The Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation

Movie review by Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Below-average movie pushes merchandise to kids.

G 1986 77 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 2+

Scare Bears? I mean really.

I normally don't leave reviews but, when I read what seemed to be inaccurate evaluation, I decided to weigh in. Here it is line by line and category by category: Positive Messages from the Expert: 3/5 stars and "The guardians of the Care Bears work in partnership to save their cubs. I'll give it 5 out of 5. This is a huge undersell for this story and positive messages is the category in which Care Bears blows most other things straight out of the water. I took some notes while watching this with my family and, without spoiling the plot, this movie tackles: 1. Exceptional Love and Kindness setting a person apart. 2. The importance of loving, caring for, and protecting those in need (in this story, orphans). 3. Encouraging children to express both positive and negative emotions in order to resolve them. 4. The importance of friendship, relying on others, taking care of others, and putting the needs of others ahead of our own. Team work. 5. The importance of family relationships. 6. Being willing to work hard and chip in with mundane tasks as well as fun adventures. 7. Courage in the face of evil. 8. Embracing differences in ourselves and others as something that makes a person special and likeable. 9. Focusing on what is good (e.g., our strengths) rather than what is not (e.g., our weaknesses or shortcomings). 10. The importance of adults in helping children to resolve negative emotions and conflicts (e.g., the bears tend to act as guides to the human children). 11. Bullying is portrayed as negative. 12. Gaining the upper hand and becoming the bully is portrayed as negative. 13. Harming others and manipulating others is portrayed as negative. 14. The importance of taking on responsibilities that grow us. 15. The concept that good begets good. 16. The importance of doing "the little things" for others. 17. The concept of being wary of crooked deals and things that seem too good to be true. 18. The importance of reciprocity in relationships. 19. The idea that it is greater to give than to receive. 20. The ability of love to reform an unloving person. If you ask me, they pretty much nail it. These are all things that I want my kids to internalize and they didn't really leave much out. Violence & Scariness: 3/5 stars and "The guardians of the Care Bears work in partnership to save their cubs." I'll give it 1/5 stars. For fairness sake, I looked up several other movies which I thought might be rated as scary and find it laughable that Care Bears is rated as comparably (or even more) scary but, hey, YMMV so let's start with Care Bears content and then move on to a few counter points. For what it's worth, my son started watching this at two and even now at four has never been scared by it. 1. There is a sea dragon in the very beginning and a storm. He's not very graphic, not very scary, there is no intense violence or anything like that, and he is ultimately defeated by the Care Bears. Still, it is true that they violently wipe the floor with said dragon using their terrifying secret attack... wait... is that a rainbow? Oh. 2. The evil spirit is a shape shifter and often takes the form of a rain cloud that shoots red lightning. He's obviously evil but honestly just is not that scary. Again. Vulnerable to tummy rainbows. 3. The care bears are ultimately caught and imprisoned by Dark Heart (the evil spirit). In captivity, they are kept in what essentially look like bird cages. I guess being locked up is a little bit creepy, hence I will surrender one star for scariness. That said, the bears get themselves caught on purpose for the express purpose of reuiniting with family and being stronger together. They immediately escape their cages as it was all a part of the plan anyways. And a few counterpoints: 1. Monsters Inc. and Monsters University. Movies about Monsters scaring children and rated as LESS scary than Care Bears. Next time we visit Disney World, I'll submit this one to the Laugh Floor. 2. Coraline. A movie about a child-stealing, child-imprisoning, and child-eating creepy looking evil spider witch rated three stars. I just can't see this as on par with that. My oldest still finds her creepy. Nobody here finds this movie creepy. 3. The Croods 2. The end has a few characters in cages or otherwise imprisoned. This scene is so much more graphically terrifying and the content is so much more threatening. It's the most comparable comparison to the Care Bear Scares and it blows them out of the water in terms of intensity. Also worth mentioning that none of my kids are scared of this one either. Consumerism: 4/5 stars and "Care Bear toys are everywhere in stores." Realistically, this should be rated "Not present." I see this a lot on CSM and I really don't agree with this application of it. This movie does not portray wealth, currency, shopping, etc., in any way, shape, or form. The fact that toys exist does not mean that a movie has strong themes of consumerism. Flat disagree. Sexy Stuff, language, drinking, drugs, & smoking: "Not Present." Agreed. In sum, this isn't the biggest budget flick I've ever sat down and watched with my family. The voice acting particularly for Dark Heart isn't just superb and that's probably my biggest complaint. It's still a fun story with excellent messages. It's entertaining, enjoyable, and doesn't have anything really that is objectionable. It's fun to watch with the family and you can also feel safe turning this one on and walking off knowing that your kids won't be exposed to anything questionable if you step out of the room for a moment.

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age 6+

Feel good fun.

This is a great animated movie it's fun feel good and full of good songs and positive messages.

This title has:

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