Cartoons By Canadians: The Care Bears Movie (1985)
Some fact-like statements:
- One of the first movies based directly on a toy line. And boy did it work.
- It was written by Peter Sauder. Who also wrote Rock & Rule and Droids. (Another post topic?)
- Carol King was responsible for the theme.
- It was Nelvana’s highest grossing film for eight years.
- Harry Dean Stanton (?!) was the singing voice of Brave Heart Lion. It’s almost like Christopher Walken with the bears. Connection?
- Animation was done by Wang Film Productions. Heh, heh.
- The Care Bears Movie was directed by Arna Selznick, the third of only four women ever to direct an animated feature.
- For more than two decades it was the highest grossing animated film from Canada.
- In 1985, it was the highest grossing Canadian film in Canada.
Here’s most of the Time Out review:
Up in the clouds, a bunch of Day-Glo bears (Tenderheart, Funshine, Love-a-Lot, etc) work at keeping the world a happy, caring ‘n’ sharing place, protecting lonely children from (very mild) evil forces, in this short-lived but lucrative franchise (a TV series was also briefly inescapable). Adults forced to accompany three-year-olds to the movie would have had a little moment of satisfaction when the time came to shovel the Care Bear toys out of the house into landfill sites.
Enough blasphemy! Watch the trailer of the classic:
Did I miss something amazing about The Care Bears Movie? Let me know in the comments.