A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot features a carnival-esque setting with a lot of bells and whistles. There are a few scenes of Care Bears being tossed about or flying through the sky, fearful, which may frighten very young kids. Otherwise, it's a nurturing, lesson-packed tale about friendship, integrity, and the importance of knowing when to joke and when to be serious.
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What's the story?
When Funshine tells one joke too many, he feels left out and sets off to find a place where jokes are welcome. He ends up in Joke-a-Lot, where silliness reigns supreme and he is crowned the new king. But when the other Care Bears come looking for Funshine to remind him what caring and friendship are all about, Funshine will have to decide what's more important: having a good time or being a good friend.
Is it any good?
CARE BEARS: JOURNEY TO JOKE-A-LOT offers a lot of silly gags, whimsical landscapes, fun rides, and a carnival atmosphere in this CGI romp about friendship. At 80 minutes, it packs in a lot of stimulation while also dragging a bit before getting to its big resolution, so very young kids may lose patience. But overall, fans of the Care Bears will enjoy this positive tale that promotes emotional literacy and important life lessons. Among them: Friendship takes work, there's a time and a place for jokes and seriousness, and every problem can be sorted out by talking it through.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about when it's not OK to joke. What are some situations where you wouldn't want to joke around? Why not?
Have you ever had to forgive someone? What happened? How did it feel to forgive them?
What would it be like if things were funny all the time? Do you think it would ever get old? Why, or why not?
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