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Barney & Friends
The Queen of Make-Believe
Season 1, Episode 1
The Queen of Make-Believe
Air date April 6, 1992
Written by Stephen White
Directed by Jim Rowley
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"The Queen of Make-Believe" is the first episode from Season 1, as well as the series premiere of Barney & Friends.

Plot

Min becomes "The Queen Of Make-Believe" and Michael, Shawn, and Tina are the castle staff. She wishes to see Barney (who is dubbed "the royal dinosaur"), later making him king. Barney explains that imagination can turn things into other things. The kids look up at the clouds and start to see shapes, which Tina imagines a tasty rain. Coincidentally, a thunderstorm begins after they finish singing. In the classroom, everyone finds ways to use their imagination, like Tina's pretend tea party. When Michael finds some boxes, Min comes up with trying to build a robot. Barney brings The Barney Bag out to help the kids bring the robot to life. As the kids struggle to find a head for the robot, Barney asks Michael to recite the "Anything String" poem, which shows that even simple things can turn into something else with imagination. Shawn, after hearing this, finds a teapot to use as the head, but as soon as Barney puts it on, the robot comes to life. After the robot performs his song, Michael reveals that it was him inside the robot. While the rain still pours, Michael comes up with the idea of putting on a parade to make the rain stop. This plan works, and soon the sky is clear once more. The kids imagine one last time, pretending the playground platform is a rocket ship.

Educational Theme: The Power of Imagination

Stories: None

Cast Song List
  1. Barney Theme Song
  2. Old King Cole
  3. Old King Cole (Reprise)
  4. If All The Raindrops
  5. I'm A Little Teapot
  6. The Barney Bag
  7. I'm A Little Robot
  8. The Animal Parade
  9. The Rocket Song
  10. I Love You

International Edits

  • In international dubs and co-productions, the songs "I'm a Little Teapot" and "I'm a Little Robot" (which share the same tune) were not sung, rather cutting to Michael (or a another cast member in non-dub versions) coming out of the robot. In the Korean production Baniwa Chingudeul, What I Want to Be & Laugh With Me! replace the two former songs.

Trivia

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Time Life cover

  • This episode marks:
  • When Barney sings the line "We're a happy family" in "I Love You," Michael and Tina are seen lip-synching to the song. The rest of the gang join in on the line "With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you" and continue to sing the rest of the song onward.
  • Despite being listed as a song on the Time Life VHS cover, "Yankee Doodle" was not performed in this episode.
  • Tina wears the same shirt in 1-2-3-4-5 Senses! and Alphabet Soup!.
  • Shawn wears the same shirt in Happy Birthday, Barney!
  • Michael wears the same shirt in Let's Help Mother Goose!
  • The first video to be filmed on the school set.
  • This is also the first time where someone talks to The Barney Doll at the end of the episode/video. This would later happen in other Barney shows.

Picture Gallery

  • King Barney
  • Title for The Queen Of Make-Believe
  • The Barney Doll
  • Barney silhouette cloud

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