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 restaurant that Oscar and company stop at is called the Don't Drop Inn. See more »


When Big Bird points to the keys to the cage, Sam Sleaze is holding the key ring with one finger. In the next shot, he is holding it with four. 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

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


References The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »


I'm So Blue
By Randy Sharp and Karen Brooks
Performed by Caroll Spinney (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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