Barney: Celebrating Around the World

Movie review by
Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Globetrotting dino treats tots to dynamite dances.
  • NR
  • 2008
  • 54 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Songs about friendship, learning about and celebrating other cultures, learning to get along and take turns, dealing with nervousness when you try something new, practicing patience -- all good stuff except for all the excitement and singing about ice cream.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this DVD is best for kids ages 2-4 who like Barney on TV. It's a good introduction to other countries and traditions and stresses friendship. Parents who have trouble getting young kids to eat their veggies may dislike the part where playground kids all sing the praises of ice cream and eat three scoops at a time.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMary K. November 8, 2016
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byyourmomlol May 16, 2010

so good

ohh rub me the other way
Kid, 11 years old July 25, 2020

scarred me

this is spooky as hell man don't watch will be scarred...just like me
Teen, 13 years old Written bybarney1234567890 April 7, 2020



What's the story?

Barney's friends Tracy and Ben want to have a party and are looking for some inspiration. Lucky for them the Imagination Train is on hand to whisk them around the globe where they see all kinds of celebrations and meet new friends. In Brazil kids dance the samba in their carnival costumes; in Ireland Barney shows St. Patrick's Day dancers he can keep up with the Lord of the Dance any day; in Japan new kimono-ed friends celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival; in Kenya families hold a lively music festival; and in India it's time for Diwali with dancing and treats. When Ben and Tracy return to plan their party they finally agree on a theme: friendship.

Is it any good?

Barney on TV may be tough for parents to sit through, but this DVD makes the task a little easier, thanks to all the lively international dancing -- mostly by kids in traditional dress. Kids love the big purple guy and he's always passing on such nice lessons for kids to hear, so we make the effort to hang in there, even though and it's impossible to get that "I love you, you love me" song out of your head days later.

Mixed in with all the jigging and samba-ing there are still a number of ditties on ice cream, taking turns, playing outside, trying new things, and more. They really pack in the songs to the point where this is a bit long for kids to sit through. Better to take it a few countries at a time, getting up to samba whenever the mood strikes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dancing. What dances did you like? Can you dance like the kids from Kenya or from India? Can you put on loud shoes and make tapping noises with your feet like the dancers from Ireland?

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