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[[caption-width-right:350:"They'll always be there!"]]

'''''Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot''''' is a CGI-animated series airing on Creator/TheHub based on the highly popular Franchise/CareBears franchise. The series premiered on June 2, 2012 and has been ordered for 26 episodes. The series follows in the vein of the previous ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot'' by featuring both episodes in which the Care Bears must help out real kids, but also includes those focusing solely on the bears themselves. The previously introduced character of Oopsy Bear has been eliminated, as well as the villain Grizzle and his robotic minions. The series instead features Beastly, a villainous minion from the 80s series, though he has become much more of a comic mischief-maker, accompanied by two little "Beasties." The series also restores Tenderheart Bear as the leader of the characters, and introduces a new young girl bear named Wonderheart Bear, Tenderheart's niece, a ConstantlyCurious bear who doesn't quite know what her belly badge does, though she's trying hard to learn. New episodes aired on Saturday mornings on The Hub and repeats were seen throughout the week. Episodes were presented in widescreen HD where available. Recent episodes could also viewed at The Hub's official website.


The series only lasted one season and after about a year with no new episodes, it was clear nothing new was in production. Hasbro's mismanagement of the Hub Network (and the franchise as a whole) effectively doomed the series, and in September 2014, it was announced that the network would become Creator/DiscoveryFamily and that that the show would be dropped completely from its line-up. This was soon followed by an [[http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/13/netflix-care-bears/ announcement]] that a [[WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins new]] ''[[WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins Care Bears]]'' [[WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins series]] would be brought to Creator/{{Netflix}}, one featuring [[TheBusCameBack the Care Bear Cousins for the first time since the franchise was revived in 2000.]]

Character details can be found [[Characters/CareBears here]].

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!!''Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot'' includes examples of:

* AdBreakDoubleTake: Sometimes used, such as in "Sleuth of Bears" when the group encounters the supposed ghost of Benefair.
* AllYourColorsCombined: The only way to open Shiver Me Timbear's chest in "Bearied Treasure"
* AmplifierArtifact: The Care and Share Charms that Tenderheart Bear sometimes gives children seem to have this power, bringing out latent courage or assertiveness they didn't realize they had within them.
* AntiHero / AntiVillain: Beastly, depending on the episode.
* AwardBaitSong: "When Life is Like a Sad Song" from "Sad About You" has a definite feel of this and comes complete with Joy (the human visitor of the day) and Grumpy Bear waving candles, a reference to the [[RaisedLighterTribute candle-waving or lighter-raising]] often seen at the performances of certain power ballads, most notably Music/LynyrdSkynyrd's "[=FreeBird=]."
* BearyFriendly: Well, these are the Care Bears after all.
* BrokenBird: In "Sad About You," Joy has given up on friendship and happiness because her best friend moves away and she's worried that if she makes friends, she'll just be hurt if she loses them again. [[spoiler:The bears help her to see that the positive benefits of friendship are worth the possibility of loss and that even if someone does go away, you still have the happy memories.]]
* BunniesForCuteness: Wonderheart is cute as is. But her cuteness is enhanced by ''Floppy Bunny'', her CompanionCube plush rabbit.
* CareBearStare: Less so tha the original series, but used from time to time.
* CelestialDeadline: The feeling flu must be cured before sundown or else the personality swap effects last forever.
* ChirpingCrickets: In "Shunshine," when Funshine is introduced in the pie-eating contest, there is no applause because he's been acting as a jerk with a big ego ever since he won the Care Bear-athon. So a cricket chirping is heard instead, then he cheers for himself.
* CluelessAesop: "Welcome to Grump-a-Lot" had a [[AnAesop stated lesson]] about controlling your emotions when you get frustrated, conveniently ignoring that the only reason why Grumpy was so frustrated in the first place was that the others were acting like inconsiderate jerks towards him, ignoring his wish for privacy and refusing to leave him alone until he seriously lost his temper with them. It also totally goes against Grumpy's purpose in the Care Bears cast- teaching kids it's okay to sometimes be grumpy.
* {{Doppelganger}}: A duplicate of Share Bear created by her belly badge in "Share Squared."
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: "Share Squared," possibly others
** When this happens at the end of "Welcome to Grump-a-Lot," Grumpy Bear comments "Enough with the laughter" and then [[AsideGlance tosses a wink]] at the audience.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: Rainbows have pretty much always had power in the ''Care Bears'' franchise, but in this series their power seems to have been turned UpToEleven with rainbow rays and more. There's also a "Let's Make a Rainbow" song that has been used more than once. Official and full version can be viewed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4jQ6i57SS8 here.]]
* ExpendableClone: Played with / parodied in "Share Squared." Share Bear comments that her duplicate will have to make the "ultimate sacrifice" and admits that she'll miss her... "for about an hour, and then I'll be over it."
* FurryReminder: When ever Harmony would get very upset, she would swipe her paws with a sharp sound effect.
* FantasySequence & ImagineSpotting: Hilariously LampShaded by Grumpy Bear after Wonderheart does a song number in her head in which she imagines using her belly badge power. "Even had a fantasy sequence and everything."
* FixFic: There are episodes now where Grumpy's stated purpose in the franchise, helping children to express and deal with their negative emotions is seen as the ''right'' thing to do. Previous series (most notoriously the Nelvana show) downplayed and derided this role, mostly using him as a mere curmudgeon.
* ForcedMeme: Trying to capitalize on the success of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', somebody in PR came up with [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/tv/the-hub-hopes-men-will-start-calling-themselves-belly-bros-and-care-dudes.html nicknames for the potential periphery demographic,]] "Belly Bros" and "Care Dudes." Unsurprisingly, The Hub [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/the-hub-no-longer-encourages-%e2%80%9cbelly-bros%e2%80%9d-and-%e2%80%9ccare-dudes%e2%80%9d.html immediately backpedaled on this.]] It didn't appear to affect the chances of ''Welcome to Care-a-lot'' gaining a PeripheryDemographic as reports came in that the premiere of the show, along with ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}'', delivered some of the network's best ratings to date in all demographic areas.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: An easily overlooked one appears in the episode ''Night Bears'', where Wonderheart uses the phrase ''Take Heart!'' to activate her belly badge powers in her dream sequence. This would come back in the sequel series WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins not only as the cousins' catch phrase, but is also an important indication of Wonderheart's belly badge powers.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When trying to avoid Aiden in "More Fun with Grumpy," Funshine states "I have to do this thing... What bears have to do when they're in the forest."
* HarmlessVillain: It seems as though Beastly was put in simply because it was felt a "villain" was needed, though even when he does show up, it's only comic mischief-making at best.
* HappyDance: Grumpy Bear can do a good one when he thinks nobear is looking.
* HeyThatsMyLine: Harmony Bear to Share Bear in "More Fun with Grumpy" when Share tells Funshine to "face the music."
* HiccupHijinks: "Holiday Hics"
* InNameOnly: The Beastly in this series is not the same as the one from the 80s.
* IWantSong: Wonderheart Bear's "Can't Wait To Be The One"
* KeepAway: Beastly pulls this on Funshine Bear with a ball in "More Fun with Grumpy."
* LessEmbarrassingTerm: Grumpy Bear doesn't have a backpack. It's a "Care-y-all." Oh, and it also seems to be a BagOfHolding; in one episode Bedtime rummages through it but can't find anything. Grumpy reaches in, gets what he wants, and says it's "all in the grab."
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Pretty much every Care Bear that isn't part of the main cast or [[BrotherChuck Chucked]] out of the series appears as either a background character or in a minor role.
* MalfunctionMalady: The hiccups Tenderheart gets in "Holiday Hics".
* MarshmallowDream: In the episode ''Night Bears'', Grumpy dreams that he has a bottomless pantry, and he starts feasting on the food in the pantry. The scene then fades back to reality, showing that Grumpy is actually invoking this trope.
* MesACrowd: "Share Squared"
* NiceHat: On Wonderheart Bear and Floppy Bunny in "Holi-Stage." They can be seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqEVXKo6WOM&feature=g-all this official video.]]
* NoAntagonist: In about half the episodes so far, particularly those that focus on the Bears' issues.
* NoodleIncident: One of the pictures of the Bears' previous picture day in the episode ''Lazy Susan'' has Funshine puling on the tail of a goat while the other bears are fleeing, then followed by another of him lounging at the beach, ''piņa colada'' in one hand, with a rather happy looking goat. No context or explanation for the latter picture was given.
* OutOfOrder: The episode numbers given on the videos presented on the Hub's website make it obvious the episodes are being presented very much out of order.
* PersonalitySwap: Happens in "Feeling Flu" when all of the main cast members, bar Tenderheart and Harmony, catch an odd flu that causes them to swap personalities and feelings. Tenderheart already had it as a kid, and Harmony managed to avoid by taking extra-good care of herself in preparation for an upcoming concert. Cheer Bear gets Grumpy Bear's personality, while Funshine's goes to Share Bear. Grumpy Bear gets Cheer Bear's personality, and Cheer gets Grumpy's. Wonderheart Bear and Beastly directly swap personalities.
* PictureDay: Seen in "Lazy Susan," Harmony Bear tries desperately to keep the other bears from getting dirty since they've always looked terrible in their photos before.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Hayden and Jayden
* RecordNeedleScratch: Used in "When the Bear's Away..." when Tenderheart interrupts Cheer's party fantasies.
* RebelliousSpirit: In "Over Bearing," prim and proper Peter becomes this after Funshine Bear and Grumpy Bear start encouraging him to break rules. "I want to break all the rules in Care-a-Lot! I'll jump in the leaves! I'll yell in the house! I'll never follow another rule again! I'm a bear in the woods and I listen to no man! Mine!"
* SchoolBullyingIsHarmless: Type 2 and Type 3... '''''subverted'''''. In "Bully Exposed," when a girl named Madison keeps bullying a girl named Kaylee, the Franchise/CareBears advise her to tell Madison how she feels and even give her tips on body language. But when Madison still refuses to stop the bullying, the Care Bears pull off a magnificent CareBearStare and Madison is forced to cool down and explain ''why'' she's been bullying Kaylee. It turns out it was a case of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]]. They do agree to be friends, but if not for that Care Bear Stare...
* ScoobyDooHoax: The episode ''Sleuth of Bears'' presents this trope wholesale. Guess who's the mythical "Scare Bear". It even comes complete with a villain-unmasking scene.
* ScoutOut: "Cub Bouts," in which Wonderheart Bear wants to join the Cub Bouts.
* ShapedLikeItself: Grumpy Bear laments that Harmony Bear's flowers are so floral, her harmonies are so harmonious and her music is so musical.
* ShoutOut: The episode title "Sad About You" would seem to be a spin on ''Series/MadAboutYou''.
* ShortRunner: Only one season of 26 episodes.
* SliceOfLife: Magical elements notwithstanding, of the stories are of this type.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: ''Adventures in Care-A-Lot'' was heavily criticized for this; ''Welcome to Care-a-Lot'' seems to be rather better about it, though it's still there. "You're not gonna believe anything I say 'cause you're mad at me. Fine, I can be mad at you too, you know!"
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: In "Shunshine," Funshine's face goes green after he can't stomah anymore pies in the pie-eating contest against Grumpy.
* TitleDrop: Pretty much each time a kid visits Care-a-Lot. "Welcome to Care-a-Lot!"
* TitleMontage
* TitleThemeDrop: With the closing credits theme immediately following the intro sequence in "The Emerald Bridge." Which was probably a good idea, since, thanks to Hub's promos, the only way people can hear it otherwise (other than the very beginning of it) is by watching the show online.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Ethan in "Holi-Stage" - he basically just takes over the Great Giving Day pageant and makes the story of the pageant about him.
* WorthlessTreasureTwist: The outcome of "Bearied Treasure." Grumpy Bear, is ''very'' displeased, at least at first.
* YesNoAnswerInterpretation: At the end of "Night Bears," Grumpy Bear asks Sweet Dreams Bear if she can send him again his dream with a never-ending food cabinet. She tells him to "Keep dreaming," leading him to ask if that's a yes or a no, and to start begging.
* YouGetMeCoffee: In "Cub Bouts," when Wonderheart agrees to help Hugs & Tugs because their friend came down with bearcitis, they ask her to get them food, feeling that she can't do anything else for them because she doesn't have her belly badge powers yet. This becomes the catalyst for the rest of the episode, because Wonderheart is determined to do more than this.
* YouMeanXMas: Great Giving Day
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