A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this animated space adventure for preschoolers focuses very heavily on the concept of faith. While there's no overt religious content, the storyline could easily be interpreted as a religious lesson: Share Bear staunchly believes in the existence of Princess Starglo (an otherworldy force with powers over the sun and stars), even when the other Care Bears don't feel the same -- though her unwavering stance convinces the others to join in her cause. Overall, the values of teamwork, friendship, and, especially, belief, are stressed throughout.
What's the story?
It's the annual Twinklet Migration in the land of Carealot -- only this year, these residents from Glitter City who wish to be full-grown stars don't appear in the sky. While Share Bear (voiced by Tracey Moore) believes in Glitter City and Princess Starglo (Anna Cummer) -- the princess in charge of all wishing stars who gives each star a spot in the universe -- the other Care Bears think Princess Starglo and Glitter City are nothing but a fairy tale. When a little Twinklet named Gleamer falls from the sky and befriends Share, she decides to go to Glitter City and meet with Princess Starglo and find out what's happening to the stars.
Is it any good?
Princess Starglo is a witty tell-it-like-it-is character, a nice contrast to the sugary, one-dimension nature of the Care Bears themselves. While kids likely won't care too much about the story's simplicity and blandness, parents can find plenty of better options out there ... especially since they're likely already aware that young viewers will find the Care Bears toys they see in the store even more appealing after watching this movie.
Parents with a working knowledge of how the stars, sun, constellations, and universe work might have difficulty watching this DVD with their children, since it gives such a magical explanation for their existence. On the other hand, Share Bear's unwavering conviction in Princess Starglo should prove a worthwhile example for parents looking to discuss the importance of keeping faith even when no one around you feels the same.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the lessons the Care Bears learn. Why is it important to stay true to your beliefs in the face of opposition? When is it appropriate to question your own beliefs? When is it OK to change your mind?
Kids: Do you want to buy Care Bear products after watching this movie? How do movies like this act like advertising?
Talk about the sky. How are stars actually made? Why does the sun keep shining?
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