Monday, October 29 2012 06:56

31 Days of Halloween: CARE BEARS: Welcome to Care-A-Lot - "Sleuth of Bears"

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The CARE BEARS might not immediately come to mind when thinking of Halloween, though a line of Costumes (mostly dresses) and a seasonal compilation of 80s cartoon episodes called "Bears Share A Scare" does exist on DVD. For 2012, however, CARE BEARS: WELCOME TO CARE-A-LOT (currently airing on The Hub) took a step into frightful territory with the episode entitled, "Sleuth of Bears."

With The Hub's version of Care Bears being a staple here at Rock Father HQ (my 3-year-old literally demands it) since it's launch earlier this year, we first caught "Sleuth of Bears" when it originally aired back in June. Back for a repeat performance over the weekend (stored on our DVR), this spooky tale finds the Care Bears haunted by images of Bennefare, the "original SCARE BEAR" as seen in a long-running series of horror films that are big hits in Care-A-Lot. As legend has it, Bennefare haunts the grounds of the "Gloomy Glen," terrifying whatever Care Bears happen to have the misfortune of crossing his path.

While a fictional tale, things take a bizarre turn as Grumpy Bear's Care-a-Van is attacked by Bennefare in real life while Grumpy watches SCARE BEAR movies on TV. To solve the mystery of the horrific attack, the Care Bears band together, acting as a group of detectives to uncover the truth behind Bennefare. In the end, [SPOILER ALERT] "Bennefare" is unmasked to reveal that he's just a pair of Beasties in a crudely-made costume. Why were they tormenting the Care Bears? Because Beastly "told them to," and he "would've gotten away with it if not for you pesky bears," he boasts. Indeed, the entire episode is wrapped in one big homage to SCOOBY-DOO and the Mystery Inc. crew. 

As for Bennefare? It turns out that he did exist in real life, and he left a secret for all Care Bears to enjoy... 

For showtimes and other goodies, check out the official CARE BEARS: WELCOME TO CARE-A-LOT page on The Hub

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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