Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot
Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-lot is an American animated television series produced by SD Entertainment and American Greetings that premiered on CBS' KEWLopolis programming block from September 15, 2007, to December 6, 2008. The series is a follow-up to the movie Care Bears: Oopsy Does It! and features the same characters from the movie.
Why It's A Care Bear Stare
- The series does a great job at reintroducing the Care Bears to a new generation of fans like you.
- Polished-looking ink-and-paint animation, even for 2007-2008 standards. Also, the Flash animation in the intro is pretty good.
- The redesigns of the Care Bears looked very cute, also, some even wearing accessories or changes to their hair to make each Bear look different, for example:
- Cheer Bear, the tomboyish pink female Care Bear who wears a rainbow hair ribbon tied in a ponytail.
- Funshine Bear, the yellow male Care Bear who wears a red baseball cap.
- Share Bear, the purple female Care Bear who wears two pink crystal balls tied in a ponytail.
- Grumpy Bear, the dark blue male Care Bear who was active at building things.
- Oopsy Bear, the main light green male Care Bear especially made for the 2007 incarnation, is unique to the other Care Bears, being that he doesn't have a Belly Badge, although he can use a rainbow pen to draw and color on his spot where a Belly Badge would be (normally the drawing is of a shooting star).
- Grizzle is also a neat villain who has a good mixture of a serious and silly nature (especially since he treats Mr. Beaks, an inanimate robot made out of old parts, like it's real.)
- Care-a-Lot has been given a newly refreshed look, making it more like a small town.
- Loads of funny moments here and there.
- Good voice acting from the Vancouver-based voice actors from the Ocean Group.
- Some of the more underused Bears even get starring roles in episodes, such as Good Luck Bear.
- The CGI animation in Oopsy Does It! and the other three direct-to-video movies can be a little cheap looking, akin to an early Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube or an Xbox video game.
- It clearly hasn't aged well since there are some models that look a bit grotesque, rubbery and stiff, particularly the non-regular cast.
- Some of the Care Bears from this incarnation didn't appear in this series.
- Some of the Bears' characteristics are different from earlier incarnations, due to the fact that the series is aimed towards a new generation of fans:
- Tenderheart is one example, as he was turned into a daredevil rather than being a wise leader, and became a recurring character (His role as the leader was given to Cheer Bear for this series).
- The Care Bear Cousins don't appear at all in this series.
- The same goes for Humans and the Caring Tower, although Humans re-appear in the second season (in the form of recurring character McKenna, as well as Emma and Jake, who appeared in the direct-to-DVD specials), and the Caring Tower re-appears in a video game for the V-Smile Baby called Care Bears: Play Day alongside the other three CGI movies.
- Some mean-spirited episodes.
- There are many animation errors, especially in far-off crowd shots or when crowds are shown (Male Care Bear models tend to be reused for background shots, even for female Bears.).