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Songfellow Strum and His Magic Train is the first part of the forty-sixth episode of The Care Bears Family.

Story[]

With the majority of the Care Bears Family away on caring missions, only Brave Heart, Hugs and Tugs are left behind in Care-a-Lot. While Brave Heart inspects the Caring Meter, the cubs lament about how it's lonely with everyone being away. They decide to play a game, Tugs suggests Hide and Seek, but Hugs wants to play Tag instead, causing them to argue. Brave Heart hears them and angrily tells them to quiet down as their argument is affecting his work, asking them to take their quarrel somewhere else. Then when the cubs suggest Brave Heart play with them instead, he gets frustrated. All of a sudden, the Caring Meter starts to go haywire, the level sinking to its lowest point. The cubs start to panic, Brave Heart is puzzled that even though the meter's level has bottomed out, the alarm didn't sound. Hugs asks if he could fix it, but now even Brave Heart is worried because he's never seen the meter do that before. The three sit on the steps, feeling sad, wishing the others were around and not knowing what to do.

All of a sudden, music fills the air. The three look up and hear singing as a man playing a guitar and riding a flying train appears singing "If You're Happy and You Know It", stopping in front of them. Hugs admits to him they're not feeling very happy, and the man introduces himself as Songfellow Strum. He points at the Caring Meter, mistaking it for a clock, to which Brave Heart replies it's broken. Songfellow then sings "Pop Goes the Weasel" to them, which instantly cheers them up. He then invites them aboard his train to go to Songland, which they accept. During the journey, they listen to Songfellow sing "Down By the Station" and even join in themselves.

Arriving in Songland, the group slides down a musical staff to have some fun. The cubs and Brave Heart dance along to "Looby Loo", enjoying themselves immensely. Back on the train, Songfellow is looking for something, eventually finding a giant zipper to "zip into the next song".

The next song is "Old MacDonald Had a Farm", featuring Brave Heart as the titular farmer taking care of his animals, with the cubs as backing dancers dressed in cowboy outfits. He takes care of his cows, his ducks, and a puppy named Bingo. At the end of the song, Bingo jumps on Brave Heart, causing him to land in a mud puddle. Hugs and Tugs jump in right after him and Bingo howls the last note. A pig joins in, causing Brave Heart and the cubs to laugh.

The day turns into night, two Star Buddies fly through the sky towards the train as it chugs through Songland. They smile at the engine and at the engineer. Songfellow gently sings a lullaby to his passengers, who instantly fall asleep after a busy day of fun, singing and dancing. While the cubs sleep, they have a dream of chasing the Star Buddies up through the clouds to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star". They nearly catch them, but fall off the cloud down through the sky. The Star Buddies create a slide to safely carry the cubs down, and they crash into Brave Heart's waiting arms, causing him to fall down and send them into another fit of laughter.

Arriving back in Care-a-Lot, they are surprised to see the Caring Meter working perfectly again. When Brave Heart wonders who might have fixed it, the cubs guess it was the three of them that did - because when they weren't happy, the Caring Meter wasn't either. Brave Heart believes they are right, and Songfellow agrees as the train starts to pull away. He asks them if they had fun, to which Brave Heart says they did, the cubs saying goodbye to Songfellow and thanking them for the time they had. Songfellow bids his new friends goodnight, Brave Heart and the cubs doing the same as they watch Songfellow and the train disappear into the night.

Songs[]

  • If You're Happy and You Know It
  • Pop Goes the Weasel
  • Down By the Station
  • Looby Loo
  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  • Brahms's Lullaby
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
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