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Barney's Great Adventure 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 Lyrick Studios & Good Egg Productions, and released by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment on April 3, 1998 in the United States and Canada at the height of Barney's popularity.

Plot

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 day, 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.

Cast

  • Barney (Voice: Bob West, Costume: David Joyner)
  • Baby Bop (Voice: Julie Johnson, Costume: Jeff Ayers)
    Barney&TrevorMorgan

    "Barney" the purple dinosaur poses with actor Trevor Morgan after "Barney" placed his footprints in cement during ceremonies at the La Brea Tar Pits April 8, 1998, commemorating his motion picture debut in "Barney's Great Adventure:The Movie." Morgan co-stars with "Barney" in the film.

  • 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)
  • Twinken (Voice: James LeBrecht)
  • 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)

Songs

  1. Barney - The Song (sung by Bernadette Peters)
  2. Imagine
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    Spanish version

  3. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  4. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  5. Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  6. If You're Happy and You Know It
  7. Who's Inside It?
  8. If All the Raindrops
  9. We're Gonna Find a Way
  10. I Love You

Credits

  1. You Can Do Anything
  2. Rainbows Follow the Rain
  3. Barney - The Song (reprise)

Production

Word of a Barney film first arose in November 1992 when Debbie Ries, sales director for the Lyons Group said plans for a movie was in the works.[1] In 1993, it was later announced by creator Sheryl Leach at the The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. that a movie was coming. Later in 1994, a Barney Magazine states that Barney would star in his first ever film entitled Barney: The Movie .

It would 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.[2]

on June 20, 1997, Barney himself announced his film at a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Later 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.[3]

Music and Soundtrack

Main Article: Barney's Great Adventure: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The soundtrack from Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie includes a star-studded cast. The film features an original title song by Tony Award­-winning Broadway composer Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly!, Mame) and performed by Bernadette Peters. Peabo Bryson, Sheena Easton, Jeffrey Osborne, Valerie Carter, Linda Ronstadt, Roberta Flack, George Hearn, Jennifer Rush, Take 6, Johnny Van Zant, Jennifer Warnes and the young Latina sensation, Gina, also perform numbers.

Main Article: Barney's Great Adventure Sing Along

Barney's Great Adventure Sing Along is an audio cassette.It was the second entry in the Barney's Sing Along series of cassettes. It was released on September 15, 1998. It's an album to the movie, "Barney's Great Adventure".

Release

Critical 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.[4]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.

Box office

In its limited release weekend, the film grossed $2,203,865 and ranked #11.[5]A week later, in wide release, it grossed $1,382,373 and ranked #15.[6] By the end of its run, the film grossed $12,218,638 in the domestic box office, almost returning its $15 million budget.[7]

Home Media

It was released on VHS and DVD on September 1, 1998.

Gallery

Posters

Home Video Releases

Stills and Behind the Scenes

Trivia

Barneysgreatadventurevideoposter

Video Poster from 1998 Newsletter

  • In honor of the film, a television special titled Barney's First Adventures was aired March 28, 1998 on Fox Kids. It was soon released as a bonus feature on the DVD to Barney's Great Adventure.
  • 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.
  • The VHS releases Barney's Adventure Bus, Barney's Good Day, Good Night, and Barney in Outer Space have trailers for the film.
  • 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.
  • To promote the film, Barney, Baby Bop and BJ performed "Imagine" on November 27, 1998 in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Script Changes

  • Originally the egg was going to hatch a giant bird, who misses its mother.
  • Baby Bop and BJ were expected to make a lot more screen time, appearing in the farmhouse attic, but those scenes were soon scraped, as Gomer claimed the scenes to be "unaffordable."
  • Miss Goldfinch was originally planned to be a comedic character, as apposed to the more subdued character of the final film.
  • The circus scenes and the "Collector" character were not in the original drafts. In addition, rather than using a log, Barney and friends would have built a plane out of cardboard boxes.[8]

Videos

Trailers and Clips


Interviews

References

  1. BONKERS FOR BARNEY!
  2. http://variety.com/1997/voices/columns/polygram-grabs-barney-1117434423/
  3. Barney Movie Production Notes
  4. Template:Rotten-tomatoes
  5. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/?yr=1998&wknd=14&p=.htm
  6. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/?yr=1998&wknd=15&p=.htm
  7. Template:Mojo title
  8. Interview with Stephen White


Barneyhomevideostar
Barney Home Video
Barney & the Backyard Gang

The Backyard Show (1988) • Three Wishes (1989) • A Day at the Beach (1989) • Waiting for Santa (1990) • Campfire Sing-Along (1990)
Barney Goes to School (1990) • Barney in Concert (1991) • Rock with Barney (1991)

1992

Barney's Magical Musical AdventureBarney's Birthday

1993

Barney's Best MannersBarney Rhymes with Mother GooseBarney's Home Sweet HomesLove to Read, with Barney

1994 Let's Pretend with BarneyBarney's Alphabet ZooBarney Live! In New York CityImagination Island
1995

Barney's Families are SpecialBarney SafetyMaking New FriendsRiding In Barney's CarBarney Songs

1996

Barney's All Aboard for SharingBarney's Talent ShowBarney's Fun & GamesBarney's Exercise Circus / Barney's Parade of NumbersBarney's 1-2-3-4 SeasonsOnce Upon a Time

1997

Barney's Sense-Sational DayBarney's Colors & ShapesBarney's Musical ScrapbookCamp WannaRunnaRound
Barney's Adventure BusBarney's Stu-u-upendous Puzzle Fun!Barney's Good Day, Good Night

1998

It's Time for CountingDown on Barney's FarmBarney in Outer SpaceMy Party with BarneyBarney's Big Surprise
Barney's Halloween PartyBarney's First AdventuresBarney's Good, Clean Fun! / Barney's Oh, Brother...She's My Sister

1999

Sing and Dance with BarneyWhat a World We ShareWalk Around the Block with BarneyLet's Play School
Barney's Night Before ChristmasMore Barney Songs

2000

Barney's Rhyme Time RhythmBarney's Super Singing CircusCome on Over to Barney's HouseBe My Valentine, Love Barney

2001

Barney's Musical CastleA to Z with BarneyBarney's Dino Dancin' TunesLet's Go to the ZooBarney's Pajama Party

2002

You Can Be AnythingBarney's Beach PartyRound and Round We GoBarney's Christmas Star

2003

Barney Songs From the ParkRead with Me, Dance with MeBarney's It's a Happy Day!It's Nice to Meet You
Barney's Red, Yellow and Blue!Barney's Numbers! Numbers!Barney's Best Manners: Your Invitation to Fun!Happy Mad Silly Sad

2004

Movin' and Groovin'Let's Pretend with BarneyNow I Know My ABCsBarney's Colorful World!Ready, Set, Play!

2005

Let's Go to the FarmJust ImagineEveryone Is SpecialThe Land of Make-BelieveCan You Sing That Song?

2006

Let's Make Music

2006

Let's Go to the Fire HouseShake Your Dino Tail!Dino-Mite Birthday

2008

Celebrating Around The WorldBarney's Animal ABC'sHi! I'm Riff!The Best of Barney

2009

Once Upon a Dino-TaleTop 20 CountdownLet's Go on VacationSharing is Caring!Barney's Jungle FriendsWe Love Our Family

2010

Please & Thank YouEgg-Cellent AdventuresLet's Play OutsideFurry FriendsA-Counting We Will GoBest Fairy Tales

2011

Musical ZooShapes and Colors All AroundI Can Do It!1-2-3 LearnBig World AdventureA Very Merry Christmas

2012

I Love My FriendsClean Up, Clean Up!Planes, Trains & CarsAll About OppositesMost Loveable MomentsLet's Go to the Doctor

2013

Let's Go to the MoonPlay with BarneyDance with BarneyImagine with BarneyMost Huggable MomentsPerfectly Purple

2014

Story Time with BarneyHappy Birthday, Barney!A Super-Dee-Duper DayThis Is How I Feel

2015

Tee-Rific Bugs & AnimalsIt's Showtime with BarneyBarney's Worldwide Adventure!

2016

Dinos in the Park

2017

Playground Fun

Other Releases
Feature Film

Barney's Great Adventure

Blockbuster

Play and Learn with BarneyBarney's Favorite SongsBarney's Big Top FunBarney's Time For SchoolBarney's Rockin' Rhyme TimeBarney's Valentine AdventureMoving and Grooving with BarneyBarney's Night Light StoriesBarney's Island SafariBarney's Learning Round-UpGoing Places with BarneyOn The Move with BarneyBarney's Summertime FunBarney: Sing Along Fun

Rereleases

Barney's ABCs and 123sBarney's Outdoor Fun!Let's Go to the BeachBarney's Book FairFun on Wheels
Mother Goose Collection

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