“Barney: Happy Birthday Barney!” is the latest children’s DVD release that will come from Lionsgate and HiT Entertainment, so this is a sneak peek review. The following article has my observations in it, which haven’t been vetted by the makers, even though I was provided a review copy.
Getting a year older means the chance to celebrate in unique ways
Children will see how three birthday bashes are celebrated in this video, which has a running time of around 64 minutes. First, in “It’s Your Birthday, Barney!” the kids who hang out in the park plan a birthday party for the purple dinosaur, and such activities as making gifts, cleaning up after creating decorations, and food preparation are focused on while one of Barney’s human friends entice everyone by announcing a very special gift.
In “Caring,” another birthday of Barney is celebrated, but this time everyone but Riff buys gifts from the store. This makes Riff feel really bad about his special homemade gift, so Barney has to comfort him. Finally, in “The Magic Lamp,” Layla, who is Lebanese, celebrates her birthday in the park with a special picnic full of Lebanese food her mother prepared plus some gifts from her country. This inspires Barney to focus on various aspects of Lebanon, including reading the story about Aladdin as well as taking Layla on an imaginary journey to a Lebanese village.
The bonus features include “Baby Bop’s Tea Party Games,” which focuses on color matching. Additionally, the other feature, “Counting in the Garden Game,” has viewers counting various things in a garden.
This DVD is full of pleasant surprises
I strongly recommend this video release! What I really liked was “The Magic Lamp” episode, where the makers of “Barney” went all out to produce a Lebanese village. Also, the special gift for Barney in the first episode was really touching, though I won’t spoil that surprise. Children will learn that the best gifts come from the heart (especially ones that are homemade), as well as learn to appreciate other cultures like that of Lebanon.
“Barney: Happy Birthday Barney!” is available for release on April 15, and has a Suggested Retail Price of $9.98. It can be heard in English and Spanish. For more information on the purple dinosaur, go to this website