Thursday, October 22, 2015

Care Bears: Mystery in Care-a-Lot

** A Geek Daddy received the featured product for free to review**

Celebrate Halloween with the Care Bears by watching their Mystery in Care-a-Lot DVD with your little ones.  Enjoying this time of the year doesn't have to involve getting scared out of your socks to have a spooky good time.  As a Care Bears #ShareYourCare Ambassador, A Geek Daddy was provided the Halloween-themed DVD Mystery in Care-a-Lot to review and I can honestly say my twin 6 year olds thoroughly enjoyed watching it.  In fact after it was over they asked if they could watch it again!

The Care Bears: Mysteries in Care-a-Lot DVD consists of three episodes from the 2012 Care Bears television series Welcome To Care-a-Lot.   One of the stories focuses on nightmares, another on being scared of monsters, and the final adventure involves a wish leading to unwanted results.  All of them contain positive messages about dealing with fear and spreading good cheer.

In the first story "Nightbears", Sweat Dreams a Care Bear with the ability to bestow good dreams on all the residents of Care-a-Lot becomes possessed by the ghostly "plainbow."

The plainbow causes all of the Care Bears to begin having nightmares instead of pleasant dreams.  For example, Grumpy Bear finds himself locked in a dream where he is surrounded by pleasant smiling flowers singing happy songs.  To put it in a parent's perspective consider riding It's A Small World at Disney World over and over and over again and you can see the turmoil Grumpy is in.

The Care Bears work together to overcome the fear of these nightmares and use their abilities to create a rainbow that pushes the plainbow away curing Sweat Dreams of her curse.  With the plainbow chased away it is back to pleasant dreams for the Care Bears.

The next adventure is called "Sleuth of Bears" and involves the Care Bears being scared by the legend of the "Scare Bear."  When the details of a ghost story begin to occur in real life all of the Care Bears begin to let their imagination run wild and get spooked.  Tenderheart Bear tries to calm everyone down but than the Scare Bear actually appears and chases the Care Bears down!

The Care Bears using some common sense and detective skills overcome their fears of monsters and ghosts  to discover a long-held secret and a really naughty prank.  The story has a message of don't let superstitions, fears and your imagination get the best of you.

The DVD wraps up with "Welcome to Grump-a-Lot" that has a hastily made wish come true much to the chagrin of its maker.  A frustrated Grumpy Bear wishes that all of the Care Bears would just disappear.  Well that is what happens when a "grumpy storm" hits Care-a-Lot and blows away all of the Care Bears leaving Grumpy alone and realizing that you need to be careful what you wish for in life because it just may come true.  He than sets out to clean up the mess and get his friends back.  Does he succeed?  You'll have to watch the DVD to find out!

If you have younger children at home where you want enjoy Halloween as festive rather than scary occasion this DVD would be a good selection for the family to watch together.  My kids were giggling and chuckling through most of the DVD and they just adore the Care Bears.  There are some scenes though involving nightmares and the Care Bears being chased down by the Scare Bear that may be too intense for some toddlers and young preschoolers but for the most part the featured shows on the DVD are very lighthearted and cheery with more of spooky vibe than a scary tone.  Care Bears: Mystery in Care-a-Lot gets A Geek Daddy nod of approval because it was a Halloween themed show my kids really enjoyed and didn't end up keeping me up all night afterward having to deal with kids scared by nightmares.

The DVD is 66 minutes long and includes an ultraviolet digital download option so it can also be watched from a smart phone, tablet, laptop or personal computer. Care Bears: Mystery in Care-a-Lot retails for $9.29 on Stay up to date on all the latest news about the #CareBears by visiting, following @CareBearsFriend on Twitter or liking the Care Bears Facebook page.

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