Barney's Great Adventure

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Barney's Great Adventure
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UK DVD cover
Directed by Steve Gomer
Produced by Sheryl Leach
Screenplay by Stephen White
Story by Stephen White
Sheryl Leach
Dennis DeShazer
Starring George Hearn
Shirley Douglas
Trevor Morgan
Kyla Pratt
Diana Rice
Jeff Ayers
Jeff Brooks
Julie Johnson
David Joyner
Bob West
Patty Wirtz
Music by Van Dyke Parks
Cinematography Sandi Sissel, A.S.C.
Edited by Richard Halsey, A.C.E.
Production
company
Distributed by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Release dates North America
March 30, 1998
United Kingdom
July 17, 1998
Australia
September 17, 1998
Running time 76 minutes
Country United States
Canada (Filming locations)
Language English
French
Budget $15,000,000
Box office $12,218,638

Barney's Great Adventure (also known by its promotional title Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie) is a 1998 American musical adventure film based on the children's television series Barney & Friends, featuring the character Barney the dinosaur.[1] The film was written by Stephen White, directed by Steve Gomer, produced by Sheryl Leach and Lyrick Studios and released by Polygram Filmed Entertainment on March 27, 1998 in the United States and Canada.

Plot

Cody (Trevor Morgan), his sister Abby (Diana Rice), their best friend Marcella (Kyla Pratt), and their baby brother Fig are dropped off by their parents for a visit at their grandparents' farm. Cody gets hit in his face by a basketball by accident while Abby and Marcella laugh and rub a Barney doll in his face. Cody loses his patience and starts a game of "keep-away" by taking the Barney doll and runs off with it. The two girls go after Cody. He then hides the Barney doll in the shower in the bathroom and the girls catch up with him. Cody tells them to use their imagination and laughs when he thinks that it is not working. However, the doll comes to life and turns into Barney the purple dinosaur. Cody refuses to believe in Barney at first, claiming that imagination is just for kids and that "real dinosaurs don't talk and real dinosaurs don't laugh."

That night, Cody wishes for a real adventure for that summer, and to do something no one has done before. A shooting star deposits a large colorful egg in the barn which is discovered by Cody in the morning. Barney and the kids go to tell the grandparents about this, but Barney is distracted by Fig's crying. Grandma suggests to Abby and Marcella that they go see Mrs. Goldfinch. Cody finds Barney who has just changed Fig's wet diaper and takes him to see his grandparents. However, Abby and Marcella take Cody and Barney to see Mrs. Goldfinch, who tells them that the egg is a dream maker. Cody knocks the egg off the table which lands on a birdseed truck. The adventure begins when Barney and the others try to recover it through a parade. Barney's friend B.J. catches it when it almost lands on the ground and breaks. Barney and the gang chase the egg throughout a French restaurant, a circus, and fly through the sky on an airplane to continue their pursuit of the egg which is in a hot air balloon. All the while, Baby Bop is looking for her yellow "blankie." B.J. and Baby Bop arrive just in time to see the egg hatch.

After they return the egg to the barn, it finally hatches into a koala-like being named Twinken who shows everyone Abby's dream and then Barney's. Cody apologizes to Barney for being mean and admits that he thinks he's cool. Barney accepts his apology and tells Cody that he thinks he's cool too and the two share a hug. Twinken shows everyone a magical fireworks display which lands in Barney's arms. Barney begins to sing "I Love You", and everyone else sings with him. Baby Bop gets sleepy, which prompts B.J. to decide that they are ready to go home. The film ends with Barney turning back into a doll with Twinken sitting right next to him.

Cast

  • David Joyner (Bob West, voice) as Barney
  • Trevor Morgan as Cody
  • Diana Rice as Abby
  • Kyla Pratt as Marcella
  • Jeff Brooks (Patty Wirtz, voice) as B.J.
  • Jeff Ayers (Julie Johnson, voice) as Baby Bop
  • George Hearn as Grandpa
  • Shirley Douglas as Grandma
  • David and Edouard Larouche as Baby Fig
  • Renee Madeline Le Guerrier as Mildred Goldfinch
  • Roch Jutras as Mr. Millet
  • Alan Fawcett as Dad
  • Jane Wheeler as Mom

Musical numbers in the film

  1. "Barney – The Song" (main title) – Bernadette Peters
  2. "Do Your Ears Hang Low?" – Barney, Abby, Marcella
  3. "Imagine" – Barney, Abby, Cody, Marcella
  4. "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" – Grandpa
  5. "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" – Barney, Abby, Marcella
  6. "Old McDonald Had a Farm" – Barney, Abby, Marcella
  7. "If You're Happy and You Know It" – Barney
  8. "Who's Inside It?" – Barney, Abby, Cody, Marcella, Mrs. Goldfinch
  9. "Stars and Stripes Forever"
  10. "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from The Nutcracker
  11. "If All the Raindrops" – Barney
  12. "We're Gonna Find a Way" – Barney, Abby, Cody, Marcella
  13. "I Love You" – Barney, B.J., Baby Bop, Abby, Cody, Marcella, Grandma, Grandpa
  14. "You Can Do Anything" – Stephen Bishop
  15. "Rainbows Follow the Rain" – Colin Boyd
  16. "Barney – The Song (Reprise)" – Bernadette Peters

Reception

The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews from film critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently has a "Rotten" score of 26%, based on 23 reviews with only 6 fresh reviews, and a rating of a 4.2 out of 10.[2] It was nominated for two awards at the 19th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Worst New Star" and "Worst Original Song", but lost to An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn, though the former award was tied with Ringmaster.

Box office

In its limited release weekend, the film grossed $2,203,865 and ranked #11.[3] A week later, in wide release, it grossed $1,382,373 and ranked #15.[4] By the end of its run, the film grossed $12,218,638 in the domestic box office, almost returning its $15 million budget.[5]

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