18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I had been searching for this film in local stores for a long time and finally found it the other day and bought it! It's still great after all these years! However, I still fail to understand how Dark Heart could almost drown?!!! I mean, he was a sea serpent at the beginning, and his true form seems to be a cloud of evil. But who cares, this is pure '80's sugar and great fun! If you loved the first one, you'll probably love this one just as much.
Three kids at a summer camp are tired of being last in everything. Two of the kids get a visit from the Care Bears, while the third gets a visit from Dark Heart, making a deal to be Camp Champ, but in exchange for what? Classic good vs. Evil. Could Dark Heart be the Devil? The film shows the babyhood of the Care Bears and Care Bear cousins, and seems to cancel out some of the facts from the original movie. In the original, the Bears seemed to be meeting the Cousins for the first time, but in this sequel...er...prequel, they were babies together. And in this second film we see the original Care Bear and Care Bear Cousin, True Heart and Noble Heart who are both mysteriously absent from the original film. Oh well, maybe this is the Care Bears in a parallel dimension. If you watch the films seperately it's fine, but one after the other might confuse you.
Care Bears Movie 2 has a strange narrator by the way. A huge star. No, not a movie star, and not the sun, just a huge star who guides the first Care Bear and Care Bear Cousin, along with the Cubs, to a Care A Lot type place (before they split the cubs up, sending half to Care A Lot and half to the Forrest of Feelings). Who knows where they came from though. The opening is much like the opening to Santa Claus, the Movie, where they are shown their new home, and are led into a new life of watching over the children of the world, making sure they all "care." It's all kinda New Agey now that I think about it, but very cute and great for boosting toy sales. A highlight for me was always the fact that Tenderheart's voice was noneother than whoever it was that voiced Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. This sequel, or prequel I guess, is not quite as good as the original, but almost, and just as entertaining. The villain is not as scary, but pretty darn evil and does some really devil-like, in personality that is, not necessarily appearance. Like the first, this film teaches some great lessons and is pure sweetness and fun. It's great for anyone like me, a 26 year old, straight, male, cartoon lover who enjoys flashbacks to his childhood, or just the average kid who needs something to watch and likes cartoons!
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2001
I am 25 years old, and I've never stopped loving this movie! I never owned it as a kid, but my cousins loaned it to me and my sisters (we finally gave it back after a couple of years), and now that I have an 18-month old daughter of my own, I want her to get to know the magic of this awesome movie, too! The Care Bears are so cool (everything I wished I could be), and I love how their powers come from their love for everyone. The Care Bears are so contagious, even Dark Heart couldn't resist anymore! All of the songs are so cute, and I still remember all the words (in fact, I still have my audio cassette soundtrack). The song "Forever Young" is my favorite. This movie will never get old, and either will the Care Bears (I still sleep with my Bedtime Bear!). Okay, that was probably more than you wanted to know. Anyway, you have to get this movie. For your kids, for yourself. If you're looking for a video that is chock-full of values, love, caring, acceptance, and forgiveness (which, unfortunately, is kinda rare these days), then you need to add this one to your video library.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2003
Before I review this film, I decided to answer the question so many reviewers have posted on Amazon in the past. The question is: How is it possible to have only met the Care Bear Cousins in the first movie and end up knowing them all along in the sequel? The answer couldn't be simpler. The Second full length Care Bears movie is entitled: The Care Bears Move II: A New Generation. This means it is an entirely different world.
I am not ashamed to admit that I am a 21-year-old male who is a fan of these `80s's pop culture icons. Most boys I grew up with like myself watched the show along with all the cool stuff the `80's had to offer and we all had at least one doll. I was the proud owner of Champ Bear thank you very much. The second movie is a very interesting one now that I look back on it. After finding my old copy I realized this movie was a little extreme for young children. The villain is a demon and there are very serious situations that kids wouldn't understand like the scene where Dark Heart almost drowns. Yes even though he is a demon if you knock your self out you can drown. All and all the movie has a great easy to follow story, great sound track and leaves you with a positive attitude. It also has great action and proves that the Care Bears not only care about the well being of Earth's children, but they care about their own family just as much.
Still, I felt there were some very disappointing things about the second installment. 1) Even though we were introduced to a new Care Bear named Harmony (Dark purple with one red heart and two small pink hearts flanking it), did you ever notice that Treat Heart Pig was not in the movie at all? All you true fans should look very carefully she isn't there and she became one of the most popular characters in the last few seasons of the animated series. 2) Where are Grams Bear and Hugs and Tugs? They were all in the first movie, but if they were not in the second one, how did they end up Care -A- Lot? Think about it, Grams Bear should have been the first Care Bear instead of the other new characters True Heart Bear and Noble Heart Horse. 3) This is my biggest beef, barely any of the Care Bears actually played a part in this movie. Their names were mentioned, but none of them said anything! In the first movie every Care Bear has at least one line, but not all the Cousins. I was into the Care Bears just as much as Transformers and He-Man, but never in my life have I ever heard the voices of Loyal Heart Dog or Proud Heart Cat. They made appearances in both films, but not once did either say a single word. Oh yea and what's with the gender changes? Some were no big deal, but I'll tell you this...BIRTHDAY BEAR IS A DUDE! Anyway besides these issues, Care Bears II is a great buy for all ages. Whether young or old no one will be disappointed. Still, it would be cool to see a Care Bears III, one that could appeal to the old fans like me.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2000
I just wanted to say that I think this is one of the best Care Bear movies ever made, if not the best. In this movie, people find out that when they were cubs, the Care Bears were taken care of a bear named True Heart, and a horse named Noble Heart. Unfortunately, it was never revealed who the Care Bear's parents were, but if someone decides to make a third Care Bear movie, they might reveal it in the third movie. In the movie, a girl named Christy makes a deal with a shape-shifting creature named Dark Heart. Dark Heart gives Christy athletic skill in exchange for one thing; she has to help him capture the Care Bears and their cousins. In this movie, Dark Heart and Christy both learn a valuable lesson. Dark Heart learns that even someone as evil as he is is capable of caring for someone. Christy learns that you don't need enhanced athletic skills to be special. With cute songs, pretty good animation, comedy, and of course, lots of caring, Care Bears Movie II is a movie everyone can enjoy.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2003
this is an excellent dvd that is more than worthy of the ...price tag. with the care bears, you can't help but smile as you remember sitting and watching this when you were little. it contains wonderful life lessons such as the importance of caring for those around you and giving people a chance to show thier true color. unlike most cartoons today which use violence and even sex as primary objectives, the care bears movie shows a lighter side to life...the one children should be exposed to. it's an excellent no matter what age...most of my friends love and we're in college.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2001
Firstoff, why on Earth is Leonard Maltin reveiwing this and applying the same standards to it as one would apply to an obvious adult flick. Of course it's saccharine. Of course it's SWEET. It's designed for toddlers and preschoolers and, at best, kids not older than about eight or nine. So what does Maltin do? He reviews it from a 40-something (or however old he is) perspective.
Okay. Obviously, if you are an adult and didn't have a childhood (or perhaps drug-filled teenagehood) during the 80s, you won't really come away from this movie with same sense of satisfaction as a five-year-old born in 1982 would (or did!). That doesn't mean, if you don't have kids, they won't like it (then again, kids are more violent than they were, so...)!
Basically, this movie feautures some of the BEST animation ever penned for any Care Bears related show, and a wicked soundtrack (...for the Care Bears...). The plot is simple: A young girl named Christy implores a supernatural force named Dark Heart to give her athletic skill. He does, on one condition; that she help destroy his grand nemesis: the Care Bears (collectively). I don't remember much else beyond that, except this movie feautured lots of cool bright colors and made me, at the age of five, want to get up and dance. And that, because of it, until the age of seven or eight, I wanted to travel to Care-A-Lot in a cloud car and help the Care Bears continue their MISSION OF CARING (yeah... it does kinda' sound like a cult, now that I think of it...*grin*).
Seriously, if you want to experience (or let your children experience) a truly HAPPY moviethat was a true landmark of the 80s... this is it!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 1999
I'm 14, and I first saw this movie when I was about 6. Even 8 years later, I still love this movie. It's adorable and sweet, and pretty much teaches little kids a good lesson. I think parents should show their kids this film, even if it is old, because anyone could love the Care Bears.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2000
anyway i love this movie. i'm 20 years old and i grew up with the care bears and rainbow brite, strawberry shortcake, lady lovely locks and my little pony to name a few. i dont understand why movie critics even bother reviewing childrens movies they are made for children with only the child in mind. kids dont care about the plot they are only interested in the pretty colors which this movie has a lot of and the cute charactors and if you dont think the care bears are cute there is something wrong with you. but anyway this movie is wonderful and i cant wait to show them to my future children because your not a true kid untill you've seen the care bears.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 1999
I maybe still a kid.. at the age of 16... but I loved this movie!! The first one was great and the second one was just the bomb! I didn't quite understand why they felt they had to show the Care Bears as cubs in the beginning because everyone knew them as already grown up. but That's alright it was still cute. And I thought Hadley Kay did a great job! in the first one and second one! Dark Heart was a powerful character. He learned that he could Care for Kristy and that they really were his friends.. the world wasn't so dark after all. He was my favorite. He's what made the movie so cool. Even though he was pretty careless at times with his powers.. but all villains have their problems. :) I didn't think this was a bad movie.. I mean of course its going to be Cheesy :) its for children... You just don't find many cartoons like this anymore for young kids to watch on TV.. Well this review is kinda weird.. but i just wanted to back up The Care Bears Movie II!! Its a great movie, cute and sweet. Just how it should be ^_^
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2006
I pretty well forgot all the movies I saw when I was a little kid, and I couldn't tell you what they were, or what they were about--except this one. This one, I never forgot.
It is only rarely that a book or movie geared towards little kids deals with serious themes, and it is especialy surprising that one of these rare stories comes to us from the Care Bears franchise, but the reason I never forgot this movie was that it did not flinch from addressing some surprisingly heavy topics. Unlike the cute-"scary" villains I vaguely recall from the tv series, this movie features a villain that is truly and genuinely evil. Deception and temptation are all in a day's work for him, as is luring a frustrated girl into a dangerous bargain.... The girl has to find the inner strength to break free of that bargain, and find redemption, even though it very nearly costs her life. True, she is brought back from the brink (and the reviews I have seen have various reactions to that scene) but it is made quite clear that she is in terrible danger if something isn't done. The villain himself realizes just how worthless all his "power" is when he is forced to come face to face with the consequences of his actions.
It may be candy-coated, and some aspects of the film may be childlike, but I feel like it had a real plot, and I'll never forget it because this was the first story I ever saw that dealt clearly with themes of sin, temptation, redemption, the use and misuse of power, and true Good versus Evil with life and death at stake. Nor is it merely "a lesson about caring"--it shows how even the smallest acts of kindness (or UNkindness) can have far-reaching effects, and how truly important the bonds between people can be. The parent will have to decide if all of this is "too much" for a child to see, but in general I am in support of stories that don't talk down to children the way most available stories seem to do.