The Care Bears Movie

Movie review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Not all rainbows and hugs -- some scares, too.
  • G
  • 1985
  • 77 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Care Bears work as a team with cousins from the Forest of Feelings and human children to stop the Evil Spirit.

Violence & Scariness

Evil Spirit causes cloud quakes, fighting among kids, and destruction in land of Care-a-Lot.

Sexy Stuff

Watch out on the next trip to the toy store.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that younger preschoolers might be frightened by the scenes with Evil Spirit, a misty shape that flows out of a magical book and enlists the help of a friendless child named Nicholas to rid the world of all caring. The Evil Spirit causes a cloud quake in Care Bears' world of Care-A-Lot with visuals of broken structures and rainbow bridges. It also causes a fight between kids at the carnival where Nicholas works.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bylldent2000 April 1, 2010


The care bears movie is fine for ages 2 and up. My children love it. I haven't seen anything scary in this movie. Maybe every child is different but my... Continue reading
Adult Written byArchCody February 6, 2021

Great family fun film.

Great film to watch with young kids and can be enjoyable for adults, good feel good and stress free.
Teen, 13 years old Written byThatWW2HistoryGirl August 2, 2020


I remember watching this when I was at least five, and I loved it, still do. I literally cry every time I hear the theme song, because it's just so powerfu... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 7, 2018

Good movie

This is perfect for your toddler. Just watch out for the evil spirit which could be scary for some younger kids.

What's the story?

In THE CARE BEARS MOVIE, the Care Bears, whose mission is to help those humans who have given up on ever feeling loved, target an orphaned girl named Kim, and her brother, Jason. Two Care Bears travel down to Earth and bring them back to Care-A-Lot. Fun and frolicking ensues in the puffy clouds, and the Care Bears win the hearts of the kids. Another Care Bear finds a friendless magician's assistant, Nicholas, who falls under the spell of an Evil Spirit. The Spirit corrupts Nicholas and together they begin a quest to rid all caring from the world. With the help of the bears, Kim, Jason, and the Care Bear cousins from the Forest of Feelings, Nicholas is saved and the Spirit is once again forced back into an old book.

Is it any good?

The Care Bears Movie was made for young kids, but this movie's plot has some dark scenes and parents will want to be close at hand to comfort young viewers. Children may have questions about orphaned kids. Also, for younger kids who are still blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, the Evil Spirit may prove frightening even after the movie is over.

This film was one of the highest grossing kids movies made in Canada. It was a predecessor to the television series and the mass of merchandising that followed. Sugary sweet music provided by Carole King and John Sebastian complement the Care Bear visuals. It has a retro look to it with floating hearts, stars, and rainbows that is stylish today. It's a movie that captures the interest of children across generations.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's important to demonstrate feelings for each other. Also, kids may want to know why Kim and Jason do not have parents in the beginning of the movie.

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