Oh yes, the retro vibe is mighty this week (see: RAINBOW BRITE). American Greetings’ CARE BEARS hit big here back in 2012 when the recently-departed Hub Network debuted CARE BEARS: WELCOME TO CARE-A-LOT. I reviewed the pilot episode here on THE ROCK FATHER, and later featured the show several times, including in a 31 Days of Halloween entry. I grew up on Care Bears, and have some fond memories of my sister and I playing with the Kenner action figures based on the Care Bears and their Cousins. Yes, Kenner (now Hasbro), makers of the iconic STAR WARS action figures, had a full line of Care Bears “poseables” figures, vehicles and playsets. I had the Cloud Car, along with the Cloud Keeper and Professor Cold Heart, as well as a few like Brave Heart Lion from THE CARE BEARS MOVIE. Why is this important now? Well, the CARE BEARS AND COUSINS are coming to Netflix in a new series.
My kids (and wife) kept asking me when new episodes of WELCOME TO CARE-A-LOT (I still have the press kit from the launch) were coming, and like many former Hub series’, there was never any real answer… they just kept running repeats over and over and over and over again.
Anyone else awaiting new adventures can look forward to CARE BEARS AND COUSINS on Netflix, which early info suggests will arrive in 2016, but could come earlier. I’m keeping watch for a full announcement from the Netflix crew, who I work with regularly as a member of their #StreamTeam.