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.
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 »
A tug-of-war between Elmo and his friend sends his blanket to faraway Grouchland, a place full of grouchy creatures and the villainous Huxley. Elmo embarks on a rescue mission, learning important lessons about sharing and responsibility.
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
In the scene where Big Bird asks two children to contact Sesame Street to save him, he asks them to contact Mr. "Looper's" store, meaning Mr. Hooper's store. This continues a running gag from the TV show in which Big Bird would always mispronounce Mr. Hooper's name. See more »
When Big Bird is first arriving with the Dodos' home 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 »
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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The movie is sponsored by the letters W and B (Warner Brothers). See more »
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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