- Barney the purple dinosaur will return in an animated series launching in 2024.
- Mattel is launching new Barney content to be followed by a line of toys, books, clothing and accessories.
- The toymaker recently resurrected its Monster High and Masters of the Universe franchises and it's been delving deeper into content creation, including it's upcoming "Barbie" movie.
Millennials' favorite purple dinosaur is returning to TV and toy shelves.
Mattel is relaunching its Barney franchise through a series of television, film and YouTube videos alongside a line of toys, books, clothing and accessories. A new animated series is set for release in 2024, followed by a product line in 2025.
"Barney's message of love and kindness has stood the test of time," said Josh Silverman, chief franchise officer and global head of consumer products at Mattel. "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."
Barney has been off the air since 2010, after a nearly two-decade-long run on "Barney & Friends," a popular live-action children's television show. The new animated series, set to debut globally next year, makes his first appearance in 14 years. Mattel previously announced plans for a theatrical film in partnership with "Get Out" star Daniel Kaluuya.
Mattel's resurrection of the famed purple dinosaur comes after successful relaunches of its Monster High and Masters of the Universe franchises, both of which have have launched new content and consumer products in recent years.
The toymaker has been delving deeper into content creation since launching its film division in 2018. It's "Barbie" movie, a co-production with Warner Bros., is set for release in July and stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.
The company is looking to better engage consumers through film and television series, which it hopes will ultimately lead to a stronger connection with Mattel's brands and help drive toy sales.
The division has more than a dozen additional projects in development, including films based on Hot Wheels, Magic 8 Ball, Major Matt Mason, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots and Uno.