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Follow That Bird (1985)

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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:
Cookie Monster / Bert / Grover (voice)
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)


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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The First Sesame Street Movie Ever. See more »


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Release Date:

2 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The main set for Sesame Street (1969) was recreated in Toronto for this film. See more »


In the scene where the Dodos and Big Bird are arriving at Canary Road, they turn left in the street. It shows that their bird house is on the left side. However, when pulling into the driveway, they are turning right. 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 »


Featured in Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros. (1991) See more »


Easy Goin' Day
By Jeff Pennig, Jeff Harrington and Stevan Pippin (as Steve Pippin)
Performed by Caroll Spinney (uncredited), and Alyson Court (uncredited)
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What a great childrens film that is fun for parents too!
4 October 2002 | by (Fairfax, Va) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film for children ages 8 and under. Parents of children that age will be very grateful for a childrens film which has zero bathroom humor or any other crudity. Now I am no prude, but in a day and age when young children are treated to scenes of wart hogs with gas (Lion King) or the sight of a dog hiking it's leg to relieve itself with a commentary(Homeward Bound), it is just nice to have something completely harmless for the little ones. I had to comment because this film deserved more than just to have a listing of: In Memory of Waylon Jennings. This film is a credit to the wonderful creativity of people like Jim Henson, who put quality children programs ahead of the easier, poorly made childrens fare.


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