Care Bears: Journey to Joke-A-Lot is the first Care Bears movie to be animated in 3D, as well as the first to be released straight to DVD. It was released in October 5, 2004. It was followed by Care Bears Big Wish Movie in 2005.
The story follows Funshine Bear, who has left Care-A-Lot after Grumpy unintentionally hurt his feelings. He ends up in the exciting, hilarious world of Joke-A-Lot, where he meets a little pig girl named Gig, as well as Sir Funnybone, who declares Funshine the king of Joke-A-Lot.
This film features some well known Canadian voice actors, including Julie Lemieux as Funshine, Sunday Muse as Cheer Bear, Stephanie Beard as Wish Bear, Scott McCord as Bedtime Bear, and Susan Roman as Good Luck Bear.
"In the land of TV Tropes, everyone tropes a lot...":
- Accidental Misnaming: At one point, Sir Funnybone refers to Gig as "Fig".
- A Child Shall Lead Them: Gig is the real heir to the Joke-A-Lot throne.
- Adaptation Dye-Job:
- This version of Tenderheart Bear is orange rather than brown.
- This is the movie where Champ Bear's fur color was officially changed from yellow/tan to blue. He is consistently blue in all proceeding generations.
- Art Evolution: This is the movie that changed Share Bear's tummy symbol from a milkshake to two lollipops.
- Award-Bait Song: "Here I'm A King" sure sounds like one.
- Beary Friendly: Pretty much a rite of passage for a Care Bears cartoon.
- Birthmark of Destiny: Sir Funnybone claims that Funshine's tummy symbol is the symbol of Joke-A-Lot royalty. However, it is later discovered that the real symbol of Joke-A-Lot royalty is a smiley-face birthmark. Said birthmark is later discovered on the back of Gig's head, revealing that she is the ruler of Joke-A-Lot.
- Brick Joke: "I'm not Dave!"
- Canon Foreigner: Joke-A-Lot and all its residents, including Gig, Sir Funnybone, and Grand Duke Giggle.
- There's also Laugh-A-Lot Bear, who only appears in this movie and its sequel.
- Gender Flip: Funshine, who was female in the previous generation, is male in this movie. He is also consistently male in every generation afterwards.
- Meaningful Name: Gig's name is a play on "giggle" and "pig".
- Perpetual Smiler: The fact that "serious" is a dirty word in Joke-A-Lot says a lot about its residents.
- Pink Means Feminine: Downplayed. Gig, a girl, is pink, but she's also a pig.
- The Reveal: Two:
- Sir Funnybone's real name is Basil Ratbone, he's from the No Fun Atoll, and the reason he wanted the treasures of Joke-A-Lot is so he could bring them back to his hometown and cheer up the residents.
- Funshine isn't the heir to the throne of Joke-A-Lot; Gig is.
- Tragic Dropout: Gig was expelled from her school for not being funny enough.