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The restaurant that Oscar and company stop at is called the Don't Drop Inn.
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When the Count is counting the end credits he says "Hi, Mom" when Joan Ganz Cooney's credit appears. Cooney is the creator of Sesame Street (1969) and the founder of its production company, the Children's Television Workshop; she is sometimes referred to as the mother of Sesame Street.
The airline that Big Bird takes to Illinois is CTW - this refers to Children's Television Workshop, the name of the production company behind Sesame Street (it has since been renamed Sesame Workshop).
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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.
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The Sleaze Brothers, played by Joe Flaherty and Dave Thomas, are pulled over by a state trooper, played by the late John Candy. All three are veterans of SCTV (1976).
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This film was Jim Henson's final performance as Kermit the Frog (as well as Ernie and other characters) in a theatrical feature.
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Oscar's license plate reads "SCRAM".
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The license plate of the truck in which Big Bird gets a ride during the song "Ain't No Road Too Long" reads GOBBLE.
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The Dodo children's names, Donnie and Marie, are a clear reference to the real-life brother and sister, Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond.
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The newscaster, played by Chevy Chase, opens his broadcast by quoting the theme song from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968), another PBS kids' production which became popular during the same period as Sesame Street.
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The Count's license plate actually reads 12345678910.
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Bert and Ernie's biplane is a 1941 Stearman Kaydet D75N1, built by Boeing.
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The main set for Sesame Street (1969) was recreated in Toronto for this film.
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John Landis was asked by Warner Brothers to direct this film. Landis liked it, but turned it down, as he was busy directing Into the Night (1985) at the time.
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Ken Kwapis' directorial debut.
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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 television show, in which Big Bird would always mispronounce Mr. Hooper's name.
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According to Noel MacNeal, after filming the footage of Big Bird on the farm with the kids, the filmmakers discovered that the film was badly scratched and unusable. The actors, crew and performers had to return to the same location, but it was months later and in winter. Many of the green leaves the audience sees are spray-painted, and after each take, the kids would run to put their coats on.
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Caroll Spinney broke down in tears after filming the "Blue Bird" song.
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When filming Bert and Ernie in the biplane, their puppeteers Jim Henson and Frank Oz were 18 feet high.
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When Big Bird leaves Sesame Street, a sad classical music is playing; it is Antonio Vivaldi's "Concerto for lute, 2 violins and continuo in D Major II - Largo". It was used in a short film (called "Sad Flower Film" by fans) in an early episode of the original Sesame Street (1969), and after being featured in several episodes through the years, that short film was featured in Sesame Street: Episode #15.4 (1983) (Episode #1839), directly after the segment where Big Bird is told by the people of Sesame Street of Mr. Hooper's (Will Lee's) passing, which augmented its sad atmosphere. With that in consideration, the song may have been selected as a fan service, to similarly permeate the sad, dramatic atmosphere of Big Bird leaving Sesame Street.
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The Feathered Friends' letterhead states that their headquarters are at 45 Peabody Street, Boston, Massachusetts.
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George Lucas: appears in the crowd at the end of the movie after Big Bird returns to Sesame Street. He arrived in Illinois on Flight #1138, a recurring reference in Lucas' productions.
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