Care Bears turns 35 this year!
I grew up watching the Care Bears and owned a stuffed bear or two (I loved Funshine Bear). This year is their 35th Anniversary and they are still as popular as ever. My daughter watches Care Bears on Netflix, so she was excited when I took her to a special celebration screening of Care Bears & Cousins at Giggles n’ Hugs at Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park. It was a fun way to spend a Sunday, as I’d never been to that mall or neighborhood before. Wow, what a kid-friendly mall. I’d never seen so many activities for children in one place. My daughter enjoyed the ball pit the most at Giggles n’ Hugs and had a great time running around the elevated enclosed bridge.
We watched three episodes of Care Bears & Cousins and identified the messages and lessons in each episode. My daughter loves Cheer Bear the most and Grumpy Bear second. Of the Care Bears & Cousins, she liked Bright Heart Raccoon the best. The episodes show a range of emotions, and how to best deal with them. As cute and cuddly as the characters are, the show isn’t overly and annoyingly sweet, which is one of the reasons why they’re so successful. I think the perfect age category for this show is between 3-5.
Check out a trailer below:
About Care Bears
First introduced by American Greetings in 1982 through consumer products, greeting cards, and later an animated CGI television show, Care Bears has become one of the world’s most popular and endearing children’s properties. Today, fans of all ages around the world are falling in love with these huggable bears who help kids have fun while sharing and caring, and they enjoy a robust portfolio of thousands of Care Bears licensed products at retailers globally. The Care Bears are no strangers to television screens. They first appeared in their own television specials in 1983 and 1984, and then made the leap to the big screen in 1985-87 with “The Care Bears Movie” trilogy. They also had their own television series from 1985 to 1988, which is currently available to watch on Netflix. The new Netflix Original Series “Care Bears & Cousins”, launched in fall 2015, and continues to delight fans around the world. The brand also has a robust social media following, has more than 25 million views of new and classic videos on YouTube, and has a portfolio of popular apps for mobile devices. Their wholesome messages of caring and sharing resonate with parents who are familiar with the brand and feel comfortable introducing Care Bears to their own children.
About Giggles N’ Hugs, Inc. (OTCQB: GIGL)
Giggles N’ Hugs is the first and only restaurant that brings together high-end, organic food with active, cutting-edge play and entertainment for children. Every Giggles N’ Hugs location offers an upscale, family-friendly atmosphere with a dedicated play area that children 10 and younger absolutely love. We feature high-quality menus made from fresh and local foods, nightly entertainment such as magic shows, concerts, puppet shows and face painting, and hugely popular party packages for families that want to do something special. For more information, visit: http://www.gigglesnhugs.com
Disclaimer: I was invited as a member of the media to attend this special event. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.