Care Bears: Adventures in Care-A-Lot

Common Sense Media says

Cuddly friends teach kids about feelings.

Age

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Storylines illustrate positive ways to express feelings and show caring for others. Characters learn lessons in friendship, honesty, and patience. Good always triumphs over bad.

Positive role models

Each Care Bear has a special caring ability that allows him or her to help others in a unique way. But the bears don't always do the right thing at first, leaving room for important lessons in friendship, respecting others, and morals. There's also an obvious villain named Grizzle who makes trouble for the Care-a-Lot gang, but even he learns a positive lesson from time to time.

Violence & scariness

No violence, but the bears' stern, scheming nemesis, Grizzle, may seem frightening to some youngsters.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

May increase kids' interest in the many Care Bears toys and other products lining store shelves.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the cheerful bears in this cartoon series learn positive lessons about feelings and caring, including the importance of being a good friend, the value of honesty, and the fact that it's OK to ask for help when you need it. Kids will relate to storylines that illustrate how responsible youngsters resolve issues with friends and work together to ensure everyone's happiness. A potential speed bump for very young viewers may be the stern, sometimes-menacing character Grizzle.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

CARE BEARS: ADVENTURES IN CARE-A-LOT -- an updated version of the '80s show -- focuses on the colorful bears' escapades and highlights how each one shares his or her unique way of caring with friends. Each Care Bear relies on his or her own special caring ability -- and their powerful belly badges -- to see each other through the ups and downs of life. The friends must also join forces against the schemes of their nemesis, Grizzle, an oversized bear who often causes trouble for the residents of Care-A-Lot. But fortunately for them, Grizzle's evil plots are no match for the bears' combined caring power -- and even he begrudgingly acknowledges the lessons everyone learns in friendship, morals, and respecting others' feelings.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids will easily relate to the troubles that arise among the Care Bears and may benefit from watching them resolve their differences with positive word choices and an understanding of others' feelings. And parents who remember the cuddly characters from their own childhood will get an extra kick out of sharing this series with their kids. All of that said, it's worth noting that very young viewers may find Grizzle's stern appearance and insistence on raising turmoil among the Care Bears a bit frightening and/or upsetting.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about feelings and how we express them. What kinds of things make you angry? How does your mood change when your feelings are hurt? Do you talk to anyone about how you feel? How else can people deal with feelings? How do you respond when a friend is feeling down? If you were a Care Bear, what would your special caring ability be?

TV details

Cast:Ashleigh Ball, Ian James Corlett, Richard Ian Cox
Network:CBS
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

This review of Care Bears: Adventures in Care-A-Lot was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Adult Written byindigoskye April 9, 2008
AGE
0
QUALITY
 

cute show primarily

It is warm and friendly and children of older ages should be encouraged to think about the consequences and behavior messages.
Teen, 13 years old Written byF-Zero studios September 19, 2010
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

This teaches small children about feelings

small children will love this show
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written by012345678900000 December 20, 2012
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

:DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

:DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Digital Compass