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The Care Bears Movie was the first movie produced in the franchise in 1985 in Canada.

Movie Summary

Mr. and Mrs. Cherrywood are a middle-aged couple who run an orphanage. Mr. Cherrywood tells the orphans a story about the Care Bears and their home in the clouds called Care-A-Lot.

As the story starts, two of the Care Bears (Friend Bear and Secret Bear) travel around the Earth to cheer people up.

They soon meet two orphaned children named Kim and Jason, who lost their parents in the car accident. Friend and Secret introduce themselves and remind the children of their ambitions; neither of them take interest.

Meanwhile at an amusement park, another Care Bear, Tenderheart, spots a magician's apprentice named Nicholas. While unloading a trunk of goods for his master, the "Great Fettucini", Nicholas finds an old book with a diary-style lock on it.

When he unlocks the book, an evil spirit appears as a woman's face and starts corrupting his mind. With Nicholas' help, the spirit lays waste to the amusement park, and begins a quest to remove all caring from the world.

Back at Care-a-lot, some of the other bears are working on their new invention: the Rainbow Rescue Beam, a portal that can send any Bear to Earth and back in an instant. The two youngest bears, Baby Hugs and Baby Tugs, interfere with the machine and bring forth a group of unexpected visitors—Friend Bear, Secret Bear, Kim, and Jason.

The Bears introduce themselves to the children, and give them a tour of their home. Tenderheart soon returns before a "Cloud Quake", an earthquake like disaster, ruins Care-a-lot due to The Spirit. Tenderheart informs the others of Nicholas' troubles on Earth.

Bringing them to the Rescue Beam, he sends Kim and Jason to the park, along with Friend Bear and Secret Bear. The four of them end up in the Forest of Feelings after the portal malfunctions. From a nearby river in the clouds, the rest of the Care Bears begin searching for the group aboard the Cloud Clipper.

Within the Forest, the children and their friends are introduced to Brave Heart Lion and Playful Heart Monkey, two of the Care Bear Cousins. Later on, the other Bears discover more of the cousins, among them Cozy Heart Penguin, Lotsa Heart Elephant, Swift Heart Rabbit, and Bright Heart Raccoon.

During their stay, the spirit attacks them in several guises—as a spearfish, a tree, and an eagle. After the Care Bears and the Cousins defeat them, the friends venture back to Earth to save Nicholas from the spirit's influence.

At the park, Nicholas obtains the ingredients for his spell against the children and the creatures. After he casts it, the Care Bears and Cousins engage in a long battle against him.

The bears shoot beams of bright light towards him, forming their "Stare"; the Cousins help with their Call. As their power drains, Nicholas and the spirit briefly regain control.

But after Kim and Jason assist him, the apprentice finally realizes his misdeeds; with Secret Bear's help, he closes the spirit's face back into the book and saves himself, the park, and the world.

Nicholas thanks the group and reunites with Fettucini while Tenderheart Bear inducts the Care Bear Cousins into the Care Bear Family, and Kim & Jason find new parents at one of Nicholas' shows.

After Mr. Cherrywood finishes his story and looks over the orphans, his wife reveals his first name, Nicholas, before the two head off to sleep. Tenderheart Bear, who had been listening from outside the window, returns to Care-a-lot in his Cloud Mobile.

The film ends with most members of the Care Bear Family waving good-bye.



Opening Credits

  • "The Care Bears Movie" (introducing the Care Bears Cousins)
  • A Nelvana Production
  • with Mickey Rooney as the voice of Mr. Cherrywood
  • Title Song by: Carole King
  • Produced by: Lou Adler
  • Additional Songs by: John Sebastian
  • Score by: Patricia Cullen
  • Screenplay by: Peter Sauder
  • Producers: Michael Hirsh, Patrick Loubert, Clive Smith
  • Associate Producers: Paul Pressler, John Bohach, Harvey Levin
  • Executive Producers: Carole MacGillvray, Robert Unkel, Jack Chojnacki, Lou Gioia
  • Director of Animation: Charles Bonifacio
  • Directed by: Arna Selznick

Ending Credits

  • Cast:
    • Mickey Rooney as the voice of Mr. Cherrywood
    • Jackie Burroughs as the voice of the Spirit
    • Georgia Engel as the voice of Love-a-Lot Bear
    • Sunny Besen Thrasher as the voice of Jason
  • Voices - Eva Almos, Patrice Black, Melleny Brown, Bobby Dermer, Jayne Eastwood, Anni Evans, Gloria Figura, Cree Summer Francks, Brian George, Janet-Laine Green, Luba Goy, Terri Hawkes, Dan Hennessey, Jim Henshaw, Hadley Kay, Marla Lukofsky, Pauline Rennie, Billie Mae Richards, Brent Titcomb
  • Special Vocal Effects by: Frank Welker
  • Characters Created for Those Characters from Cleveland by: Linda Edwards, Muriel Fahrion, Elena Kucharik, Dave Polter, Tom Schneider, Ralph Shaffer, Clark Wiley
  • "Care-a-Lot" Written and Performed by: Carole King - Produced by: Lou Adler
  • "Home is in Your Heart" Written and Performed by: Carole King - Produced by: Lou Adler; with Louise Goffin, Sherry Goffin, Robbie Kondor, Levi Larky and Harry Dean Stanton as the Lion
  • Music for John Sebastian's Songs Written and Performed by: John Sebastian
  • Accompanied by: N.R.B.Q., Donn Adams, Terry Adams, Al Anderson, Tom Arpolino, Keith Spring, Joey Spampinato
  • with Special Appearances by: Roswell Rudd and the Tower of Power: Emilio Castillo, Steven Kupka, Mike Cichowicz, Marc Russo, Greg Adams
  • Produced by: John Sebastain
  • Chase Sequence Music by: David Bird and Walt Woodward
  • Additional Lyrics by: Ken Stephenson
  • Sung by: David Bird, Becky Goldstein, Susan Kross, Anne Marie Prunty, Christine Selbert
  • Song Sequences Prepared by: Peter Hudecki
  • Cassettes and Vinyls Available from: Varèse Sarabande
  • Supervising Producer: Lenora Hume
  • Executive in Charge of Production: Melissa Hoffman
  • Producers Rep./Marketing Consultant: Arthur Manson
  • Casting Director: Arlene Berman
  • Casting Assistant: Barbara Bjarnason
  • Voice Director: Rob Kirkpatrick
  • Animation Directors: Charlie Bonifacio, Anne Marie Bardwell
  • Unit Directors: Bill Perkins, Laura Shepherd
  • Assistant Director: Dale Schott
  • 1st Assistant Director - Canada: Lisa Atkinson
  • Design: Charlie Bonifacio, David Brewster, Alan Bunce, John Collins
  • Background Design: Peter Moehrle, Louis Krawagna
  • Backgrounds: Barry Atkinson, Wayne Gilbert
  • Storyboard: Alan Bunce, Sam Dixon, Ray Jafelice, David Thrasher, Bill Perkins, Dale Schott, Diane Parsons
  • Layout Supervisors: Ricardo Spinace, David Thrasher
  • Layout Artists: Jim Craig, Sam Argo, Rick Allen, Ted Bastien, Marie Carter, Kevin Davies, Sam Dixon, Wayne Gilbert, Ken Hancock, John Howard, Tony Iacobelli, Richard Livingston, Howard Lonn, Mark Marren, Larry MacDougall, Tom Nesbitt, John Palmer, Howard Parkins, Bill Payne, Brian Poehlman, David Russell, Joseph Sherman, John Van Bruggen
  • Supervising Animators: Ralf Palmer, David Brewster, John Collins, Roy Meurin, J. Daniel Smith
  • Animators: Lilliane Andre, Rejean Bourdages, Glan Celestri, John De Klein, Chris Delaney, Mike Fallows, Ian Freedman, Scott Glynn, John Hooper, Michelle Houston, Bob Jaques, Trevor Keen, Pat Knight, Beverly Newberg-Lehman, Mark Pudleiner, Paul Riley, Cynthia Swift, Lynn Yamazaki, Dick Zondag, Ralf Zondag
  • Assistant Animators: Bob Angelini, Andy Bartlett, Scott Bennett, Jan Burton, Chris Doyle, Shane Doyle, Stephen Fitch, Denis Gonzalez, Brian Lee, Ron Migliore, John Pagan, Terry Pike, Rob Stupple, Allen Swerling, Linda Williams
  • Special Effects Directors: David Marshall, Kate Shepherd, Trevor Davies, Keith Ingham
  • Special Effects: Willy Ashworth, Kim Cleary, Tony Egizii, Lesley Headrick, Ted Ravn, Jan Steel Moffatt, Peter Yamasaki
  • Poster Artist: John Alvin
  • Poster Design: Renato Casaro
  • Additional Production Facilities: Hanho Heung-Up Co., Ltd., Mihahn Inc., Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd., Cuckoo's Nest Studio
  • Unit Managers: Janet Cuddy, Richard Pimm
  • Production Assistants: Nick Campbell, Karyn Booth-Chadwick, Julie Feher, Barbara Fish, Stephen Fitch, Diana Foster-Pease, Brenda Kelly, John Pagan, Garth Roerick
  • Quality Control: Brenda Kelly, Lisa Oglesby, Betty Oldham, Diana Lyle, Rob Sadler, Susan Albert, Debra Pugh, Evelyn Baker
  • Paint and Colour Design: Jan Leitch, Mary Ecklund, Val Fraser, Aggie Krumlins
  • Titles: Kim Cleary
  • Camera: David Altman, Jim Christianson, Barbara Sachs
  • Xerox: Paul Hogarth, Steven Chadwick
  • Post Production Supervisor: John Broughton
  • Supervising Editors: John Broughton, Rob Kirkpatrick
  • Editors: Jim Erickson, Tom Joerin, Gordon Kidd, Stephen Mitchell, Sheila Murray, Michael O'Farrell, Steve Weslak
  • Assistant Editors: John Batkis, Lisa Dimichele, Steve Fraser, Mac Holyoke, Paul McGowan, Michael Reid, Cindy Romanovich, Keith Traver
  • Sound Effects Supervisor: Michele Moses
  • Sound Effects Editing: A.C.E.S.
  • Sound Editor: Philip Stillman
  • Sound Recordist: Jack Keller
  • Special Sound Effects Provided by: Peter Jermyn, Drew King
  • Special Sound Effects Designed by: Craig Harris
  • Foley: Andy Malcolm, Peter McBurnie
  • Foley/ADR Mixer: Marty Church
  • Foley Recordist: Carl Mahakian
  • Re-Recording: Pathé Sound · Elliot Tyson
  • Conducted by: David Shire
  • Additional Music Composed by: Rob Walsh, Don McGinnis
  • Orchestrations by: Rob Walsh, Don McGinnis, Fred Steiner, Alexander Courage
  • Music Produced by: Screenmusic West
  • Music Editors: Charles Paley, Joe Siracusa, Eugene Marks
  • Music-Mixing: Skywalker Sound · A Lucasfilm Ltd. Company · Marin County, California
  • Music Copyist: Mark Graham
  • Music Scoring Mixer: Dennis S. Sands
  • Orchestra Contractor: Patti Zimmitti
  • Music Preparation: Steven L. Smith
  • Musicians: Mark Berrow · Violin, Tom Boyd · Oboe Soloist, George Doering · Instrumental, James Thatcher · French Horn, Ethmer Roten · Flute, Alan Kaplan · Trombone, Tommy Morgan · Harmonica
  • Production Secretary: Glenn Gallo
  • Production Co-Ordinator: Heather Walker
  • Production Managers: Dale Cox, Steven Hahn
  • Assistants to the Producers: Pamela Keary, Angela Gruenthal
  • Business Affairs: Lida Kalisz, Eleanor Olmstead
  • Accounting: Irene Phelps
  • Color by Metrocolor
  • Approved No. 27720 Motion Picture Association of America
  • Dolby Stereo® in Selected Theatres
  • This Picture Made Under the Jurisdiction of I.A.T.S.E.-IA Affiliated with A.F.L.-C.I.O.
  • A Nelvana Limited Production in association with American Greetings Corporation
  • with the participation of General Mills and Kenner Parker Toys
  • Film Developed by Lexington Broadcasting Services Company
  • Care Bears and Care Bear Cousins Characters Designs © MCMLXXXV Amercian Greetings Corporation
  • © MCMLXXXV American Greetings Corporation and CPG Products Corp. All rights reserved

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