Barney is again as an animated character

Barney, the “dinosaur from our imagination,” is bouncing again from extinction.

Mattel introduced Monday its plans to relaunch Barney, the purple-and-green dinosaur that was a staple of millennial childhoods with whimsical songs about household and friendship on the favored tv present “Barney & Friends.” Barney will star in a brand new animated sequence that can debut globally in 2024, together with a brand new slate of toys, clothes, books and different equipment to be launched.

“We will tap into the nostalgia of the generations who grew up with Barney, now parents themselves, and introduce the iconic purple dinosaur to a new generation of kids and families around the world,” Josh Silverman, chief franchise officer and world head of shopper merchandise at Mattel, stated in a press release.

But not like the 6-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus rex costume with its toothy grin that millennials acknowledge from the dwell motion present, the brand new and improved Barney is an animation.

“With our modern take on Barney, we hope to inspire the next generation to listen, care, and dream big,” Fred Soulie, senior vp and normal supervisor of Mattel Television, stated.

Created within the ‘80s by former teacher Sheryl Leach, “Barney & Friends” premiered on PBS in April 1992 for an audience of preschool and young children, teaching them lessons about inclusion, acceptance and using their imaginations. The show was often set on a playground or in a classroom and featured Barney’s solid of fuzzy mates together with Baby Bop, a inexperienced Triceratops, and principally youngster actors, together with Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez.

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Even after the half-hour present was over for the day, Barney was nonetheless in all places to be present in youngsters’s properties, by stuffed animals, residence movies, books, T-shirts, pillow instances — a product line that bought tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in its first yr alone.

Barney turned a world phenomenon and landed the playful T. rex on the duvet of People journal’s most attention-grabbing folks subject however finally went off air in 2010.