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  • If Baby Bop is a Triceratops, why does she not have a beak and why does she have ears like a cow?
    • Because they didn't want her to look scary with a horn coming out of her nose and forehead? That's why Barney doesn't have razor-sharp teeth and claws coming out of his hands and feet. It's a show aimed at toddlers.
  • How could B.J. and Riff be related to Baby Bop? They're different species.
    • Genetic engineering. Courtesy of a generous grant from John Hammond and the folks at InGen.
    • Baby Bop and B.J. are sometimes seen as child-sized, then adult-size. What is going on here? Is time somehow passing for them, yet not affecting the other kids and Barney?
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    • BJ and Baby Bop both started adult size, but shrunk to fit the characters' ages better (seven and three, respectively). As for the interspecies dinosaur family thing, one can assume that BJ, Baby Bop, and/or Riff were adopted in a sense. Luckily, Barney doesn't have a family relationship to work with (in context, his friends are his family, as they bring him to life).
    • "Barney is a dinosaur from our imagination." That's how the theme song starts.
    • Word Of God says that Baby Bop is a Triceratops, B.J. a Protoceratops, and Riff's a Hadrosaur.
  • Wasn't there a time when Barney had these monstrously huge, human-like feet before they decided to shrink them to the size they are now?
    • Confirmed. Changed the feet size in The Movie.
    • So they changed it because they realized it was too freaky for the kids? How long did Barney have those old creepy feet?
  • Barney's transformation from doll to living dinosaur is visible to the audience, but his transformation back into a doll is always unseen. What would his reversion into a doll look like if it was shown onscreen?
    • We do get to see the end of his reversion near the end of the Backyard Gang episodes, "The Backyard Show" and "A Day at the Beach", where he is seen in doll form sparkling a bit.
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    • However, this was changed in the TV series, where the camera pans away from Barney as he bids the children farewell, and when it pans back to him, he is back in doll form with little to no explanation. No sound effects are heard to signal his transformation into a doll.
    • We did see a little bit of his reversion at the end of the Season 1 finale "Everyone is Special", albeit just the special effects. But other than that, nothing.