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THE PLOT THUS FAR

It’s all music and cheer until Harmony Bear™ loses her voice before the big show, and Kaylee, a Care-a-Lot visitor, stops playing her instrument because of a bully. Perhaps a bit of Care Bears courage will save the day? Then, when Funshine Bear™ and Grumpy Bear™ realize they have a wild child on the loose, and Wonderheart Bear™ tells a few little lies, the bears discover how important it is to have good manners and always tell the truth!

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Belly Badge Rock” opens on Harmony Bear losing her voice. From there, we watch as kids run wild and people learn about the disaster of telling lies. If there’s anymore material to share, I don’t know if it’s possible. How much more can we ask of bears created by a Greeting Card company? Hell, they belonged the 1980s and we brought them back for the dim-witted. I get that they have sigils for summoning black magic on their stomachs.

Care Bears are cool in the sense that I believe they’re into cult stuff. They live in seclusion, tattoo sigils on their chests and do some dirt dog stuff with feelings. That’s all baller, but you run out of material after some time. If you’re a fan of the characters, then that might not matter. The Care Bears have always had this weird fanbase. They were big enough to be indicative of an era, but they never had any longstanding acclaim to keep pulling them out of the 80s. It was almost an obligation to nostalgia to bring them into the modern era. But, that speaks to so much of what we do with pop culture in this nation? It doesn’t matter if it’s good, just as long as we can remember it and share it with our kids. Why do we feel obligated to support this stuff?

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is on par with past compilations. The transfer is standard definition typical for these shows. Plus, the Dolby 2.0 surround just carries the dialogue. In the end, I’d recommend purchase to parents of young kids.

RELEASE DATE: 10/28/2014

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