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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Viewers will gain some exposure to situations where jokes are not appropriate, such as when others are upset or have been hurt.
Positive Role Models
Care Bears are very caring and considerate, though some have characteristics that dominate their personalities more than caring and kindness, such as grumpiness or silliness. Other characters are dishonest but eventually admit their mistakes and try to make them right, and no one in the Care Bears universe is considered all bad.
Violence & Scariness
The movie contains a few instances of high-speed whirlwind action. In one scene, a carousel flings bears around and then lifts them into the sky as they all hang on tightly and grimace or cry. In another, a bear hops onto a carnival ride, which then whips down a track, dives underwater, and tumbles through the sky. A bear becomes wrapped up in a rug and shoots around like a pinball.
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Products & Purchases
May increase desire for any of the ubiquitous Care Bears toys or accessories.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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