In 1981, the same year NASA launched its very first space shuttle mission, Care Bears was born. Care Bears was first created as an illustration for greeting cards by American artist Elena Kucharik. In 1983, Kucharik’s illustrations were transformed into a teddy bear and introduced 10 original characters. This original cast of characters included Bedtime Bear, Birthday Bear, Cheer Bear, Friend Bear, Funshine Bear, Good Luck Bear, Grumpy Bear, Love-a-lot Bear, Tenderheart Bear, and Wish Bear.
Over the next few years, the Care Bears empire would continue to grow. 1985 was a monumental year for the Care Bears, when their television show was launched and they got their first feature film, “The Care Bears Movie”. The television series would run until 1988, spanning three seasons, and the films “Care Bears II: A New Generation” and “The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland” premiered in 1986 and 1987.
The Care Bears have been rebooted four times so far, earning TV shows and computer-animated movies in 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2019. The latest episode of Care Bears to reach audiences is the TV series ” Care Bears: Unlock the Magic”, which has two seasons so far.
In honor of the rich history of the Care Bears franchise, take a look at 75 of our favorite Care Bears tattoos in the gallery below. So let us know your favorite Care Bear in the comments section on social media.