Barney the Dinosaur is the main protagonist of Barney & Friends and a two hundred million year (two dinosaur years) old, six-foot tall, purple tyrannosaurus rex with a green belly and green spots on his back and his tail and yellow toes. He comes to life through a child's imagination. He is best known for his silly and optimistic attitude. This page only focuses on his beginning years from 1988-2004, when he used to be a good character.
Why He Was Stu-u-u-pendous
- Barney was greatly created by Sheryl Leach, as one of the most historical PBS Kids characters in history (alongside Thomas the Tank Engine).
- His design is passable, as he looks like the friendly dinosaur he is. His mini-doll form is also pretty cute.
- He was a very appealing role model for little kids with his friendly and optimistic personality.
- He is very intelligent and caring for a dinosaur like him. As he promotes strong positive messages about friendship, teamwork, cultural appreciation, and problem-solving. He also emphasizes active play, making him seem like a charming counselor.
- He encourages kids to stay active, by playing and singing catchy songs.
- He’s a great friend and mentor to Baby Bop (green) and BJ (yellow).
- Everyone who voiced him like David Voss, David Joyner, and Carey Stinson did a good job wearing the Barney suit, as their movements were amazing and fitted Barney very well.
- He helped kids with serious issues, such as disabilities. He helped out a kid who was deaf and wears a hearing aid, and he helped another who had Down syndrome.
- He has some funny moments here and there.
- Barney is one of the most positive-thinking characters not just from PBS Kids, but from the entire history of preschool TV.
- He also made his live appearance in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with bringing his own balloon self from 1994 until 2005. and the orchestra rendition of Barney Theme Song and I Love You were amazing and very incredible score, except for that one incident for his balloon self in 1997.
- In Seasons 3-8, his show was declined, but he is still likable.
- His constant laughing and singing can become repetitive, especially due to his goofy-sounding voice.
- He can be annoying sometimes, mainly while singing the "I Love You" song at the end of most episodes.
- His mini-doll form from the first season can be considered as "creepy" because of the eyes, but luckily it was improved in the second season.
- Since 2004, he hasn't been as interesting as he used to be.
- He was hated by many people even before he was flanderized, mainly due to his voice and sappy dialogue that was designed for toddlers.
- Josh Martin and Maurice Scott, while still good, did a mediocre job wearing the Barney suit as their movements weren't good as David Voss, David Joyner, and Carey Stinson's movements and didn't fit Barney very well.
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