears are referred to as "Los Ositos Cariñositos," or sometimes just "Los Cariñositos" from "ositos" (literally "little bears") and "cariño" (a non-romantic love, affection). In Argentina, they are called "Los Ositos Cariñosos" and also "Cariñositos" (a play of words joining "Ositos" and "Cariñosos"). The "Care Bear Stare" was renamed as "Cariñositos, con amor" ("Care Bears, with love" or "Bears, let's Love"). Several different Latin American Spanish dubs of the Care Bears exist, as the movies and the TV series were dubbed in many countries by different cast members throughout the years. The movies were dubbed in Mexico; the first half of the Nelvana series was dubbed in Chile; the second half was dubbed in Venezuela, and a new dubbed version, broadcast on the Latin American version of Cartoon Network's Boomerang channel was later dubbed in Colombia. Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... In filmmaking, dubbing or looping is the process of recording or replacing voices for a motion picture. ...

In Brazil, they are known as "Ursinhos Carinhosos," which can be translated from Portuguese to "caring bears" or "loving bears."

In the Swedish dubs of the various series, the Care Bears are called "Krambjörnar" ("hug bears"). For unknown reasons, the villains Dark Heart, Coldheart, and No Heart all got the same name: "Hjärtlös" ("Heartless"), although the 1980s video dub translated Coldheart to "Professor Ishjärta" (Professor Iceheart).

In Norway, the Care Bears have kept their original name for the most part, but some dubs have named them "Bergibjørner," which loosely translates to "Rescue Bears." No Heart is known as "Hjerteløs" ("Heartless"), and Professor Coldheart is called "Professor Hjerterå" ("Cruel-hearted"). In the Norwegian translation of the comics, the villains' names were, for unknown reasons, swapped, making No Heart become "Hjerterå" and Professor Coldheart "Professor Hjerteløs."

In Italy and Greece they were known mainly because of the animated series, in which they were called "(gli) Orsetti del Cuore", i.e. (the) Heart Bears (being "orsetti" diminutive of "bears", or "teddy bears" in Italian) and "Τα αρκουδάκια της αγάπης", i.e. the bears of love, respectively. In Italy, the "Care Bear Stare" was renamed as "Orsetti, Amiamo" ("Bears, we love" or "Bears, let's Love").

Connections with Arthurian legend

Some elements of the Care Bears franchise pay homage to the legend of King Arthur. For example, the name of the main characters' residence, Care-a-lot, is a play on King Arthur's legendary Camelot castle. The Care Bear Family sits around a heart-shaped table, similar to the Round Table used by Arthur and his knights. In addition, Sir Lancelot's name inspired that of Love-A-Lot Bear.[3] For other uses, see King Arthur (disambiguation). ... This article is about the mythical castle. ... For other uses, see Castle (disambiguation). ... King Arthur presides the Round Table. ... This entry was adapted from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica. ...


When the franchise was introduced in the 1980s, a mistake was made while manufacturing the stuffed animals causing Bedtime Bear (blue) and Wish Bear (aqua) to swap colors. As soon as the mistake was discovered, the two bears returned into their appropriate hues. Later, a children's story was written explaining why the bears had switched tints.[3]

See also

People who have voiced characters in the Care Bears movies and television series. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An original Strawberry Shortcake poster Strawberry Shortcake is a licensed character owned by American Greetings, originally used in greeting cards and expanded to include dolls, posters, and other products. ... The Get-Along Gang was a 30 minute television animated series broadcast between 1984 and 1986 on Saturday mornings on the CBS network which was intended for younger viewers. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... It has been suggested that some sections of this article be split into a new article entitled Popples (TV series). ... This article is about the comic strip Ziggy. ...


  1. ^ a b History of American Greetings at official site. Retrieved February 26, 2006.
  2. ^ a b c Pecora, Norma Odom (1998). "The Business of Children's Entertainment," p. 53. New York, New York: Guilford Press. ISBN 1-57230-774-9. Retrieved March 17, 2006 (through Google Book Search)
  3. ^ a b c Trivia from official Care Bears site at American Greetings (archived at the Wayback Machine). Retrieved March 17, 2006.
  4. ^ a b c History of the Care Bears from official site (archived at the Wayback Machine). Retrieved May 26, 2006.
  5. ^ Care Bears Information @ Toy-Addict.com. Retrieved March 17, 2006.
  6. ^ McCall, Kimberly L. (2003). "Sell It, Baby! Practical How-Tos on Marketing, Branding & Sales," p. 3. McCall Media and Marketing, Inc. ISBN 1-59113-394-7.Retrieved March 17, 2006 (through Google Book Search).
  7. ^ a b c Care Bears "Frequently Asked Questions" page at official site. Retrieved May 26, 2006.
  8. ^ Merchandise information at official site (archived at the Wayback Machine). Retrieved May 26, 2006.
  9. ^ a b c d Holmes, Elizabeth (2007, February 9). Care Bears Receive "Gentle" Makeover. The Wall Street Journal. Accessed May 1, 2007.
  10. ^ Rusak, Gary (2007, April 12). American Greetings joins DIC's CBS block. KidScreen Magazine. Retrieved April 12, 1007.
  11. ^ Official site for Care Bears: Catch a Star at ValuSoft. Retrieved October 16, 2005.
  12. ^ "Care Bears" entry at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Retrieved April 16, 2006.
  13. ^ "Care Bears Share-A-Story" press release from Play Along web side . Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  14. ^ "Care Bears Live" official site (archived at the Wayback Machine). Retrieved May 1, 2007.

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The Care Bears' ultimate "weapon" is the "Care Bear Stare", in which the collected Bears stand together and radiate light from their respective tummy symbols, combining to form a ray of love and good cheer which could bring care and joy into the target's heart.
In French-speaking countries, the Care Bears are referred to as Bisounours, roughly translating as kiss bears, from bisou (kiss) and nounours (teddy bear).
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