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Care Bears
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The 10 original Care Bears in the logo for the 1980s franchise, with Tenderheart Bear at the top
Creator Those Characters from Cleveland (Cloudco Entertainment)
Original work Greeting cards published by American Greetings (1981)
Films and television
Television series
  • The Care Bears Movie (1985)
  • Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (1986)
  • Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot (2004)
  • The Care Bears (Thomas J Dwyer Generation)
Toys Various
Original artwork by Elena Kucharik
Funshine Bear from Care Bear , Junction 8, Singapore, Dec 2013 01
Funshine Bear as part of the Christmas decoration in Junction 8, Singapore in Dec 2013.

The Care Bears are a very successful toy franchise from the 1980s. Over forty million of these stuffed teddy bears, made with a variety of colours, were sold from 1983 to 1987. Each Bear had a name, a job, and a symbol tied to it. For example, Funshine Bear helps people wake up, and has a sun on his stomach.

The toys were first made as characters on cards in 1981; the original artwork was done by Elena Kucharik. Later, other toys called the Care Bear Cousins were introduced.

They also gave way to three animated movies for the cinema in the mid-1980s. A related TV series from DIC and, later, Canada's Nelvana Limited came out at almost that same time.

Recently, Care Bear toys have been brought back in a new edition for the twenty-first century. As part of this comeback, the Bears have appeared in their first two DVD movies (both computer-animated), as well as a few video games.

Care Bears

First ten

Name Colour Gender Symbol
Bedtime Bear Aqua blue Female and Male Curved moon
Birthday Bear Golden yellow Male Small cake
Cheer Bear Carnation pink Female Rainbow
Friend Bear Amber orange Female Two flowers
Funshine Bear Lemon yellow Male Smiling sun
Good Luck Bear Green Male Four-leaf clover
Grumpy Bear Indigo blue Male Rain cloud
Love-A-Lot Bear Magenta pink Female Two hearts
Tenderheart Bear Brown/Bronze orange Male Red heart
Wish Bear Turquoise Female Shooting star which forms a yellow rainbow

The later additions

USA – 1980s
Name Colour Gender Symbol
Baby Hugs Bear Light pink Female Smiling Star inside a Pink Heart
Baby Tugs Bear Light blue Male Smiling star inside a diaper
Champ Bear Tan/Royal blue Male Trophy
Grams Bear Gray Female Rose
Harmony Bear Violet Female Smiling Flower
Secret Bear Tangerine/Magenta Male and Female Padlock
Share Bear Lavender/Magenta Female milk shake with two straws and Two Crossed lollipops with hearts on them
Take Care Bear Honey yellow/Light hot pink Male Smiling heart
True Heart Bear Light yellow/Pale pink Female Radiating star inside a heart
UK – 1980s
Name Colour Gender Symbol
Daydream Bear Pale pink/Indigo Male Heart Shaped Planet
Forest Friend Bear Forest brown Male Trees
Sea Friend Bear Sea blue Male Wave
Surprise Bear Sky blue/Amethyst purple/Magenta Female Jack-in-the-box

New Bears (2004)

Name Colour Gender Symbol
America Cares Bear White Female Shooting star
Do-Your-Best Bear Lime green Female Kite
Laugh-A-Lot Bear Orange Female Laughing star
Smart Heart Bear Watermelon pink Female Red apple
Thanks-A-Lot Bear Teal Female Shooting star
Best Friend Bear Orchid Female Rainbow with heart and star
Bashful Heart Bear Sea green Male Rainbow on a cloud with a pink heart
Hopeful Heart Bear Light magenta Female Pink heart surrounded by multicolored rays of light
Too-Loud Bear Coral red Male Red and yellow megaphone
Me Bear Lavender pink Female Heart-shaped mirror
Messy Bear Ice blue Male Silly tornado
Shine Bright Bear Magenta Female Yellow sun inside a purple heart
Superstar Bear Lemon yellow Female Orange star with red and yellow borders with a red heart inside surrounded by three small hearts
Heartsong Bear Turquoise blue Female Multicolored music note with three small hearts
Play-a-Lot Bear Sky blue Male Violet bouncing ball with red heart stamp and a rainbow trail
Sweet Dreams Bear Mauve Female Light pink moon resting on a cloud surrounded by small hearts
Always There Bear Cerise pink Female Two smiling pink and lavender intertwined hearts
Amigo Bear Orange-red Male Orange sun
Oopsy Bear Chartreuse green Male Shooting star

Care Bear Cousins

Name Colour Gender Symbol
Brave Heart Lion Orange Male Heart with a crown
Bright Heart Raccoon Purple Male Heart shaped lightbulb
Cozy Heart Penguin Lilac and White Female Heart w/cap
Gentle Heart Lamb Mint green Female Heart-shaped pillow
Lotsa Heart Elephant Pink Female Pink weight
Loyal Heart Dog Blue Male Heart-shaped medal
Noble Heart Horse Purple Male Multi-colored Heart
Perfect and Polite Panda Black/White/Gray Male and female Star/Flower
Playful Heart Monkey Amber Female Heart w/ party hat
Proud Heart Cat Amber and Turquoise female Heart inside star
Swift Heart Rabbit Sky blue female Heart with wings
Treat Heart Pig Yellow Female Ice cream cone

The movies

  1. The Care Bears Movie (1985)
  2. Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (1986)
  3. The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland (1987)
  4. Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot (2004) (direct to video)
  5. The Care Bears' Big Wish Movie (2005) (direct to video)
  6. Care Bears: Oopsy Does It! (2007) (direct to video)
  7. Care Bears: Share Bear Shines (2009) (direct to video)

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