Barney's Great Adventure (promoted theatrically as Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie) is a 1998 film based on the children's television series, Barney & Friends. 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 April 3, 1998 in the United States and Canada at the height of Barney's popularity. Then, it was later released by Universal Pictures.
On a road trip to their Grandparents' farm, Abby and her friend Marcella are content playing with a stuffed Barney doll, while Cody believes Barney's "kids stuff." At the farm house, Cody takes Barney from the girls and hides him in the shower, where he comes to life. Barney tries to convince Cody that it was his imagination that made him real, but fails to do so. Instead he points out that real dinosaurs don't laugh or talk or laugh- there aren't any real dinosaurs anymore! Cody plays a trick for Barney to disappear, because he doesn't believe in him. For revenge, Barney reappears because he believes in Cody. Wishing to do something no one's done before, an egg shoots down from the sky into the barn. The next morning, Barney, Abby and Marcella went to have fun on the farm and Cody steps in cow poop all over his new shoes. They find the egg in the barn and the first ring lit up. While going to ask Abby and Cody's grandparents about the egg, Barney heard Baby Fig and went up to check on him. Cody finds Barney in the baby's room and they take the egg to Mrs. Goldfinch, the local bird lady. They learn it's a dream maker and they have to return the egg before all five of its colored rings light up. Cody loses the egg by knocking it out a passage way and it lands on a bird seed truck. The chase is on! From a parade with a marching band and a visit to Chez Snobbe, a fancy restaurant, to a circus, the kids and Barney are on a persuit for the egg. When a juggler sends it flying, the kids lose all hope of finding it, but Barney tells them to not give up. After learning it ended up on a balloon, the group imagines (with the help of the audience) flying on an airplane made out of a log. Barney's friend, the Collector, has the egg as a ballast (to keep the balloon steady), but after some convincing, he drops it and Abby catches it just in time. Back on the farm, the egg hatches in the barn, revealing a koala-like creature, named Twinken. He shows Abby's dream (to be a jockey and win a horse race) to everyone. Cody apologizes to Barney for being mean to him and admits he thinks he's cool. Barney accepts his apology and tells Cody he thinks he's cool too and the two share a hug. Twinken then shows Barney's dream : "a special time, a special place and sharing it with the people he loves," which leads Barney and the rest of the cast to sing "I Love You." Baby Bop gets sleepy, which prompts BJ to decide that they're ready to go home. The film ends with Barney turning back into a doll with Twinken sitting right next to him, as the two of them wink.
- Barney (Voice: Bob West, Costume: David Joyner)
- Baby Bop (Voice: Julie Johnson, Costume: Jeff Ayers)
- BJ (Voice: Patty Wirtz, Costume: Jeff Brooks)
- Cody Newton (Trevor Morgan)
- Abby Newton (Diana Rice)
- Marcella (Kyla Pratt)
- Grandpa Greenfield (George Hearn)
- Grandma Greenfield (Shirley Douglas)
- Mrs. Mildred Goldfinch (Renee Madeline Le Guerrier)
- Baby Fig (David Larouche / Edouard Larouche)
- Mr. Millet (Rock Jutras)
- Dad (Alan Fawcett)
- Mom (Jane Wheeler)
- The Collector (Steffen Foster)
- The Juggler (Michael Davis)
- Stanley Stillz (David Lebel)
- Policeman (John Dunn-Hill)
- Parade Stilt Walkers (Andre St-Jean & Paul Vachon)
- Sousaphone Player (Barry Taras)
- Woman with Hat (Sheena Larkin)
- The Waiter (Matt Holland)
- Maitre D' (Alain Gendreau)
- Waiters (Martin Boisvert, Alain Gaithier, Danielle Lecourtois, Jaques Moisan, and Kathleen Renaud)
- Chez Snobbe Delivery Man (Normand Carriere)
- Circus Clowns (Jean Filion & Francoise Herbert)
- Trapeze (Ruby Rowat)
- Acrobatic Biycle (Luc Tremblay)
- Chineese Pole (Mathieu Roy)
- Contertionist (Jinny Jacinto)
- Trampolinist/Teeter Board Pusher (Dave Level)
- Teeter Board Flyer (Alain Gauthier)
- Teeter Board Pusher (Andre St-Jean)
- Teeter Board Spotter (Roch Jutras)
- Female Wire Walker (Molly Saudek)
- Barney - The Song (sung by Bernadette Peters)
- Let Me Call You Sweetheart
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Old MacDonald Had a Farm
- If You're Happy and You Know It
- Who's Inside It?
- Stars And Stripes Forever (Instrumental)
- The Dance of the Suger Plum Fairy (Instrumental)
- If All the Raindrops
- We're Gonna Find a Way
- I Love You
End Credit Music
Word of a Barney film first arose in 1993 by Sheryl Leach at the The National Press Club in Washington, D.C.. Later in 1994, a Barney Magazine states that Barney would star in his first ever film entitled Barney: The Movie . It would be originally be distributed worldwide by Geffen Pictures through Warner Bros and produced by Sheryl Leach and Dennis DeShazer. According to Sheryl Leach, it had a release date for summer 1995. Warner Bros. and Lyons had disagreements over marketing, leading the latter to bring the film (with help from now former producer Geffen) to Polygram. The production for this movie film took place from July 1997 until August 1997. In 1997, teaser trailers for the film Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie arose on VHS cassettes with some Barney Home Videos. To Sheryl Leach, it was a joy of filming as she stated "It was a joy to do the film because it took me back to the early days in Barney's development. Just like the beginning days of Barney, this movie takes him to places children have never experienced with him before. The film was a great opportunity to open new story lines and environments so that children can travel to new places with their friend, Barney," Leach says. "The film goes to some incredible places that we hope will appeal not only to children but to adults as well." Leach adds that the film allowed them to "take the familiar Barney and put him outdoors and in other very different settings from his traditional environments." The film was shot on locations outside Montreal, Canada, including the renowned Ste. AnnedeBellevue's Morgan Arboretum, a popular wildlife sanctuary. The veteran film crew was initially a bit skeptical of the large purple star.
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.It was nominated for two awards at the 19th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Worst New Star" (Barney) and "Worst Original Song" (Barney - The Song) , but lost to An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn, though the former award was tied with Ringmaster.
In its limited release weekend, the film grossed $2,203,865 and ranked #11.A week later, in wide release, it grossed $1,382,373 and ranked #15. By the end of its run, the film grossed $12,218,638 in the domestic box office, almost returning its $15 million budget.
It was released on VHS and DVD on September 1, 1998.
- In honor of the film, a television special titled Barney's First Adventures was released. It was soon released as a bonus feature on the DVD to Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie.
- The film's premiere was held at Radio City Music Hall, the same stage where Barney preformed 12 sold-out concerts four years before.
- This is the first time that "I Love You" was sung for three verses (The 1st and last verses are the same).
- If You're Happy and You Know It is much more grander and longer on the soundtrack than in the movie.
- Baby Bop and BJ have very minor roles in the film (almost like cameo appearances).
- The only way to get the original widescreen/theatrical print on video is on the laser disc version.
- Although the Caption Center WGBH Educational Foundation mostly captioned all Barney installments since 1993, this film is one exception, as it is closed-captioned by the National Captioning Institute.
- Three of the movie's TV spots sample the song, Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf. However, the song never appeared in the movie itself.
- Based on the film, two books were released. One titled Barney's Great Adventure and Barney's Great Adventure: The Chase is On!. Also based on the film was a board game released titled Barney's Great Adventure - The Movie - Follow The Egg Game.
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