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Follow That Bird (1985)

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

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

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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It's Big Adventure! It's Big Laughs! It's Big Bird on the Big Screen! See more »


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2 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Big Bird, Ruthie, and Floyd are singing "Easy Going Day," in the shots of the water pump taken from Big Bird's side of the trough Floyd is holding a reddish-orange watering can directly under the spout, but in the reverse shots of Big Bird from Floyd's side, it is nowhere to be seen. See more »

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[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

The movie is sponsored by the letters W and B (Warner Brothers). See more »

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Soundtracks

One Little Star
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Moss
Performed by Caroll Spinney (uncredited), Alaina Reed-Hall (uncredited), and Martin P. Robinson (uncredited)
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An odd but enjoyable ride
27 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

I must say, this movie has a strange feel to it. It says Sesame Street, we see all our favorite Muppets and humans from the show, but it's the most un-Sesame Street atmosphere we've ever seen them in. Even the scenes on Sesame Street are odd, because it's not the 'studio' Sesame Street, it's a much wider, more 3-dimensional area. Theres no counting, singing of the alphebet, any of the things we commonly associate with Sesame Street. It's just all the characters in a road flick that borders on 'action/adventure movie' with some catchy songs.

All in all, it feels more like a regular Muppet movie, just with the SS Muppets instead (of course that transcending legend, Kermit the Frog, has an appearence). It's cute, although I imagine some small children could be scared by some tense parts, it's long, but it's a pretty good movie. I actually think adults who grew up on Sesame Street got a bigger kick out of it then kids, who will probably want Big Bird to start playing word games with them again.


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