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Background[]

Barney Home Video was the specialty home entertainment label for episode releases of the popular PBS children's show Barney & Friends. Alongside the main show, it would also reissue releases of its predecessor program, Barney & the Backyard Gang, which was entirely direct-to-video from 1988 to 1992 before the program was reworked into the show many know today. Releases under the Barney Home Video label were formerly distributed by Kids Edutainment Video, Lyrick Studios and HiT Entertainment. The label was dropped in 2005, though episodes continue to be distributed today by Universal Studios Home Entertainment via the show's current owner, Mattel Television.

1st Logo (1992 - September 26, 1995)[]

Nickname: "Barney the Dinosaur"

Logo: On a white background with pastel stars twinkling the edges, the yellow text "Barney", in the show's corporate logo font, zooms and squishes into the center and then to the top as a blue square with a cartoon image of a waving Barney fades in, alongside the sparkly black words "HOME VIDEO". After the logo is complete, Barney's left eye shines once, like he always does at the end of episodes.

Variants:

  • On intros to video previews, "Also Available From" (in white) on a blue star fades in on the top-left corner of the screen.
  • On Barney's Magical Musical Adventure, the logo replaces that episode's original title card (a.k.a silhouette) at the beginning before the theme song plays.
  • On the Spanish VHS releases of Barney Live! In New York City (Barney en Vivo en Nueva York) and Imagination Island (La Isla de la Imaginación), a male announcer is heard saying "Barney y Sus Amigos" ("Barney and his friends").

FX/SFX: The "Barney" logo zooming out, Barney's eye "shining". Simple computer effects.

Music/Sounds: A deep synth note accompanied by a short xylophone ditty, and then a short flute rendition of the series' theme song. This tune made its debut on Let's Pretend with Barney; releases before this were silent.

Availability: Rare.

  • Appears on early Barney videos, starting with the 1992 VHS of Barney's Birthday (alternate copies doesn't have it, instead containing PBS logos) and was last used on Riding in Barney's Car (a.k.a. Are We There Yet?) from 1995.
  • It also appears on Barney's Magical Musical Adventure, and Barney Live! in New York City.
  • This logo made a surprise appearance on the Spanish DVD of Imagination Island instead of the next one.

Editor's Note: It's a decent effort, though the visuals look pretty dated.

2nd Logo (November 7, 1995 - 2005)[]

Nicknames: "Barney the Dinosaur II", "The Yellow Star", "The Generic Logo", "B'harnee"

Logo: The logo starts on a yellow background, quickly revealing to be a CGI star spinning away from the screen and onto a blue Magna Doodle-like tube, revealing a cartoon version of Barney holding it on a black background. As the star settles into position, a huge confetti flash occurs and the word "Barney" (in a blue 3D stylized corporate logo font) appears in front of the tube and flies up at the top of the screen, while the glowing gray words "HOME VIDEO" appear below, letter-by-letter. As the logo completes its animation, Barney's left eye shines once like the previous logo.

Variants:

  • Beginning in 1996, Barney tapes that are part of the label's "Classic Collection" (such as the 1996 reprints of the Barney & the Backyard Gang videos), have a special variant in which "CLASSIC COLLECTION" wipes in underneath "HOME VIDEO", turning the glow gold instead of gray.
  • On Barney's Stu-u-u-u-pendous Puzzle Fun!, a variant visually similar to the one above was used on that episode's Barney & Friends intro, fading into a set.

FX/SFX: The star setting into place, the logo "exploding" into confetti, the text forming, Barney's eye shining. All CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds Variant: On the 1996 VHS of Barney's Talent Show, the music is low pitched.

Availability: Common.

  • Seen on VHS and DVD releases, starting with the 1995 release of Barney Songs.
  • The Classic Collection variant can be seen on tapes and DVD's with the spine with CLASSIC and Barney between COLLECTION and on DVD releases, the official DVD logo is also on the spine.

Editor's Note: A much more visually appealing logo compared to the previous one. Its appearance on more releases, alongside being paired with both Lyrick logos during most of its lifespan, prove it to be well-remembered among those who grew up watching the show on video.

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