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Care Bears: Unlock the Magic
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Care Bears: Unlock the Magic reboots the classic 1980s series about cuddly, colorful bears who each have a "belly badge" representing their particular personality (similar to the way Smurfs were identified by their most prominent traits). The content is very mild, focused on positive lessons about feelings and communication and the power of working together.
What's the story?
CARE BEARS: UNLOCK THE MAGIC is a cute and playful reboot of the classic 1980s series, this time featuring the cheerful bear friends exploring a whole new world called The Silver Lining. Working together with their quirky little pals the Whiffles, the Care Bears travel far and wide in their "Cloud Seeker" ship, sowing the "seeds of caring" to help the Care-A-Lot forest spread far and wide. Life isn't always easy -- a grumpy villain named Bluster and his henchwoman will see to that -- but if the bears use their special powers (represented with a colorful symbol on each bear's belly) and work together, things might just turn out OK.
Is it any good?
The series may be on the simplistic side, but the character design and animation are very appealing and the messages are playful and positive, making it a good viewing option for younger kiddos. Care Bears: Unlock the Magic gives kids the opportunity to explore various emotional concepts by talking about each bear's personality and what their individual "belly badge" represents. There are comforting, beneficial messages about self-confidence, persistence, and making a positive contribution to the world. The villain is a bit one-dimensional, even for a little kids' show, but he's not too scary -- more of a generic cackling bully type. But the Care Bears are always able to right his wrongs through the power of cooperation.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about which Care Bear they most identify with and why. Are you more of a Grumpy Bear, of more of a Share Bear? If you could make up a whole new bear character for yourself, which traits would you choose to highlight and what name would you choose?
How do the characters in Care Bears: Unlock the Magic demonstrate compassion and teamwork? How does the show highlight the importance of good communication? Why are these important character strengths?
For kids who love cute friends
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