The Care Bears face their mission
It calls for our Belly Badge power!
Getting help from back home, through the Caring Tower..."
Care Bears: Unlock the Magic is a new show in a new generation of Care Bears.
Following the cancellation of Care Bears & Cousins, this next incarnation of Care Bears follows the adventures of Good Luck, Funshine, Cheer, Grumpy, and Share Bear, as their mission is to protect the Whiffles innocently happy creatures who plant seeds to keep the magical land of Care-a-Lot and the neighboring Silver Lining growing all while spreading caring and sharing throughout the land. However, trying to stop them is Bluster, the annoying and egocentric leader of the Bad Crowd who made a deal with the elder Care Bears to stay out of the Silver Lining in order for the Bears to leave him alone, ages ago. He has since then broken the agreement, and his goal is to turn the Silver Lining into Blusterland. The quintet also retrieve help through the Caring Tower from their friends Bedtime Bear, Tenderheart, and Wish Bear, while Dibble the Whiffle accompanies the Five-Man Band along the way.
Produced by the Cloudco Entertainment division of American Greetings, 48 Quarter Hour Shorts, two 22-minute specials and 20 1-minute shorts have been confirmed for the show. The first 10 episodes of the show were released on the Boomerang SVOD streaming service on February 1, 2019. The first episode was released on the app as a sneak peek on January 28. Click here to see the trailer, and click here to see the theme song.
Troping is the key...
- Animesque: New character designs give this show a more chibi feel, making them look more adorable than ever.
- Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Bluster and the Bad Crowd feel this way, taking being called "nice" and "caring" as insults.
- Canon Foreigner: Dibble, the bears' new Team Pet. She only speaks in gibberish and coos and, according to Deadline, "it is difficult to understand what she is saying, but it is clear what she is feeling".
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Every bear except eight of the Core 10 (with Share in place of Birthday from 2002) as of now.
- Five-Man Band:
- Mission Control: Bedtime Bear, Tenderheart, and Wish Bear help the gang this way through the Caring Tower while they're on missions.
- Passing the Torch: Tenderheart was the bears leader but passed it down to Cheer some time before the series began.