Care Bears

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The Care Bears are a very successful toy franchise from the 1980s. Over forty million of these stuffed teddy bears, made with a variety of colours, were sold from 1983 to 1987. Each Bear had a name, a job, and a symbol tied to it. For example, Funshine Bear helps people wake up, and has a sun on his stomach.

The toys were first made as characters on cards in 1981; the original artwork was done by Elena Kucharik. Later, other toys called the Care Bear Cousins were introduced.

They also gave way to three animated movies for the cinema in the mid-1980s. A related TV series from DIC and, later, Canada's Nelvana Limited came out at almost that same time.

Recently, Care Bear toys have been brought back in a new edition for the twenty-first century. As part of this comeback, the Bears have appeared in their first two DVD movies (both computer-animated), as well as a few video games.

Care Bears[change | change source]

First ten[change | change source]

Name Colour Gender Symbol
Bedtime Bear Cyan Male Curved moon
Birthday Bear Yellow Male Cupcake
Cheer Bear Magenta Female Rainbow
Friend Bear Amber Female Two flowers
Funshine Bear Lemon yellow Male Smiling sun
Good Luck Bear Green Male Four-leaf clover
Grumpy Bear Blue Male Rain cloud
Love-A-Lot Bear Rose Female Two hearts
Tenderheart Bear Bronze Male Red heart
Wish Bear Aquamarine Female Shooting star which forms a yellow rainbow

The later additions[change | change source]

USA – 1980s
Name Colour Gender Symbol
Baby Hugs Bear Pink Female Smiling Star inside a Pink Heart
Baby Tugs Bear Cyan Male Smiling star inside a diaper
Champ Bear Azure Male Trophy
Grams Bear Turquoise Female Rose
Harmony Bear Purple Female Smiling Flower
Secret Bear Magenta Female Padlock
Share Bear Lilac Female Two Crossed lollipops with hearts on them
Take Care Bear Magenta Female Smiling heart
True Heart Bear Pink Female Radiating star inside a heart
UK – 1980s
Name Colour Gender Symbol
Daydream Bear Indigo Male Heart Shaped Planet
Forest Friend Bear Tan Male Trees
I Love You Bear Yellow Female Red heart with the words "I Love You" written on it
Sea Friend Bear Cyan Male Wave
Surprise Bear Violet Female Jack-in-the-box

New Bears (2004)[change | change source]

Name Colour Gender Symbol
America Cares Bear White Female Shooting star
Do-Your-Best Bear Lime green Female Kite
Always There Bear Red Female Two smiling pink and lavender intertwined hearts
Laugh-A-Lot Bear Orange Female Laughing star
All My Heart Bear Red Female A pair of concentric red hearts
Bashful Heart Bear Spring green Male Pink heart hiding behind a cloud with a rainbow
Best Friend Bear Violet Female Smiling heart and star linked by a rainbow
Too Loud Bear Red Male Yellow and red bullhorn with red heart mark
Messy Bear Cyan Male Silly tornado
Me Bear Pink Female Smiling heart-shaped mirror
Hopeful Heart Bear Magenta Female Glowing heart
Play-a-Lot Bear Cyan Male Violet bouncing ball with red heart stamp and a rainbow trail
Thanks-A-Lot Bear Blue-green Female Shooting star
Smart Heart Bear Scarlet Female Red apple
Amigo Bear Orange Male Orange swirly sun
Superstar Bear Lemon yellow Female Sparkling star
Heartsong Bear Cyan Female Music note surrounded by multicolored hearts
Sweet Dreams Bear Violet Female Light pink moon resting on a cloud surrounded by small hearts
Shine Bright Bear Rose Female Smiling sun inside a purple heart
Work of Heart Bear Rainbow Female Yellow heart-shaped artist's palette with heart-shaped paints
Oopsy Bear Chartreuse green Male Shooting Star

Care Bear Cousins[change | change source]

Name Colour Gender Symbol
Brave Heart Lion Bronze Male Heart with a crown
Bright Heart Raccoon Lavender Male Heart shaped lightbulb
Cozy Heart Penguin Lilac Female Heart w/cap
Gentle Heart Lamb Lime green Female Heart-shaped pillow
Lotsa Heart Elephant Pink Female Pink weight
Loyal Heart Dog Cyan Male Heart-shaped medal
Noble Heart Horse Purple Male Multi-colored Heart
Perfect and Polite Panda Black and White Male Star
Playful Heart Monkey Yellow Male Heart w/ party hat
Proud Heart Cat Turquoise female Heart inside star
Swift Heart Rabbit Cyan Female Heart with wings
Treat Heart Pig Yellow Female Ice cream cone

The movies[change | change source]

  1. The Care Bears Movie (1985)
  2. Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (1986)
  3. The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland (1987)
  4. Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot (2004) (direct to video)
  5. The Care Bears' Big Wish Movie (2005) (direct to video)
  6. Care Bears: Oopsy Does It! (2007) (direct to video)
  7. Care Bears: Share Bear Shines (2009) (direct to video)

Care Bears in other languages[change | change source]

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