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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Share Bear sings a song and learns a lesson about sharing. Grizzle, who steals and plots against the Care Bears, is still a baddie at the end. Emma is a positive Latina character even though she looks like a Bratz doll, while Amigo Bear seems stereotypically placed as the bear who pushes the ice cream cart.
Violence & Scariness
The bad robot-bear, Grizzle, threatens the Care Bears a lot. He also kidnaps them, ties them up, puts them in cages, picks them up with a claw machine, and puts them in another machine to figure out why they're so special -- so he can "crush their specialness." Their robot friend Wingnut keeps falling apart, and when Grizzle turns him bad, he uses his saw hands to destroy a park.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Emma, the human character in the second story, looks like one of the sexualized Bratz dolls.
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Grizzle says once "this really burns my fur," and that's about as bad as it gets.
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Products & Purchases
The Bears are also toys for sale, plus the DVD comes with a large insert with much more to buy.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this DVD -- which is broken into two episodes -- is appealing to the usual audience for the TV show (ages 4 to 7). But the Grizzle character (think of a Teddy Ruxpin head on a Transformer) and his evil-doer antics -- including kidnapping and threatening to the bears to "crush their specialness" -- could give kids a scare. Also, a robot character turns bad, threatens the bears, and uses his saw hands to wreck a whole park. Emma, a character in the second story, is a positive can-do Latina character ... but unfortunately she looks more like one of the sexualized Bratz girls than Dora. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Naive, happy-smiley pastel bears with some power-filled tummy tattoos are out-there enough; in this somewhat unsettling entry, we've got bad-guy Grizzle. He basically looks like Teddy Ruxpin crossed with an overweight, rusting Transformer. And he cackles out his evil plans to a miniature robot who only responds by falling apart; its the same Gargamel/Azrael shtick, only weirder.
If you can get beyond that, the underlying messages that the Bears espouse on their TV show are still the same. There's a peppy sharing song, and Share Bear learns a lesson about sharing -- yes, sharing is even hard for her. They stick by their robot friend Wingnut, even when he does some bad things. And the Bears work together with their new friend Emma to escape Grizzle's clutches. Plus, the two-episode format is better for the attention span of the target age group.
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