The Care Bears (TV series)

The Care Bears (TV series)
The Care Bears (TV series)
Format Animated children's television series
Created by Linda Denham
Elena Kucharik
Starring Billie Mae Richards
Jim Henshaw
Dan Hennessey
Chris Wiggins
Melleny Brown
Luba Goy
Eva Almos
John Stocker
Tara Strong
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 100[verification needed] (List of episodes)
Running time 30 min. (per episode)
Production company(s) Atkinson Film-Arts (1983 and 1984 specials)
DIC Entertainment
(Cookie Jar Entertainment) (1985)
Nelvana (1986–1988)
Distributor TV syndication:
LBS Communications
(1985, DiC episodes only)
SFM Entertainment (1988, Nelvana episodes only)
20th Century Fox Television (DiC episodes)
Lionsgate (Nelvana episodes)
Original channel United States:
Syndication (DIC episodes, 1985)
ABC (Nelvana series, 1986–1988)
Global (Nelvana series)
Original run September 14, 1985 (1985-09-14) – July 25, 1988 (1988-07-25)
Related shows Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-lot (2007–2009)

The Care Bears is an animated television series based on the Care Bears franchise, which aired between 1985 and 1988 in syndication; on the ABC network in the United States; and on Global in Canada. The 1985 episodes were produced by DIC Entertainment; the ABC/Global episodes were made by Toronto's Nelvana studio as The Care Bears Family. This is the only Care Bears series produced by Nelvana; 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 Professor Coldheart (DIC episodes), or No Heart (Nelvana episodes), try to thwart their plans.

Voice cast

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Maxine Miller True Heart Bear
Pam Hyatt Noble Heart Horse
Billie Mae Richards Tenderheart Bear (DIC episodes)
Bright Heart Raccoon (Nelvana episodes)
Jim Henshaw Tenderheart Bear (Nelvana episodes)
Walker Boone Bright Heart Raccoon (DiC episodes)
Dan Hennessey Brave Heart Lion, Loyal Heart Dog, Good Luck Bear (DIC episodes)
Melleny Brown Cheer Bear, Birthday Bear, Baby Tugs Bear
Bob Dermer Grumpy Bear
Luba Goy Lotsa Heart Elephant, Gentle Heart Lamb
Patricia Black Share Bear, Funshine Bear
Eva Almos Friend Bear, Swift Heart Rabbit
Louise Vallance Proud Heart Cat
Marla Lukofsky Good Luck Bear (Nelvana episodes), Playful Heart Monkey
Pauline Rennie Cozy Heart Penguin, Treat Heart Pig, Grams Bear
Janet-Laine Green Wish Bear
Susan Roman Champ Bear (Nelvana episodes)
Terry Sears Champ Bear (DIC episodes)
Linda Sorenson Love-a-Lot Bear
Laurie Waller-Benson Bedtime Bear
Chris Wiggins No Heart
John Stocker Beastly
Terri Hawkes Shreeky, Baby Hugs Bear
Len Carlson Professor Coldheart
Tony Rosato Frostbite


Broadcast and distribution

Airing history

United States

United Kingdom


Home video

(All DiC episodes have been released by UAV; 20th Century Fox has started to reissue them since 2007. The entire series from Nelvana is not yet complete; numbers after each episode [see above] are given as a guide to what can found on each collection. Further, all episodes released on DVD (with the exception of the DIC episodes) are based on the combined syndication package, including "The Land Without Feelings" which was released with two commemorative plushies for the franchise's 25th anniversary.)

The DiC episodes - UAV

  • Bedtime Stories
  • The Last Laugh
  • Care Bears to the Rescue

The DiC episodes were released under the following volumes.

  • Daydreams (includes episode Last Laugh mislabeled as The Show Must Go On)
  • Celebration
  • Forever Friends
  • Fun in the Sun
  • Starry Skies
  • Dreamland
  • Tenderheart Tales
  • Land of Enchantment

The DIC episodes have been re-released a third time:

  • Forest of Feelings
  • Sharing in the Sunshine
  • Carousel of Dreams
  • Magical Moments

The complete DIC series (with its original opening and closing titles) is now available from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment as a single boxset entitled the "Care-a-lot Collection".

The Nelvana episodes - Magna DVD (Region 4 Australia)

In Production 52x30 Episodes were made in the Nelvana Series, But Fans tend to list the 15 minute stories as separate episodes. Magna DVD Released all 52 Episodes In Chronological Order in 2004 In Australia On 12 Separate DVD Volumes.

The Nelvana episodes - Lions Gate/FHE DVD (Region 1 USA)

  • Adventures in Care-a-Lot (February 17, 2004)
  • Kingdom of Caring (February 17, 2004)
  • Festival of Fun (February 1, 2005)
  • Magical Adventures (February 1, 2005)
  • Bears Share a Scare (July 12, 2005)
  • Season of Caring (July 12, 2005)
  • The Gift Of Caring (March 28, 2006)
  • Hearts at Sea (July 11, 2006)
  • Friends Forever (March 6, 2007)
  • Fitness Fun (August 28, 2007)
  • King of the Moon (July 1, 2008)
  • Give Thanks (October 28, 2008)

Nelvana DVDs Included with toys

  • #101 - A Care Bear's look at Food Facts and Fables / The Thing that came to Stay
  • #105 - The Care Bears Exercise Show / Cheer Of the Jungle
  • #106 - Care-a-Lot's Birthday
  • #107 - The Wrath of Shreeky
  • #108 - Bedtime For Care-a-Lot / The Cloud Monster
  • #109 - Space Bubbles / Cheer Bear's Chance
  • #110 - Beautiful Dreamer / The Lost Gift
  • #111 - The Most Ancient Gift / Coconut Crazy
  • #112 - The Great Race
  • #113 - Lotsa Heart's Wish / Order on the Court
  • #115 - The Turnabout / The Best Way to Make New Friends
  • #117 - The Long Lost Care Bears
  • #118 - Grams Bear's Thanksgiving Surprise
  • #119 - Desert Gold / Bad Luck Friday
  • #120 - Music Video / Lost at Sea
  • #121 - Ski Trouble / Under The Big-Top
  • #125 - King of the Moon / On Duty
  • #126 - Bravest of the Brave
  • #135 - Grumpy's Three Wishes
  • #137 - The Magic Lamp / The Purple Chariot
  • #138 - Song Fellow Strum and His Magic Train / The Sleeping Giant
  • #139 - Caring For Spring
  • #140 - The Best Way to Make Friends / The Fabulous Care Bears' Safety Game
  • #141 - The Camp Out / Doctor Brightenstein's Monster
  • #142 - The Care Bears Exercise Show
  • #143 - Coconut Crazy
  • #145 - The Care Bears Book of Facts and Fables
  • #146 - The Two Princesses


In Remote Control: Power, Cultures and the World of Appearances, Barbara Kruger referred to the series as "a veritable position paper, a saccharinely preachy manifesto on 'caring.'"[2]


  1. ^ "TELETOON Retro Fall 2011 - New & Returning Series". Retrieved 2011-07-25. "Premieres Saturday, September 10 at 6:30 a.m. ET .. 49 x 30 mins" 
  2. ^ Kruger, Barbara (1994). "March 1987". Remote Control: Power, Cultures, and the World of Appearances. MIT Press. pp. 86–87. ISBN 0-262-61106-6. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 

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