(Note: The subject of this article has conflicting sources to their gender. For the purposes of consistency and readability, gender-neutral pronouns will be used to address this character throughout this article due to their neutrality.)
Funshine Bear is one of the ten original Care Bears who first debuted as a character on American Greetings cards in 1982. Ever since, they have been a main character in nearly every incarnation of the franchise.
Funshine always has sunny yellow fur and a smiling sun Belly Badge. Starting in Unlock the Magic, their belly badge is a smiling sun with shades instead of eyes squinting.
In the original series, Funshine always looks on the sunny side of life. Happy, perky, and ready to rise with each day, they are equally ready and willing to help others, bear or child alike. Using their tummy symbol, they can help by lighting up the darkest night or shine a beacon for all to see. However, they have a tendency to prank others, which can sometimes land them in trouble.
Beginning with the early 2000's franchise re-launch, Funshine was given a more outgoing, athletic personality, but still retains the overall fun-loving spirit of the original. This thrill-seeking bear lives to seize each day, whether through extreme sports or games, and can't stand being cooped up for even a moment. In the Adventures in Care-a-Lot series, they are depicted wearing a red baseball cap as well as a masculine voice. In this series, they lost their specialty for telling jokes, and instead focus whole-heartedly on having fun.
In the 2012 series, Welcome to Care-a-Lot, Funshine spends their time playing games or going for a splash. They especially enjoy hang-gliding. The only thing that gets them down is when there is no one around for them to play with, as they highly value spending time with others.
While Funshine displays their warm-hearted tendencies, they do not always play fair. His personality is fitting to his horoscope, which is Sagittarius.
Their belly badge gives them the power to create tangible sunbeams, which can be used to help them solve any problems they may be facing, although this method is generally only used as a last resort.
Funshine Bear makes their animated debut in the very first Care Bears 1983 television special. Here, as seen throughout the remainder of the original series, they are depicted as female. After a boy named Kevin runs away from home, Funshine and all of the other bears end up in the Land Without Feelings, ruled by Professor Coldheart. Kevin is then transformed into a Green Creature Slave and tasked with doing the professor's dirty work. It's up to Funshine and the rest of the bears to defeat the mad professor and return the boy to normal.
In the follow-up to the original TV special, Funshine 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.
Funshine Bear appears in the first Care Bears theatrical film as one of the bears who welcomes the children Kim and Jason to Care-a-Lot during the "Nobody Cares Like a Bear" song sequence. They are later a part of the crew on the ship The Cloud Clipper as they travel through the Forest of Feelings looking for their lost friends. After reuniting with their wayward comrades, and joining forces with the Care Bear Cousins, the group travels to Earth to combat the evil Spirit and seal her away for good.
Funshine appears in many episodes of DIC's Care Bears television series.
- They first appear in the episode Camp, where they travel to Earth with a small group of bears to assist two boys named Sanford and Murphy on a camping trip. The group is tasked with helping them come together despite their differences.
- In Braces, Funshine is later among the team that helps a boy named Joey feel better about his new braces.
- In Split Decision, they joins a soccer game with a timid boy named Carl against a group of bullies to help him build confidence.
- In The Last Laugh, when Cheer Bear becomes depressed because she can't cheer up Grumpy Bear, Funshine is among the bears who hold a comedy show called "Laugh Night" to try and cheer them both up.
- In Runaway, they are seen when Professor Coldheart begins kidnapping children to steal their warmth, and follows him to his secret hiding place in the forest.
- In Mayor for a Day, when the mad doctor rigs a contest for children to be mayor of a small town for a day, Funshine and the other bears team up with some local children to put an end to his reign of terror.
- In The Night the Stars Went Out, when the bears, including Funshine, encounter Strato Nefarious, Funshine uses their tummy symbol to create a small portable sun.
- In The Magic Shop, when Coldheart once again tries to terrorize a town using his new "Un-caring Ray", Funshine is among the group that travels to Earth to stop him.
The second Care Bears theatrical film tells the story of how the bears and Care-A-Lot came to be. After being rescued from the clutches of the evil Dark Heart, the villain once again plans to capture all the denizens of Care-a-Lot. Funshine is among the many bears and cousins who are imprisoned in his secret lair.
Funshine appears in several episodes of Nelvana's Care Bears Family TV series.
- They first appear in The Great Race, where Funshine is one of the contestants during the annual Care-a-Lot Obstacle Race to compete to be king or queen for a day. When Mr. Beastly rigs the drawing to become a participant himself, he begins to cheat their way through the whole competition, with Funshine falling into a pit trap.
- In The Camp Out, Grumpy Bear, Brave Heart Lion, Lotsa Heart Elephant and Baby Hugs and Tugs go on a camping trip. Funshine and Playful Heart Monkey play practical jokes on them the entire time, even pretending to yell for help from a "swamp monster". However, when a real swamp monster shows up, the two must fend for themselves while protecting the cubs, who wandered away from the group. They learned that playing mean jokes on others can backfire at times.
Funshine is one of the main characters of the final original series television special who travels to Earth with Grumpy Bear help a girl named Anna feel better after her best friend moves away. However, when a portal to Toyland opens in her home and releases both a Nutcracker and a horde of rats, Funshine and Grumpy call for help and re-group with other Care Bear Family members before entering the other realm. Together with Anna and the Nutcracker, Funshine and the rest must stop the Vizier from ruling all of Toyland.
Funshine is the focus of the first computer-animated Care Bears film, Journey to Joke-a-lot, released in 2004. From this film onwards, Funshine's character is presented as male. After one of their practical jokes on Grumpy Bear backfires, they run away to the land of Joke-a-lot, where laughing and having fun is the main focus. Upon arrival in the town square by parachute, a rat named Sir Funnybone exclaims that Funshine is their long-lost king, and dubs them the new ruler of the land. However, this all turns out to be an elaborate plan by the rascally rodent, who wants to steal the new king's scepter following their coronation to gain access to the royal vault, which contains jewels that hold the power of all the joy in the kingdom.
When the rest of the bears arrive, they become privy to Funnybone's plan and try to help Funshine. After foiling his plot to steal the scepter at the "Laff-Fest", the villain reveals his real name is Basil Ratbone, from the No Fun Atoll, and admits that he only wanted the jewels so he could introduce the concept of "fun" to the rest of his friends. After revealing that Funshine isn't the destined king, they relinquish their title to Gig the pig, who becomes a princess.
Funshine Bear is one of the playable characters in the 2005 Game Boy Advance video game Care Bears: Care Quest during the minigame "Hide-and-Seek", where they must look for other bears who are hiding behind clouds.
In the second CG Care Bears video, Funshine's role is smaller compared to Journey to Joke-a-Lot, mainly serving as comic relief throughout the movie. Throughout the Care-a-lot steering committee meetings, he uses a squeaky hammer to provide laughs in a serious matter.
Later in the film, when the new bears abuse the power of Wish Bear's wishing star Twinkers, their greed eventually becomes too severe when Wish accidently wishes Twinkers to the new Bears. At one point, Funshine comes into a sulking Wish's house and talks to her about how to get Twinkers back.
Soon afterwards, the new Bears' greed becomes sincere as Care-a-Lot begins to fall apart at the seems. It's up to the Care Bears, including Funshine, to rebuild it in the aftermath.
Funshine is one of the main recurring characters in the 2007-2008 Adventures in Care-a-Lot series, and appears prominently in a number of episodes. Funshine always wears a red baseball cap, and has a masculine voice.
- In Unbearable, They have a tendency to become proud, such as when they were given an award by the rest of the bears for their overall helpful nature, which they later touted at every opportunity.
- In Care-Ful Bear, when Share Bear gets into a minor accident, they become determined to force safety measures at the expense of everyone's fun, even temporarily re-naming themself "Careful Bear".
- In Bubbles, after foregoing sleep one night to stay up and play, Funshine comes down with a case of "the bubbles" and begins to uncontrollably hiccup while spewing bubbles from their mouth and floating around. Unfortunately the treatment is rest and quiet, something Funshine positively can't stand.
- In Rainshine Meadows, Funshine discovers a new place to play which has fallen into a dilapidated state, they attempt to clean it up themself, only to find the task too great. However, their persistence rubs off on the other Care Bears, and they help restore the area to its former glory.
- In Dare Bears, Funshine later develops a rivalry with Tenderheart Bear on two separate occasions. First, after trying Grumpy's new bouncy boots invention, the two try to out-dare each other to do progressively more dangerous things, with one unwilling to concede to the other that they're scared.
- In Forget It, the two begin to feud when Funshine accidentally breaks Tenderheart's pogo stick, but have to learn to work together when Grizzle's "Forget-Me-Ray" wipes the memories of all the other bears in Care-a-Lot.
When Share Bear travels to the fabled home of Princess Starglo, said to be the one who turns baby twinklets into full-grown wishing stars, she finds it less hospitable than the stories suggest. As Starglo denies her request to help her young star friend grow, she reveals that she is dismantling her entire operation since no one believes in her anymore. While Share tries to get her to change her mind, a group of bears, including Funshine, travel to Starglo's home to look for her, and end up using a Care Bear Stare to change her outlook on the situation and make stars again.
Funshine Bear appears in the final Adventures in Care-a-Lot spin-off film as one of the organizers of the annual Giving Festival celebration. After a failed attempt to tow Care-a-Lot away leaves his own island floating in deep space, Funshine is among the bears who takes him home. However, his gratitude proves to be short-lived as he tries to capture them while inside his fortress, but they are able to outwit him in the end. Later, they must help rescue Princess Starglo from a cloud spirit named Windle who hates the festival and wants to stop them attending, and is able to change his attitude with a Care Bear Stare.
Funshine is once again a main recurring character in the 2012 Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot television series.
- In the first episode of the series, Compassion - NOT, they wanted a fun day, but the other Bears are busy. Tenderheart invites a girl named Penny who, like them, loves high speed, but learns that sometimes you have to slow things down.
- In Sleuth of Bears, when Thanks-a-Lot Bear and Secret Bear form a detective club and begin questioning everyone in Care-a-Lot over the vandalism of Grumpy's "Care-a-van", with Funshine becoming particularly annoyed.
- In Sunshine, after winning the "Care Bearathon" competition, Funshine becomes even more competitive than usual, and tries to be the best at everything, much to everyone's chagrin.
- In Lazy Susan, they drink an ill-prepared batch of rainbow tea made by Share Bear which changes them, and several other bears', fur into crazy colors. While the rest scramble to find a solution in time for the annual Care-a-Lot picture day, Funshine actually likes their new tie-dye look, but is forced to change back by an irate Harmony Bear.
Funshine is one of the main characters in this continuation of the Welcome to Care-A-Lot series.
Funshine is once again at the forefront in Care Bears: Unlock the Magic, though they are very similar to their previous incarnations. They are a little wilder than previously depicted, but they also have a newfound tendency to slow down and appreciate the simple things. It is Funshine Bear who is the first of the bears to discover the Silver Lining.
Funshine is an avid Cloudcycle rider and a fan of adventure.
2002-2006: Funshine Bear is the Care Bear's class clown. This playful bear really knows how to be funny and to have fun. Funshine Bear works hard to make sure that people have a good time. "Enjoy each day" is Funshine's motto and it's shown on the bear's symbol - a smiling sun!
2002 Website Profile:
- Caring Mission: Helps people have fun.
- Symbol: His smiling sun symbol reminds us to find the fun in each new day.
- Personality: Fun and funny.
- Character Quirk: He can do perfect impressions and sound effects.
- Color: Yellow.
- Best Friend: Grumpy Bear
- Relationship Challenge: Share Bear, he teases her constantly but has a secret crush on her.(In Adventures in Care-a-Lot, however, he has a crush on Love-a-Lot Bear.)
- Motto: The fun starts here!
20th Anniversary: Funshine Bear shares enthusiasm for life and all its possibilities with everyone. An energetic Bear, Funshine makes sure that people have a good time - no matter what they are doing. Funshine Bear's symbol is a smiling sun. It's a constant reminder that a sunny outlook is the best one and that we should enjoy each moment of each new day!
2007-2011: "Here comes fun!" Everyone loves Funshine Bear! This happy and energetic bear knows how to have fun, and can turn anything into a game. Funshine treats everyone like a close friend and loves kidding around. Funshine's favorite things are his sunny belly badge and his trusty red baseball cap.
2020-present: Playful Funshine Bear works hard to make sure that everyone is having a good time. His sense of humor makes him the life of any party and he really knows how to have fun. Funshine Bear’s belly badge reflects his sunny disposition – a bright yellow sun with an ever-present smile.
The Bears Are Back in Town - The Ultimate Guidebook: Too legit to quit! This laid-back bear with a heart of gold is always on a quest to have more fun. Whenever the Care Bears throw s party, they can rely on Funshine Bear to show off his DJ skills and sweet dance moves. When it comes to serious tasks, Funshine always tries his best. If he fails, he just shrugs it off and tries again. It's always sunny wherever Funshine is, because he can turn any cloudy day into 100 percent awesomeness.
- Funshine is mentioned in the opening credits song of the original DIC Care Bears animated series "I Wanna be a Care Bear" ("I'd be like Funshine and make the sunshine..."). They would later have their own singing line in the song "Flying My Colors" in the second film ("Got the sun on my tummy and a smile on my face, I'm ready for a party any time, any place.")
- Funshine from the 2000's series and onward can be compared to both Champ Bear from the original series and Superstar Bear, as all three are yellow, athletic, and outgoing.
- Not counting Grams Bear's stories, Funshine is one of two Care Bear Family members to be a queen at some point, after Queen-for-a-Day Lotsa Heart in "The Great Race".
- Funshine appears in the 38th episode of Cartoon Network's Mad TV series, "Monkey Ball Z / The Green Care Bear", during a segment that parodies the 2011 film Green Lantern. They are seen going to battle with the rest of the bears and Hal Jordan after apparently being corrupted by Parallax.
- They have a friendly rivalry with both Tenderheart and Brave Heart Lion.
In other languages:
Croatian: Vedrana (from the word vedra, meaning "bright", "shiny", "smiling", "sunny")
Dutch: Zonnebeertje ("Sun Bear")
French (Canadian): Solours
German: Sonnenscheinbärchi ("Sunshine Bear")
Hebrew: Smechach Dov ("Happy Bear")
Italian: Mattacchiorso ("Joker Bear")
Mandarin (Taiwan): 陽光熊/Yángguāng xióng ("Sunshine Bear")
Norwegian: Gladbamse ("Glad Bear")
Polish: Miś Zabawy ("Fun Bear")
Portuguese: Brilhante ("Brilliant")
Russian: Солнышко ("Sun Bear"), Весельчак ('someone who likes to have fun and to share it with others', this name was used in the movie 'Journey to Joke-a-lot')
Spanish: Divertosito ("Funny Bear")
Spanish (Spain): Mattachiorso ("Joker Bear")
Swedish: Solnalle ("Sun Bear")
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