Nothing can stop us, we can't go wrong!
We can be tough, yes, we can take it!
We care a lot and we will be strong
Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation is the second theatrical film in the Care Bears franchise.
This film has a different continuity than the first movie and the specials. The Care Bears and Care Bears Cousins grew up together, but were pursued as children by a malevolent entity known as Dark Heart. He later finds a young, ambitious, and very bitter girl named Christy, and he promises to fulfill her wishes in return for help if he should ever ask. He then gets frustrated in pursuit of the Care Bears, but then uses Christy to have her pretend to need help from the Care Bears so that he can capture them. Eventually, John and Dawn, Christy's two best friends who have been helping the Care Bears, talk Christy into joining them to stop Dark Heart, even if it costs them their lives.note
Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation provides examples of the following tropes:
- Adults Are Useless: In this case, completely absent. One would expect there to be counselors somewhere at the camp. Instead, a Jerk Jock character seems to call the shots, ordering Christy and the twins to pick up litter. Also nobody seems to be stopping the campers from vandalizing the camp once Dark Heart's influence takes effect.
- Age Cut: Several of these occur during the "Growing Up" song.
- Audience Participation: See Clap Your Hands If You Believe below for details.
- Award-Bait Song: The ending song "Forever Young".
- Become a Real Boy: Dark Heart, near the end.
- Chekhov's Skill: Christy's marble shooting. It is somewhat shoehorned in at the beginning as being the only thing she is good at; then, at the critical moment during the climax, she shoots a marble that somehow dislodges the chain holding up the imprisoned Care Bears which then falls and releases them.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The Bears and Cousins exhort the audience to chant "We care!" along with them to save Christy, who made a Heroic Sacrifice. Even the repentant villain Dark Heart breaks down and joins in, and not only does he save her, he winds up becoming a nice human boy. Reviewer Hal Lipper referred to this as the "Tinker Bell Principle" in his review of the movie.
- Continuity Snarl: Exactly how this movie — and it's an Origin Story — fits in with the first Care Bears Movie is a prime source of tongue-in-cheek Fan Wank. Most likely the first movie is in the same continuity as the two 1980s specials and the DiC show, and the second movie and the Nelvana series comprise an Alternate Continuity.
- Collapsing Lair: Dark Heart's lair after he becomes human. If the Power of Friendship is what fuels the Care Bear's powers, then apparently his lair is held together with the Power Of Evil.
- Crystal Prison: Where Dark Heart traps the Bears and Cousins.
- Curtains Match the Window: Dark Heart before his HeelFace Turn.
- Deal with the Devil: Christy strikes a deal with Dark Heart; she becomes "camp champ" in exchange for a future unnamed favor.
- Disney Death: Christy
- The Dragon: Christy, due to her deal.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Dark Heart is flabbergasted that Christy would save his life, noting that it would have been smarter for her to let him drown.
- Evil Redhead: Dark Heart, in his human form (or any form that has fur/hair).
- Good Hurts Evil: Dark Heart flinches away from the rainbow beam the Great Wishing Star uses to summon the Care Bears. In general, kindness and good emotions seem to make him physically uncomfortable.
- Half-Identical Twins: Dawn and John are completely indistinguishable apart from Dawn's pigtails.
- Hate Plague: Rogue campers run around uprooting trees and snickering evilly after Darkheart begins to kidnap the bears. Whether he is influencing the camp directly by being there or if the camp is only one of many places suffering from the loss of the Care Bears is unknown.
- HeelFace Turn: Dark Heart, after he realizes his feelings for Christy to save her.
- "I Am" Song: "Flying My Colors" is one for several Care Bears and Cousins.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The star god character observes that Noble Heart and True Heart have such a powerful ability to love and care, it's effectively given them this.
- Kids Are Cruel: The "camp champ" treats Dawn, John, and Christy like dirt for not being good at sports, verbally abusing them and making them do all the chores.
- Little Stowaway: In Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation, baby Swift Heart stows away in True Heart's backpack while True Heart is going on a mission to Earth.
- Love Redeems: Or caring redeems, anyway. Dark Heart becomes Christy's friend (after she saves his life), and he feels so bad about nearly killing her that it drives the evil out of him.
- A Minor Kidroduction: The movie begins with the Care Bears and the Care Bear Cousins as cubs. They become their current age during the second half of the movie.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Dark Heart after seeing that he accidentally zapped Christy. He even outright asks, "What have I done?"
- No Name Given: It's never explained just who - or what - the giant talking star is. Little Star Buddy and Little Heart Buddy apparently work for him, and he seems to be narrating the film, but beyond that? Not so much as a hint.
- We also never learn what Dark Heart calls himself after becoming a real boy.
- Not So Different: The Establishing Character Moment for the camp is pretty much the "camp champ," who wins at every sport, treating Christy, Dawn, and John (and likely the other campers) like dirt for coming in last. What happens when Christy starts winning? She does the same thing to the others, with the exception of Dawn and John.
- Though it's heavily implied that Dawn and John were the only people who were never mean to Christy before she became Camp Champ, so it could also be a case of Pay Evil unto Evil.
- One-Winged Angel: Dark Heart turns into a big ol' heap of Super Smoke.
- Protectorate: Christy treats the twins as this. She even notes that, after she's become the camp champ, no one pushes them around anymore because "I won't let 'em!"
- Reality Ensues: When he's fully explaining to Christy about his plan to confront True Heart and Noble Heart, Dark Heart stands up and boasts that then there'll be nobody left to stop him...problem is, he does his grandstanding in the middle of a boat on the camp's lake, and this action proceeds to upset the boat badly enough that Dark Heart stumbles and falls out, hitting his head on the boat's side, and he would have drowned right there if Christy hadn't jumped in to save him.
- What's more, Dark Heart does this while he's a human boy. Now normally, this wouldn't happen to a smoke of darkness. But a human? He's not so lucky.
- Redemption Demotion: Dark Heart loses all his powers and becomes a normal human when he turns good.
- Less extreme, but Christy also chooses to stand between Dark Heart and Noble Heart and True Heart in the climax of the film, even when it causes him to take back all her new abilities.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Dark Heart in human form. Them turning normal is the first sign that he's turned into a real human.
- Sealed Good in a Can: The Care Bears and Cousins are trapped in crystals of a chandelier until Christy frees them.
- Ship Tease:
- Human!Dark Heart and Christy seem to have this at the end, what with all the hand-holding and such.
- True Heart and Noble Heart have a parental role to the cubs, and they seem to share a room, if not a bed.
- Shout Out:
- Dark Heart's rescuing of Christy from her Disney Death is reminiscent to the book and stage versions of Peter Pan, where the eponymous character uses a similar method to save Tinkerbell.
- In fact, the whole interaction with Christy and Dark Heart is extremely similar to Faust. This and the above example did not go unnoticed by critics or The Nostalgia Critic.
- Slippery Swimsuit: During the end with everyone having fun in a lake, Grumpy's swimsuit winds up falling off after he makes a splash.
- Stock Subtitle: It's a hybrid of "New" and "The Next Generation".
- Time Passes Montage: The Care Bears and Cousins grow from cubs into their adult forms in one of these.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Zig-Zagged with Dark Heart; he can turn into monsters and Super Smoke, but spends most of the movie looking like a kid, tends to Poke the Poodle, and ultimately gets redeemed.
- Villainous Friendship: Dark Heart and Christy. And despite being a villainous one, it's still a friendship that ends up redeeming Dark Heart.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Christy averts this by saving Dark Heart from drowning — even after all he's done by the time this happens. It leads to a HeelFace Turn, and at one point provided the page quote.
- Year Inside, Hour Outside: The Bears and Cousins have the above-mentioned Time Passes Montage, which suggests the passage of years, in what appears to be the same month that John, Dawn, and Christy are at their miserable camp. One can only assume that time passes differently in Care-a-lot, but it looks really weird.