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Care Bears (TV series)

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Care Bears
Original title card for the series
Created byLinda Denham
Elena Kucharik
Developed bySandy Fries
Jack Olesker
Written byEleanor Burian-Mohr
Randal Case
Howard R. Cohen
Matt Geller
Jack Hanrahan
Don Hart
Shelly Karol
Francis Moss
Jack Olesker
Bruce Reisman
Directed byJames A. Simon
StarringBillie Mae Richards
Jayne Eastwood
Janet Laine-Green
Luba Goy
Eva Almos
Melleny Brown
Dan Hennessey
Pauline Rennie
Patrice Black
Laurie Waller Benson
Bob Dermer
Marla Lukofsky
Country of originFrance
United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11 (22 segments) (list of episodes)
Executive producersAndy Heyward
Tetsuo Katayama
ProducerJean Chalopin
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesDIC Enterprises
Those Characters From Cleveland
LBS Communications
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 14 (1985-09-14) –
November 23, 1985 (1985-11-23)

Care Bears is an animated television series based on the franchise of the same name. After two specials in 1983, the main series began in 1985. The series was produced by DIC Audiovisuel's American branch DIC Enterprises and aired on syndication a while after the theatrical release of the first movie in the series.

In 1986, The Care Bears Family, a successor series by the Canadian studio Nelvana that had produced the movies, aired on Global in Canada and on ABC in the United States.

In 2007, Sabella Dern Entertainment produced a revival, Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot.


The Care Bears live in a faraway place up in the clouds called Care-a-Lot, which constitutes a part of the Kingdom of Caring. With the help of the Cousins and their Buddies, they go all around the world on Missions in Caring whilst they try to thwart the plans of the evil Professor Coldheart.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
Specials2April 22, 1983 (1983-04-22)April 6, 1984 (1984-04-06)N/A
DIC series11September 14, 1985 (1985-09-14)November 23, 1985 (1985-11-23)Syndication
113September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)December 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)ABC (U.S.)
Global (Canada)
26September 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)October 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
330September 12, 1988 (1988-09-12)November 25, 1988 (1988-11-25)Syndication (U.S.)
Global (Canada)

Voice cast[edit]

  • Billie Mae Richards – Tenderheart Bear, David’s Mother, Sharon Wayland, Keith, Kara's Mother, Matthew Miller
  • Jayne Eastwood – Birthday Bear, Tommy, Willis Carter
  • Janet-Laine Green – Wish Bear, Mary, Mrs. Miller (Matthew Miller's Mother), Tricia
  • Luba Goy – Gentle Heart Lamb, Lotsa Heart Elephant, Susie’s Mother
  • Eva Almos – Friend Bear, Swift Heart Rabbit, Cathy, Charlie, Elaine, Jimmy, Kathy, Lisa, Melanie, Millie Jacobs' Mother, Sanford
  • Linda Sorenson – Love-a-Lot Bear, Amy, Benny, Jeffrey, Kara, Lisa's Mother, Mrs. Peale (Patti Johnson's Teacher), Paula Schaefer, Sandra, Talking Star, Wendy
  • Melleny Brown – Cheer Bear, Becky, Missy, Jill Wayland, Millie Jacobs
  • Len Carlson – Professor Coldheart, Jim, Strato Nefarious
  • Louise Vallance – Proud Heart Cat, Mary
  • Dan Hennessey – Good Luck Bear, Brave Heart Lion, Loyal Heart Dog, Captain McDougal, Cloud Worm, Counselor Bob, Dentist, Mr. Miller (Matthew Miller's Father), Mayor of Abbotsville[citation needed]
  • Pauline Rennie – Cozy Heart Penguin, Treat Heart Pig, Melanie’s Mother, Timmy
  • Patrice Black – Funshine Bear, Share Bear, Chris, Eddie, Joey, Joey and Elaine's Mother, Linda, Mary’s Mother
  • Laurie Waller Benson – Doug, Hal, Jill, Millie Jacob's Teacher, Murphy, Susie, Talking Star
  • Theresa Sears – Champ Bear, Amy, Fred, Joshua
  • Bob Dermer – Grumpy Bear, Frostbite, Amy’s Husband, Carl, Charlie, David, Eddie, Firefighter, Joey and Elaine's Father, Ken, Mr. Bland (Mayor of Drab City), Mr. Poole, Narrator, Race Flag Man
  • Joyce Gordon – Auntie Freeze


  • Sean Roberge – Bedtime Bear
  • Jim Henshaw – Bright Heart Raccoon, Jeff, Ben Wayland, Melanie’s Father, Mr. Johnson (Patti Johnson's Father)
  • Marla Lukofsky – Playful Heart Monkey, Patti Johnson
  • Brennan Thicke – Joey

Home media[edit]

United States[edit]

The series has seen a few VHS releases from Kideo Video (distributed by Karl-Lorimar Home Video), DIC Video (distributed by Promotional Concept Group and Avon Products) and DIC Toon-Time Video (distributed by BMG Kidz and Buena Vista Home Video) throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

In March 2003, Sterling Entertainment released two releases on VHS and DVD: "Bedtime Stories", "The Last Laugh" and a third one: "To the Rescue" on July 2003. Each release contained six or seven episodes, with a bonus episode on the DVD version, while "To the Rescue" contained a bonus Sylvanian Families episode. An additional DVD, "Daydreams", was released on February 4, 2004, and contained a Strawberry Shortcake short as a bonus on the DVD version.

Sterling would later release all 22 episodes in seven-volume collections in 2004 entitled Celebration, Dreamland, Forever Friends, Land of Enchantment, Starry Skies, Tenderheart Tales and Fun in the Sun.

In 2007, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment acquired the rights to the original DIC series and re-released all the DIC-produced episodes on DVD in five-volume collections entitled Care-A-Lot Adventures, Forest of Feelings, Magical Moments, Carousel of Dreams and Sharing in the Sunshine.

On August 26, 2008, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released Care Bears: Care-A-Lot Collection on DVD in Region 1.[1] The two-disc set features all 22 episodes of the series (with its original opening and closing titles).

In 2013, Mill Creek Entertainment acquired the rights to the series and subsequently released three-volume collections which contain six episodes each, on September 10, 2013.

On October 6, 2015, Mill Creek released The Care Bears – The Complete Original Series on DVD in Region 1.[2] The two-disc set features all 22 episodes of the series.


In the United Kingdom, Maximum Entertainment released the whole DIC series on four DVD sets and two VHS releases under license from Jetix Europe (who at the time owned the international distribution rights to the pre-1990 DIC library).

Volume 1, released in August 2004 contained the first two episodes (1 on the VHS) alongside the Freeze Machine and Land without Feelings specials. Volume 2, released in October 2004 contained five episodes, and The Magic Shop (released in February 2005) and The Girl who Cried Wolf (released in August 2005) each contained three episodes, with the Freeze Machine special appearing on the latter again for an unknown reason, likely as filler. Both sets were released in two compilations titled "Volumes 1 and 2" (released in January 2005) and "Wedding Bells" (Released in May 2005), each containing two discs with their respective volumes.

The separate volumes were re-released again in 2007, with the former two volumes being released simply as Care Bears. Another compilation titled Happy Birthday, Care Bears was released by Maximum in February 2008, containing 12 episodes set within two discs. Lace DVD re-issued the DVDs again in 2011 as well was releasing the entire series in a four-disc boxset. These versions are identical to Maximum's releases.

In 2016, Platform Entertainment would release four DVDs of the series.


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