Bedtime Bear is one of the ten original Care Bears who originally appeared on American Greetings greeting cards in 1982. Since then, he has appeared in nearly every incarnation of the franchise, from movies to TV series to toys.
- 1 Abilities and Appearance
- 2 Appearances
- 2.1 The Care Bears in the Land Without Feelings
- 2.2 The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine
- 2.3 The Care Bears Movie
- 2.4 DIC series
- 2.5 Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation
- 2.6 The Care Bears Family
- 2.7 Care Bears Care About the Environment
- 2.8 Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot
- 2.9 The Care Bears' Big Wish Movie
- 2.10 Care Bears: Care Quest
- 2.11 Care Bears: Oopsy Does It!
- 2.12 Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot
- 2.13 Care Bears: Share Bear Shines
- 2.14 Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot
- 2.15 Care Bears: Unlock the Magic
- 3 Comic series
- 4 Gallery
- 5 Descriptions
- 6 Notes
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Evolution
Abilities and Appearance
He has aqua blue fur and his Belly badge depicts a light blue crescent moon with a yellow star hanging from its top crest.
Bedtime Bear is perpetually sleepy in nature, and he loves nothing more than a good sleep. He is often tasked with ensuring the restful slumber of children and Care Bears alike. Whether the situation at hand involves helping someone overcome a fear of the dark, curing insomnia, or simply providing a soothing presence, this dozy denizen of Care-A-Lot can always be relied on to make sure everyone gets a good night's rest.
He has aqua-blue fur and his belly badge depicts a light blue crescent moon with a yellow star hanging from its top crest. It gives him the extraordinary ability to freely enter and exit Dreamland and influence dreams directly, meaning nightmares don't stand a chance.
Bedtime Bear makes his animated debut in the very first Care Bears 1983 television special. Usually suggesting that the group should take a nap whenever Tenderheart Bear needs ideas. He also decides to take a nap on the branch of a sentient tree, causing it to snap and break, soon making a song number start.
In the follow-up to the original TV special, Bedtime is among the bears who must once again stop Coldheart and his new sidekick Frostbite from tricking a boy named Paul into helping him complete his "Careless Ray Contraption" that will freeze everyone's feelings.
He is later part of the crew of the ship The Cloud Clipper as they travel through the Forest of Feelings looking for their lost friends. He ends up falling overboard after dozing off, only to be rescued by Cozy Heart Penguin.
When Nicholas chases Kim and Jason around the park, Bedtime and Swift Heart Rabbit buy the two kids some time by pushing a lever to turn some funhouse stairs into a slide for Kim and Jason, and then back to stairs to slow Nicholas down.
Bedtime is a frequent character in DIC Entertainment's Care Bears series and has appeared in many episodes.
- In Camp, when the Care Bears see two boys named Sanford and Murphy on a camping trip, Bedtime Bear is among the crew who travels down to Earth to join in the fun. Using his tummy symbol, he is able to make their night less scary after a campfire story, and helps bring the two very different boys together in the end.
- In Soap Box Derby, he causes a minor panic after he leaves his blanket laying under Tenderheart Bear's telescope lens, leaving him to believe the Earth has been covered in darkness.
- In Magic Mirror, When a girl named Lisa is having trouble sleeping when she thinks a monster is in her closet, Bedtime is among the bears who go to help, only to find that her closet is indeed inhabited by Professor Coldheart, who uses his latest invention, the Magic Mirror, to reverse their personalities. As a result, Bedtime Bear finds himself "not tired at all" for the first time.
- In Mayor for a Day, when Coldheart enters, rigs, and subsequently wins a children's contest to be mayor of a small town for a day, he has all the Care Bears present sent to jail, with Bedtime Bear having to bust them out.
- In The Night the Stars Went Out, Bedtime Bear is among the first Care Bears to encounter a new villain, Strato Nefarious, when he begins to steal the stars from the sky so he can use them to light his flying cloud mobile enough to see his sheet music.
- In Wedding Bells, he is also present during Professor Coldheart's mock wedding to Auntie Freeze in his final attempt to destroy the Care Bears by using the ceremony to get inside the Hall of Hearts, but seems to just sleep through most of the ordeal.
The second Care Bears theatrical film tells the story of how the bears themselves, including Bedtime, first arrived in Care-a-Lot after being rescued from the clutches of the evil Dark Heart. When the villain once again plans to capture all the denizens of Care-a-Lot, Bedtime is among the many who are imprisoned in his secret lair.
In Nelvana's Care Bears Family television series, Bedtime appears less frequently than in the DIC series.
His first appearance in the series is in Lost at Sea, where he falls asleep inside a barrel in the Cloud Clipper as it drifts out to sea with himself, Baby Hugs, Baby Tugs, and a pair of twins named Sally and Sarah on board. When Mr. Beastly shows up to steal the ship's "Caring Compass", Bedtime and the twins must try and keep the device out of his hands while protecting the cubs and somehow get home.
In Order on the Court, Bedtime is the referee in the annual basketball game between the Care Bears and the Care Bear Cousins.
in Bedtime for Care-a-Lot, When Shreeky and Beastly put all the Care Bears to sleep using magical sleeping sand, Bedtime, who avoided the sand by already being asleep, followed them back to No Heart's Castle to record Shreeky's shriek, which was the only thing that could awaken the other Care Bears. Unfortunately, Shreeky and Beastly chased him back to Care-a-Lot and destroyed the tape recorder, but fortunately, Beastly accidentally angered Shreeky, causing her to shriek and awaken the Care Bears. Bedtime and the other Care Bears followed them back to No Heart's castle and used their Care Bear Stare to turn the sleeping sand back into normal sand. At the end while heading home, Champ Bear said that Bedtime Bear decided to get caught up on his "chores".
Care Bears Care About the Environment
Around 1991, Bedtime Bear and several other Care Bears received temporary redesigns in both artwork and plush form in order to bring about environmental awareness. Despite appearing in several books and even stickers, this new line was relatively short-lived due to a lack of popularity and low sales.
Bedtime Bear's new appearance for this series was the least drastic of all the bears. He is still light blue with a crescent moon tummy symbol, but this new symbol features additional clouds and Starbuddies.
Bedtime is a minor character in Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot, being one of the Bears to stay behind in Care-a-Lot to prepare for the Care Bear Fair.
As in Journey to Joke-a-Lot, Bedtime is a minor character, and is among the residents of Care-a-Lot who welcome their new neighbors, Me Bear, Messy Bear, and Too Loud Bear to the community. Noticing his half-awake state, Too Loud wonders if their arrival is cutting into his nap time.
Later in the film, when the new bears abuse the power of Wish Bear's wishing star Twinkers, they wish for a giant mansion to live in, which grows so large it actually encroaches on Bedtime's house and knocks him and his bed clear out of it. When their greed eventually becomes too severe, Care-a-Lot begins to fall apart at the seems, and its up to the Care Bears, including Bedtime, to rebuild it in the aftermath.
Bedtime Bear appears as a playable character in the 2005 Game Boy Advance video game Care Bears: Care Quest in the "Sweet Dreams" minigame, where he must float around and drop sleeping dust on other bears below to help them fall asleep.
In Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot television series, Bedtime Bear acts as the night watch-bear to Care-a-Lot in the staying awake when others are asleep to make sure they have good dreams and that everyone is getting their required eight hours of sleep a day. Bedtime Bear is usually seen with a sleeping cap and slippers in this series as well.
He is the main character in the episode Good Knight Bedtime. when Grizzle creates a bad dream machine to keep everyone stuck in an unending nightmare, Bedtime travels to Dreamland to see if he can solve the problem but finds that he can't wake up, either. Using their combined power, the other bears are able to send him back to the real-world to face Grizzle alone but first has to work up the courage to do so.
Bedtime Bear makes an appearance in the 2009 direct-to-video Care Bears film as the one who reads the other bears the story of Princess Starglo, which leads into a group rendition of the "I Believe" music sequence. He is seen again at the end of the film during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Caring Station's new light-equipped tower.
In Welcome to Care-a-Lot, Bedtime’s drowsy persona is changed to a more nocturnal outlook in this one; he’s only wide awake at night and goes to sleep right after breakfast. During his daytime sleep, if his blanket is stolen, it could cause him to sleepwalk after it. Even with this kind of behavior, Bedtime still enjoys singing with Harmony Bear and playing with Funshine Bear before they go to sleep, and doing Yoga with Tenderheart Bear before he goes to sleep. He appears in a small number of episodes.
- in Lazy Susan, Harmony Bear remarks that an unkempt Share Bear "looks like Bedtime Bear when he hasn't had his sleep". This scene then cuts to a really beaten down Bedtime walking down the forest.
- He is a major character in the episoded Over Bearing, Bedtime is revealed to be particularly eccentric. When Wonderheart Bear suggests the idea of waking him up during the day, Tenderheart Bear mentions that Bedtime would act even grumpier than Grumpy Bear if somebody wakes him up during the day. When a boy named Peter gets completely loose by Funshine and Grumpy, he and King Beastly go into Bedtime's cave and steals Bedtime's blanket, ending up with him sleepwalking, but he ends up getting his polite behavior back and Beastly gives the blanket back to Bedtime.
Bedtime Bear is a recurring character in Care Bears: Unlock the Magic, and has a larger role than in most incarnations. Perhaps the most significant change to his character is his voice. He has a very uptight mid-atlantic accent and seems to be much perkier than in previous incarnations of the character.
Bedtime is a very well-read bear and takes it upon himself to be able to answer any question the bears might have. He is a night owl, often keeping watch on the others so they may rest.
He enjoys reading books.
Bedtime Bear makes a number of appearances in Star Comics' Care Bears series between 1985 and 1989. His first major inclusion was in the issue 7 story "The Saddest Man in the World", where the Care Bears take turns trying to cheer up Sad Solly, the world's most depressed man. When Bedtime Bear's turn is up, he tries to convince Solly to take a nap, but ends up falling asleep himself as Solly reads off his long list of things that make him sad. In the Following issue, he joins other Care Bears as they investigate a town where objects mysteriously vanish, only to find it is the work of a robotic waste basket working on behalf of its artist-inventor.
When a wave of insomnia hits a small town, Bedtime, Cheer Bear, and Funshine attempt to help two children get to sleep, only to find that the problem is a missing Sandman. They discover that the Sandman himself has been put to sleep by the villainous Night Mayor, who wants more people to be awake at night so he'll actually have something to do during his late shift.
2002-2006: Bedtime Bear stays up nights. He's the special bear who helps people get a good night's sleep and makes sure that they have sweet dreams. There's no better bear buddy for a goodnight hug. Bedtime has a symbol that says what he's all about - a sleepy-faced moon.
2002 Website Profile:
- Caring Mission: Helps people sleep.
- Symbol: His crescent moon symbol represents his nighttime mission.
- Personality: Brave and alert (at night).
- Character Quirk: During the day, he's always confused or dozing off.
- Color: Blue.
- Best Friend: Wish Bear
- Relationship Challenge: He is baffled at how to help Friend Bear get over her fear of the dark.
- Motto: Sleep is what I do best!
20th Anniversary: Bedtime Bear works nights. He makes sure everyone gets a good night's sleep. He's strong, brave and alert. When Bedtime Bear is on duty, there's no reason to be frightened by anything that goes bump in the night. Nighttime is the right time for happy dreaming - that is the meaning of Bedtime Bear's tummy symbol: a crescent moon and a star.
2004 Cub: Amytime is naptime for Bedtime Cub! Able to make a bed out of just about anything, Bedtime Cub must get plenty of rest before he officially becomes the Care Bear who helps people get a good night's sleep. Bedtime has a symbol that says what he's all about, too - a smiley-faced moon.
2007-2011: Sleepy Bedtime Bear is your guy when it's time for beddy-bye. His blue, crescent moon belly badge says that he's the king at cuddles who can snuggle anyone to sleep in no time. He stays awake to help others sleep at night. But you spot him during the day he'll be snoozing away.
2020-present: Bedtime Bear helps everyone get a good night’s sleep with plenty of extra-sweet dreams! There’s no better bear for a goodnight hug or to fluff up your pillows. Bedtime Bear’s belly badge shows what he’s all about, too – a sleepy-faced moon!
The Bears Are Back in Town - The Ultimate Guidebook: Dreams are his thing! As Care-a-Lot's resident historian, Bedtime Bear loves to speed-read volumes of ancient books from the Caring Control Library. Fortunately for the Care Bears mission team, whatever Bedtime reads, he remembers, right down to the page number. He's a wealth of information for the Care Bears and always tries to assist them whenever they need help... even if it's during nap time.
- The only times Bedtime Bear is seen particularly active and awake are in the original series episode "Magic Mirror" when his personality is temporarily reversed, and the comic series issue 19 story "The Poor Little Rich Girl" when he gets a scooter. He also stays awake if it's worth saving his friends or helping out, as in the original series. The episodes were Lost at Sea and Bedtime for Care-a-Lot.
- Bedtime has a female counterpart in the form of Sweet Dreams Bear. Not only does she fulfill the same role of helping others have good dreams, but she has a similar color scheme and a nearly identical Belly Badge.
In other languages:
Croatian: Pospanko (from pospani, "the sleepy one")
Danish: Sovebjørn ("Sleeping Bear")
Dutch: Slaapbeertje ("Sleeping Bear")
French: Grosdodo ("Big Sleepy-Time", with dodo being baby talk for "sleepy time" or "beddy-bye")
French (Canadian): Dodonours ("Sleepy-Time Bear")
German: Schlummerbärchi ("Slumber Bear")
Hebrew: דוב לילה טוב ("Goodnight Bear")
Italian: Dormigliorso ("Sleepy Bear")
Norwegian (cartoon): Sovebamse ("Sleep Bear")
Norwegian (comic): Slumrebamse (Slumber Bear")
Polish: Miś Snu ("Sleeping Bear")
Portuguese: Dorminhoco ("Sleeper")
Spanish: Sueñosito / Dormilonsito ("Dream Bear")
Spanish (Argentina): Osito de las Buenas Noches ("Goodnight Bear")
Spanish (Spain): Perezoso ("Lazy Bear")
Swedish: Godnattnalle ("Good Night Bear")
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