|Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie|
Foreign VHS Cover
|Directed by||Steve Gomer|
|Produced by||Sheryl Leach|
|Written by||Stephen White
|Music by||Jerry Herman
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
John Philip Sousa
Johnny Van Zant
|Editing by||Richard Halsey|
|Distributed by||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (1998-2010)
HIT Entertainment (2010-present)
|Release date(s)||March 30, 1998|
|Running time||78 minutes|
Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie is a 1998 adventure film based on the children's television series Barney & Friends, featuring the children's television character Barney. The film was written by Stephen White, directed by Steve Gomer, produced by Lyrick Studios and released by Polygram Filmed Entertainment on March 30, 1998 in the United States. It was also released in the United Kingdom in July 17, 1998 and in Australia on September 17, 1998.
Cody, his sister Abby, their best friend Marcella, and their baby brother Fig are dropped off by their parents for a visit at their grandparents' farm. Cody hits a basketball 1 time by accident. After a game of keep-away started by Cody, Barney the purple dinosaur appears. Cody refuses to believe in Barney, claiming that imagination is just for kids and that "real dinosaurs don't talk and real dinosaurs don't laugh." That night, Cody wishes for a real adventure for that summer, and to do something no one has done before. A shooting star deposits a large colorful egg in the barn, which is accidentally knocked onto a birdseed truck by Cody and is carted off. Barney heard baby Fig needs a diaper change. Barney and the kids begin their adventure to recover it through a parade. Barney's friend BJ catches it when it almost lands on the ground and breaks. Abby says "Well, What are you waiting for? Let's go." like Elliott says if for "E.T." Barney and the gang chase the egg throughout a restaurant, a circus, and fly through the sky on a hot air balloon while continuing their pursuit of the egg. BJ and Baby Bop arrive just in time to see the egg hatch. After they return the egg to the barn, it finally hatches. Cody comments that the egg looks like a rainbow.
The egg is a koala-like dream maker named Twinken who shows everyone Abby's dream and then Barney's. 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 also 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" followed by everyone else. 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.
The film received very negative reviews from film critics, and was nominated for 2 Golden Raspberry Awards. Despite the negative reception, however, the film has become somewhat of a "cult classic", earning a moderate amount at the box office. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently has a "Rotten" rating of 23%, based on 22 reviews with only 5 fresh, and a rating of 4.1.