My first movie memory is my grandmother taking me to see The Care Bears Movie when it came to theaters in 1985. Like any typical three-year old in the ‘80s, the syrupy sweet creatures and their cute little tattooed tummies were like catnip to me, up until I quickly moved on to My Little Ponies and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But I’ll always remember them as my introduction to the era’s abundance of awesome kid-centric pop culture.
On July 7, the Toonseum– one of the country’s few venues dedicated to comics, illustration and animation – will screen the feature-length animated film as part of the opening ceremonies for their new exhibit, Care Bears: Thirty Years of Caring…And Hugs. It focuses on the heritage of the Care Bears and presents a retrospective of the artwork from the original greeting card art and animation art to the new CGI version of Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot. The exhibit will run from June 29 through August 26.
Described as a family day celebration, the event will feature plenty of kid-friendly activities, such as a meet-and-greet with Cheer Bear, face painting and a caricature artist. Each child will also receive a free stuffed Care Bear. The festivities start at 1 p.m. Admission for adults is $5, $3 for kids.