Barney's Great Adventure

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Barney's Great Adventure
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Barney's AWFUL Adventure
Genre: Musical Adventure
Directed By: Steve Gomer
Written 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
Distributed By: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Release Date: April 3, 1998
Runtime: 76 minutes
Country: United States
Canada (Filming locations)

Barney's Great Adventure is a 1998 kids adventure film based on the TV show, Barney and Friends, directed by Steve Gomer and it was released by Polygram and Lyrick Studios in April 3, 1998.

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. As Cody is believing that there may be nothing to do at the farm, Abby and Marcella rub a Barney doll in his face. Cody loses his patience and starts a game of "keep-away" by taking the Barney doll and running off with it. The two girls go after Cody, who hides the Barney doll in the shower in the bathroom.

The girls catch up with Cody, who tells them to use their imagination and laughs when he thinks that nothing happened. However, the doll comes to life as Barney the Dinosaur takes the girls to play in the barn. Cody refuses to believe in Barney at first, claiming that imagination is just for kids and that real dinosaurs neither talk, nor laugh. That night, Cody takes advice from Barney and wishes for a real adventure for that summer, and to do something no one has ever done before.

A shooting star deposits a large colorful egg in the barn which Cody discovers 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 accidentally knocks the egg off the table which lands on a birdseed truck.

Barney and the others try to recover it through a parade as the egg narrowly avoids being stomped or cracked by the parade's participants as the egg's five colors begin to reveal itself, one color at a time. Barney's friend B.J. catches it when it almost lands on the ground, but accidentally tosses it away. 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 small, yellow blanket, and 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 by Baby Bop 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 Twinken sitting right next to Barney, who has reverted to his doll form.

Why It Sucks

  1. Very weak, lazy, and poorly written plot with lots of filler moments, as mentioned below.
  2. Tiresome supporting characters, even with characters such as Abby and even Barney himself.
  3. The movie itself only involves Barney and the children try to find an egg and need to get it back before it hatches, yet most of the movie boils down to 76 minutes of pure filler, with practically nothing going on during the movie. The plot itself also suffers from being fairly boring thanks to the fact that there is only weak humor compared to any real character development or interesting concepts.
  4. Bad acting, even from actors such as Trevor Morgan and Jeff Brooks, which make them look like they've been picked off the street.
  5. No real or clear villain, despite the film being meant for kids.
  6. The costume designs are so bad that there is even a circus scene where you can see a bit of Baby Bop's skin fall off in her pink tutu (which for some reason they kept in).
  7. Horrible CGI animation and visual effects for the wooden airplane scene.
  8. Unfunny and weak humor, especially when the girls try to imagine Barney when Cody hides the Barney Doll.
  9. Awful voice acting, especially from Barney the Dinosaur himself.
  10. Twinken wasn't even that cute and cuddly at all. They could have designed him better. He looks like an old, fuzzy white koala with sad, droopy eyes. That's it, nothing else at all.
  11. Some plot lines can be seen kind of rushed, as the whole plot is all about an egg that hatches a creature which only visualizes your dreams, that's all it does, and now the whole movie and egg search become pointless, as you can visualize your dreams easily in your imagination, so there's no need for some strange creature to do it for you.
  12. Pointless moments, such as Baby Bop looking for her blanket.
  13. Dreadful and annoying soundtrack, particularly with the Barney theme.
  14. The song numbers are poorly made and laughable, such as the Imagine song.
  15. Misleading title: Despite being called Barney's Great Adventure, the first half of the film focuses more on the kids rather than Barney and his friends.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Cody, Fig, and the adults are the only likable characters.
  2. The ending is rather heartwarming.
  3. There is a somewhat chuckle-worthy moment where Marcella suggests the rainbow egg came from a giant chicken and everyone (even Barney), stares at her in a confused manner.
  4. Barney and Cody actually have a meaningful conversation at one point, showing some chemistry.
  5. Despite what WIS #11 says, the only thing Twinken does (visualize your dreams) is pretty creative and cute.
  6. The CGI animation and visual effects for Twinken are pretty good, especially for 1998 standards.

Reception

Barney's Great Adventure received mixed-to-overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics, audiences and a large amount of anti-Barney fans, owing to it being based on the aforementioned television program which is aimed for young children aged 1–8, the growing popularity of "anti-Barney humor", and the general unpopularity of the Barney series outside of its target audience of preschoolers. The film currently holds a 32% "rotten" rating on Rotten TomatoesRWW with an average of 4.2 out of 10 and a critic consensus that states: "Barney's friends are big and small / They come from lots of places / But after this film, their parents / Will be left with pained faces." On IMDbRWW, the film holds a 3.1/10 and was at one point on IMDb's Bottom 100 list. But, as of right now, it isn't on the list anymore. Film critic David Kronke of the Los Angeles Times stated: "Barney looks both more real and more magical on video; on film, he's clearly a doofus in a felt outfit." However, Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a 3 out of 4 stars and stated in his review, "If you like him on TV, you'll like him here, too." Gene Siskel of The Chicago Tribune stated, "Barney doesn't have much of a personality in this story; his character should have been developed in order to hold the big screen for more than a 30-minute program."

Metacritic scores the film a 44/100 indicating "mixed or average reviews".

Box Office

The film opened up at #11 on its limited weekend with a gross of only $2,203,865. On its wide weekend, it went to #15 and grossed $1,382,373. The film tanked after getting a domestic gross of only $12,218,638 against its $15 million budget.

Awards and nominations

Barney's Great Adventure was nominated for two Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst New Star, but lost to Jerry Springer for Ringmaster along with Joe Eszterhas as himself in An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn. The film was also nominated for three Stinkers Bad Movie Awards including Worst Actor for Barney the Dinosaur.

Trivia

  • This was supposed to be a direct-to-video production, but Lyrick Studios (the company behind Barney) wanted it to be a theatrical movie because of Barney's popularity, which actually angered Polygram. This feud actually continued after Polygram was bought by Universal and after Lyrick Studios was bought by Hit Entertainment. Hit was forced to keep Lyrick's Austin Studio open due to this. After the feud ended, Lyrick's Austin Studio was shut down.
  • Stephen White, who was the head writer at the time for Barney & Friends from 1992 to 2005 disowned the film.
  • The movie was banned in Malaysia since it was deemed "unsuitable for children". No elaborate reasons were ever given.
    • It is possible because of Barney in the shower, Barney changing Fig’s diaper and Cody's bad behavior towards Barney.
  • An early draft of this movie existed and it was possibly slightly better.
    • According to writer Stephen White, in the original script, 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 scrapped, as director Steve Gomer claimed the scenes to be "unaffordable". Miss. Goldfinch was originally planned to be a comedic character, as opposed to the more subdued character of the final film, the circus scenes and the "Collector" character were not in the original drafts, as well as rather than using a log, Barney and the gang would have built a plane out of cardboard boxes.

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Comments


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DJ2006

11 months ago
Score 5

Me: Who made this? Maria: Maybe it was a big, giant Chicken.

Me: ???
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Spongebuff1991

9 months ago
Score 4
That quote was extremely laughable and nonexistent.
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DJ2006

8 months ago
Score 1
I meant to say Marcella (I got the name messed up) by the way.
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Gucci Rsbbit

10 months ago
Score 5
I still like the show.
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Spongebuff1991

9 months ago
Score 4
That's fine if you do.
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LeroyManTheFirst

3 months ago
Score 0
Kinda sad that this movie was basically a cash in into Barney’s popularity.
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BetterSkatez

9 months ago
Score 1
So many IGUA kids taking the show way too seriously. Nostalgia Critic had to be so low and jump on the bandwagon.
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Blossom.Alyssa

7 months ago
Score 1
This is a bad movie and there is no bandwagon involved. This is just an excuse to be hateful to NC.
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BetterSkatez

one month ago
Score 0
Just face it. Nostalgia Critic really did not age well. He used to be really funny during it's earliest 5 years but he is no longer thinking of clever jokes or ideas. The Wall review is the worst example of this.
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Levbastian22

8 months ago
Score 5
Barney really is a purple/magneta doofus in this
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Footsies

8 months ago
Score 3
Agreed.
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Spongebuff1991

8 months ago
Score 6
No question about that!
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Stephenfisher2001

8 months ago
Score 4
Thomas and the Magic Railroad is actually better than this.
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Spongebuff1991

7 months ago
Score 4
Agreed!
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Just Leon

8 months ago
Score 2
So wait, is this film banned!
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Spongebuff1991

7 months ago
Score 2
Yes.
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SonicClub

7 months ago
Score 1
  • Me: Barney, Who are you?
  • Barney: I Love you, You love me!
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UglyDollsFan2002

6 months ago
Score 2
Why Did I Even Like This Movie In The First Place? -_-
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Chang

6 months ago
Score 3
You were probably a kid then. Kids will like any movie. I used to like Son of the Mask. Now I hate it.
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PhantomVulture

5 months ago
Score 2
I think this movie is still better than The Oogieloves film, at least I know who Barney is and the filmmakers were at least trying to make a movie, unlike The Oogieloves on the other hand.
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I Said A Hip Hop

4 months ago
Score 1
I mean, it's BARNEY. Did you expect high quality?
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Mickey Mouse

3 months ago
Score 6
Thomas and the Magic Railroad is miles better
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Spongebuff1991

3 months ago
Score 2
As a diehard fan of Thomas the Tank Engine, I agree with you wholeheartedly. I saw Thomas and the Magic Railroad at the theater back in the day as a kid and I had a blast seeing it.
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Rockman138

29 days ago
Score 2
I'd rather have Thomas and the Magic Railroad over anything related to Barney (big shock: I never liked Barney).
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Stephenfisher2001

29 days ago
Score 2
I mainly agree with you, Mickey, Spongebuff, and Rockman. :)
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Spongebuff1991

3 months ago
Score 4
My advice to today's kids, disregard Barney & Friends! Just watch Thomas the Tank Engine, Sesame Street or Mister Rogers' Neighborhood even Arthur! If any kids (or adults like it), more power to them!
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EijiZeBoi

3 months ago
Score 2
Barney is a dinosaur with no imagination. Stuck a dildo up his ass and died of constipation.
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EijiZeBoi

3 months ago
Score 2

Better version:

Barney's friends are piece of shits who come from shitty places. After school, they all fuck up and sing with gloomy faces.
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Stephenfisher2001

3 months ago
Score 0
Barney's friends are piece of sh*ts who come from sh*tty places. After school, they all f**k up and sing with gloomy faces.
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EijiZeBoi

3 months ago
Score 4
I hate you, you hate me
Barney gave me HIV
It started with a kiss, but he wanted more
Fuck that purple dinosaur
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EijiZeBoi

3 months ago
Score 4
I hate you, you hate me
Let's hang Barney from a tree
With a knife, and a gun, and a bullet through his head
Till that purple thing is dead
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Theblazemaster4

3 months ago
Score 0
XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
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LeroyManTheFirst

3 months ago
Score 0
My childhood is ruined.
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LeroyManTheFirst

3 months ago
Score -1

I hate this, I hate that This movie ruined my popularity With a great big throw and a burn to you

Won't you say that you‘ll hate me too.
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HellLord

2 months ago
Score 0
says Barney The Dinosaur
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Disintegrated.to.pieces

2 months ago
Score 0
Is the title a JoJo reference?
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HellLord

2 months ago
Score 0
No
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Disintegrated.to.pieces

2 months ago
Score 0
@HellLord r/woooosh
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HellLord

2 months ago
Score 1

Ok, you didn’t need to do r/woosh now, instead you could do this gif

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LancedSoul

one month ago
Score 0
What if Barney the Dinosaur will turn into R-Rated Horror film?
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LancedSoul

one month ago
Score 4

Rexos will snap and turn into the dust for Barney the Dinosaur, Rest in piece, Barney the Dinosaur! :)

Rexos.jpeg
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Rainstorm1650

one month ago
Score 0
There was this one dude on Vlare who said that he hates this movie all because "it's for babies".
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Crs3011

23 days ago
Score 0

This one is better lol.
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TheBuzzOnMaggieYes CaillouNo

19 days ago
Score 2
Four words: This movie is garbage.
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HammerBro101

18 days ago
Score 2
Agreed. This movie is one of several reasons why I dislike Barney as a whole. Another reason why I dislike the show is because of Barney's constant laughing and singing, which gets really repetitive. One thing that makes me laugh is when Barney slips on a toy ambulance.

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