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."note  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.
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Some of the child actors have disabilities, so the producers have work them into the characters.
    • The most famous example was Jason, played by Kurt Dykhuizen. Kurt, like his character, was deaf and happened to use a hearing aid.
    • Claire Burdette was born a congenial amputee, much like her character Colleen.
  • 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: Prior to the TV series and videos becoming hits, Barney's producers were faced with this exact trope on a number of occasions.
    • Connecticut Public Television executives felt this way when they couldn't see the series' appeal after watching a Barney video. After they showed the video to kids and saw their reactions, however, the tides turned and CPTV immediately got a TV contract for the Barney series.
    • Song writers Lory Lazarus and Stephen Baltes, who wrote songs for the initial three Barney & The Backyard Gang videos, were told by friends to leave the company for this reason. They came back to write for Barney & Friends' third season, once the character's popularity took off.
  • 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.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Many of the child cast members, more so in later years, watched Barney videos and/or the TV series in their youth.
    • Pia Hamilton, in particular was a fan of the Barney & The Backyard Gang videos before she got the role of Min.
  • Throw It In: Barney's voice actors occasionally ad lib various lines. Usually it's hard to hear, but when you hear them, hilarity ensues.
    • In "Barney's Great Adventure" during the climax scene while they are on an airplane, Barney goes from screaming in fear to complementing the balloons in a matter of seconds.
    Barney: "WHOA, WHOA, AHHH- oh, nice balloons, SCUSE ME, SORRY, LOOK OUT, SORRY, AHHHHHH-hi, how ya doin?"
  • 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 told 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]

The Movie