Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot

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Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot
"We are the Care Bears!"
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 22 Minutes (11 minutes for each segment)
Country: United States
Release Date: September 15, 2007 – December 6, 2008
Network(s): CBS
Distributed by: American Greetings Entertainment
Starring: Tabitha St. Germain
Ian James Corlett
Tracey Moore
Scott McNeil
Ashleigh Ball
Mark Oliver
Nathan Wallace
Matt Hill
Andrea Libman
Stevie Vallance
Chiara Zanni
Richard Ian Cox
Kelly Sheridan
Terri Hawkes
Sam Vincent
Shannon Chan-Kent
Garry Chalk
Chantal Strand
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 26 (52 segments)
Previous show: The Care Bears Family (TV series)
Care Bears: Oopsy Does it! (Movie)
Next show: Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot

Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-lot is an American-Canadian animated television series produced by SD Entertainment and distributed by DIC Entertainment Corporation 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 Rocks

  1. The series does a great job at reintroducing the Care Bears to a new generation of fans.
  2. Polished looking animation.
  3. The redesigns of the Care Bears look nice, too, some even wearing accessories or changes to their hair to make each Bear look different.
  4. Oopsy Bear, the main Care Bear especially made for the 2007 incarnation spin-off, is unique to the other Care Bears, being that he doesn't have a Belly Badge (although he can use a pen to draw on his spot where a Belly Badge would be, normally the drawing is of a shooting star).
  5. Grizzle is also a neat villain whose actions are a whole lot different compared to the villains seen in the Nelvana and DIC TV series.
  6. Care-a-Lot has been given a newly refreshed look, making it more like a small town.
  7. Loads of funny moments.
  8. Good voice acting from voice talents from the Ocean Group like Ian James Corlett, Tabitha St. Germain, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Matt Hill and many others.
  9. Some of the underused Bears even get starring roles in episodes, like True Heart, Amigo and Good Luck Bear.

Bad Qualities

  1. The Maya CGI animation was used in the 4 Direct-to-Video movies can be a little cheap looking, akin to an early GameCube/PlayStation 2 game.
  2. 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).
  3. 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 separately appear in 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.
  4. Some mean-spirited episodes.
  5. There are a few 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!).