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Follow That Bird (1985)

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Big Bird is sent to live far from Sesame Street by a pesky social worker. Unhappy, Big Bird runs away from his foster home, prompting the rest of the Sesame Street gang to go on a cross-country journey to find him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cookie Monster / Bert / Grover (voice)
Gladys the Cow / Feathered Friends Owl (voice)
Kathryn Mullen ...
Feathered Friend's Magistrate / Grouch Diner Patron (voice)
Grouch Cook
Grouch Waitress
Sid Sleaze
Waylon Jennings ...
Truck Driver
Sam Sleaze
Mommy Dodo (voice)
Brian Hohlfeld ...
Daddy Dodo (voice)


Eccentric and lovable Big Bird lives a very carefree life with his friends on Sesame Street. But his happiness is cut short when a strict social worker named Miss Finch sends Big Bird away to live with a wacky family of Dodo birds. After a long week and feeling homesick, Big Bird decides that he has had enough and sets out back to Sesame Street. Word gets around and Big Bird is totally unaware that his friends are in search of him. But Big Bird better watch out because both Miss Finch and two unsuccessful carnival owners are also after him for their own purposes. Written by Blazer346

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The First Sesame Street Movie Ever. See more »


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Release Date:

2 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The license plate of the truck in which Big Bird gets a ride during the song "Ain't No Road Too Long" reads GOBBLE. See more »


When Bert and Ernie spot Big Bird on the ground, they switch places. Normally it's Bert who's flying the plane and Ernie in the back. But when they see Big Bird, suddenly Ernie is in the front and Bert is in the back. This is corrected a few shots later. See more »


[first lines]
Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, would you please rise for the Grouch Anthem.
Oscar the Grouch: No, no, no! With the Grouch Anthem, you stay sitting down! Down in front there!
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the Count counts the crew members See more »


Featured in I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014) See more »


Grouch Anthem
By Jeff Pennig, Jeff Harrington, and Stevan Pippin (as Steve Pippin)
Performed by Caroll Spinney (uncredited) and Grouch Chorus
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Big Bird's Road Movie
29 February 2008 | by (Outside Hollywood) – See all my reviews

In the spirit and tradition of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, Sesame Street makes a road trip movie for kids to watch. At a time when things were good in America and Sesame Street was a top rated children's show, Jim Henson took his characters from the television screen to theater screens. A time when Big Bird is not sure that Sesame Street is the right place for him, a six and a half foot yellow bird. Who would have thought?

Ken Kwapis directs this beautifully done film with great landscapes and cinematography to boost. Back when this film was made, Henson was still alive and performing with the muppeteers, along with old friend Frank Oz. All the main Sesame Street characters on the show at the time were cast into this film, which enriches its wonderlust for children of all ages. After all these years, "Follow That Bird" is still loads of fun to watch.

Considering that this is a children's movie (we're all children at heart), I give this film an 8.

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