The Care Bears Movie

  • Review Date: July 1, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1985
  • Running Time: 77 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Not all rainbows and hugs -- some scares, too.
  • Review Date: July 1, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1985
  • Running Time: 77 minutes

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Watch out on the next trip to the toy store.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 29, 1985
DVD release date:March 20, 2007
Cast:George Engel, Jackie Burroughs, Mickey Rooney
Director:Arna Sleznick
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Friendship
Run time:77 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Parent Written bylldent2000 April 1, 2010
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

Entertaining

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 kids love it. They are always asking to see it. They run around singing the songs even when the movie is not on. I even watch it with them. I have been a care bears fan since I was younger.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byvrosesa April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Love the Care Bears!!!

Parent of a 4, 5, and 7 year old Written by3girlsmom April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

We own this

The absolute only thing that is questionable for 2-5yr olds is the scary Evil Spirit. Your young children would appreciate you sitting with them if they are sensitive at all, but there is no hurting others, crude comments, sexual innuendos, etc. My 3,4,and 6yr olds all enjoy it. The songs are very catchy and cheerful, and present a sense of love and respect.

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