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->''"Care-a-lot is a place we all can go\\
Whenever we choose it\\
Care-a-lot is a feeling we all know\\
We never do lose it"''

''The Care Bears Movie'' is the first theatrical film in the ''Franchise/CareBears'' franchise.

The story is presented via the FramingDevice of a man telling the children in his orphanage the tale of three lonely orphans: the siblings Kim and Jason, who are helped by the Care Bears, and an older boy named Nicholas, who is tempted by an evil, sentient book.

The book gives Nicholas magical powers, and then convinces him to turn everyone he sees into hateful people. This damages Care-a-lot, causing earthquakes and threatening to destroy it all. Kim, Jason, and the Care Bears have to go and stop what's happening. Their quest gets sidetracked when they are forced to go to another land, which turns out to be the home of the Care Bear Cousins.

This is significantly the [[DarkerAndEdgier darkest]] of the film trilogy, featuring a spell book with a haunting green face that seems to be prefer the world in heavily implied global anarchy rather than just plain {{Jerkass}}ry towards one's fellow man, eerie rides, and a [[WingDingEyes crazed eyed]] possessed sorcerer wannabe. Even the soundtrack can be threatening at times.

This film was a modest success, but immensely profitable for American Greetings, and led to two more Care Bears sequels and a TV series.

!!''The Care Bears Movie'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The Care Bear Cousins are found living in the Forest of Feelings.
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* AwardBaitSong: The opening song, sung by Carole King.
* BigYes: [[TheQuietOne Secret Bear]] gives one during the "In A Care Bear Family" song.
* BookEnds: The movie begins and ends with Mr. Cherrywood, telling the story of Nicholas, Jason, and Kim to the children in the group home he runs with his wife.
* CareBearStare: Although it's used to stop a monster, [[spoiler:even that isn't enough to save the day. It's up to ThePowerOfFriendship for real to do that]].
* ChekhovsGun: The key, which has its importance [[spoiler:greatly subverted by the fact that it can be duplicated rather easily]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: This film is easily the darkest of the trilogy in tone.
* DeadlyBook: There's an evil book who wants to trick Nicholas into using it to turn everyone in the world into jerks.
%%* TheDogBitesBack: Nicholas.
* TheDragon: Nicholas is this to the book spirit, who is really running the show.
* ForTheEvulz: The book's motive for turning everyone in the world into jerks is never explained or even hinted.
* FramingDevice: The entire movie is a story being told to the children in an orphanage by their guardian, Mr. Cherrywood.
* GrowOldWithMe: Possibly. Mr. Cherrywood is revealed to be [[spoiler:a now-elderly Nicholas, and it's hinted that Mrs. Cherrywood may actually be Kim.]]
* GunshipRescue: Combined with BigDamnHeroes. When it looks like the giant crow spirit is going to make a snack out of a couple of Care Bears and the Care Bear Cousins (who couldn't do anything at that point in the movie), the Care Bears' flagship comes around the riverbend. Its passengers blast the bird with a CareBearStare siege cannon, allowing the two endangered bears to turn the tables and finish it off.
* HappilyAdopted: By the end of the movie, Jason and Kim have become this, sitting in the audience at Nicholas's magic show with their new parents.
* HatePlague: A spell the book spirit teaches Nicholas.
* HeavySleeper: Bedtime Bear actually falls out of the boat while the exploration team is working their way through the Forest of Feelings. Even falling into the ''river'' doesn't wake him, and it's suggested that he might have drowned if not for the intervention of Cozy Heart Penguin.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Nicholas]], thanks to The PowerOfFriendship, makes one of these in the end.
* INeverToldYouMyName: Friend Bear addresses Kim and Jason by name without an introduction. Jason asks how the Bears know their names, but never gets much in the way of a straight answer.
* InformedAttribute: On their first meeting, Friend Bear notes that Kim [[{{Bookworm}} reads a lot]].
* KnightOfCerebus: The Spirit is easily the darkest villain in the entire Care Bears franchise. Dark Heart is a LargeHam with sympathetic qualities, who eventually does a Heel-FaceTurn; No Heart has [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Beastly and Shreeky]] to keep him from being too scary, as does the Vizier with the Mice; and the Checkerboard Wizard is a SissyVillain, aside from his infamous NightmareFace. The Spirit doesn't have any of these qualities to tone her down: she's played deadly serious every time she appears.
* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler: At the end of the film, it is revealed that the the narrator is an older Nicholas.]]
* NoNameGiven: The book spirit, which is why we'll just have to go on calling her "the book spirit."
* OrphanageOfLove: The Cherrywoods run one of these, as seen in the movie's BookEnds.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Kim has a pink sweater and hair bow.
* PlotCoupon: The key that will lock the book; Tenderheart Bear entrusts it to Jason, and it's mentioned a few times throughout the film. [[spoiler:Subverted when they attempt to use it and the Spirit manages to ''destroy'' it. Secret Bear has to come up with a substitute on the fly.]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship: [[spoiler:Kim and Jason talk Nicholas down by explaining that they want to be his friends so he won't be lonely anymore.]]
* TheQuietOne: Secret Bear has no lines in the film, and Friend Bear has to translate for him.
* SealedEvilInACan: The book spirit, which Nicholas inadvertently ''unseals'' when he first opens the book.
* ShoutOut: The spirit has facial similarities to the Wicked Queen from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''.
* SuddenlyVoiced: [[spoiler: Secret Bear gets one very brief line when he shouts [[BigYes "YEAH!"]] during the end song "In a Care Bear Family."]]
* TomeOfEldritchLore: A living example in the book's case; she apparently was planning to teach that HatePlague spell to the first person to open the book, which happened to be Nicholas.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: The book spirit. [[spoiler: Nicholas becomes this in the third act.]]
* VoiceForTheVoiceless: Friend Bear for the always silent Secret Bear; she's the only bear who can understand and interpret his body language, and the one to whom he occasionally whispers.
* WhenTreesAttack: A tree, possessed by a spell from the book, tries to capture Kim and Jason.
* WorryingForTheWrongReason: A couple of kids and a couple of Care Bears are stuck in a tree and afraid of falling, when Friend Bear points out that they should be more afraid of the lion that's climbing up for them. (Fortunately, the lion turns out to be Braveheart Lion, who just wants to help.)