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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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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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 Linda is retrieving the keys, Cookie Monster can be seen in the background peeking over Sid Sleaze, with his arms hidden. In the very next shot, he has both of them out and is holding a box of cookies. 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

In the closing credits, the Count counts the crew members See more »


Referenced in Tiny Toon Adventures: No Toon Is an Island (1991) See more »


One Little Star
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Moss
Performed by Caroll Spinney (uncredited), Alaina Reed-Hall (uncredited), and Martin P. Robinson (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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