The big purple dinosaur, who has been entertaining kids on Public Broadcasting Service for 14 years, needed a push out of the musical prehistoric age. And the new orange-and-yellow hadrosaur named Riff will give Barney a whole new act, New York Daily News reported.
Riff, who debuts on the new season of "Barney & Friends" on Sept. 18, is a cousin of dinosaurs Baby Bop and BJ. He will make his own instruments and teach preschoolers musical concepts, such as rhythm, volume and tempo.
Riff has a crest on the top of his head that lights up in colors whenever he plays music. He also makes hip remarks like, "Tippity-top!"
"The world is becoming more diverse, and children are exposed to many forms of music at a young age," said Jamie Cygielman, senior vice president of consumer products for Barney's producer HIT Entertainment.