Barney: Let's Go to the Zoo

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Purple dino and friends sing, dance, and visit animals.
  • NR
  • 2003
  • 50 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The information provided about various zoo animals is elementary, targeted at toddlers in simple language and peppered with songs and dances.

Positive Messages

Barney, BJ, and Baby Bop are thrilled to be at the zoo. A science teacher they know volunteers there, helping feed and care for the animals, and everyone agrees she's doing important work.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Zookeepers and volunteers work hard to keep the animals healthy.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Part of the Barney series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is another reliable Barney tale, full of high-spirited singing and dancing dinosaurs having a great time, encouraging children to do the same. Kids will learn some basic information about common zoo animals.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRichard W Polk Jr February 4, 2020

Barney Let's Go to the Zoo an excellent movie

I loved this movie when I was a child I first got it on vcr tape when it was first released and it came with a Barney doll this movie Barney takes Baby Bop... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 7, 2020

What's the story?

The well-known "Yankee Doodle" theme song plays as Barney and his friends Baby Bop and BJ visit the zoo. There isn't much of a plot but rather a list of animals that kids love to see, including flamingos, kangaroos, a koala, a lion, a tiger, a variety of apes and monkeys, a hippopotamus, a giraffe, an elephant, a buffalo, and a warthog. Some animals inspire Barney and his crew to burst into song. The lyrics aren't exactly complex. For example: "The tiger is an animal who walks around like a great big beautiful cat / He is orange and black with beautiful stripes / Now what do you think of that?" Edited into the action are sequences of toddlers happily roaring like lions, trumpeting like elephants, and opening their mouths wide like hippos.

Is it any good?

Preschoolers are likely to enjoy this DVD even if parents find it irritating; it could be useful viewing before a family trip to the zoo. Some parents and children love Barney, and others find him one-dimensional and sugary. In contrast, even Elmo and Big Bird, who seem to exist in a far more complex environment, have occasional bad days. But Barney is always unfailingly tee-riffic, optimistic, and super-dee-duper. As in most Barney tales, there are few, if any, references to unpleasant realities that children may face or how to deal with them. And that may be exactly what so many children and parents find so comforting about the big purple dinosaur.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how many pounds of food a hippopotamus would eat every day. Would a hippo make a good pet? Why, or why not?

  • Why do you think tigers have stripes? How do kangaroos get around?

  • Have you ever been to the zoo? What was it like? If you haven't, would you like to go?

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For kids who love preschool tales

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