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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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Gladys the Cow / Feathered Friends Owl (voice)
Kathryn Mullen ...
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Mommy Dodo (voice)
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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? Featuring guest stars Chevy Chase, Sandra Bernhard, John Candy, DaveThomas, Joe Flaherty, and Waylon Jennings. Written by Robert Lynch <>

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The First Sesame Street Movie Ever. See more »


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2 August 1985 (USA)  »

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Follow That Bird  »

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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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