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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Barney: Let's Make Music is a short movie about learning to overcome fear and building confidence starring everyone's favorite purple dinosaur. Barney teaches kids what fear and anxiety feel like and provides coping mechanisms for how to deal with it and overcome it. He also doesn't judge and shows that it's OK to feel afraid sometimes.
What's the story?
Melanie (Kelly Eichenholz) wants to play her violin in the talent show but freezes up when she tries to play in front of an audience. Luckily, Barney (Bob West) comes along and takes her to the fantasy fair to help her overcome her fear. There they learn that B.J. (Patty Wirtz), who brags about riding the elephants, is actually afraid, too. Barney teaches everyone to recognize signs of fear and anxiety and provides tips for how to overcome them, like taking a deep breath. Even so, Melanie is still too afraid to try playing in front of an audience. That is, until their buddy Riff (Patty Wirtz) needs some help performing with his band on stage. Will Melanie be able to help? Or will her fear get the best of her?
Is it any good?
Although parents will probably groan their way through it, this Barney movie is fun, flashy, and sure to be a crowd pleaser for the preschooler set. The song and dance numbers are big and showy, with lots of costumes, music, and exotic sights, such as stilt walkers and elephants. Kids expecting a lot about musical instruments or making music may be disappointed, though, since the focus is more on overcoming stage fright than actually making music. But they should still enjoy the fair fun.
Parents will definitely appreciate the tips Barney gives for overcoming fear and building confidence, which will be especially helpful for shy or anxious kids.
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