Barney: Jungle Friends

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Barney's jungle journey has an eco-message.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 51 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Youngest viewers will be exposed to some new animals and their habitats, such as: tegu lizards, sloths, howler monkeys, anaconda snakes, toucans, parrots, ocelots and so on. Plants and trees are also named: jasmine, honeysuckle, lavender, and an imaginary tree called the Higgelty Piggelty Pear tree.

Positive Messages

Save the planet is the message of the day. And Barney does give some tips about recycling, taking care of plants and animals, and speaking up about saving trees. Of course, some of the material is simplistic, but nevertheless it's a good start.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Barney is a grinning purple dinosaur, yes, but he also knows how to set boundaries with his peers. He motivates kids to "pick up your part of the world," and he admonishes a character who knocks down a precious tree.

Violence & Scariness

BJ knocks down a very precious tree, making Mother Nature cry. He apologizes and the group plants a seed, in hopes that the tree will grow again.

Consumerism

The Barney franchise is apparent -- Barney has a travel book that the group uses to transport themselves into the rainforest. BJ eats chips as a snack (why not fruit, or crackers?) and leaves the bag in the forest, prompting a reprimand from other characters.

 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Barney movie focuses on saving the Earth. It's a heavy theme dealt with lightly, by singing and dancing and getting busy cleaning things up. Series fans are sure to enjoy all of the animals that the group encounters in the rain forest. True environmentalists may cringe, especially since Mother Nature is portrayed as a ditsy hippie with a child's voice. But teaching kids the names of animals and plants is a good start on the critical journey of eco-awareness.

User Reviews

Parent of a 2, 8, and 11 year old Written byDa Nerd May 25, 2010
VERY BAD
Adult Written byawesome person100 June 25, 2014

too scary for kids

people get shot in the face and bleed to death lots of blood and gore
Teen, 15 years old Written byNicky12345 August 18, 2014

WTF

WTF barney is such a hick
Teen, 13 years old Written byCSKY42 April 3, 2012

Barneys cute act is a fraud

This is a good feature film to a point. Barney is really supportive and he helps kids by teaching them. But then to celebrate their success Barney takes the kid... Continue reading

What's the story?

It's Earth Day in Barney's musical world, and the kids are preparing for the big parade. The kids also learn that the tree that's in their play yard is host to a family of birds. When B.J. and Baby Bop come on the scene, Barney decides to "use his imagination," to travel to the rain forest. There, the group meets Mother Nature (Holly Franklin), a ditsy, squeaky lady who helps them to learn about the plants and animals in the rain forest. But B.J. and Ben (Austin Lux) have not learned their lesson about how to care for the planet; when they kick down the only Higgelty Piggelty Pear tree in the world, it makes Mother Nature very sad. She perks up, however, and plants a seed in order to grow another tree. Back in "real-life," the kids hear that a playground might be built on the land where their favorite tree lives. They gently persuade the playground planner to build on the other side of the park, where there are no trees. And then they sing and dance some more. Whew!

 

 

Is it any good?

It's a little annoying to the refined ear to hear the tuneless songs in this movie cycled over and over again. But there is a redeeming quality to the content of the songs, since they successfully introduce kids to a host of different animals and plants. Songs about monkeys show visuals of dozens of monkeys, orangutans, gorillas and chimpanzees, while kids sing their names. A song about plants lists a host of flowers, while it shows kids planting seeds, tending gardens, and smiling among the jasmine. Such exposure to the world's bounty is never a bad thing, even if this lesson is presented by a grinning purple dinosaur who can barely move his arms.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about saving the Earth. What do you do to help the environment? Do you recycle? Do you reuse the things that you can use again, like Ben does when he makes his Earth Day costume? What else can you do to help save our planet?

  • Youngest kids are the most vulnerable targets as far as advertising is concerned. Though this Barney movie concerns itself with saving the planet, there is a lot of Barney stuff out there for families to buy. Here are some tips about ad-proofing your youngest family members so that they can make Earth-friendly choices.

  • What does consumption mean? How does consumption lead to waste? How does waste affect our planet? How can we break this cycle?

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