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Grams Bear was first introduced in the Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine special in 1984. Until Care Bears: Unlock the Magic with the introduction of Watchful Bear, she was the only member of the Care Bear Family to be portrayed as part of an older generation of bears.

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Appearance[]

Grams Bear has grey fur with a slight purple tint and her Belly badge is a pink rose tied with a yellow bow. She is always depicted wearing a pink shawl. In the Welcome to Care a Lot series, her fur is light blue.

Personality[]

Despite being the oldest member of the Care Bear Family, this veteran lives by her own motto that "you're only as old as you feel", and hasn't lost her step yet. After all, she pretty much has to be in top shape to look after the rambunctious Hugs and Tugs, and when the going really gets tough, her Belly Badge still works after all this time. But when its time to wind down, there's no one better to share a story, a warm treat, or a patient ear. To the bears of Care-a-Lot, she's everyone's grandma.

Main Story[]

The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine[]

Grams Bear makes her animation debut, along with Baby Hugs and Tugs, in the second Care Bears television special in 1984. While the rest of the bears must stop Professor Coldheart and his sidekick Frostbite completing their "Careless Ray Contraption" that will freeze everyone's feelings, Grams Bear must keep up the overactive cubs out of trouble.

The Care Bears Movie[]

Grams Bear appears in the first theatrical Care Bears movie once again as the ever-vigilant caretaker of Baby Hugs and Tugs. Or, at least, until she loses them and they end up messing with Grumpy Bear's new teleportation device, which accidentally transports two children named Kim and Jason to Care-a-Lot.

The Care Bears Family[]

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Grams Bear from the Care Bears Family series

In Nelvana's Care Bear Family television series, Grams Bear first appears in the episode Grams Bear's Thanksgiving Surprise, where we see a different side of the character that the other Care Bears normally don't see - the one who rides a wild cloud scooter, dances to (and plays loud music) and sports a leather jacket, much to the dismay of Tenderheart. Explaining that she just wants to have a little fun, she later joins the Care Bears on their journey to Earth to stop a mad baker named Sour Sam from corrupting the populace with his "Crabby Apple Pies". Her solution? Happy Apple Pies of course.

In Season 2, Grams would become a more major character, as many episodes would now mostly revolve around her telling stories to Hugs and Tugs.

  • When Hugs wasn't willing to try to do a forward roll like her brother, Grams told her the story of a cleaning lady (Treat Heart Pig) who once had to work up the courage to sing in front of an audience, and later became a big star. Beautiful Dreamer
  • Later, she told them the tale of two princesses (Treat Heart and Cheer Bear) who were in competition for the throne, but after working together to stop a two-headed dragon (Shreeky and Mr. Beastly), they decided to rule together. The Two Princesses
  • In an alternate world episode set in prehistoric times, the cave-bear Grams told the two tikes a tale about how Grumpy Bear met, lost, and later re-united with his friend, a brontosaurus. Grumpy's Little Friend

Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot[]

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Grams as seen in the episode "In a Flash"

Grams Bear made her return to the franchise in Welcome to Care-a-Lot in the episode Gram Master Flash.

When Wonderheart Bear becomes impatient with waiting to develop her Belly Badge powers, she seeks out her uncle Tenderheart for help. When his training proves too boring, she tries to draw out her power on her own - in the middle of a stardust storm - and gets blown away to the mountains outside Care-a-Lot. There, she meets the wizened Grams Bear, who helps her unlock her latent potential by pretending to be trapped under a large melon, causing Wonderheart to open her heart and care for someone else. When Wonderheart gains just enough power to shine a beacon, Grams reveals she was fine the whole time and easily moves the giant fruit, since "she may be old, but she's still a bear."

Care Bears: Unlock the Magic[]

Comic series[]

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Grams from the comic series

Grams Bear makes a number of appearances in Star Comics' Care Bears series, published between 1985 and 1989. In the issue 2 story "The Green-Eyed Monsters", Grams helps rescues Baby Hugs and Tugs after they are kidnapped by a jealous witch (and Lotsa Heart Elephant busts down her front door). Later in the issue 5 story "The Very first Care Bear", Grams is among the future Care Bears and Care Cousins rescued from Dark Heart by Noble Heart Horse and True Heart Bear and taken to Care-a-Lot, though this does cause a contradiction with the events of the second film (see below).

Much later in the issue 16 story "The Uncouth Tooth Fairy", Grams must help the Care Bears investigate a rogue tooth fairy who is ruining children's teeth with his "Terrible Taffy", and finds out that he has been corrupted by a villain named Doctor Decay. In issue 17's story "No Heart's Rhyme Crimes", Grams must come to the rescue when No Heart uses his latest acquisition, the Rhyme Chime, to transform all the Care Bears into things that rhyme with their name. Grams herself steals the device and turns No Heart into "Doe Heart", a harmless deer.

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Descriptions[]

  • The Bears Are Back in Town - The Ultimate Guidebook: Grams may seem like an ordinary grandparent, but don't be fooled by her tasty treats and warm hugs - this granny has a wild side. She may live life a little dangerously, but she is still a sweet grandma ready to share one of her classic stories. Just don't get too comfy - Grams is always ready for an adventure; so be ready to keep up!
  • HeadStart UTM Products: Grams Bear represents all the warmth, generosity and love for which grandmothers are known. Even in Care-a-lot, it's recognized that grandmothers are the absolute experts in tender loving care, Grams Bear is wise, sweet and kind. The Care Bears often seek her advice because in her many years of caring, Grams Bear has helped deal with about every problem there is. The bears know that they can always count on her for the perfect helpful hint and that better still, each tip comes complete with a hug and a fresh-baked cookie! Grams Bear's pink rose symbol stands for the beautiful and grandmotherly way she gives her tender loving care to others.

Trivia[]

  • The only time Grams Bear uses her Care Bear Stare is in The Care Bears Family episodes "Grams Bear's Thanksgiving Surprise" and "Care Bear Carneys".
  • Grams' appearance in the 5th issue of the comic series, "The Very First Care Bear" implies that she (along with Hugs and Tugs) were among the first Care Bears to arrive in Care-a-Lot, which is contradicted by the second movie. She and the cubs would have either had to have come to Care-a-Lot later, or they were simply out of sight for the entire film. This is, of course, assuming the comic is even canon to begin with. The comic's editor Tom DeFalco asked readers in issue 16 if they would like to see a story where they explored Grams Bear's past before becoming a Care Bear, but the series was cancelled before such a thing could be produced. However, it is revealed in the issue in question that Grams did go to college and her sorority sister was a tooth fairy named Gracie.
  • Grams Bear and Polite Panda have nearly the exact same Belly Badge, with both depicting pink flowers tied with ribbons.

In other languages:[]

Dutch: Oma Beer ("Grandma Bear")
French: Maminours
French (Canadian): Gramanours
German: Omi Bärchi ("Granny Bear")
Japanese: グラムズベア
Norwegian: Momo (a childish word for "grandma")
Spanish: Abuela Osito ("Grandmother Bear")
Spanish (Argentina): Abuela Osa ("Grandmother Bear")
Swedish (Cartoon): Farmor ("Grandma")
Swedish (Comic): Gammelnalle ("Old Bear")

Care Bears Family
Care Bears
Original Bears
Bedtime Bear (1982) - Birthday Bear (1982) - Cheer Bear (1982) - Friend Bear (1982) - Funshine Bear (1982) - Good Luck Bear (1982) - Grumpy Bear (1982) - Love-a-Lot Bear (1982) - Tenderheart Bear (1982) - Wish Bear (1982)
Introduced in 1980s/1990s
Forest Friend Bear (1980s) - Sea Friend Bear (1980s) - I Love You Bear (1980s) - Baby Hugs Bear (1983) - Baby Tugs Bear (1983) - Grams Bear (1983) - Secret Bear (1984) - Share Bear (1984) - Champ Bear (1984) - Harmony Bear (1985) - Surprise Bear (1985) - Daydream Bear (1985) - Prize Bear (1985) - True Heart Bear (1986) - Perfect Panda (1986) - Polite Panda (1986) - Gramps Bear (1986) - Take Care Bear (1987) - America Cares Bear (1991)
Introduced in 2000s
Laugh-a-Lot Bear (2003) - Bashful Heart Bear (2004) - Best Friend Bear (2004) - Thanks-a-Lot Bear (2004) - Do-Your-Best Bear (2004) - True North Bear (2005) - Sweet Dreams Bear (2005) - Hopeful Heart Bear (2005) - Smart Heart Bear (2005) - Me Bear (2005) - Messy Bear (2005) - Too Loud Bear (2005) - Amigo Bear (2006) - Always There Bear (2006) - Heartsong Bear (2006) - Play-a-Lot Bear (2006) - Shine Bright Bear (2006) - Superstar Bear (2006) - Work of Heart Bear (2006) - All My Heart Bear (2006) - Oopsy Bear (2007) - Pink Power Bear (2008) - Heart of Gold Bear (2008) - Sweet Sakura Bear (2009)
Introduced in 2010s
Wonderheart Bear (2012) - Shiver Me Timbear (2012) - Great Giving Bear (2012) - Trick-or-Sweet Bear (2013) - Christmas Wishes Bear (2014) - Rainbow Heart Bear (2017) - Piece of Heart Bear (2018) - Sparkle Heart Bear (2019) - Watchful Bear (2019)
Introduced in 2020s
Unity Bear (2020) - Togetherness Bear (2021) - Dream Bright Bear (2022) - I Care Bear (2022) - Care-a-Lot Bear (2022) - Sweet Message Bear (2022) - Sweet Celebrations Bear (2022) - Dare to Care Bear (2023) - Calming Heart Bear (2023) - Spooky Sparkle Bear (2023) - Destiny Bear (2023) - Be Me Bear (2023) - Always Here Bear (2023) - Good Vibes Bear (2023) - Flower Power Bear (2023) - Friends Forever Bear (2024) - True Friend Bear (2024) - Love Song Bear (2024) - Blissful Heart Bear (2024) - Peaceful Heart Bear (2024) - Kind to All Bear (2024) - Good Wishes Bear (2024) - Love to Care Bear (2024) - Sweet Serenity Bear (2024) - Blossom Heart Bear (2024)
Peel & Reveal Bears
Best Secret Bear (2023) - Wishful Heart Bear (2023) - Lucky Star Bear (2023) - Dreamtime Bear (2023) - Always Heart Bear (2023) - Champ-Shine Bear (2023) - Love Song Bear (2023) - Charm Bear (2023) - Friend Share Bear (2023) - Grump-a-Lot Bear (2023)
Metaverse/NFT Bears
Hello Fren Bear (2022) - Self Care Bear (2022) - Warm Fuzzies Bear (2022) - ILY Bear (2022) - I Can Bear (2022) - Investor Bear (2022) - Enjoyer Bear (2022) - Collector Bear (2022) - Bad Crowd Bear (2022) - Cyborg Bear (2022) - Glitch Bear (2022) - Magic Sparkles Bear (2022) - Metaverse Bear (2022) - Zombie Bear (2022) - Pixie Bear (2022) - True Light Bear (2022) - Fun Dream Bear (2023) - Care Heart Bear (2023) - Always Grumpy Bear (2023) - Harmony Song Bear (2023) - Birthday Sparkle Bear (2023) - True Dreams Bear (2023) - Cheerheart Bear (2023) - Lucky Wish Bear (2023) - Super Love Bear (2023) - Best Heart Bear (2023) - Ocean Breeze Bear (2023)
Other Bears
Question Mark Bear (1980s) - Unnamed Pink Panda (1980s) - Unnamed Blue Panda (1980s) - Precious Heart Bear (1991) - Recycling Bear (1991) - Bo the Take Care Bear (2013) - International Day of the Girl Bears (2019) - Black Lives Matter Bear (2020)
Trademarked Bears
Dandy Bear (1990) - Fun Play Bear (1990) - Giving Bear (1990) - Munchie Bear (1991) - Melody Bear (1991) - Princess Heart Bear (1994) - Hollyheart Bear (1995) - Happyheart Bear (1995) - Peppermint Bear (1995) - Heart Shine Bear (2021) - Believe Bear (2021) - Caring Heart Bear (2022) - Warm Hug Bear (2023) - Lots-a-Pride Bear (2023) - Share Your Care Bear (2023)
Care Bear Cousins
Brave Heart Lion (1985) - Bright Heart Raccoon (1985) - Cozy Heart Penguin (1985) - Gentle Heart Lamb (1985) - Lotsa Heart Elephant (1985) - Loyal Heart Dog (1985) - Playful Heart Monkey (1985) - Proud Heart Cat (1985) - Swift Heart Rabbit (1985) - Treat Heart Pig (1985) - The Koala (1980s) - Noble Heart Horse (1986)
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