So, the Care Bears have been reinvented yet again, and I kinda like it. I don't think the look translates in the plushes too well, but when it's drawn, I love it! So cute ^_^ So when I heard that there was going to be a traditionally animated show (or not CG, anyway), I had to check it out! I didn't really have high hopes for it, figuring it would look good, and little else. And while the plots are a little basic, the overall episodes (of which there have only been two, but still) have been entertaining. The series takes place after the recent film Oopsy Does It, so if you haven't seen it (and you probably haven't, it only had a very limited release, and doesn't come out on DVD until mid-October), a few things might not make sense. All you really need to know is that the main villian for the series is Grizzle, a bear with a penchant for robotic suits and a dislike for all things sweet and light.
The first episode has two stories, A Little Help and The Tell-Tale Tummy. In the first, Grumpy builds a power generator to provide rainbow lights for the Rainbow Lights Celebration, which Grizzle decides to steal to keep his evil lair from floating away. In his attempts, he gets covered first with punch, and then with stardust, making everyone think he's Surprise Bear's surprise for the parade (but it was really a pinata). Meanwhile, Grumpy's making a stew, but needs bumbleberries. Share offers to give him the berries from her garden, but for some reason he rejects it. Eventually, both Grizzle and Grumpy realize they need to both ask and accept help from others (well, not Grizzle so much), and the Rainbow Lights Celebration goes off without a hitch, except that since Grumpy gave Grizzle the power generator, there aren't any actual rainbow lights. So Cheer steps in and uses her belly badge (which is what their symbols are called now) to light up the night.
The second involves Share using Grumpy's not-quite-finished Cloud Express (a delivery transport) without his permission (isn't asking first the cardinal rule of sharing?), and it ends up breaking. The others assemble to solve the mystery of who did it (complete with detective hats) while Share gets butterflies in her stomach (which makes a lot of noise) due to her guilt. She doesn't fess up until the others decide Grizzle is the culprit and go to "give him a good talking-to." But Grumpy forgives her and they build a new Cloud Express, which Share uses (with permission) to send an apology to Grizzle, who apparently spent the whole time building a house of cards. Personally, I think that this episode would have been more interesting if they'd actually gotten to Grizzle's and confronted him before Share confessed. But I did kind of like Share sending the note and Grizzle being all "What the?"
I want to say, the voice acting really makes this show. There are a lot of veteran VAs involved, including Ian James Corlett and Tabitha St. Germain, and it really shows. I don't know who exactly does who, but I have a few hunches. I will say, though, that it's a little disconcerting to hear Funshine with such a masculine voice. And I love Grizzle's voice ^_^ He gives the character a dramatic flair that really brings him to life. I'm still on the fence about how I feel about Grumpy's voice, though.
The little stuff I liked: A Little Help "UR-2!" "I am not." Everyone being excited about Grumpy's stew. Who knew he cook, let alone well enough that everyone simultaneously bursts out with Mmmms at the very thought of it? Grumpy having a Grandma Grumpy Love-a-lot, Tenderheart, Wish, and Good Luck chanting "Sparkle bear!" Grizzle's "My home" monologue. I just love the delivery! Grizzle being all "It's mine! Mwahaha!" after Grumpy gives him the generator UR-2: What he meant to say was "Thank you." Grizzle: *in the distance* No, I didn't!! The jukebox and UR-2 dancing. UR-2 just rocks in general. I hope he shows up more. Questions: What did Grumpy make the generator out of, anyway? What's that stuff called? Noodley Stoodilly Doodilly Stew? Doesn't quite sound appetizing...
The Tell-Tale Tummy Grumpy seeing the Cloud Express going by and commenting that he has one just like it Cheer, Funshine, Amigo, and Share using the Care Bear Stare on Grumpy "Grizzle's a bear!" It's just the way she says it. Grizzle gloating about building a house of cards Questions: How come Grumpy got so emo over the Cloud Express breaking, when he was all "I can just build another one" when he gave Grizzle the power generator in the previous story? Why does Grumpy want Share to help him build a new Cloud Express? No doubt she was merely on "bring me a tool" duty.