->''"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 told in a flashback about three lonely orphan kids: the siblings Kim and Jason, who are helped by the Care Bears, and an older boy named Nicholas, 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. In case you noticed watching the film, it is significantly the [[DarkerAndEdgier darkest]] of the trilogy: a spell book with a hauntingly 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.
* AnimatedMusical
* 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 had its importance [[spoiler:greatly subverted by the fact that it could be duplicated rather easily]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: As mentioned above, it is easily the darkest of the trilogy in tone.
* TheDogBitesBack: Nicholas.
* TheDragon: Nicholas.
%%* {{Flashback}}
* 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.]]
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:The kids in the end.]]
* 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 at the end.]]
* 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. Coldheart was a LargeHam; No Heart had [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Beastly and Shreeky]] to keep him from being too scary; Dark Heart had sympathetic qualities; and the Checkerboard Wizard was 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 on screen.
* MagicIsEvil: One of the remarkably DarkerAndEdgier moral undertones to the whole story. Nobody has any problem with the Care Bears' metaphorically magical AppliedPhlebotinum or with the sleight-of-hand parlor tricks Nicholas was learning from his mentor, but the book with the evil spirit in it smacks heavily of BlackMagic and DemonicPossession, even urging Nicholas on to further violence when he starts insisting he's satisfied with the revenge he's gotten and doesn't want any more. That's about as {{Anvilicious}} a condemnation of sorcery as you can get in an animated kid flick.
* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler: At the end of the film, it is revealed that the the narrator is an older Nicholas, with it hinted that an older Kim is his wife.]]
* NoNameGiven: The book spirit.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Kim has a pink sweater and hair bow.
* PlotCoupon: The key that will lock the book; Tender Heart 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.]]
* SealedEvilInACan: The book spirit.
* 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 "YEAH!" during the end song "In a Care Bear Family."]]
* TomeOfEldritchLore
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: The book spirit. [[spoiler: And Nicholas in the third act.]]
* 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 friendly and just wanted to help.)