Sesame Street: Follow that Bird
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  • Sesame Street: Follow that Bird

Sesame Street: Follow that Bird

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Director: Ken Kwapis

Cast: Ken Kwapis, Carroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz

     
 

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The first film to be adapted from the popular children's television series Sesame Street, Follow That Bird follows the story of Big Bird after a social worker (Sally Kellerman) takes him away from Sesame Street to live with a family of birds in Illinois. Unhappy in his new surroundings, Big Bird attempts to hitchhike back home to Sesame Street. Over theSee more details below

Overview

The first film to be adapted from the popular children's television series Sesame Street, Follow That Bird follows the story of Big Bird after a social worker (Sally Kellerman) takes him away from Sesame Street to live with a family of birds in Illinois. Unhappy in his new surroundings, Big Bird attempts to hitchhike back home to Sesame Street. Over the course of his journey he meets a number of odd and charming characters, in the form of cameos by Chevy Chase, Sandra Bernhard, Waylon Jennings, Dave Thomas and John Candy. The music for this engaging family film was written by Van Dyke Parks and Lennie Niehaus.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Produced in 1985, Follow That Bird is a delightful curio recalling the days when Big Bird ruled the roost and Elmo -- the little red monster now unofficially recognized as the star of the PBS Kids show -- was but a face in the climactic crowd scene. This first-ever Sesame Street movie finds Big Bird on an unlikely exodus, sent by a meddling social worker to live with his "own kind": the bird-brained Dodos. Needless to say, Big Bird does not fit in, and so he embarks on a cross-country odyssey back home to Sesame Street, with his friends in anxious pursuit. The simple message is that home is where the heart is and that it is nicer to live happily among all kinds. Celebrity cameos include Waylon Jennings, Chevy Chase, and Sandra Bernhard -- who is hilarious as a waitress at the Don't Drop In, where they really toss the salad! SCTV veterans Dave Thomas and Joe Flaherty turn up as the Sleaze Brothers, who shanghai Big Bird for their run-down circus. (It's worth noting that a scene in which Big Bird is painted blue and exhibited as the Bluebird of Happiness may upset some kids.) Like the original Muppet Movie, this is Grade-A family entertainment with beloved characters and upbeat songs to delight children, plus clever writing and in-jokes (including an homage to the crop-dusting scene in North by Northwest) to amuse adults.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
UPC:
0883929064076
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
27,223

Special Features

New Interview with Carroll Spinney, Who Performs Big Bird Jump To A Song (7 Songs Total); Singalong; DVD-ROM Enhanced Features: Downloadable; Coloring Sheets; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carroll Spinney Big Bird,Oscar
Jim Henson Ernie,Kermit the Frog
Frank Oz Bert,Grover,Cookie Monster
Paul Bartel Grouch Cook
Sandra Bernhard GrouchyWaitress
John Candy State Trooper
Chevy Chase Newscaster
Waylon Jennings Truck Driver
Dave Thomas Sam Sleaze
Laraine Newman Mommy Dodo
Brian Hohlfeld Daddy Dodo
Cathy Silvers Marie Dodo
Eddie Deezen Donnie Dodo
Sally Kellerman Miss Finch
Joe Flaherty Sid Sleaze
Benjamin Barrett Floyd
Liston Bates Rescue Boy
Linda Bove Linda
Richard Campbell Boy with Apple
Tanya Marie Cook Tanya
Alyson Court Ruthie
Emilio Delgado Luis
Richard Hunt Principal Muppet Performer
Loretta Long Susan
Kermit Love Willy
Sonia Manzano Maria
Adrian McCalla Kid at Map
Bob McGrath Bob
Kathryn Mullen Principal Muppet Performer
Jerry Nelson Principal Muppet Performer
Roscoe Orman Gordon
Alaina Reed Olivia
Tawny Richard Rescue Girl
Sesame Street Gang Actor
Shawna Stoll Airline Announcer
Linda Francis Actor

Technical Credits
Ken Kwapis Director
Stuart Aikins Casting
Colin Chilvers Special Effects
Patricia Churchill Associate Producer
Curtis Clark Cinematographer
Joan Ganz Cooney Executive Producer
Bryan Day Sound/Sound Designer
Linda Francis Casting
Judith Freudberg Screenwriter
Elinor Rose Galbraith Set Decoration/Design
Tony Garnett Producer
Tony Geiss Screenwriter
Shonagh Jabour Makeup
Evan Landis Editor
Lennie Niehaus Score Composer
Van Dyke Parks Score Composer
Carol Spier Art Director
Stanley Warnow Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird
1. Grouch Anthem [:01]
2. The Case of Big Bird [1:58]
3. Bird Family Dreams [:11]
4. Goodbye [2:11]
5. The Dodos [:01]
6. My New Home [:38]
7. The Runaway [2:56]
8. Headline News [3:50]
9. They're Off [3:56]
10. Ain't No Road Too Long [3:02]
11. The Sleaze Brothers [2:56]
12. Bed in a Barn [3:08]
13. One Little Star [3:29]
14. Food Fight [1:32]
15. Easy Goin' Day [3:27]
16. Haystack on the Run [1:46]
17. Upside Down World [3:15]
18. Uneasy Riders [3:07]
19. Parade Day [3:29]
20. Birdsnapped [:41]
21. I'm So Blue [2:15]
22. Bird Located [:03]
23. Too Many Keys [2:10]
24. Follow That Bird [2:14]
25. What's the Charge? [1:34]
26. Home at Last [:26]
27. Credits [2:58]

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