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Sesame Street: Follow that Bird

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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 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 ...
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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.
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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • UPC: 883929064076
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / Special Edition / Anniversary Edition
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,252

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
Shawna Stoll Airline Announcer
Linda Francis
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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird
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   Scenes
   Features
      Follow That Bird: An Interview With Caroll Spinney
      Sing-A-Long
         Easy Goin' Day
         Grouch Anthem
         One Little Star
         Play All
      Jump To A Song
         Play All
            Grouch Anthem
            Sesame Street Theme Song
            Ain't No Road Too Long
            One Little Star
            Easy Goin' Day
            Upside Down World
            I'm So Blue
      Theatrical Trailer
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         English (for the Hearing Impaired)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun for the whole family, the way Sesame Street used to be...

    A delightful movie about friendship and family with most of the classic Sesame Street cast and some memorable songs and scenes (my personal favorite being Oscar and Maria's dinner at the Don't Drop Inn, a Grouch restaurant). The film has lots of the double-layered humor classic SS was famous for, including Chevy Chase as an evening news anchor and a hilarious reference to "North by Northwest." Loses a star not for the movie, but for the DVD, which is in pan & scan (even though the trailer is in widescreen).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Old-school Sesame Street fun for the whole family...

    "Follow That Bird" represents something of a last hurrah for the 'old-school' era of "Sesame Street" -- most of the core group of human residents from the 1970s and 80s make appearances, and all the Muppets are performed by their original performers, including the late Jim Henson and Richard Hunt. And of course, there was no Elmo at this point (though the puppet that would eventually become Elmo appears in a window in the crowd scene at the end of the film).

    The story is relatively straightforward: Big Bird is relocated to Oceanview, Illinois by do-gooding social worker Miss Finch (Sally Kellerman), so he can live with a bird family, the Dodos. Unhappy in his new home and missing his friends from Sesame Street, Big Bird runs away in the middle of the night, and it becomes a race to see who will get him first: the Sesame Street gang, or Miss Finch. Thrown into the mix are the Sleaze Brothers (Dave Thomas and Joe Flaherty), a pair of carnival-running con men who want to kidnap Big Bird so they'll have a hot act for their run-down funfair.

    As with "Sesame Street" the show, the film works on multiple levels, assuring that both kids and parents will be entertained. There's various celebrity (circa 1985) guest appearances, including Chevy Chase, John Candy, and Waylon Jennings. There's also a great homage to "North by Northwest." Be sure to watch for Oscar and Maria's dinner at the Don't Drop Inn, a grouch diner where they toss the salad... literally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    im 23 and i still watch this movie

    Okay so im 23 years old and i still watch this movie infact Follow That Bird was a childhood movie for me This film all kids will love and enjoy and even adults too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great ChildHood movie for me

    Im 22 years old and I have to say Follow That Bird is a heartwarming movie for kids an adults to love I know there's rumors about Sesame Street People are saying how cookie monster eats to many cookies and Oscar is always in a bad mood or how Big bird can only see Snuffy but come on give Pbs a break kids have a right to like Sesame street Its alot better than those bad shows like south park I mean people can say whatever they want but I still like this movie and I'm in my 20's Follow that Bird is the best!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sesame Street is the best!

    I remember seeing this movie in the the theater with my Mom and sister. I now own the DVD for myself...and for my 16 month old son. He really gets into the songs and I still love the story and music too. I highly recommend owning this wonderful movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Follow that Bird

    When I was about 3 I was crazy about this movie. I drove my parents nuts because I watched it everyday. And I am so glad that I am able to buy this movie for my son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great memories for all.

    I bought this movie for my daughter, because I remember always having my mom check this movie out at the library when I was little. The first time we sat and watched it together, I found myself telling her to be quiet, because I was so into it...oh the memories. Donny and Marie Dodo...haha, now I get the joke. As you can see, the movie is great for all! My daughter is not quite two and she can sink the entire Grouch Anthem at the beginning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ashley's Favorite

    This movie has been Ashley's favority for 17 years. Unfortunately the video tape didn't last. Thankfully we can give her a new one on DVD. It should be a great surprise to bring back those memories of us singing along to all the great songs 'ease on down the road' was a favorite! Thanks Sesame Street

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Memories

    When I was little.. Follow that Bird was one of my favorite movies... we taped it off the tv and watched it over and over again until the tape wore out, then one Chanukah my mom bought us an actual copy.... we watched it over and over until that video too wore out... I still have the songs stuck in my head. I highly reccommend it for anyone with preschool-elementary school aged kids.. even college students who are feeling a little nostalgic... it's a definate personal favorite!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A terrific movie...

    Great movie for kids with GREAT music to go along...My favorite kids movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2002

    the best bird to follow

    its a story about the most sweetest bird ever big bird that is! i am 18 now it made me cry the first time i watched it and i own the movie now and i still cry at the song im so blue where he sings and is painted blue and called the blue bird of happiness that song always made me sad and it still does but the story still enchants my heart and i hope it does or did for you if you havent seen this yet follow big bird on a journy where he reolises where his true home is sesame street and encourage him on his journy home with a lot of heart and soul he is eight feet what more can you ask for? =]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this movie is good for everyone to watch

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    long time ago

    i think i'll order this, my oldest (17) watched it over and over. i think my new little guy would probably enjoy it. (12 months) doesnt watch much tv now. i remember singing the songs and the whole bit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2001

    Cool Movie

    This movie is my gf's favorite movie. Two days back, she called me and said with sooo much of excitement that she found her favorite movie on this website. I could see how happy she was from the way she said it. No surprise I bought her the video the same day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2001

    my sister LOVED it.

    my sister is the biggest fan of this movie.

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    Posted February 5, 2009

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    Posted May 23, 2009

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    Posted March 16, 2010

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