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Care Bears Nutcracker Suite

Episode Summary

The Care Bears threaten to take hostages on a quest to save Toyland. Guests: Karen Flieger, Lindy Kempe. Find show notes at

Episode Notes

🎄 It’s 1988, and we’re staring intensely at the totally nuts series finale of The Care Bears Family, the Care Bears’ last TV appearance for 16 years.  


🎙 Guests:  

Lindy Kempe (@ieatvideogames).  

Karen Flieger (@karenflieger8, The Retro Network).  


💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. The World’s Smallest Tenderheart Bear.  

2. Karen’s awesome Nutcracker socks.  

3. Abby Hagyard on Twitter (Ms. Walker, and also Mom on You Can’t Do That on Television).  

4. The Wild Puffalumps.  

5. Billie Mae Richards, the voice of Rudolph, as Tenderheart Bear in The Care Bears Movie.  

6. That time a goose flew into Fabio’s face on a roller coaster.  

7. Today’s TV Tropes: Identity Amnesia, Evil Chancellor, Rail-Car Separation.  

8. The Sad Story of Henry from Thomas the Tank Engine.  

9. The train runs on soda, like the time machine in the first draft of Back to the Future.  

10. When we recorded this, the special’s Wikipedia entry was oddly specific about setting this story in 1967.  


📼 Retro Commercial Break:  

Care Bears Drinking Glasses from Pizza Hut, 1984.  


🎤 And Now, These Messages:  

The Christmas Book: The Ultimate Guide to Your Favorite Holiday.  
Snow in Southtown.  

“Care Bears Nutcracker Suite” © 1988 Nelvana Ltd.  

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Theme song by Bronwen’s Ghost.  
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