Down 413 this week

Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird (1985)

G  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  2 August 1985 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 3,312 users  
Reviews: 44 user | 12 critic

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.


Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Video


Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns a classy 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 26 titles
created 03 Mar 2012
a list of 40 titles
created 01 Aug 2013
a list of 38 titles
created 16 Sep 2013
a list of 21 titles
created 10 Mar 2014
a list of 29 images
created 25 Mar 2014

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird (1985)

Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird (1985) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Elmo loves his fuzzy, blue blanket, and would never let anything happen to it. However, a tug-of-war with his friend Zoe sends his blanket to a faraway land, and Elmo in hot pursuit. Facing... See full summary »

Director: Gary Halvorson
Stars: Kevin Clash, Mandy Patinkin, Vanessa Williams
Big Bird in China (TV Movie 1983)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Big Bird and his Sesame Street companion, Barkley, the big, fluffy dog, travel across China in search of the legendary Feng Huang, the Phoenix Bird. Along the way they visit with Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Stone
Stars: Caroll Spinney, Brian Muehl, Frank Oz
Sesame Street (TV Series 1969)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, both human and puppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games and songs.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney
Comedy | Crime | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzie are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy.

Director: Jim Henson
Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Kermit and his friends go to New York to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.

Director: Frank Oz
Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz
Elmo Saves Christmas (Video 1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Elmo wishes that it would be Christmas every day, but with the help of Santa's reindeer-in-training, Lightning, he learns that might not be such a good idea when he sees the future.

Director: Emily Squires
Stars: Charles Durning, Harvey Fierstein, Maya Angelou
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit.

Director: James Frawley
Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson
A Muppet Family Christmas (TV Movie 1987)
Comedy | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear's mother's farm.

Directors: Peter Harris, Eric Till
Stars: Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Muppets' twist on the classic tale.

Director: Brian Henson
Stars: Tim Curry, Billy Connolly, Jennifer Saunders
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Disney "Mini-Classic" version of the tale. First released as a double-feature: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.

Directors: James Algar, Jack Kinney
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore, J. Pat O'Malley
Short | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Stars: David D. Connell, Joan Ganz Cooney, Brian Henson
Double Dare (1986–1988)
Comedy | Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

One in a long-running series of game shows, where two-member teams of children compete to answer questions and complete stunts.

Stars: Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone, 'Weird Al' Yankovic


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? Featuring guest stars Chevy Chase, Sandra Bernhard, John Candy, DaveThomas, Joe Flaherty, and Waylon Jennings. Written by Robert Lynch <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The First Sesame Street Movie Ever. See more »


G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:




Release Date:

2 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Follow That Bird  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The newscaster, played by Chevy Chase, opens his broadcast by quoting the theme song from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968), another PBS kids' production which became popular during the same period as Sesame Street. See more »


When Big Bird is first arriving with his new family of Dodos by car, they turn onto the street where they live and the speed limit sign says 40 km/h. They are supposed to be in the USA where all speed limit signs say mph. (The movie was filmed in Canada.) 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!
See more »

Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Scream: The Inside Story (2011) See more »


All Together Now
By Wood Newton and Michael Noble
Performed by Alabama
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A family movie that doesn't exclude or preach
16 November 1998 | by (Tullahoma, TN) – See all my reviews

"Follow That Bird" attempts to take a show written for pre-schoolers and present it to a larger audience. Not only that, they attempt to create a film that is both entertaining and enlightening. For this reviewer, they succeed magnificently. There are many "in-jokes," so to speak, in this movie -- anyone who has ever watched the show will laugh whenever one of the characters asks, "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?" and the normal audience of Sesame Street will still be amused by their favorite characters, while learning something about friendship and the meaning of family. Sesame Street, the TV show, was rather daring in that it showed black, white, green, purple, furry, and ... other ... living in perfect harmony. Except for Oscar the Grouch!

And, speaking of Oscar, one of the many funny bits (this movie is packed with them, and all of the humor is safe for family viewing) is the Grouch diner. Look for Sandra Bernhard as a Grouch waitress. The cameos in this film are something else; Chevy Chase, John Candy, Sandra Bernhard, even Waylon Jennings, all devoted some of their time and talent to making this roundly enjoyable movie. And listen for the voice of Sally Kellerman as Miss Finch, the social worker from the Feathered Friends Society.

Not that all of this movie is funny and light-hearted. There's a few sad moments with Big Bird -- I always get choked up during the "One Shining Star" song, which features a three-part counterpoint with Bird, Mr. Snuffleupagus, and Olivia all singing about Big Bird being safe back at home. And the Sleaze Brothers' scenes are thinly disguised cartoon villainry. I don't know if any of the Sesame Street characters have SEEN villains before -- Oscar is the closest they have, but he's just Grouchy. He doesn't actually hurt anyone, and the Sleaze Brothers start out nice and friendly to Big Bird.

We learn quite a bit during this movie -- we learn that we should never order tossed salad in a Grouch restaurant, for example. We learn that it's never ok to jump from a moving vehicle -- unless we have Gordon's permission. And we learn our real home is where the people love and care about us. But, perhaps the most important lesson is that there are 258 fabulous credits! Hahahahahaha! (thunder and lightning sound here) And, from the filmmakers we learn that you CAN make a family film that includes the entire family (how many times have "family films" been suitable only for those family members still in diapers?) and refuses to preach? One of the many strengths of the Sesame Street characters is their ability to teach a lesson without shoving it down our throats. We never feel threatened or annoyed by these characters; we're always safe and welcome on Sesame Street.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Elmo on the DVD cover!? Medosco
This movie made me cry isu2005
Why was there no second film? bunkerforever
Time to give your order at the Don't Drop Inn! Shanak41
Reliving my childhood... lilamyb83
The Arrest of the Slease Brothers owen_a_peterson

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: