The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine

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The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine is the second television special to feature the Care Bears characters. Made by Atkinson Film-Arts of Canada, it premiered in syndication in April 1984.

The special, a follow-up to the previous installment The Land Without Feelings (from 1983), sees the return of the ten original Bears and the rarely-seen Cloud Keeper, as well as villain Professor Coldheart. In addition, the special introduces Baby Hugs, Baby Tugs, Grams Bear, and Professor Coldheart's sidekick, Frostbite.

A tie-in book based on the special (ISBN 0-910313-15-6) was written by Arthur S. Rosenblatt, illustrated by Joe Ewers and published by Parker Brothers as a part of the Tales from the Care Bears series which encompasses most if not all of the original episodes aired on Saturday morning cartoon programming during the 1970s and 1980's.

The special won an award for Best Children's Program at the 13th National ACTRA Awards (in 1984). [1]

Video copies of The Freeze Machine have been out of print since the end of the 1980s. However, the movie was editied and was released for the first time on DVD, as a special feature on the March 20, 2007 re-issue of The Care Bears Movie. However, it is not the original broadcast version. Instead, it is the version that was seen as part of the later syndicated package of the DIC and Nelvana TV series (which was also seen on the Disney Channel and Toon Disney).

The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine

A poster for the original May 1984 video release of the special
Directed by Pino Van Lamsweerde,
Paul Schibli (animation)
Produced by W.H. Stevens Jr.
Hugh Campbell
Paul Pressler (associate)
Written by Peter Sauder
Starring Rick Jones (as Tenderheart Bear)
Bob Dermer (as Grumpy Bear)
Noreen Young
Les Lye
Anna MacCormack
Amy Hagyard
Dominic Bradford
Brodie Osome
Music by Bob and Merry Chimbel (songs),
Gary Morton (score)
Cinematography Ron Haines
Jan Topper
Editing by John Harris
Jennifer Irwin
Norman LeBlanc
Gerald Tripp
Distributed by Family Home Entertainment (video, 1984)
MGM (DVD, 2007, AD only)
Release date(s) April 1984 (television syndication)
Running time 30 min
Country Canada
Language English
Preceded by The Care Bears in the Land Without Feelings (1983)