The Care Bears Movie

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

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 6 reviews

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
Language
Consumerism

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

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... Continue reading
Parent of a 4, 5, and 7 year old Written by3girlsmom April 9, 2008

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 sen... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old January 22, 2010

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

How in the heck is a CLOUDQUAKE scary? Nothing is scary!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU CARE BEARS!!!!!!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH I WANT CARE-A-LOT TO BE REAL!!!!!!!!!! ITS NOT SC... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byphillys fan April 9, 2008

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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