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Trivia: Barney & Friends

The Show

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Contrary to popular criticisms, a few Barney fans debunked the rumor that Barney described strangers as being "friends you never met." Instead, the very opposite was stated by Derek in the episode Playing It Safe (he said that they're not only people you don't know, but that "they could be bad people."), which led to a short Too Smart for Strangers moral using a play of Little Red Riding Hood and a song (in traditional Barney fashion) to reinforce the moral of not talking to them.
  • Dawson Casting: Some of the kids are well into their preteen years by the time they leave the show. Chip was a notable case. Luci looked a lot older than the other kids.
    • Of course, Luci was Tina's older sister, so it was semi-justified.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Younger, pre-Disney versions of Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato can be seen in the seventh and eighth seasons. This is far and away the most famous example in the franchise.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Captain Ginyu was Miss Etta Kette.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Sandy Duncan quit after the first three videos feeling that the concept would never go anywhere else.
  • Name's the Same: If you've forgotten why the name Barney was associated with dinosaurs before this show, shame on you.
  • The Other Darrin: Avoided when new kids are cast to replace other kids who left the set, but with different names.
    • Played straight with Barney, who was initially voiced by Bob West, then Duncan Brannan and Tim Dever (Dever doing the dialogue, while Brannan did the singing). Dean Wendt currently performs his voice.
    • Wendt's portrayal of Barney is quite different from previous voice actors. For people who watched the show as a kid (pre-2002), the voice change usually shocks them.
  • What Could Have Been: The character was originally conceived as a blanket. The producers realized a blanket would be too difficult to animate, so Barney became a bear. But the design was quickly changed because of Leach's son's fascination with dinosaurs.
    • The Barney suit was originally going to be somewhat more "realistic" looking, with scales, claws, pointed teeth, and even lacrimal ridges. Through the various drafts, the creative team kept telling costume designer Irene Corey that the costume would be too frightening for kids, until it came to what would become Barney's eventual design. Proof: [1]

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