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Interview with a Barney Enthusiast’s Mother (1992)

Jim Ruddy

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This unedited footage, filmed by Dallas-based director Jim Ruddy, features an interview with mother Kim Wendling and her daughter Samantha about the appeal of Barney for young children. “Barney and Friends” was a popular children’s television program from the 1990s shot in Dallas.
The popular television program, Barney and Friends, aired from April 1992 until November 2010.  It was created by Sheryl Leach, a Dallas mom who wanted to create a toddler friendly television show for her own children.  The show, shot in Dallas, was based around Barney, a giant yet non-threatening Tyrannosaurus Rex, brought to life by a child’s imagination.  Barney has human children friends as well as other dinosaur friends such as Baby-Bop, a triceratops; B.J., a Protoceratops; and Riff, a Hadrosaur.  The show featured notable singing and dancing and always concluded with a rendition of the song “I Love You,” set to the theme of “This Old Man.”  Popular actress Selena Gomez had her acting debut on Barney and Friends playing Gianna for two seasons.