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Care Bears is getting a reboot?!

October 15th, 2014 by Dave Bowling Comments

Does anyone else have toothache? It’s almost as if there’s a huge amount of sugary sweetness in the air.

Ah, this’ll be because Netflix has just announced that it intends to create a new Care Bears series. Care Bears and Cousins is expected to premiere in 2016, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos announced the revival of the 80s Saturday morning cartoon series in an interview with CNN Money, explaining that the company has gravitated toward well-known children’s series because they are considered to be “trusted brands”. Although how nostalgic Generation Y-ers will take to this particular trusted brand also being tapdanced on by the Hollywood corporate machine is anyone’s guess.

The show will part of Netflix’s growing stable of children’s series. Earlier this month Netflix announced a King Kong animated series and movie that will debut worldwide in 2016. The company has also ordered Dinotrux, a book adaptation by DreamWorks Animation and The Magic School Bus 360˚, a series based on the 1990s infotainment cartoon.

The Care Bears were created by American Greetings in the 1980s and became beloved by little girls born at a certain time, with several movies, TV shows and literally tons of soft toys. Originally there were 10 bears, but the franchise quickly expanded to include additional bears and other animals, the Care Bear Cousins. From the cloud-land of Care-A-Lot, the bears travelled all over the world (America) bringing love, peace, social engineering and urban pacification on a level that RoboCop couldn’t achieve if he had a hundred tons of nerve gas to play with. Okay, I made that bit up…

Right, I’m off before I slip into a diabetic coma.

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...

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