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The first TV show in the Care Bears franchise. Some sources list this show as The Care Bears while the VHS and DVD releases after 2002 use Care Bears on the box/case. The Nelvana seasons also aired under the name The Care Bears Family.

Here we are introduced to Care-a-Lot, the cloud-and-rainbows home of the Care Bears, where they can watch Earth for children who need help caring. The show is technically two different and legally unrelated series by DIC Entertainment (TV specials and first season) and Nelvana (later ones). The DIC episodes' main villain is Professor Coldheart, the Mad Scientist who wants to freeze everyone's feelings, while the Nelvana ones have No Heart, an Evil Sorcerer who intends to destroy Care-a-Lot and rid the world of caring. No Heart's allies are his bratty niece Shreeky, and their underling Beastly. Whatever the villains do, The Good Guys Always Win.

The show began with two TV specials,The Care Bears in the Land Without Feelings (1983) and The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine (1984). There are four regular seasons, from 1985 to 1988. During the 1990s, the Disney Channel (in the USA) sometimes aired reruns of Care Bears alongside Gummi Bears. The Nelvana episodes aired in Canada on the Global Television Network (ATV (now CTV Atlantic) and ASN (now CTV Two Atlantic) in Atlantic Canada, due to no affiliate of Global Television existing in that part of the country when the show debuted). After the toy relaunch in 2002, some plush bears included VHS (and later DVD) episodes from this show.

The show is not Strictly Formula, but there are a few recurring episode formats:

  • A child needs the bears' help. The Caring Meter goes down and alerts the bears in Care-a-Lot. Bears in cloud cars go down to assist the child. If Coldheart or No Heart intervenes, the bears foil the villain.
  • No Heart discovers an opportunity to capture some bears or wreck Care-a-lot. Beastly (who must do all the work) goes to Care-a-lot to do some evil, but he ultimately fails. If he captures any bears, their friends arrive at No Heart's castle and rescue them.
  • Hugs and Tugs, the two Care Bear Cubs, have some problem. Grams decides to tell a story to the cubs. The setting is strange, but the characters are familiar: some Care Bears and Care Bear Cousins appear in the story, and Shreeky and Beastly often play the villains. Hugs and Tugs apply the story's moral to fix their problem.
  • Later Nelvana episodes take place in alternate universes usually based on popular trends at the time, with reoccurring locations being space and prehistoric times.

The four movies of this era have their own pages:

The 1980s cartoon contains examples of:

  • 24-Hour Party People: In "Care Bear Town Parade", everyone is in the parade, so who is in the audience? The parade-watchers are extra bears who exist only in this one episode. They all look like clones of Tenderheart in different colors, though this is not obvious unless one pauses the video.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Brave Heart in "Perils of the Pyramid".
  • An Aesop: Many episodes deliver a moral at the end. See the list of morals on the trope page.
  • Agony Beam: The Care-Bear Stare functions like one to the Heartless and others who cannot comprehend good.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Italian version had a different opening theme.
  • Ambiguously Human: Shreeky looks human, but is directly related to No Heart.
  • Animesque: The DIC series. Like many other DIC shows, it was a co-production with Japanese animators, and several characters and scenes heavily show this (there is even an episode where a character is shown wearing a Sailor Fuku, another episode ("The Magic Shop") has a kid spray-painting kanji graffiti, and parts where they showed newspapers with scribbles that seem to indicate it being written like Japanese newspapers). The biggest indicator, however, is the sound effects, which are pure anime. Averted with the later seasons due to the shift to designs more rounded and westernized, and a Studio Hop from DiC to Nelvana.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: In a few of the DIC episodes, the bears can occasionally be seen walking around on all fours.
  • Art Shift: Season 2 onward having a more cartoonish appearance, thanks in part to switching from DIC to Nelvana. Most visibly with the Bears and Cousins themselves baring more cartoonish designs in the later seasons as opposed to the more toy accurate appearance of the first season.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: In one episode, No Heart banishes Beastly, and Shreeky finds that she misses him. Then again, the episode gave no reason to believe it wasn't just because Shreeky didn't like doing Beastly's chores.
    • Similarly, in another episode Beastly is put under a sleeping spell that No Heart claims is permanent, which Shreeky becomes distressed at because now she won't have anyone to shriek at. Their relationship generally appears less like love or caring, and more like a twisted sort of co-dependence.
  • Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: This often confuses Beastly, who says that something is good, then corrects himself and says it was bad. Here's an example from "Grumpy's Three Wishes":
    Beastly: Your sinister shadows are making people everywhere stop caring! They're doing a real good job!
    No Heart: What?
    Beastly: Well, I don't mean a good job, uh, because, because bad means good to us. I mean, bad is badder! I mean, I don't know what I mean!
  • Batman Cold Open: "Birthday Bear's Blues" opens with Tenderheart and Gentle Heart running from No Heart, who's chasing after them in the form of a giant vulture.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • In "Grumpy's Three Wishes", his third wish is an accident. Grumpy's offhand comment causes him to lose the superpowers he gained using his second wish.
    • Also averted. He uses his first wish to make a bully "go away." The bully just floats away. On a show farther along the cynicism side of the scale, the bully might have been wished out of existence.
    • Also in one of Grams Bear's stories, dealt with an elderly Braveheart and youthful Champ Bear looking for the fountain of youth, and Shreeky and Beastly are trying to get there first. Shreeky gets there first and impulsively drinks from the fountain, turning into a baby.
  • Be Yourself: This is the moral of "The Best Way to Make Friends". Treat Heart is recording a video about the best way to make friends. Champ Bear says the best way to make friends is to show how strong you are. Cheer Bear says it is to show how pretty you are. Bright Heart says it is to show how smart you are. Treat Heart laughs at them, but they were being serious. They leave, but they come back and ask Treat Heart to continue being funny. The four characters find the moral: the best way to make friends is to Be Yourself.
  • The Big Race: "The Great Race" features a race that several of the Care Bears and Cousins are drawn by lot to participate in.
  • Brick Joke: In "Care-a-Lot's Birthday", Beastly realizes when he gets to Care-a-Lot that No Heart never specified which colour bear he wanted him to find, and he first thinks to get a pink bear, then quips that blue would be nice (in the end, he takes a pink bear and a blue bear when he kidnaps Baby Hugs and Tugs). Later, when Beastly comes back to the castle and tells No Heart that he brought back a bear, No Heart says he hopes he brought a pink one.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Whenever the bears are about to initiate the Care Bear Stare, Tenderheart calls out, "Care Bears, prepare to Stare!". In the Nelvana series, this is changed to "Care Bears Countdown!". The cousins also use "Care Cousin Call!" whenever they are about to use their variant.
  • Caretaking is Feminine: In the episode "The Turnabout", Champ Bear attempts to invoke this trope, asking Cheer Bear and Treat Heart to babysit Hugs and Tugs while he and Bright Heart go fix the lighthouse to repel No Heart's fog, claiming that the former job is far easier for the girls than the latter. Cheer however does not take it well and instead makes both pairs switch jobs to prove which of them is actually harder, resulting in the boys babysitting while the girls go fix the lighthouse. In the end, both jobs turn out to be more difficult than expected with Champ realizing that boys and girls can do them equally as well, although Cheer offhandedly admits that she would rather stick with jobs like babysitting than do something like fixing the lighthouse again.
  • Character Catchphrase:
    • Brave Heart Lion: "You can say that again!" and "CHARRRRRRRGE!"
    • Grumpy Bear: "Why do these things always happen to me?"
    • Lotsa Heart Elephant: "... and that's the truth!"
    • Beastly: "I'm soooooooooooo BAD!"
    • Baby Hugs: "Ohh, goody-goody-gosh!"
    • Grams Bear: "This reminds me of a story."
  • Chariot Race: Hugs and Tugs are told a story about a chariot race. Shreeky and Beastly versus Champ Bear.
  • Cheerful Child: Hugs and Tugs Bear, the cubs.
  • Christmas Episode: A movie, Care Bears Nutcracker Suite.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The Cloud Keeper, Professor Coldheart and Frostbite. This is due to DiC losing the rights to the TV series and Nelvana not being able to own DiC's original characters.
  • Coloring in the World: On one occasion the protagonists find themselves in Drab City, which is gloomy and colorless, and the denizens there equally as drained of energy. The Care Bears also slowly get affected by the cause of Drab City's colorlessness. The cause ends up being some strange meteor, and when it is eliminated, the color and liveliness returns to the city.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In one episode, Beastly is on a game show based around safety lessons. A question posed is "What should you do if a stranger offers you candy or money if you get in a car with them?" The answer should be "refuse the offer", but Beastly fixates on the "or" part of the question and answers accordingly.
    Beastly: That's easy! TAKE THE MONEY!
  • Company Cross References: In "Birthday", a Heathcliff plushie can be seen in the baby's room. Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats was another DiC series that was produced at around the same time.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Shreeky, No Heart's niece.
  • A Day in the Limelight: There are so many bears, they often get left out of episodes, but sometimes one gets a special episode.
    • Bedtime Bear is often just a Running Gag who's always asleep. In "Bedtime for Care-a-lot", the villains dump sleeping dust on all the bears, except Bedtime Bear, who was already taking a nap. So it's up to Bedtime Bear to save everyone.
    • Birthday Bear tends to be a forgotten background character, because no one is having a birthday. In "Birthday Bear's Blues", someone does have a birthday, so Birthday Bear takes the limelight.
  • Demoted to Extra: Several bears in the DiC cartoon have relatively minor roles in the Nelvana series. Characters like Wish Bear, Bedtime Bear, or Birthday Bear generally get one major centric-episode and maybe a minor supporting role in another one if they're lucky compared to regulars like Tenderheart Bear, Grumpy Bear, Cheer Bear, Champ Bear, Braveheart Lion, or Brightheart Raccoon.
  • Denser and Wackier: The Nelvana series became significantly more comedic towards the end of its run, giving greater screen time to the slapstick bungling of Goldfish Poop Gang Shreeky and Beastly.
  • The Diaper Change: During “The Turnabout”, Champ and Bright Heart attempted to change Hugs and Tugs, failing miserably. The Cubs then proceeded to change themselves before leaving.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: The episode The Great Race revolves around this. Beastly enters the Care Bears annual race to determine who gets to be Leader of Care-A-Lot for a day. During the race, one of the obstacles is a hollow log they have to run through. When the Care Bears enter it, he spins it around, making them run back to the start without them noticing, then spends time setting a trap for each bear. Once he's done, he then gets lost and ends up all the way back at the start line—just in time for Swiftheart Rabbit to start. When Swiftheart gets stuck on a cactus, Beastly spends too much time bragging to actually finish the race, resulting in Lots-A-Heart Elephant winning.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: For the DiC series, Bob Dermer and Dan Hennessey's voices for Grumpy Bear and Brave Heart Lion respectively are noticeably deeper and somewhat static. This is also striking considering the DiC series was technically made and broadcast in between The Care Bears Movie and The Care Bears Family which were both made by Nelvana.
  • Earth Drift: The Nelvana series eventually drifted away from helping Earth kids in trouble, instead focusing on alternate universes of Care Bears and other fantasy stories.
  • Emotion Bomb: Sour Sam's Crabby Apple Pies cause those who eat them to become irritable and cranky. Grams Bear can apparently make food which does the opposite, and by the end of his episode, she's exposed him to a recipe which forces him to start fighting internally between his naturally crabby self and the good feelings Grams's recipe gave him.
  • Epic Fail: In "Grams' Cooking Corner, Beatly tries to follow along with Grams Bear's cooking show, but does all of the steps wrong. Somehow he ends up creating a giant, seemingly sentient gingerbread cookie that chases after him.
  • Episode Title Card:
    • The DiC series uses a static image of Funshine, Share, and Cheer sitting in the clouds with the episode title between them, color-coded to match the theme of the episode.
    • The first two seasons of the Nelvana series uses a title card designed as a giant heart holding the episode title and credits floating in front of a rainbow, surrounding by star buddies looking at it. The final season changed the title card to use either one of the end credit backgrounds with the bears or cousins standing on hearts and surrounding a giant heart holding the title and credits.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Professor Coldheart.
  • Evil Sorcerer: No Heart
  • Faceless Masses: Several of the later episodes will use "generic" Care Bears to fill out crowd scenes. They are essentially randomly-colored bears, usually with a heart tummy symbol that lacks the outer lining that Tenderheart's symbol has. Where these bears suddenly came from is never explained. The real world answer for their existence, if it wasn't somehow intentional, is likely due to the animators being told to put some Care Bears into a crowd scene, but not being advised as to which particular ones they should use.
  • Fangirl: Shreeky to Songfellow Strum. She attempts to get on stage and kiss him several times.
  • Framing Device: A lot of episodes are framed as Grams Bear telling a story to Tugs and Hugs.
  • Fisher Kingdom: Occurs in "Drab City"; staying too long in the titular town causes the bears to turn grey and lose their feelings.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: Wish Bear has near god-like powers, but only really used them once ("The Land Without Feelings").
  • Fountain of Youth: Appears in and provides the name of one episode. Shreeky actually manages to find and drink from it, but because she's a little girl to begin with, she turns into a baby.
  • Glad I Thought of It: Shreeky does this to Beastly as a Running Gag. Here's an example from "The Most Ancient Gift":
    Beastly: A-ha! We could grab those camels and make a getaway!
    Shreeky: I've got a better idea! Let's grab those camels and make a getaway!
    Beastly: Oh, why didn't I think of that?
  • Going to Give It More Energy: Bright Heart defeats the Cloud Monster which is eating the clouds in Care-a-Lot by creating a machine that generates lots of clouds in order to overfeed it.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Happens quite a few times with Beastly. Seriously, he might be trying to get the Care Bears killed in one episode, then playing games with them in another. In "The Great Race", the Bears at least protest the fact that he shouldn't be allowed to enter their race, although he ultimately exploits a loophole to get his way.
    • In "Music Video" Shreeky and Beastly go to a Songfellow Strum concert that's also attended by the Care Bears, even taking the bus with some of them. Aside from Beastly threateningly brandishing a bat on the ride over in response to Hugs and Tugs annoying him, as well as Beastly engaging in a little heckling at the concert, they don't do anything bad.
  • Good Feels Good: Initially played straight with Beastly's Heel–Face Turn, then subverted. He runs back to Shreeky at the end of the episode because he can't stand the taste of diabetes being a Care Bear brings.
  • The Good Guys Always Win: Lampshaded when Professor Coldheart complains, "Those fuzzy wuzzies always win!"
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: Shreeky and Beastly in The Nelvana series. They are the villains the Care Bears encounter the most, but are too inept to pose any kind of real threat.
  • Hero with an F in Good: When Beastly tries to join the care bears, they send him to their school so he can learn to be good. The teacher asks what to do upon seeing a bully picking on a little boy and Beastly says he'd help the bully to shove the boy into a mud puddle. After the teacher declares that answer wrong, Beastly asks if it should be a water puddle instead.
  • Hope Sprouts Eternal: "The Lost Gift" ends with a new tree being planted, which could give the bears a second chance to not destroy this one like they did the last.
  • Horny Vikings: "Grumpy the Clumsy" had Grams Bear tell a story with the bears playing the role of vikings. The emphasis on horned helmets is even more pronounced here than usual.. Grumpy was only a "small horned" viking, while everyone else was a "big horned" viking. The episode was mostly about Grumpy earning the right to wear "big horns."
  • "I Can't Look!" Gesture: In "The Great Race", Noble Heart Horse draws the last entrant for the race after Beastly is drafted, hoping the last participant is Swift Heart Rabbit. However, as he reads the drawing, his nerves get shot and he covers his eyes (not helped by Beastly chanting, "Jinx!" and "Hex!"), so he lets True Heart Bear make the announcement.
  • Informed Flaw: Cheer Bear in the Nelvana series is referred to as "fat" sometimes, in spite of being the same size as everyone else.
  • Instant Sedation: "Bedtime for Care-a-lot" uses magic dust to put the Care Bears to sleep. No Heart makes the sleeping dust, and Beastly and Shreeky sprinkle it onto bears in Care-a-lot. They miss Bedtime Bear, who was just taking a nap. So it's up to Bedtime Bear to find a way to wake the other bears.
  • Ironic Echo: In "The Great Race", the Care Bears and their cousins are holding a race where the winner will become Care-a-Lot's King for a day. Six names are to be randomly drawn from a pot and Beastly cheats his way into becoming the race's fifth entrant. When the obvious protests come, Beastly recites the race rules to validate his status as a competitor on the grounds that his name was drawn and states that rules are rules. After begrudgingly accepting that they must allow him to race, the sixth and last name is drawn and the last entrant turns out to be Swift Heart Rabbit. Beastly desperately tries to protest and demand a new drawing but Brave Heart Lion reminds him that rules are rules.
  • "Just So" Story: "The Cloud Worm" explains why the weather is not always cloudy. The Cloud Worm eats clouds, so the sun can find places to shine through.
  • Later-Installment Weirdness: The Nelvana series started out similarly to the DiC series' conventions of helping kids in need and foiling villains, and by the end it became stories of Cave Care Bears, Space Care Bears, and other fantastic stories with Earth gone entirely.
  • Loophole Abuse: In "The Great Race", Beastly uses trickery to get his name drawn from a bowl so that he can be a contestant in a race that the Care Bears are having. When the bears initially protest the idea of letting a villain participate, Beastly quotes the rules, which state that since his name was in fact drawn from the bowl, he should therefore be allowed to race. Unable to come up with a counter argument, the Bears begrudgingly allow him to race.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Millie Jacobs in "Lucky Charm" is given the unlucky nickname "Jinx Jacobs".
  • Make a Wish:
    • In "Grumpy's Three Wishes", Grumpy gets an eight-leaf clover that can grant him three wishes.
    • In "Caring for Spring", Jack and Jill (Tugs and Hugs) receive a magic ring that can grant three wishes.
    • Wish Bear's special ability, though she has to wish really hard for it to work.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: In the TV series, Shreeky's, well, shrieks, can be heard from a mile away and injure people. In one instance, a Care Bear slid down a stair rail while recording Shreeky's shriek. The force of her shriek caused the bear to slide backwards, up the rail.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Poor Beastly is this in addition to being a Hero with an F in Good. He likes being bad and often professes how bad he is, but in truth he's hopelessly inept and usually screws up his own plans.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: Mr. Space Clown from the episode "Space Bubbles". While he tends to go overboard with his jokes, he's a perfectly pleasant and friendly fellow.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Brightheart Raccoon, in the Nelvana series.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: When Mr. Beastly wanted to flimflam the Care Bears, he would resort to this. It worked every time, even when it was only a pair of Groucho Glasses.
  • Pie in the Face:
    • In "Caring for Spring", Simple Simon (Beastly) lost his other pies before he can eat them. He throws his last pie at Wicked Witch of Winter (Shreeky). "It was my last pie, but it was worth it."
    • At the end of "Space Bubbles", Grumpy makes fun of himself by falling on his own pie. This covers his face.
  • Portrait Painting Peephole: Frostbite does this to spy on the Care Bears in the "Freeze Machine" special.
  • Pseudolympics: One episode involves the Care-A-Lot Games, consisting of such events as the piggyback race, limbo, the egg spoon race, and paddle ball. Much hilarity ensues when Mr. Beastly tries to cheat at every single event he participates in (his screwup with the paddle ball stops just short of destroying the entire stadium).
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Towards the end of "The Fabulous Care Bears Safety Game", Beastly ends up in last place with zero points. Outraged, Beastly smacks his podium and causes an impossibly high number to appear on his score display. While surprised, the hosts don't object to Beastly's new score and declare him the winner. His prize? He gets to be Care-a-Lot's new crossing guard.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Professor Coldheart, Frostbite, and Auntie Freeze. Then later, Shreeky and Beastly, who also serve as a two-person Terrible Trio.
  • Race Against the Clock: In "The Big Star Round-Up", the bears only have one chance to get the baby stars to the Great Wishing Star before sundown, or the stars will fade away forever.
  • "Ray of Hope" Ending: "The Lost Gift" ends with the magical tree dead but a new tree growing, giving hope that the bears will get a second chance to not destroy this one that time.
  • Recycled In Space: Later episodes sometimes took place aboard a starship that's a dead ringer for the U.S.S. Enterprise, while others were sometimes set in dinosaur times.
  • Retool: The Nelvana cartoon starts out explicitly taking place in the same continuity as the movies, and has several episodes where they help kids out, just like in the DIC episodes and the films. However, it soon shifts into its own continuity, pares the characters down to a small core cast, cuts the "helping kids" aspect down considerably in favor of a ton of Elseworld episodes (the most frequently occurring ones being a prehistoric setting and a Star Trek homage), and gives several characters "hip" 80's clothes.
  • Rope Bridge: Appears at least twice.
    • In "Caring for Spring", Beastly uses a Paper-Thin Disguise to lure Hugs and Tugs to the wrong side of a bridge. They cross, and Beastly starts cutting the rope. They cross just before the bridge collapses, but now they are stuck on the wrong side.
    • In "The Fountain of Youth", the characters want to cross a bridge. Chief Brave Heart wants to proceed with caution, but Champ Bear rushes forward and falls through a loose plank. Brave Heart rescues Champ. Also, Beastly and Shreeky want to cut the rope but don't do so in time.
  • Shapeshifter Mashup: In one episode, No Heart's pendant, which allows him to transform into different animals, gets damaged. Beastly takes the pendant, but he transforms too many times and gets stuck as a Mix-and-Match Critter.
  • Single Specimen Species: "The Cloud Worm" is one. This worm has no name because "there's only one of me".
  • Soulful Plant Story: In "The Lost Gift", Grams tells a story about an apple tree whose apples regenerate. Everybody resolves to only take one apple a day, until Grams takes three (one each for baby Hugs and Tugs and one for herself). The bears misunderstand and believe everyone's taking multiple apples now and end up using up the tree's power and killing it.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Shreeky likes to shriek, so fans spell her name as "Shrieky". The show almost never spells her name, because the credits just list all the voice actors without their characters. The official spelling does appear in the name of the second-season episode "The Wrath of Shreeky", as it appears on the title card.
  • Super-Speed: Swiftheart's power.
  • Superstition Episode: The episode "Bad Luck Friday" focuses on superstitious Brave Heart having to save the other care bears who got lost in the jungle, on Friday the 13th.
  • Team Rocket Wins: No Heart was responsible for separating Perfect and Polite Panda from the rest of Care Bear Family when they were cubs.
  • Thanksgiving Episode: Involves an evil pie maker who tries to ruin the holiday with his Crabby Apple Pies.
  • Translator Buddy: Friend Bear to Secret Bear (Secret Bear doesn't ever talk out loud, only whispering to Friend Bear).
  • Truncated Theme Tune: The Nelvana series shortened the theme song to just the final chorus from the second season on.
  • Verbal Tic: In the Nelvana series, Champ Bear calls everyone "sports fan" no matter what the context.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Beastly and Shreeky function as Laughable Lackeys, but Shreeky's uncle Lord No Heart remains a credible threat.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: No Heart again. Also Professor Coldheart.
  • Villain Exclusivity Clause: Beastly and Shreeky have antagonistic roles in every episode, save for "Music Video".
  • Voice for the Voiceless: It's really hard for most of the bears to understand Secret Bear's charades - only Friend Bear can understand him and translate what he's saying.
  • Vote Early, Vote Often: In "Mayor For A Day", Professor Coldheart cheats in an election to become the mayor of Abbottsville, putting in multiple faked ballots.
  • Wingding Eyes: In "Music Video", Shreeky has hearts in her eyes when fawning over Songfellow Strum.
  • Where No Parody Has Gone Before: Some later episodes were Star Trek parodies set on the "S.S Friendship".
  • Widely-Spaced Jail Bars: In "Under the Bigtop," Wally is bothered by his small size, thinking it means he can't do anything in the circus and teased by the other kids. Brave Heart Lion and Grumpy Bear come down to Earth to help them, but are targeted by Beastly and Shreeky. They trap them in a cage, but don't reckon on the fact that while the cage can trap Brave Heart and Grumpy, the bars are too widely spaced to hold Wally. He just walks right through them and this is used as An Aesop that sometimes being small has its advantages.
  • Woobie of the Week: Episodes often consist of a bear or bears traveling to earth to help a troubled child learn about caring.
  • You Are Too Late: In the original specials, by the time the Care Bears confront Professor Coldheart, he has already succeeded in executing his plan. However, it ends up getting undone via the Care Bear Stare.



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