"THE CARE BEARS MOVIE" must've struck some chord deep down inside of me. After seeing a Sunday matinee, I went right home and gave my stuffed bear a loving scrubbing. It's about caring.

(To clean a bear, sponge in some upholstery cleaner, let dry, then vacuum. It fluffs them up and restores their color. Never ever put a bear in the dryer.)

As I suctioned the loosened particles from Mr. Bear, I told him the movie's storyline, hoping to calm his foolish fears. It goes like this:

The Care Bears magically transport two orphans to Care-A-Lot where they become full of warm friendly feelings. Meanwhile, an evil spirit tricks a lonely little boy into casting spells that will remove all caring and feeling from the world.

"Sounds like mainlining saccharine," Mr. Bear commented. But I hadn't gotten to the part about the Care Bear cousins who live in "The Forest of Feelings," at which point Mr. Bear pointed out a couple of the Bergman influences that I hadn't noticed myself.

Soon he demanded the names of the stars, having become bored with its positive themes and artistic merits. Cheerbear, Funshine, Love-A-Lot and Baby Hugs Bear, to name just a few, I said, and their cousins Playful Heart Monkey, Lotsa Heart Elephant and Bright Heart Raccoon.

"I can't bear to hear anymore," he said with a hint of sarcasm. So I subsided.

Maybe "The Care Bears Movie" is not for the grizzled such as he, but it's perfect for the very youngest at heart. -- Rita Kempley. THE CARE BEARS MOVIE (G) -- At area theaters. 'Care Bears': Kids Fare

"THE CARE BEARS MOVIE" must've struck some chord deep down inside of me. After seeing a Sunday matinee, I went right home and gave my stuffed bear a loving scrubbing. It's about caring.

(To clean a bear, sponge in some upholstery cleaner, let dry, then vacuum. It fluffs them up and restores their color. Never ever put a bear in the dryer.)

As I suctioned the loosened particles from Mr. Bear, I told him the movie's storyline, hoping to calm his foolish fears. It goes like this:

The Care Bears magically transport two orphans to Care-A-Lot where they become full of warm friendly feelings. Meanwhile, an evil spirit tricks a lonely little boy into casting spells that will remove all caring and feeling from the world.

"Sounds like mainlining saccharine," Mr. Bear commented. But I hadn't gotten to the part about the Care Bear cousins who live in "The Forest of Feelings," at which point Mr. Bear pointed out a couple of the Bergman influences that I hadn't noticed myself.

Soon he demanded the names of the stars, having become bored with its positive themes and artistic merits. Cheerbear, Funshine, Love-A-Lot and Baby Hugs Bear, to name just a few, I said, and their cousins Playful Heart Monkey, Lotsa Heart Elephant and Bright Heart Raccoon.

"I can't bear to hear anymore," he said with a hint of sarcasm. So I subsided.

Maybe "The Care Bears Movie" is not for the grizzled such as he, but it's perfect for the very youngest at heart. THE CARE BEARS MOVIE (G) -- At area theaters.