The Care Bears are a group of multi-colored bears and characters created by American Greetings Corporation, LLC in 1981 for use on greeting cards. The original artwork for the cards was painted by artist Elena Kucharik.
In 1983, Kenner turned the Care Bears into plush teddy bears. The Care Bears appeared in their own TV specials in the 80s and adopted members to the Care Bear called the "Care Bear Cousins", which feature a lion, rabbit, penguin, raccoon, monkey, elephant, pig, dog, cat, and other such animals created in the same style as the teddy bears.
In 2002, the bears were reintroduced with new toys. As part of this comeback, the Bears have appeared in two computer-animated movies and in 2007, the franchise celebrated its 25th anniversary with another relaunch. In 2011, The Hub Network released the "30 Years of Caring" series that featured new and old episodes of the infamous bears.