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Barney's Great Adventure Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 3+

Barney and friends explore their imaginations through song.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this farmland adventure celebrates the power of dreams and imagination. Parents familiar with Barney and his buddies will know that there's very little to be concerned about in this movie. The only possible issues occur when a character steps in animal dung, during a brief scene in a French restaurant where adults soberly sip from wine, and when a character is a distracted driver as he makes a chocolate shake and a hamburger while trying to drive his truck.

  • Families can talk about how everything that anyone has ever made was first imagined by someone. What's a time you imagined something and made it come true?
  • How is life on a farm different from other places?
  • The kids learned about the mysterious egg by reading about it in a book. What are some things you could learn about in books?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true2

    Educational value: Some positive social lessons to be learned about forgiveness, imagination, and friendship, but mostly intended to entertain.

  • message true3

    Messages: Characters believe in the power of imagination to make their dreams come true. Characters talk about how adults also use their imaginations. Friends are supportive and make amends when they hurt others' feelings.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Marcella and Abby show Cody the importance of using your imagination and the fun you can have if you stay a kid and don't act skeptical and negative. Barney encourages the children to dream, imagine, and learn. The grandparents are kind and always willing to listen to the kids.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence and scariness: A character falls backwards off a front porch railing into a flower bed when startled by Barney.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Barney toys and other products are available and kids exposed to this movie will likely recognize these products in stores.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some brief, sober, adult wine drinking happens in a fancy French restaurant.