Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird (1985)

G  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  2 August 1985 (USA)
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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:
Kermit the Frog / Ernie (voice)
Cookie Monster / Bert / Grover (voice)
Richard Hunt ...
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)


Oscar, Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, and Sesame Street residents join Big Bird in a cross country adventure. Miss Finch, a meddling social worker, sends him off to Ocean View, Illinois, for the comforts of family life with his "own kind," the Dodos. But he is a disaster as a Dodo and, lonely and homesick, he soon sets off on foot for Sesame Street. Can his old friends find him before he runs "afowl" of trouble en route? Written by Robert Lynch <>

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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)  »

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Follow That Bird  »

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Did You Know?


The airline that Big Bird takes to Illinois is CTW - the abbreviation for Children's Television Workshop, the name at the time of the movie of Sesame Workshop, the production company behind Sesame Street. See more »


When the Sleaze Brothers are pulled over at the end of the film, the markings on the officer's motorcycle indicate that he is a policeman. However, the end credits list the character as a State Trooper. 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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The movie is sponsored by the letters W and B (Warner Brothers). See more »


Spoofs North by Northwest (1959) See more »


All Together Now
By Wood Newton and Michael Noble
Performed by Alabama
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Jim's overlooked classic!
16 October 2005 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

stars: Dave Thomas and Joe Flaherty. cameos: Waylon Jennings, Chevy Chase, Sandra Bernhard, John Candy and others.

Muppeteers: Carol Spinney as Big Bird and Oscar.

Frank Oz as Bert, Grover and Cookie Monster.

Jim Henson as Ernie and Kermit the frog.

Martin P. Robinson as Telly and Snuffolupogous.

Jerry Nelson as the Count.

Richard Hunt as Gladys, Sully, Elmo and others.

Great movie! It's about a group of birds deciding that Big Bird is lonely and relocating him with an adopted Bird family. Because he doesn't like the family, he runs away. Kermit the frog comes on the news telling everyone and Maria, Gordon, Oscar, The Count, Telly, Grover, Cookie Monster, Ernie, Bert and many others go searching for him by car, by helicopter and by flying(Super Grover). Great family fun for everyone. Even though it is based on an educational TV show, there isn't any numbers or learning here. It's got some really fun and funny moments and will has a sentimental value in my heart! rated G. 84 mins. my rating-A minus.

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