Get ready for new blasts of the Care Bear Stare.
Boomerang announced Thursday that “Care Bears: Unlock the Magic,” a new animated series featuring the familiar cuddly, color-coded bears, is headed for its subscription streaming service.
In “Unlock the Magic,” the Care Bears will hit the road and explore the areas around their home, Care-a-lot, called the Silver Lining. Their new adventures means encountering new creatures as well as landing in situations that require them to use their powers in new ways.
One of the new creatures the Care Bears will meet is Dibble, who is described as being “as eager as a puppy and as curious as a kitten” and definitely does not look like a bear (or even a Care Bear Cousin).
Unlike the Care Bears, Dibble communicates more using coos and sounds and can travel on her own tiny personal cloud. She joins the Care Bears team as their adorable pet and companion.
Forty-eight 11-minute episodes and two 22-minute specials of “Care Bears: Unlock the Magic” (as well as a number of shorts) are currently in production at Cloudco Entertainment (formerly known as American Greetings Entertainment, which produced the original series). Though a premiere date for the new series has not yet been announced, select episodes of the show will also air on the Boomerang TV network for a limited time following its debut.
Boomerang initially debuted as Turner’s broadcast home to classic animated shows from Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera and MGM. In 2017, Boomerang was also launched as a standalone subscription streaming service.
The original Care Bears characters were created for greeting cards but went on to become a franchise that included toys, TV shows and films in the ‘80s. Some of the original Care Bears include Cheer Bear, Grumpy Bear, Bedtime Bear, Tenderheart Bear, Funshine Bear and Wish Bear.
A new TV series is just one part of the “Care Bears” revival. Cloudco is also developing a “Care Bears” film with a major studio.