“I’m a firm believer that if you can imagine it, it will happen, so this fits for me, this job,” Wendt said.
He’s big, he’s purple and he’s not going anywhere.
The new season that kicks off today adds a new splash of color, a tiny orange hadrosaur named Riff. The pint-sized cousin of Barney’s pals BJ and Baby Bop loves music, showing his enjoyment when his crest blinks with colorful light.
Harms says on her Web page that “the kids on Barney & Friends would follow him off a cliff, if he sang a snappy song.”
There’s a new twist to the old story, as well: The first new dinosaur to appear in 13 years on the Texas-based show will join the main character alongside the usual cast of adoring children.
Wendt and Stinson work so closely together that they can engage in impromptu conversation with a visitor – as Barney – without missing a beat.
The athletic Carey Stinson is the hopping, dancing person inside the 30-pound purple suit. The distinctive voice, locked away in a dark sound room above the parklike set, belongs to former Radio Disney Deejay Dean Wendt.
The familiar strains of “I love you, you love me” will echo for many years to come if executive producer Karen Barnes has her way. Barnes sees a limitless future for the sappy reptile.
There is no dispute that Barney evokes strong reactions from children and adults.
He's big, he's purple and he's not going anywhere. Barney, the sugary sweet dinosaur loved by toddlers, is back for another season on public television, where he has been singing and dancing for 14 years.