Barney's Great Adventure (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Barney's Great Adventure (1998)



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This is the large-screen debut of famous (or infamous, depending on your POV) fuzzy purple dinosaur Barney, the oafish character who began a decade earlier on video (selling 45 million units) and then became a top-ranked public TV preschooler show in 1992, followed by 15 million stuffed toys and 25 million copies of Barney books, plus his own attraction at the Universal theme park. The story in this $15 million movie has Mom and Dad leaving son Cody and daughter Abby, plus Abby's friend Marcella, and a baby with Grandpa and Grandma down on the farm -- where a shooting star deposits a large colorful egg. After it's accidentally taken away, Cody and others chase after the egg, intersecting a Main Street parade and then continuing on through a French restaurant, a circus, and a big hot-air balloon launch, eventually returning to the farm. Music features more than a dozen songs, including "Old MacDonald" and "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star". Dances devised by Cirque du Soleil choreographer Debra Brown. Filmed in the countryside near Montreal.
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George Hearn
as Grandpa
Kyla Pratt
as Marcella
Diana Rice
as Abby
David Joyner
as Barney
Bob West
as Barney
Jeff Ayres
as Baby Bop
Julie Johnson
as Baby Bop
Renee Madeleine Le Guerrier
as Mildred Goldfinch
Roch Jutras
as Mr. Millet
John Dunn-Hill
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Barney's Great Adventure

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (12)

With very little modification, this archly innocuous children's musical could have been marketed as a sequel to Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Full Review… | May 16, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Although technically superior to the low-rent Barney videos, pic, which was shot in the country near Montreal, still has a bargain-budget look.

Full Review… | May 16, 2008
Top Critic

This spin-off from the TV series featuring the large purple felt dinosaur of awesome good nature is emetically wholesome.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

To those of us on the greying side of five years old, Barney looks like an eggplant and has a rigor-mortis smile, no shoulders, a huge rear end and the sort of nervous giggle that makes you think he has something to hide.

July 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Barney looks both more real and more magical on video; on film, he's clearly a doofus in a felt outfit.

Full Review… | February 21, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The movie has a flimsy plot, but who cares? Barney, one of the most popular television characters in history, is what viewers want to see, and there's plenty of him.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Barney's Great Adventure


Out of all the things they decided to make for Barney, it was to find an egg? None of the kids can act. Boring.

TheRookieWriter Martin
TheRookieWriter Martin

My 2 year old granddaughter just loves this movie. There are some slow parts but that is why you have fast forward. The scenes at the circus and restaurant are exciting. I liked how the main boy character changed throughout the movie. He becomes more positive and open to using his imagination. love watching this movie with my grandkids.

John Farthing
John Farthing

I don't like Barney. In fact, I can't stand him. However, there is something about this movie that makes me like it.

Raven Beau
Raven Beau

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