The Care Bears Movie
While on a mission to help two troubled, lonely kids--Kim and Jason--the Care Bears are alarmed when the Caring Meter begins to dip dangerously. People on Earth have stopped caring and, if the Meter falls to zero, it will mean the end of the Care Bears cloudy home of Care-o-Lot. The bad feelings on Earth are being caused by an evil spirit and her newly recruited apprentice, the boy Nicholas. If the Care Bears and their new friends can't show Nicholas that they care about him, then no one on Earth will care about anything ever again.
|Mickey Rooney||... Mr. Cherrywood|
|Jackie Burroughs||... The Spirit|
|Cree Summer||... Kim|
|Sunny Besen Thrasher||... Jason|
|Hadley Kay||... Nicholas|
|Patricia Black||... Friend Bear|
|Billie Mae Richards||... Tender Heart Bear|
|Bobby Dermer||... Grumpy Bear|
|Janet-Laine Green||... Wish Bear|
|Dan Hennessey||... Brave Heart Lion, Good Luck Bear|
|Georgia Engel||... Love-a-Lot Bear|
|Marla Lukofsky||... Playful Heart Monkey|
|Pauline Rennie||... Cozy Heart Penguin, Treat Heart Pig|
|Jim Henshaw||... Bright Heart Raccoon|
|Eva Almos||... Swift Heart Rabbit|
|Luba Goy||... Lotsa Heart Elephant, Gentle Heart Lamb|
Made in just eight months on a shoestring budget of just $3 million, and opening to mixed reviews; the Care Bears Movie managed to pull almost $23 million in overall box office sales on its original theatrical run. This impressive difference between budget and profit (over 600%), helped save the floundering Canadian based Nelvana studios from the near Bankruptcy it suffered as a result of the abysmal box office failure of its previous film: Rock & Rule.
A unfortunate result of the limited budget meant that quality control generally suffered: animation mistakes and continually errors regularly crept into the film. One of the more noticeable of these continually errors in the film, is a scene where Brave heart Lion has his tummy symbol for a few seconds.
Was Canada’s highest grossing animated ‘US box office’ motion picture for over two decades, it was finally overtaken in 2006 by The Wild (which made $35 million). In Addition the movie was also the highest earning non-Disney animated feature of all time until the release of An American Tail.
The Care Bears Movie was the first of the mid-Eighties commercial-led animation motion-pictures, and the most financially successful. The success of this film however opened the floodgates of other commercial led films. Also, Contrary to some belief, it wasn’t the first Toy based animated feature: the first was Richard Williams’ (of Who Framed Roger Rabbit fame) 1977 flop: Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure.