- Blooper: As with My Little Pony, this is a series that stars a number of characters who look essentially the same, so animation mistakes run rampant.
- Channel Hop: The franchise's colorful animated history started with DiC Entertainment animating the early Care Bears (1980s) episodes, but halfway through the series production changed to Nelvana. Then production slowed down until the franchise was canned after blatant mismanagement all but killed it. When the franchise returned, Nelvana resumed production at first with two specials, then the production was shifted over to DiC again with Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot. This did not last, however, as Hasbro then meddled, fresh from prying the master license out of Play Along Toys' hands, and handing production over to MoonScoop, who went on to produce the equally short-lived Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot. MoonScoop then underwent a takeover, and returned as Splash! Entertainment, who then produced Care Bears & Cousins for Netflix.
- The shows are this as well. Care Bears (1980s) started out on syndication before it's reruns ended up on Disney. Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot started out CBS' Kewlopolis slot and then moved to Kabillion, and Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot started out on The Hub, but then got cancelled, but the reruns as well as it's spinoff sequel Care Bears & Cousins are on Netflix.
- The toys have an equally colorful history- they started out being produced by Kenner, lasting through Hasbro's purchase of the brand, but eventually got shelved when blatant mismanagement all but killed the brand. The brand was then sold to Play Along Toys, who managed to nurse it back to health. In late 2007 tho, Hasbro took the brand back, but again mismanaged it. American Greetings was definitely not pleased, and revoked Hasbro's rights again, this time giving the rights to Just Play Inc.
- Name's the Same: Within the franchise, the 1983 album The Care Bears Adventures In Care-a-Lot and the 2007 animated series Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot.
- No Export for You: Oddly enough, Japan only got the second movie (A New Generation) of the original movie trilogy and none of the animated series until the 2000's direct-to-video specials. Taking into account the Japanese (and mostly East Asian) taste for anything cute and cuddly, it's really odd that the franchise skipped those audiences for many years.
- Given that American Greetings actually have a child company running in Malaysia (Memory Lane), it's especially weird that Care Bears merchandise has been ridiculously hard to get in the country. AiCAL was introduced very late into the franchise' life, aired only once on Cartoon Network (same as Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Bitty Adventures), and the DVD release is a case of Bad Export for You in that the two episodes that made up the Down to Earth special was never released, and WtCAL was only available on Boomerang in Asia, which is not available in Malaysia (and since the shutdown of the South East Asian feed, not available anywhere in South East Asia). Also, AiCAL era merch were not available in the country, and the only WtCAL merch available in the country are toddler clothing- for some reason, the other merchandises are still stuck in the 1980s era designs.
- The Other Darrin:
- Sort of. Billie Mae Richards, the voice of Tender Heart Bear in the first two films and the DiC TV series, and Jim Henshaw, the voice of Bright Heart Raccoon in the first two films, had their roles switched in the Nelvana TV series.
- The Latin American Spanish versions does this to ridiculous levels, because not only they switched out voice actors, they also switched voice acting studios and even studios from different countries. Just to give an idea, here is the whole story: The movies (with the exception of the Nutcracker Suite special), the DiC TV series and Care Bears and Cousins were dubbed in Mexico (and each movie were dubbed with different voice actors, with the only exception of Tender Heart Bear's VA), the first half of the Nelvana TV series were dubbed in Chile and the second half (when Shreeky appears for first time) was dubbed in Venezuela and the most recent specials and TV series were dubbed in Argentina.
- Since the TV specials, many characters went through this. See here for voice history.
- Sequel Gap: After the Nelvana-produced Care Bears series ended in 1988, the franchise went 16 years without an Animated Adaptation until 2004's Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot. If their first animated series since 1988 is to be considered, then it's 19 years with Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot (2007) closing the gap.
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- The Wiki Rule: The Care Bears Wiki.
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