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The Care Bear Movie: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition (1985)


Picture: B-     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: B-



Those cute and cuddly Care Bears are back for the 25th Anniversary of their first theatrical film release.  The film that started it all (well technically American Greetings’ toys started it all) is now available for all to enjoy on DVD.  The Care Bear Movie: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition (1985) is just as good as this reviewer remembers.


The film borderlines classic Disney.  The film is simple yet elegant.  Join the Care Bears plus the Care Bear Cousins (Elephant and Lion and such) as they battle the evil and magical book that contains the spirit of a being that wishes to destroy the Care bears and all caring in the world.  The magic book was found and opened by an unknowing child who wished for nothing more than to have friends.  The evil spirit that possesses the book convinces Nicholas that the only way to get any friends is to free him from his paperback prison.  Follow the Care Bears on their epic journey as they try to save the world from the evil spirit that wishes to destroy it.  This film introduced new characters, new lands, and new ways to care.  Overall, a delightful animated classic that has managed to hold its own over the past 25 years.  The film is sweet and has aged well.  The Care Bears have remained popular for over two decades and there seems to be no slowing down.


The film was a risky venture in 1985 since there was no guarantee a Care Bears’ film would be as successful as a toy and simple television market.  In an attempt to ensure success the animation studio enlisted the skills of musical great Carole King to create the film’s theme song.  On top of the musical talent classic voice actors such as Mickey Rooney and Georgia Engel were utilized throughout the film as the caring critters.  In the end, extensive efforts were made to ensure this films success ranging from a good wholesome storyline to a great talent lineup.


The technical features on this 25th anniversary DVD are quite good and do the 1980s classic some justice.  The picture is presented in a clear, clean, and bright 1.33 X 1 Full Screen format and though the picture could still use more cleaning up in some of the darker/grittier parts, overall, the picture turned out nice for a first attempt cleanup.  The sound is nothing special presented in a Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono that often times sounds distant and lacks that POP that is to be expected.  The extras are nearly nonexistent only containing a single ‘Bonus Episode’ from the 80’s TV series entitled Professor Cold Heart & The Care Bears’ Battle the Freeze Machine that remains an excellent episode from the series but does little in the area of extras for this Anniversary disc.  Overall, the anniversary DVD is just enough to slide by for fans of the lovable Care Bears but let’s up a more extensive DVD with extras appears on Blu-Ray or HD.


The Care Bears are not this reviewer’s first pick of animation excellence but after managing to capture the interest of young and old alike for over 25 years there has to be something there.  The movie is great and enjoyable; it even managed to beat out Disney’s Black Cauldron in 1985.  So have caring thoughts and a good Care Bear Stare ready for this 1980s classic.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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