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Big Bird in China (1983)

TV Movie  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  29 May 1983 (USA)
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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 »

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Brian Muehl ...
Barkley / Telly (voice)
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Bert / Cookie Monster / Grover (voice)
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Richard Hunt ...
Cheryl Blaylock ...
Additional Muppet Performer (voice)
Martin P. Robinson ...
Telly (DVD Version) / Additional Muppet Performer (voice)
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Ernie (voice)
Arabella Hong ...
The Shopkeeper
Quan She-Zhen ...
Monkey King
Liu Xio-Shen ...
Monkey King
Xu Tien-Ed ...
Monkey King
Lu Fu-Hai ...
Monkey King
Chi-Lian Wu ...
Monkey King
Li Jiang ...
Monkey King
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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 schoolchildren, watch a Tai Chi demonstration, learn some Chinese words and songs, and meet the mischievous Monkey King. Written by Doug Mulhaire

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According to 'Carroll Spinney' in his autobiography, he and Jon Stone did not get along during filming. See more »

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When Barkley sniffs the hand-cart, he has the sand-glass around his neck a full 19 minutes before Xiao Foo places it around his neck. See more »

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Good introduction for young children
27 February 2004 | by (Fort Worth, Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie does a fairly good job of introducing the Chinese to the very young viewers of America. It demonstrates that China is a beautiful place with wonderful people and a fascinating history. It shows only the beginnings of the cultural differences, which is is good in that it doesn't overwhelm the young viewers.

Children will enjoy the show again and again. There are typical Sesame Street moments throughout the show that will be familiar to American Children who watch the Sesame Street regularly. However, where Sesame Street is an hour long collection of skits and vignettes, this is an hour long story with a single plot (and less counting).

Parents will enjoy the show the first time, but then will quickly yearn for more substantial information about China, her culture, history, and her people.


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