The Care Bears: The Series

Last Updated on: February 14th, 2023

The Care Bears: The Series (Playhouse Disney Show)

“The Care Bears” is an animated television series that first premiered in 1985 and it ran on Playhouse Disney in 1997. It is based on the popular line of greeting cards and plush toys created by American Greetings Corporation. The show was produced by DiC Entertainment and Nelvana and quickly became a beloved classic during the 1980s.

The series is set in the magical world of Care-a-Lot, a floating cloud kingdom where the Care Bears reside. The Care Bears are a group of lovable, colorful bears, each representing a specific emotion or virtue, such as Love-a-Lot Bear, Funshine Bear, Grumpy Bear, and Cheer Bear. They have the ability to spread love, kindness, and positive emotions through their magical belly badges.

The Care Bears’ mission is to help children and people everywhere by using their special abilities to share caring and friendship. When someone is feeling sad or troubled, the Care Bears travel to Earth through a rainbow slide from Care-a-Lot to lend their support and encouragement.

Each episode typically follows the Care Bears as they face challenges in the human world, working together to overcome obstacles and make a positive impact on the lives of those they encounter. They teach valuable life lessons about empathy, understanding, and the importance of caring for one another.

The success of “The Care Bears” led to various spin-off series, movies, and specials over the years, solidifying the characters’ enduring popularity. The franchise has continued to evolve and adapt to different generations, bringing joy to new audiences while remaining a cherished part of the childhood memories of many who grew up with the original series.

Additional Details:

  • Year of Debut: 1997
  • Year of Finale: 1997
  • Type of Series: Animated
  • TV Channel/Platform: Playhouse Disney


  • Jim Henshaw: Tenderheart Bear
  • Bob Dermer: Grumpy Bear
  • Dan Hennessey: Brave Heart Lion
  • Chris Wiggins: No Heart
  • John Stocker: Mr. Beastly
  • Eva Almos: Friend Bear
  • Patrice Black: Share Bear
  • Melleny Brown: Cheer Bear, Baby Tugs Bear
  • Jayne Eastwood: Birthday Bear
  • Anni Evans: Champ Bear
  • Paulina Gillis: Swift Heart Rabbit
  • Luba Goy: Gentle Heart Lamb, Lotsa Heart Elephant
  • Janet Laine-Green: Wish Bear
  • Nonnie Griffin: Funshine Bear
  • Terri Hawkes: Baby Hugs Bear
  • Ellen Ray Hennessey: Proud Heart Cat, Bedtime Bear
  • Marla Lukofsky: Good Luck Bear, Playful Heart Monkey
  • Eric Peterson: Noble Heart Horse
  • Pauline Rennie: Cozy Heart Penguin, Grams Bear
  • Billie Mae Richards: Bright Heart Raccoon
  • Carolyn Scott: True Heart Bear
  • Laurie Waller Benson: Polite Panda
  • Don Francks: Dr. Fright
  • Keram Malicki-Sanchez
  • Don McManus: Sour Sam
  • Greg Swanson: Perfect Panda

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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and