Film director Jason Reitman flies Barry to Los Angeles in April, 2017 to lend his voice to his Live Read series in downtown Los Angeles. This special program at the renovated United Artists Theater, marked the 10 year anniversary of the Juno film’s release. Barry opened the program with a “live” rendition of his song All I Want is You before Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner, and an all-star female cast read Diablo Cody’s Academy Award winning script for this benefit event.
10 Years, is another feature film, released in the Fall of 2012, that features one of Barry’s songs.
You Can’t Say ‘Psbpsbpsb’ on the Radioplays on the car CD player, as the character–played by Chris Pratt–begs his wife to turn it off. The character, played by actor Oscar Isaac, is a great sport and sings along with Barry’s song as it plays for the kids in the back seat. The film also stars Aubrey Plaza, Channing Tatum, Ron Livingston, Justin Long, and Rosario Dawson.
Barry’s song in the film Juno
Recorded in 1977, Barry’s song All I Want is You is used throughout the opening credits of the movie Juno. The song appears over the animation sequence at the begining of the film and is also the first song on the movie soundtrack recording, released by Rhino Records. It has since been covered by numerous other artists on other recordings and has popped up in TV shows, films and commercials all over the world. Find out more here.
A Tribute To Barry Louis Polisar
Musicians from around the world have come together to record Barry’s songs in genres as diverse as hip-hop, folk, jazz, and rock. Titled We’re Not Kidding: A Tribute to Barry Louis Polisar, this brand new double CD offers sixty different songs. With a diversity of songs and styles, this album will appeal to kids and adults alike. Listen to all the songs here.
A group of young actors and playwrights at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, Colorado wrote and produced a play built around Barry’s songs. They call the musical play “Barry.” Bravo to writer, producer and grown-up fan, Sasha Cucciniello and to Colin Sullivan–and all the creative folks who staged this production and hope to take it on the road.
Composer D.J. Sparr takes Barry’s book The Trouble With Ben and uses it as the libretto for a musical composition for strings to be performed in the schools through Sound Impact in the fall of 2017.
Volkswagen is featuring Barry singing his song Me and You in their new TV ad starting in the Fall of 2013. It’s got dogs and is a real winner! Originally aired in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, the ad has been extended to other countries internationally including Canada, Portugal, Finland, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic. Watch it here!
American Idol features Barry singing his song All I Want is You in their January, 2012 broadcast nation-wide.
Quaker Oats Cereal begins airing a commercial on national television in Mexico featuring Barry singing his 1975 song Me and You. The TV ad begins running in April, 2012.
Maggi, is airing a national TV commercial on German television featuring Barry singing his song “Me and You” in the fall of 2012.
Vodafone uses Barry’s song All I Want is You in their 2009 commercial throughout New Zealand.
Nescafe begins airing Barry’s song Me and You in commercials in Mexico in August, 2010.
Vodafone uses Barry’s song All I Want is You in their 2009 commercial throughout the Czech Republic.
KindieComm, the first annual conference on Independent Children’s Music, gathers in Philadelphia and Barry delivers the afternoon keynote talk with WXPN radio host Kathy O’Connell. Writing about it later, music journalist Allen Foster lists the top seven highlights of the conference, highlighting Barry singing “Don’t Put Your Finger Up Your Nose” as number one and Barry’s interview with Kathy as a close second.
Eat Mor Kidz ad campaign begins. Taking it’s cue from Barry’s first record album–I Eat Kids–released in 1975, graphic designer Michael Emory Niemchick of Michigan produces this great billboard for an imaginary ad campaign.
Retelling Genesis Barry’s newest book is actually not a children’s book. It tells thirteen stories from the book of Genesis from a secondary character’s point of view, giving voice to many characters whose perspective is overlooked in the original biblical narrative. These are not your Grandmother’s bible stories!
Sara Visentin and Dario Valle, from Vicenza, Italy, translate and record Barry’s song “Don’t Put Your Finger Up Your Nose” in Italian in February, 2013. You’ve heard Barry’s song in English and you’ve heard it in Yiddish…finally we’re getting to the romance languages, Bello!
They also translate and sing Barry’s song “I Don’t Wanna Go To School” in Italian. Listen to both song covers here.