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 3,337 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

1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

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
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
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 | 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
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
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 | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Big Bird worries when Oscar tells him that if Santa Claus can't fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve, nobody would get presents.

Director: Jon Stone
Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. He is kidnapped and it's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help reunite him with his long-lost family.

Director: Tim Hill
Stars: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta
Elmo Saves Christmas (Video 1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 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
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
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


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 <>

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?


When Big Bird is being welcomed home at the end of the movie; you get a quick glimpse of a character in a window that was definitively Elmo. The movie was made before he was even considered a character on the show. 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!
See more »

Crazy Credits

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


References Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) See more »


I'm So Blue
By Randy Sharp and Karen Brooks
Performed by Caroll Spinney (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A real fun movie that kids will love and adults will enjoy
3 January 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The bird adoption agency comes across the case of Big Bird - who lives alone with no other birds around him. Working for the agency, Miss Finch convinces Bird to leave Sesame Street and move across America to live with the Dodo Family. When Bird misses his friends he leaves his new home to walk back home - not aware of how far it is. On his journey he meets many people, but several groups are out looking for him too - including all his friends from Sesame Street, a pair of circus owners and none other than Miss Finch herself.

Sesame Street is the benchmark for children's television forever as far as I'm concerned - educational and entertaining, it did such a good job that it took me years of school before I stopped pronouncing Z `zee' and did it properly as `zed'. This film version turns off the straight educational part of the service but ups the entertainment. The plot is a good excuse for a freewheeling adventure that has plenty of laughs. Big Bird's sections are a little slower, truth be told, but the supporting searches are very light and funny - Bird has to carry the message so it's fair it should be less funny.

The message takes over the educational stuff and is a nicely put one about accepting differences and still being friends. It isn't heavily made until the end, where the `with your own kind' argument is hammered home. This is a little heavy handed but can be forgiven due to the level of enjoyment the film gives. While not aiming at adults per se, the film has plenty for them

  • the humour never aims low but should be enjoyed by adults and children

alike. The funniest `adult' laugh is accidental and is where Maria turns to Sandra Bernhard and says `I'd like a tossed salad'! Unintentional laugh of course as the `other' meaning of that wasn't really known in the early 80's! Sorry - I'm just twisted! Outside of that the biggest laugh I had that kids won't get was the homage to North By Northwest's crop duster scene.

The cast is great. All the old Muppets from the street are here, although it may upset young fans to see Elmo sidelined to a silent appearance at a window but the rest are good stuff. Bird himself is a little dry but the rest are very funny in small amounts - Grover, Count, Cookie Monster and Oscar all had good lines, as did Ernie & Bert, but Telly is kind of the Muppet nobody really likes! The human cast of Sesame Street are cheerful and light - as you would expect, but it is the good cameos that spice it up. Chase has a great moment, Kermit reprises his reporter role but is clearly too big for this movie, Kellerman, Candy and Flaherty all have very small roles, although Flaherty has the best song.

Overall this is a very enjoyable movie that is perfectly pitched for adults and children - without doing what Pixar do and separating the material for each taste. The songs are not that great and there is at least one poor one in there, but the film has a fun energy to it that is wholesome but still entertaining and has great dialogue from start to finish. Love it!

1 of 1 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: