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Care Bears: The Great Giving Holiday

Lionsgate // 2013 // 66 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Dawn Hunt // December 1st, 2013

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All Rise...

Judge Dawn Hunt usually has a Mundane Giving Holiday.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Care Bears: 25th Anniversary (published January 5th, 2008), Care Bears: A Belly Badge for Wonderheart (published August 11th, 2013), Care Bears: Cheer, There And Everywhere (published March 23rd, 2009), Care Bears: Festival Of Fun / Magical Adventures (published April 6th, 2005), Care Bears: Helping Hearts (published February 3rd, 2010), Care Bears: Journey To Joke-A-Lot (published October 27th, 2004), Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (published May 9th, 2003), Care Bears: Share-A-Lot In Care-A-Lot (published May 8th, 2010), Care Bears: Share Bear Shines Movie (published October 23rd, 2011), Care Bears: Share Your Care (published April 4th, 2015), Care Bears: Super Cuddly Collection (published January 1st, 2012), and Care Bears: The Giving Festival Movie (published December 5th, 2010) are also available.

The Charge

"These hiccups are starting to frazzle my fur!"

The Case

Care Bears: The Great Giving Holiday is a disc that puts together two episodes from the TV series Care Bears: Welcome to Care-A-Lot.

"Holiday Hics"
The story is a simple one: Tenderheart Bear (David Lodge) gets to help the Great Giving Bear (also David Lodge) hand out presents for Great Giving Day, the most care-riffic holiday in all of Care-A-Lot. But when he gets a really bad case of the hiccups, Tenderheart's ability to beam is severely affected, so it looks like the gifts won't be distributed.

This story features the Great Giving Day Pageant. Harmony Bear (Nayo Wallace) is worried when the Care Bears all seem more interested in their gifts than in helping put on the pageant. But when a boy (Sean-Ryan Petersen) comes to help, she has bigger problems than a lack of helpers.

Care Bears: The Great Giving Holiday is a notable offering for one reason above all: it's one of the very few holiday discs that does not feature Santa Claus, though the rest of the Great Giving Day is clearly meant to evoke Christmas. I suppose this is so the disc can presumably be acceptable for any day, but I think youngsters will see the Christmas parallels and wonder where Santa is.

The 1.78:1 widescreen transfer boasts the bold colors and sparkly palette of today's CGI kids' shows. It's not my preferred method of animation, but it presents a cohesive picture without pixilation or badly shaded characters, so little ones will likely not mind. The Dolby 2.0 audio track feels a bit underwhelming with a definite lack of scope to the sound space.

The special feature is an additional episode of the series, "Cheeri-no," during which Cheer Bear's (Patty Mattson) inability to say no leads her to fail when it comes to getting her job done.

There isn't enough holiday cheer within this disc to warrant a recommendation. I want more cuddles and loving and less yelling at things that aren't getting done. I can have that holiday myself.

The Verdict


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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 79

Perp Profile

Studio: Lionsgate
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 66 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• All Ages
• Animation
• Christmas
• Concerts and Musicals
• Fantasy
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Bonus Episode


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