Barney: Celebrating Around the World

 
Globetrotting dino treats tots to dynamite dances.
  • Review Date: January 23, 2008
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 54 minutes

What parents need to know

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.

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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.

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?

QUALITY
 

Barney on TV may be tough for parents to sit through, and it's impossible to get that "I love you, you love me" song out of your head days later. But 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. This DVD makes the task a little easier, thanks to all the lively international dancing -- mostly by kids in traditional dress.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 24, 2008
DVD release date:January 29, 2008
Cast:Brenna Demerson, Emilio Mazur, Sophia Ali
Director:Fred Holmes
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Dinosaurs, Friendship, Music and sing-along
Run time:54 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 10 years old March 2, 2010
age 17+
 

Sucks

IT'S NOT GOOD!! look at him, polluting kids of stupidness... Making them crazy!!! touching them!!!
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Too much violence
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Teen, 14 years old Written by99IsMyLuckyNumber March 5, 2011
age 17+
 

OMG FREAKY BARNY

OMG BARNEY IS TERRIBLE HE SCARED MY FRIEND PAYTON BADLY. HE GOES AROUND SAYING I LOVE YOU. MY SISTER CRIED AT BARNEY'S SCARY FACE. BARNEY IS IMPLIED TO BE A PEDO WHO LIKES TO HIT KIDS AND DRIVE SCHOOL BUSES WHILE DRINKING PEPSI COKE AND YELLING OUT THE SHAPES OF HEADS. HE IS VERY RACIST. JAPAN, MEXICO, SOUTH AMERICA, BARNEY GOES AROUND SAYING HOW EACH CULTURE IS VERY DIFFERENT. THAT IS RACIST.
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Parent of a 1, 4, 7, 11, 16, and 24 year old Written bypopcornpop1997 March 13, 2009
age 14+
 

EXTREMELY RACIST and DISGUSTING!

This is the most racist children's movie I have ever watched. Barney takes a trip around the world with YOUR innocent child, teaching him/her all about the different cultures. But it is not that innocent. When they arrive in Africa, he says, quote: "LETS SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE OUR @#$#@%$ %^$^$%#^%#% LIKE A @#!$% AFRICAN" unquote. It was absolutely DISGUSTING!!! do not let your child watch this under any circumstances.

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