The Care Bears, created by American Greetings has grown far larger than ever expected; the colorful bears have become a part of our cultural tapestry. With the Bears turning 30 years old, the company behind them have decided to do something to commemorate the anniversary. The result is Care Bears: The Original Series Collection.
Care Bears: The Original Series Collection is a six-disc DVD set that brings together more than 60 episodes of the animated series that aired between 1986 and1988. This set is not the complete series, by any means, but it does contain a majority of the episodes produced, more than any other set released to date. And with a show like Care Bears, nostalgia at reliving childhood memories (over 900 minutes of them!) will far outweigh the desire to have every single installment ever made.
This DVD has many, many of the Care Bears' most memorable moments. As they play with their cousins and friends, which include other species who are able to work and play together in peace, the Care Bears also find the time to help children and defeat some very evil villains. While many bad guys in other cartoons are harmless, not so for the Care Bear's enemies, who present a real threat. Keeping things from getting too scary for the kids who watch the show, Care Bears still manages to make a story with high enough stakes to matter. It's a delicate balance that the show handles very deftly.
Care Bears holds up remarkably well. The lessons they teach, on how to be a good person and help others, will never go out of style. But the fact that the animation remains pleasing and the stories are still good enough to be entertaining, even to those adults who might sit through them with the children, is no small feat. Whether you are trying to share a part of your own childhood with a new generation or just seeking nostalgia, Care Bears The Original Series Collection should deliver.