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Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot

Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot is an animated television series by SD Entertainment and DiC Entertainment that premiered on CBS's KEWLopolis line-up on September 15, 2007, and is designed to be an immediate follow up to the movie Care Bears: Oopsy Does It!.

Unlike the previous animation created by DiC and Nelvana in the 80s, and as with Oopsy Does It!, this series features the new redesigned Care Bears with redesigned tummy symbols (now called "belly badges"). It also features a redesigned Care-A-Lot. Additionally, there was initially no interaction with humans or other supernatural entities like those found in the previous iteration. (a recently released DVD features an episode where they interact with a human). Instead, as an immediate follow-up to Oopsy Does It!, the series inherits the sole villain from the movie, Grizzle, who has robots to do his bidding.

While other Care Bears do make appearances in the show, the series primarily focuses on 5 Care Bears in particular as seen on the Care Bears website: Cheer Bear, the new leader of the group, Share Bear, who's now a horticulturist, Grumpy Bear, now an inventor, Funshine Bear, now an energetic fun guy instead of a jokester, and introduced in Oopsy Does It!, Oopsy Bear. The show's theme song is performed by Kay Hanley. Also, as of Feb. 2008, the Care Bear Cousins have yet to make an appearance in this series (although it could be a possibility in the near future, as The Forest of Feelings was recently mentioned in another of the new Direct-to-DVD stories). While the Care Bear Stare is featured, it is now a way to cheer people up.

Along with the other shows in the KEWLoplois block, this series fulfills the federal "E/I" requirements.

Care-A-Lot

The new Care-A-Lot has four main places that make it up:

  • Central Care-A-Lot, basically the place where most of the show takes place, this hosts the Gathering tree and all of the houses, and Harmony's Sweet Shop.
  • Rainshine Meadows, Rainshine meadows first appeared in the episode of the same name, where Funshine goes to Rainshine Meadows to practice his Belly Ball moves, and he finds it a mess. After a big storm the once beautiful place was ruined, but by the end of the episode, everything is cleaned up and the place is restored. If it appears in more episodes is unknown, due to the fact it looks a lot like the Meadow. Rainshine Meadows is accessed from behind the waterfall from the meadow where the bears usually play.
  • The Meadow, This is the place where the Care Bears often play together, pick flowers, go swimming (as seen in 'Erased'), etc. Rainshine Meadows, another meadow nearby, is accessed from a cave behind the waterfall.
  • Grizzle's Lair, Not technically part of Care-A-Lot, it's where Grizzle lives and plots all of his evil plans.
  • Forrest of Feelings Mentioned in "Cheer Up", when Cheer sends Surprise to set up a backwards race there.

Houses and Buildings

The houses in Care-A-Lot are very different, but they all show the personalities of their owners:

  • Oopsy's upside-down House: Oopsy's house resembles a building that had been fipped over, therefore the door is at the top, even with the decoretive edging at the top that the other Care Bears have on the bottom of their houses. He lives to the right of Grumpy's Garage/Shop.
  • Grumpy's Garage/Shop: The main part of Grumpy's house is the Garage/Shop where he does all of his work. The inside and outside of his house is blue and it is adorned with thunderbolts. Right above the door to his garage is a 2D flipped out umbrella. The inside of his Garage it holds his tools, a broom, a ladder, a work bench, etc. His house is to the right of Share's and to the Left of Oopsy's.
  • Share's Garden: Share's garden is her pride and joy and she keeps it very well. It is mostly full of Lollipop flowers that look like the Lollipops on her Belly Badge. Her house is to the Left of Grumpy's and the right of Funshine's.
  • Funshine's Fun-House: Funshine's many colored house has a yellow slide coming out of his bedroom window. Funshine's room in the Episode 'Bubbles' only has a bed, but in 'Unbearable' it has a firemans pole and a bedstand. His house is to the left of Share's.
  • Sweetheart Candy Parlor: Harmony Bear is seen running a candy parlor in "Cheer, There and Everywhere/Twinklers") where she creates all manner of sweets. The name of the parlor was eventually revealed in the episode Share And Share Alike
  • Smart Heart Library: Love-a-lot works at the library, but it is unclear if she's the head librarian or not. Commonly, the bears go to the library to find answers to questions they have (i.e. Funshine in Rainshine Meadows) or have some quiet time (i.e. Cheer and Harmony in Oopsy the Hero).
  • Care-A-Lot Cafe Care-A-Lot's local "cafe" has not been "announced" as a place in Care-A-Lot yet, but it has been seen in the background. It is unclear of who works/owns the place. It is also possible that this place is an annexe of Sweetheart Candy Parlor.

Episodes

Season One

1. A Little Help / Tell Tale Tummy First aired: 9/15/2007 A Little Help: To stop his lab from losing power and floating away, Grizzle tries to steal a power generator that Grumpy Bear invented while the town is preparing for a festival.

Tell-Tale tummy: Share Bear breaks Grumpy Bear's cloud express which was still a work in progress, and gets the butterflies while trying to hide the fact that she broke it from Grumpy.

2. Growing Pains / King Grumpy

First aired: 9/22/2007 Growing Pains: Share Bear and Cheer Bear battle it out for the best garden in Care-A-Lot

King Grumpy: Wingnut accidently hurts Grumpy and Grumpy takes advantage of him.

3. Ice Creamed / Heatwave First aired: 9/29/2007 Ice Creamed: Grumpy Bear builds a mechanical ice cream cart that produces unlimited ice cream for Amigo Bear after Grizzle destroys Amigo Bear's old ice cream cart. Unfortunately, it ends up producing too much ice cream.

Heatwave: Grizzle is using a device that consists of a pair of magnifying glasses to cause a heatwave in Care-A-Lot. The Thunder whales come by to bring rain, but then Grizzle scares them off. It's up to Share Bear, who's afraid of the whales to save Care-A-Lot by facing her fears and leading the whales back!

4. Erased / Unbearable

First aired: 10/6/2007 Erased: Grizzle has invented a robot named Newbie and fitted it with a badge removal ray emitter to try erasing the Care Bears' belly badges. Unfortunately, the ray doesn't remove the badges, but amplifies the negative traits of the bears. Soon, all in Care-A-Lot is in chaos and only Oopsy, who doesn't have a real belly badge and thus have not been zapped by the robot, can save the day!

Unbearable: Because of Funshine's helpful nature, the bears awards him with a trophy. However the trophy soon gets to his head.

5. Care-Ful Bear / A Case Of The Grumpies First aired: 10/13/2007 Care-Ful Bear: After Share Bear gets into a minor accident, Funshine Bear decides to enforce safety and becomes Care-Ful bear. Unfortunately, his enforcement is spoiling everyone's fun.

A Case Of The Grumpies: Grumpy Bear is grumpier than usual as of late, and Cheer Bear tries to cheer him up.

6. Cheer, There And Everywhere / Twinklet First aired: 10/20/2007 Cheer, There And Everywhere: Cheer Bear neglects her duties to help out others during the parade.

Twinklet: Oopsy finds a twinklet and tries to keep it.

7. Belly Ball / Bubbles First aired: 10/27/2007 Belly Ball: Share Bear wants to be good at a new game called Belly Ball. She's hoping it will help her out for a visit to Woohoo World, but becomes obsessed with winning a ribbon. Share stays up so late practicing that she neglects her sleep and can't play well at the game at all.

Bubbles: Funshine has also been staying up late to have fun, and ends up catching the "bubbles." These bubble-hiccups cause him to float up in the air. His friends tell him he has to stay in bed, but Funshine keeps getting up because he doesn't want to miss out on any fun.

Director: Larry Houston

8. Rainshine Meadows / Oopsy The Hero

First aired: 11/3/2007 Rainshine Meadows: Funshine looks for a place to practice Belly Ball and happens upon Rainshine Meadows, a once beautiful place which is now in a state of despair and negligence. He tries to clean it up himself, but fails. However, thanks to his strong persistence prior to giving up, the other Care Bears soon take notice of the meadows too, and with their help, Rainshine Meadows is restored to it's former state of beauty.

Oopsy The Hero: Oopsy laments that he feels like he needs more attention. However, when his clumsiness saves Cheer and Harmony from a falling sign, he becomes a town hero.

Director: Larry Houston

9. All You Need Is... / Gobblebugs

First aired: 11/10/2007 All You Need Is...: Due to a slip-up, a bottle of love perfume belonging to Grizzle, which causes anyone who sniffs the scent of the wearer to fall madly in love with the wearer of the perfume, ends up with Oopsy. Oopsy uses the perfume, which makes everyone in Care-A-Lot fall heads over heels with him.

Gobblebugs: A swarm of destructive insects called "gobblebugs" have descended upon Care-A-Lot. Cheer and Oopsy save the day and chases the Gobblebugs away.

10. Grizzle-ized / Share and Share Alike

First aired: 2/2/2008 Grizzle-ized: Grizzle has invented a new invention called the "Grizzle-ator," which he intends to use to turn all of Care-a-Lot into a replica of his lair. He needs, however, a bear to deliver it into Care-a-Lot without anyone suspecting what it really is. He decides to trick Oopsy into delivering it, but Oopsy keeps having oopsies with it, forcing him to make protective modifications that ultimately render it inoperable.

Share and Share Alike: Share Bear has been growing special plants in her garden to make "Rootbear", a special root-beer that allows the bears to float into the sky. However, when she makes the drink, she finds that there isn't enough for her.

11. Dare Bears / Battle of the Bands

First aired: 2/9/2008 Dare Bears: After trying out Grumpy's new "bouncy boots" invention, Tenderheart and Funshine want more ways to have fun and decide to start taking dares. At first, they just seem to be harmless fun, but they soon find that they're frightened by what they're asking each other to do. As they try to outdare each other, their tricks lead to greater and greater trouble. Battle of the Bands: Grizzle turns to cross-dressing in his most outrageous plan yet. When Harmony, Cheer, True Heart and Share form a band, their playing disturbs Grizzle's sleep. He dons a wig and lipstick and becomes Busybody Bear, allegedly having come to Care-a-Lot to pay a visit to an old friend. Under this guise, he begins spreading rumors that the various members of the band are saying nasty things about each other.

Director: Larry Houston

12. Re-Booted / Flower Power

First aired: 2/16/2008 Re-Booted: Grizzle has gone and done it -- created a robot who's kicked him out of his own lair! When he tells Big Brain that caring doesn't compute, she kicks him out for caring about taking over Care-a-Lot, and his mechanized suit gets left behind. The Care Bears stare him down and then make him a new suit covered in rainbows, hearts, stars and suns. Together, they teach Grizzle about caring and he even joins in a game of hide-and-seek. Yet when they send Wingnut as an envoy to ask Big Brain to allow him back, Big Brain rejects the offer. The Care Bears don't realize that while they're busy reforming Grizzle, Big Brain is still implementing the plan to take over Care-a-Lot and make it into an extension of Grizzle's lair. Flower Power: Share has grown some lovely flowers and wants to share them with all the Care Bears. Just then, the nimbits Tweazle and Bumpity arrive. They decide to create a special rain to increase the flowers' power and enhance everyone's appreciation of them. What they don't realize is that they've accidentally created a flurry of jealousy. Everyone is convinced they'll be the best and prettiest Care Bear if they can just have more of Share's flowers.

Director: Larry Houston

13. Two of a Kind / Stand Up and Cheer

First aired: 2/23/2008 Two of a Kind: Grumpy is having a problem with a new machine and agrees to let his friends help. When it seems like they're just getting in his way, however, he unceremoniously tosses them out of his workshop. He instead turns to another machine, creating duplicates of himself, only to find that they're too busy arguing to help him at all. Tossed out of his own workshop, Grumpy finds himself turning to those whose help he shunned before. Stand Up and Cheer: Noticing how talented the Care Bears all are, Cheer decides to hold a talent show. Soon, everyone is getting together great acts, and even Grizzle puts together one, though it's all part of another scheme to take over Care-a-Lot. Meanwhile, Cheer helps everyone with their acts, but has trouble coming up with a performance of her own.

Director: Larry Houston, Davis Doi

Season Two

1. True Heart's Big Trip / Bumbleberry Jammed

First aired: 9/13/2008
True Heart's Big Trip: True Heart goes on a trip.
Bumbleberry Jammed: Bumbleberry jam jams things up.

2. Desperately Seeking Mr. Beaks / Good Knight Bedtime

First aired: 9/20/2008
Desperately Seeking Mr. Beaks: When Grizzle loses Mr. Beaks, he leaps to the worst conclusion-- that his pal has been stolen by the Care Bears. The Care Bears don't agree with his conclusion, but agree to help anyway. Funshine and Love-a-Lot decide to play detective and are soon giving everyone in Care-a-Lot the third degree. Meanwhile, Oopsy and Grumpy work on their own plan to help Grizzle.
Good Knight Bedtime: When Grizzle invents a "dream scheme machine," not even the Care Bears nocturnal slumberings are safe from his evil designs. At first, the device is set only to low power, but when Grizzle cranks it all the way, the Care Bears find themselves trapped in a giant nightmare world. With help from the others, Bedtime manages to resist the machine's effects. He's always dreamed of being a brave knight, but must summon real courage to try to foil Grizzle's plot.

3. Bumpity & Tweazle / Here Comes McKenna

First aired: 9/27/2008
Bumpity & Tweazle: As the Care Bears start their annual spring cleaning, Oopsy finds himself bothered by an odd problem. He's sure he's seeing duplicates of his friends. The "duplicates" turn out to be Bumpity and Tweazle, shape-shifting clouds called nimbits who weren't sure how to fit into Care-a-Lot. The Care Bears try their best to make them feel welcome.
Here Comes McKenna: The Care Bears have been trying to help a girl named McKenna, but find her to be a tough case. They decide to transport her to Care-a-Lot in the hope of teaching her more about sharing and caring. Once there, McKenna starts to act reformed, but secretly hatches her own plan. Then, Grizzle shows up with a new version of his Care-taker device, forcing McKenna to make a tough decision.

4. Surprise Day / Tempus Fugit

First aired: 10/04/2008
Surprise Day: Harmony is unnerved when she learns that it's Surprise Day, her least favorite holiday. Though the other Care Bears all love surprising their friends and getting surprised on the holiday, Harmony feels jittery about all the unexpected things happening. When Share gives her a surprise, she lashes out and then shuts herself inside. The Care Bears work together to help her see that surprises can be fun.
Tempus Fugit: The Care Bears are so busy with work that they haven't had much time for play lately. When they all politely decline Bumpity and Tweazles' invitation to join in games, Bumpity and Tweazle look for a way to speed up their work. They tamper with the Care-a-Lot clock to make it go extra-fast, but this leads to unexpected consequences.

5. Whose Friend Is Who? / Present and Accounted For

First aired: 10/11/2008
Whose Friend Is Who?: McKenna makes another appearance in care-a-lot. Upon arrival she helps Cheer, Harmony and Love-a-lot with a big project. Grumpy, Funshine, and Oopsy are left out of the project making them jealous. They decide to start their own project, leaving the girls out. McKenna is caught in the middle of a veritable boys club vs. girls club forcing her to try to reconcile the two groups.
Present and Accounted For: It's Love-a-Lot's birthday! Cheer plans a big gift-basket surprise for Love-a-lot, but the gifts are mysteriously stolen. Love-a-Lot is frustrated at Cheer for forgetting about her birthday, while Cheer thinks Love-a-Lot ungratefully took the basket without showing appreciation. The two are forced to trust each other and discover the facts before jumping to conclusions.

Direct to DVD

Grizzle-ly Adventures

Special. Broken

As the Care Bears hold a celebration for Wingnut, Grizzle fumes over the loss of his robotic assistant who has "turned traitor." He's not sure how, but he's determined to make the Care Bears and Wingnut pay. Later on, as Share Bear is teaching Wingnut about caring, an accident happens and Wingnut is broken. The Care Bears turn to Grumpy, but it turns out that Wingnut has a very specific problem. Grumpy notices that Share is wearing a necklace that would be perfect for fixing it. Share, however, doesn't want to part with the necklace, which was given to her by the Care Bears and makes her feel special. She decides, instead, to turn to Grizzle. She feels that since Grizzle made Wingnut, he should be able to fix him. After a failed attempt to capture Share, Grizzle agrees to help fix Wingnut. The Care Bears don't realize, however, that Grizzle's help comes with a price-tag -- an added device to put into motion another of his treacherous schemes.

Writer: Thomas D. Hart Director: Davis Doi

Special. Emma's Dilemma As the Care Bears experience a rash of disappearing personal items, they receive an alert from their Care Bear Transporter. A girl on Earth named Emma is in trouble and needs their help. Her caring quotient has dropped dangerously low after her brother and his friends refused to play with her. The Care Bears decide to bring her to Care-a-Lot, in the hope they can boost her confidence by having her find their lost things. They don't know, however, that they've landed her right in the middle of one of Grizzle's evil plans. Grizzle has been stealing their items in the hopes of finding out what makes them tick. He's now set his sights on actually capturing a Care Bear and analyzing it.

Writer: Thomas D. Hart Director: Davis Doi

Ups and Downs

Special. Cheer Up

When Surprise installs a set of beautiful streetlights in the town square, Cheer decides to thank her by throwing her a surprise party. Grumpy is immediately skeptical of the idea, as all attempts to surprise Surprise in the past have failed. Cheer Bear, however, will not be discouraged and goes ahead with plans for an exciting party with decorations, tasty treats and music by Twinkers and the Rock Stars. When Surprise keeps showing up, she improvises a game to keep her distracted. When it starts to seem that Grumpy's prophecy might be coming true, Cheer becomes discouraged and frustrated.

Writer: Thomas D. Hart Director: Davis Doi

Special. Down to Earth When Grumpy finds that the Care Meter and Rainbow Rescue Beam have lately been requiring more than their normal cleaning, it's discovered that Oopsy and Wingnut have been whizzing around town creating duststorms that are leaving everything dirty. As the bears work to repair them, they discover that the devices seem to be indicating that someone needs their help. Funshine gets the idea to combine the devices, which leads them to discover that there's a boy named Jake down on Earth whose caring is dangerously low. Funshine transports there to help him out, while the remaining Care Bears try to work out the ongoing kinks with the newly created Care Bear Transporter device. Funshine discovers that Jake is sad because he's recently moved to a new town and misses his friends. The two soon hit it off and Funshine works to teach Jake both how to find his own fun and to make new friends.

Writer: Thomas D. Hart Director: Davis Doi

Characters

Cheer Bear (Tabitha St. Germain) is optimistic, outgoing and intelligent. She is the unofficial leader of the group and mother-hen character to the other Care Bears. She is pink with a rainbow as her belly badge and wears a rainbow-colored bow. She also seems to be the 'doctor', as seen in "King Grumpy" and "Bubbles".

Funshine Bear (Scott McNeil) has a personality similar to Cheer Bear, but he is also determined and active. He often gets hooked on an idea and rarely lets go (as seen in "Care-ful Bear" and "Rainshine Meadows"). He has yellow fur with a sun as his belly badge and wears a red cap.

Share Bear (Tracey Moore) has an innocent, naive and airheaded demeanor. She is lavender with a pink beaded elastic in her hair. Her belly badge consists of two lollipops crossed like an X. She's an excellent horticulturist and always carries a purse full of lollipops to share with her fellow Care Bears.

Grumpy Bear (Ian James Corlett) is cynical, bitter and fairly blunt, yet he is a prolific inventor, creating gizmos and gadgets intended to make a Care Bear's life easier, although some of his gadgets makes absolutely no sense (i.e. he was working on a rainbow-powered windmill in All You Need Is... / Gobblebugs). He is blue and his belly badge is a rain cloud with raindrops sometimes shaped like hearts.

Oopsy Bear (Ashleigh Ball) is clumsy and accident-prone. He is lime green and somewhat different from the other Care Bears because he doesn't have a belly badge; he usually draws on his belly, often that of a shooting star although he can erase it and change it according to his feelings (All You Need Is... / Gobblebugs, Erased / Unbearable). He was shown doing a Care Bears stare in the episode "Rebooted", indicating that in the new series, the bears are able to stare even in lieu of a belly badge, so long as they draw one on their tummy.

The Villain

Grizzle (Mark Oliver) the main villain, somewhat resembles a Care Bear who wears a big metal suit. He hates the Care Bears because he doesn't understand what all of their caring is for, and wishes to take over Care-A-Lot. He usually deploys robots or uses strange contraptions to carry out his dirty deeds, but it usually backfires on him.

Other characters

Wingnut: Wingnut was originally built by Grizzle to function as an aide in Grizzle's Lair. However, by the end of the movie Oopsy Does It!, he has defected to the Care Bears' side. True to his name, a large Wingnut can be found on his head. He lives with Oopsy and is also usually found by Oopsy's side, if not occupied helping Grumpy out or playing with Funshine. Wingnut is equipped with Hammerspace storage to store various items that the he or the other bears may need in the episode, such as pulling out a leafblower that's the same size as he is (Cheer, There and Everywhere/Twinklet). He can also use the same compartment to analyze unknown substances (All You Need Is.../Gobblebugs).

Tenderheart Bear is "an excellent ball player" (as said by Oopsy in All you need is.../Gobblebugs), and a bit of a daredevil. He is orange-brown, and has a heart belly badge. He also wears a red heart shaped Back Pack.

Harmony Bear (Andrea Libman) believes that like the colors of the rainbow, many different people can come together to make something beautiful. She works at/owns the SweetHeart SweetShop, and has a knack for creating outrageous new candies.

True Heart Bear (Louise Vallance) is the town's reporter and runs the "Heros of Care-A-Lot" website, She usually carries a laptop computer with wireless network connection and a digital camera around (seen in Rainshine Meadows/Oopsy the Hero). She tends to write in purple prose.

Wish Bear is very close to the Starbuddies and seems to understand them more than the other bears (Cheer, There and Everywhere/Twinklet), she has her own Starbuddy pet, Twinkers. It is unknown what her actual job is. Her belly badge is that of a shooting star.

Bedtime Bear (Richard Ian Cox) is usually asleep when the other bears are up (waking up for only short moments to share his thoughts before drifting back to slumber during the day). However, he is fully awake at night where he totes a lantern and functions as Care-a-Lot's night watchbear, and makes sure everyone is sleeping when they should (Belly Ball/Bubbles).

Surprise Bear (Kelly Sheridan) is another bear with no known job. She enjoys being surprised(Erased / Unbearable) or surprising the other bears (All You Need Is... / Gobblebugs), and often pops up in unexpected places.

Good Luck Bear (Samuel Vincent), is yet another bear with no known job. However he can be seen in a few episodes of the show, notably in the first episode, A Little Help / Tell Tale Tummy, where he helps the other bears prepare for the celebration.

Love-a-Lot Bear (voice by Terri Hawkes): Love-a-Lot works in the Smart Heart Library, where the other bears go if they have questions or if they needed some quiet time (Rainshine Meadows/Oopsy the Hero). She is a red/pink with a barrette in her hair that matches her belly badge. When she speaks, she punctuates everything with the word "love" or a variation of such.

Amigo Bear (Samuel Vincent) is the ice-cream vendor in Care-a-Lot, providing refreshments at the meadows or near the gathering tree where the bears play (Ice Creamed / Heatwave). He is a dark orange with a hispanic-looking sun for a belly badge. True to his name he speaks with a Hispanic accent and often uses Spanish words.

Baby Hugs: So far, only appeared for one short scene in Oopsy the Hero.

Baby Tugs: So far, only appeared for one short scene in Oopsy the Hero.

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