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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
More entertainment than education, this movie does include some positive social lessons about standing up for your beliefs and working together.
Positive messages about characters working together to solve problems. Share Bear maintains her beliefs even when the others doubt her faith in them; the necessity of belief is upheld through songs and characters' actions.
Positive Role Models
Share Bear nurtures a Twinklet (a star in training), and it's her unwavering belief in Princess Starglo that motivates the others to work together to fix a problem that impacts everyone.
Violence & Scariness
Oopsy falls from the sky while picking bumbleberries. Grumpy gets struck by lightning and thrown out of a spaceship. Grumpy also gets struck with a lightning bolt in his rear.
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Products & Purchases
The Care Bears are part of a large toy/marketing franchise, and this movie serves in part as an extended commercial for Care Bear products.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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