Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot

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CGI enhances the magic of classic friendly characters.

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Educational value

Problem solving is central to every episode, and the troubles range from making amends for a wrong to joining forces to rescue a friend in need. The show's slow pace encourages preschoolers to develop possible solutions to a problem and learn from the ones that don't work.

Positive messages

Positive themes like friendship, selflessness, and helpfulness are illustrated in the stories. Every episode has an important lesson to be learned by the characters and the kids who watch. Even when they're matching wits with the neighborhood "monsters," the bears show kindness in their relationships.

Positive role models

The Care-a-Lot gang personifies positive qualities like sharing, compassion, curiosity, and friendship. Each story centers on a problem the characters must tackle together, offering opportunities for recognizing one another's individual talents and cooperating to get the job done. Even Grumpy has some worthy qualities to offer, especially in how he relates to the human kids and understands that they're not always cheery and fun-loving.

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Consumerism

The Care Bears brand graces everything from greeting cards to cuddly stuffed animals, so the adorable characters are bound to entice little fans.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot encourages preschoolers to explore their feelings through fun adventures with the colorful, cuddly characters. CGI animation brings to life Tenderheart Bear and his circle of classic friends, each of whom embodies a different emotion and brings unique qualities to the group. Their adventures introduce tots to the value of cooperation, curiosity, sharing, problem solving, and being a good friend. As with previous incarnations of these much-loved characters, an extensive product line of toys and accessories is inevitable, so little fans may yearn for tie-in products.

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Kids say

What's the story?

The world's most endearing bears return to TV in CARE BEARS: WELCOME TO CARE-A-LOT, a CGI-animated series starring classic friends like Tenderheart Bear (voiced by David Lodge), Grumpy Bear (Doug Erholtz), Share Bear (Stephanie Sheh), and Funshine Bear (Michael Sinterniklaaas), plus a curious new cub named Wonderheart Bear (Michaela Dean). Set in the bears' home in the clouds, the series centers on the characters' interactions and adventures and shows how they solve the problems that arise along the way. Often they're joined by a child who's magically transported to Care-a-Lot by Tenderheart, who senses the youngster's need to learn the day's lesson firsthand.

Is it any good?

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Lovable, cuddly, and ever engaging, the Care Bears have delighted kids for decades by personifying the myriad of feelings familiar to preschoolers. Whether you're cheery, adventurous, or even a little grumpy on any given day, there's a bear who knows what you're going through, and watching how the circle of friends sees past their differences to embrace one another has positive social messages for tots. A likely fan favorite among the Welcome to Care-a-Lot cast is newcomer Wonderheart Bear, whose youthful curiosity gives a voice to all kinds of preschool-age questions.

Modern CGI does wonders for this colorful bunch, giving new dimension and detail to the characters and making the special powers of their trademark Belly Badges that much more magical in kids' eyes. Of course, the downside is that when the stuffed replicas of these adorable characters hit store shelves, your tots are bound to be even more drawn to their favorites.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about solving problems. What did the Care Bears learn from the problem they encountered? How did they rely on their friends to help them solve it? What did they learn from the experience?

  • Kids: Who's your favorite Care Bear? Why? Do you think you share some of his or her personality qualities? How do these qualities help make you a good friend to others?

  • Have you noticed the Care Bears' pictures on items in the store? If so, which ones? Does seeing their images on something make you more inclined to want it? Why?

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Kid, 10 years old August 8, 2012
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The Reboot of CB

I'm actually quite offended. The Hub rebooted CB because of the brony phenomenon. They wanted a repeat. Idiots! MLP had love and dedication, it had brilliant animators and artists. Great music, and most of all, Lauren Faust calling the shots. As for this, this was made out of greed for money. But for the kids, it's just fine. But gets too sugary for ones like me.
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Parent of an infant, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 year old Written bymykidsarebabies April 13, 2015
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MY OLD KIDS WATCHED TOO

THEY HATE IT BUT WHO DARES
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Adult Written byhellofelipe April 3, 2015
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Acceptable.. in small dosages

First of all I cant believe Care Bears are still around, but hey if the money flows right? the show its self is ok, definitely not like the old ones. It's too bad WonderHeart is such a brat, if it wasn't for her constant nagging and the shows unhealthy obsession with Grumpy Bear, it could've been better. Nothing against Grumpy Bear, but there's way way way better role models they could focus a bit more on. Instead, it's Wonderheart annoying Grumpy Bear, and Grumpy Bear with his negative attitude for the duration of most episodes. I'd limit this for your little ones.
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