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7 ’80s and ’90s Cartoons That Were Toys First, by Nerdist

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carebears started from greeting cards?!

This has to be one of the only instances in history in which a franchise was spawned from a greeting card. That’s right, the colorful, picture-tummied little bears began life in 1981 as characters on cards created by the American Greetings Corporation, LLC. In 1983, Kenner decided to turn them into plush toys and along with them, a couple of TV specials. Finally, in 1985, a fully-produced animated series which ran on ABC for a year and then in syndication for three further years. Remember the Care Bears’ Stare? What the hell was that?

It makes sense. The cute items on their bellies seem natural for greeting cards.

care bear greeting cards

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