Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie

  • Review Date: September 9, 2011
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 77 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Barney and friends explore their imaginations through song.
  • Review Date: September 9, 2011
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 77 minutes

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Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Educational value

Some positive social lessons to be learned about forgiveness, imagination, and friendship, but mostly intended to entertain.

Positive messages

Characters believe in the power of imagination to make their dreams come true. Characters talk about how adults also use their imaginations. Friends are supportive and make amends when they hurt others' feelings.

Positive role models

Marcella and Abby show Cody the importance of using your imagination and the fun you can have if you stay a kid and don't act skeptical and negative. Barney encourages the children to dream, imagine, and learn. The grandparents are kind and always willing to listen to the kids.

Violence & scariness

A character falls backwards off a front porch railing into a flower bed when startled by Barney.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Barney toys and other products are available and kids exposed to this movie will likely recognize these products in stores.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some brief, sober, adult wine drinking happens in a fancy French restaurant.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this farmland adventure celebrates the power of dreams and imagination. Parents familiar with Barney and his buddies will know that there's very little to be concerned about in this movie. The only possible issues occur when a character steps in animal dung, during a brief scene in a French restaurant where adults soberly sip from wine, and when a character is a distracted driver as he makes a chocolate shake and a hamburger while trying to drive his truck.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Cody (Trevor Morgan), Marcella (Kyla Pratt), and Abby (Diana Rice) visit their grandparents (George Hearn and Shirley Douglas) on a farm. Marcella and Abby imagine their Barney doll into life, and even though Cody is a skeptical older brother, together, they discover a magical egg, and they embark on a quest to find out what is inside this egg, and this journey takes them to a bird sanctuary, a circus, and a parade.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

BARNEY'S GREAT ADVENTURE should prove enjoyable to kids familiar with the television show and while not as adult-friendly as offerings from the Muppets or Sesame Street, the movie will serve as an alternative for parents wearied of watching the show over and over. Songs are abundant (including, yes, "I Love You, You Love Me"), the scenery is colorful and lush, the acting is competent, and the scenes of the kids' imaginations coming to life and the adventure they undertake with Barney should keep younger kids fully engaged. Grandparents are treated with respect, and the discussions of how adults use their imaginations should provide worthwhile conversations.

It's not a masterpiece by any stretch, thanks in part to some loose ends, and there are some scenes parents may find questionable (Cody stepping in animal dung, for instance), but all-in-all, Barney's Great Adventure is an enjoyable experience for younger kids, and relatively less excruciating for parents who have seen the TV show one too many times.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how everything that anyone has ever made was first imagined by someone. What's a time you imagined something and made it come true?

  • How is life on a farm different from other places?

  • The kids learned about the mysterious egg by reading about it in a book. What are some things you could learn about in books?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 30, 1998
DVD release date:March 28, 2006
Cast:Trevor Morgan
Director:Steve Gomer
Studio:Universal Studios
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Music and sing-along
Run time:77 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Written byAnonymous November 3, 2013
AGE
3
QUALITY
 

I Gave this 3+ for all the goodness in this film.

Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie Review. Education Value 5/10: This Film Very Educational for kids. You will learn a lot from this film. Positive Message 7/10: This Film is Very Positive & you can use your imagination. Positive Role Model 9/10: There are kids on this show & kids can watch this too & has a lot of good Role Models. Violence & scariness 1/10: This is a G Rated Film with G Rated Level of Violence. Sexy Stuff 0/10: None this is a G Rated Film. Language 0/10: Again this is a G Rated Film so no. Consumerism 4/10: Will there is Consumerism in this film & I love is film so much so I see why there is advertisements in the film but not a lot of them are in this. Drinking, Drugs, & Smoking 1/10: There is Brief Drinking by Adults 21+ in this film. No Drugs & Smoking are in this.) Overall 29/80: My Overall is Over half. Content Overall 6/50: This is a good film for all to watch. CSM Message Overall: 23/30: This is a good film for everyone.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 8 years old May 6, 2013
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

Horrible! I hate it!

This is HORRIBLE. My siblings BOO! them. BOO!!!!! I HATE them. Horrible. Period. Hate them.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byGosumonkeyninja April 15, 2015
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Poor Attitude

My son is two and really likes Barney. It is one of the only things we let him watch, so we thought that he would enjoy this movie. What we hadn't counted on was that this movie was less about Barney and more about a character that had a poor attitude and thought Barney was stupid and that he was too cool to play pretend. I'm sure throughout the course of the movie the boy comes to realize that using you're imagination is fun, but his journey and poor attitude were not something we wanted our son to emulate. We had to turn it off midway through. This movie is not suited for preschoolers.
Adult Written byLowe's man April 28, 2014
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

Think about the character.

Although I've never seen the movie and probably should not be reviewing it, I nevertheless think that the other parent who wrote the review went too far. She only talked about the behind the scenes stories, which have no relevance to the movie itself. That's the only reason why I'm reviewing this. Having said that, parents should be aware of the simplistic language Barney uses. Is that what we want our children to learn? Especially when SESAME STREET and MISTER ROGERS have a language style that's so much better for kids in the long run and so much more appropriate? Just something to think about.

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