Friend Bear (also recently known as Friendship Bear) is one of the ten original Care Bears who appeared on American Greetings greeting cards in late 1982, and has since made numerous appearances throughout the 1980's and 2000's Care Bears franchise.
- 1 Appearance and Personality
- 2 History
- 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" series
- 2.8 Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot
- 2.9 The Care Bears' Big Wish Movie
- 2.10 Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot
- 2.11 Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot
- 2.12 Care Bears: Unlock the Magic
- 2.13 Care Bears: Care Quest
- 3 Gallery
- 4 Descriptions
- 5 Notes
Appearance and Personality
If there's one thing Friend Bear knows, it's how to be a pal. She practically wrote the book on companionship, and knows that there's no greater gift in the world than a good buddy to share all of life's ups and downs with. She's willing to stand beside anyone who needs a companion, consort, partner, sidekick, or just plain acquaintance. Friend Bear is the social butterfly of the Care Bear team, and with her around, you're never in danger of being alone.
Friend Bear has peach-colored fur and her Belly badge depicts two intertwined smiling yellow daisies. She also has blue eyes and a darker orange head tuft. Friend Bear's palms and paw pads are a very dark orange. Her face is white with three freckles on each cheek. The fur on her stomach is also white.
Friend Bear makes her animated debut in the very first Care Bears 1983 television special. After a boy named Kevin runs away from home, he ends up in the gloomy Land Without Feelings ruled by Professor Coldheart, who turns him into a Green Creature Slave. It's up to Friend Bear and the rest of the crew to defeat the mad professor and return the boy to normal.
In the follow-up to the original TV special, Friend Bear 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.
In the very first Care Bears theatrical film, Friend Bear and Secret Bear travel to Earth to help two children, Kim and Jason, who feel like they don't need any friends. After Grumpy's Rainbow Rescue Beam malfunctions and transports both the bears and the two children to Care-a-Lot, Friend welcomes them in true Care Bear fashion with a song ("Nobody Cares Like a Bear") before attempting to take them back the same way. When the machine once again goes haywire, she, Secret Bear, Kim, and Jason become lost in the Forest of Feelings, where they meet their new friends, the Care Bear Cousins. When the other bears travel to the forest to look for them, they are finally reunited after meeting the rest of the Cousins, and travel to Earth together to stop The Spirit from removing all caring from the world.
Friend Bear appears frequently in DIC's Care Bears series.
- In Camp, she and several other bears travel to Earth to help two boys named Sanford and Murphy enjoy their camping trip despite their different personalities.
- In Braces, she is among another group who attempts to convince a boy named Joey to not be self-conscious about his new braces.
- In Split Decision, she joins a soccer game with another boy named Carl against a group of bullies.
- In Mayor for a Day, Friend Bear and some other bears travel and team up with a group of local children to stop Professor Coldheart when he rigs a children's contest to be mayor of a small town for a day.
- In The Cloud Worm, Friend Bear is among the denizens of Care-a-Lot who try to convince a hungry Cloud Worm to come somewhere else when it threatens to literally eat the Care Bears out of house and home.
The second Care Bears feature film tells the story of how the bears, including Friend Bear, first arrived in Care-a-Lot after escaping the evil Dark Heart. Later, when the villain propositions a girl named Christy into helping him capture the Care Bears once and for all, Friend and Secret Bear see the two working together to lure the rest of the bears into a trap, and re-group with the few remaining members of the Care Bear Family to help plan their rescue. Together with two children named John and Dawn, the team goes to Dark Hearts lair and free their friends, and even help Dark Heart himself to care and turn into a real boy.
Friend Bear makes somewhat infrequent appearances in Nelvana's The Care Bears Family TV series, although less than in the DIC series. Once again, she normally appears with Secret Bear, and is one of the few bears who can interpret his pantomimes.
- Her first appearance in the series was in The Great Race, as one of the contestants in the annual Care Bear Family Obstacle Race. However, when Mr. Beastly rigs the ballot to make himself a participant, she and the rest of the bears must put up with his constant cheating, with Friend Bear getting caught in a bag he hangs from a tree.
- In The Cloud of Uncaring, Friend Bear is mentioned when Secret Bear learns of No Heart's plan to concoct a spell to summon a "Cloud of Uncaring", but can only use charades to communicate with the others, leaving an exasperated Brave Heart to comment "Boy, if Friend Bear were here she'd be able to understand what Secret Bear's trying to tell us..."
"Care Bears Care About the Environment" series
Around 1991, Friend 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.
Friend Bear's appearance for this series featured her with reddish fur with a much different tummy symbol that depicted her typical flowers with the addition of two large overarching trees surrounded by hearts.
Friend Bear is a character in the first computer-animated Care Bears film, Journey to Joke-a-lot. She is one of the Bears who helps out with the Care Bear Fair when Funshine runs away.
In the second CG Care Bears video, Friend Bear is among the residents of Care-a-Lot who welcome their new neighbors, Me Bear, Messy Bear, and Too Loud Bear to the community. Later in the film, when the new bears abuse the power of Wish Bear's wishing star Twinkers, their greed eventually becomes too severe and Care-a-Lot begins to fall apart at the seems. Its up to the Care Bears, including Friend, to rebuild it in the aftermath.
Friend Bear makes a few minor appearances in the 2007-2008 Adventures in Care-a-Lot television series.
- She first appears in Cheer, There and Everywhere as one of the attendees of the annual Care-a-Lot Starshine Parade.
- In Flower Power, Friend is one of the bears who becomes obsessed with Share Bear's flowers when they become a fashion sensation.
- In Present and Accounted For Later, she is seen during Love-a-Lot Bear's birthday party, where Love-a-Lot and Cheer Bear have a falling out following a misunderstanding about her present.
Although Friend Bear doesn't appear in Welcome to Care-a-Lot, she does appear in promotional artwork and in the toy range from Just Play.
As with Welcome to Care-a-Lot, Friend Bear doesn't appear in Unlock the Magic, although artwork done in the show's art style has been used on promotional material, first being used on a "Favorite Care Bear" contest done in March 2020. The character's gender is also changed to male for this series.
Friend Bear is one of the playable characters in the 2005 Game Boy Advance video game Care Bears: Care Quest during the minigame "It's Good to Have Friends", where she must float around knocking on other bears' door and match them together based on their toys.
2002-2006: Need a good friend? Friend Bear would love to be your best buddy bear. She's the perfect example of a friend, too. She's caring, likes to play with you and she's fun to be with. She has a friendly symbol on her tummy - two smiling flowers!
2002 Website Profile:
- Caring Mission: She shows how to be a great friend.
- Symbol: Her twin, smiling flowers symbolize the joy of friendship.
- Personality: Kind and friendly.
- Character Quirk: A real chatterbox, she doesn't always know when to be quiet.
- Color: Light Orange.
- Best Friend: Love-a-lot Bear
- Relationship Challenge: No one-she gets along with everyone!
- Motto: Have I got a friend for you—me!
2004 Cub: Friend Cub would like to be your best friend, but she's far too shy even to say hello with your help, however, she'll become the perfect example of a friend - caring, playful, and fun to be with. She hopes you like the symbol on her tummy - a friendly, smiling flower!
20th Anniversary: Everyone can use a good friend in life, and Friend Bear spares no effort to make sure that each of us has at least one. Not only is she a good friend in her own right, but she helps bring people closer to each other, too. Friend Bear's tummy symbol, two smiling daisies, reflects the warmth and closeness of friendship.
- Friend Bear is mistakenly referred to as male in the book The Trouble with Timothy, as well as in many of the records produced by Kid Stuff Records. She is also shown as a male character in Unlock the Magic promotional art, as Friend lacks the eyelashes the female Care Bears have in the series.
In other languages:
Croatian: Kompica ("Buddy")
Dutch: Vriendbeertje ("Friend Bear")
French: Groscopain and Toucopain ("Great Friend" and "All Friends")
French (Canadian): Copinours ("Friend Bear")
German: Freundschaftsbärchi ("Friendship Bear")
Italian: Amicorso ("Friend Bear")
Norwegian: Bestebamse ("Best Bear")
Polish: Miś Przyjaźni ("Friendship Bear")
Portuguese: Amizade ("Friendship")
Russian: Дружелюбный мишка ("Friendly Bear")
Spanish: Amigosita ("Friend Bear")
Spanish (Argentina): Osito de los Deseos ("Wishes Bear")
Spanish (Spain): Amicorso ("Friend Bear")
Swedish: Kompisnalle ("Group Bear")