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The Evolution of Baby Bop (1991–present)

Image As seen in Year Notes
Baby Bop 1991
Barney & Friends Season 1 1991-1993 This is the very first Baby Bop costume in 1991. She is taller than the kids and about the same height as Barney. In addition, she initially usually spoke in third-person, rather than first-person. Her mouth also isn't moveable. The illusion of three- dimension of the eyes was added by using flat materials for the whites and pupils and placing them behind clear plastic in the shape of hollow half-spheres. The eyes are also quite reflective. Her head and arms are separate from the body. Her cranium is also a lot bigger than later incarnations. She was performed by Dao Knight and later by Jenny Dempsey in Season 1 of Barney & Friends. This costume was previously used in Barney in Concert.
Barney & Friends Season 2 1993-1994 A smaller & shorter concept of the first costume: Baby Bop becomes shorter, fitting her age of two (later three) years old. Some light changers were made. Her eyes and pupils become bigger and more rounded. Her stomach also becomes rounder. Of course Baby Bop's slippers are more lighter pink. In 1994, she has darker magenta spots. Her nostrils also become bigger. This is also the first time Jeff Ayers performed Baby Bop and would continue to do so until 2009. Like BJ's 1994 costume, this was also used on live appearances. 
Baby Bop 1995
Barney & Friends Season 3 1994-1996 Baby Bop shrinks slightly more and her eyelashes get curved up. In addition, her bottom lip starts becoming movable by the bobbing of the performer's head. Her eyes also actually become fully half-dome shaped, are pushed into her head more, and are moved closer to her forehead, and her eyelids become longer. Her nose also becomes slightly shorter.
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Barney's Fun & Games 1996-1997 This costume is not much different from previous versions, except her eyelashes.
Barney & Friends Season 4 1997-2007 Baby Bop's eyelashes are raised higher and her eyelids aren't as visible as in the previous seasons of Barney & Friends. Her bottom lip also becomes quite loose.

Since 1997, there have been two more costume changes over the years:

  • 2004-2006: The hair tuft is bigger and her color scheme gets lighter. The nose looks more square, too.
  • 2006-2007: The costume shares a resemblance to the 1997 costume, but the ears are slightly thinner. The tuft gets smaller, too and the nose is more rounder
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Barney and Friends early Season 6 1999 This costume is similar to the 1996 costume. It only appeared in the episode "Stick with Imagination!", but with a upper nuzzle.
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Barney & Friends Season 7-Season 8 2002-2004 This costume is similar to the 1996 one. It includes a bottom jaw that moved without the assistance of the bobbing of the performer's head. This mechanism was short-lived due to difficulty the mechanism added to the performance.
2008 Baby Bop
Barney and Friends Season 12 2008 This costume was only used for one year. It has a darker greenish hue. The ears are also much thinner. This costume is very similar to the Season 4 costume.
Bop body
Barney & Friends Season 13 2009–present Baby Bop's eye lashes are shorter and are closer to the top of her eye. The springs in her mouth are slightly loosened, making her mouth much more movable. Her upper muzzle is also much smaller. Her tuft of hair not only appears behind her bow, but slightly in front of it as well. Her ears also become a brighter color and become smaller. Her nose also becomes more square. Her stomach, spots, bow, and slippers are given a lighter shade of magenta. She even shrinks slightly more once again. This costume adheres to the shape of the new female actress, Lauren Mayeux in the side and back areas.

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