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Big Bird in China (1983)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Brian Muehl ...
Barkley / Telly (voice)
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Bert / Cookie Monster / Grover (voice)
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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
Fu-Hai Lu ...
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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Trivia

When this was released on DVD, about one minute of footage was cut which involved Big Bird looking for someone who spoke "American" (meaning, of course, English, but he didn't know it was called that). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Big Bird: We're off to find the Phoenix!
Grover: I thought Phoenix was in Arizona.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Funeral for a Fiend (2007) See more »

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Outstanding 1980s children's film.
18 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

This movie was a childhood favorite for my friend's and I. It contains a solid introduction to Chinese landmarks and culture for kids (after all, it is a kid's film).

I watched it for the first time since the 1980s recently and still enjoyed it.

For kids, it is packed with mystery, adventure, and the desire to learn other languages/cultures.

I recommend that any parent get this movie for their child. It is classy, clean, and educational-- in a fun way. Kid's love finding 'clues' in movies, and this does that in an exciting way.


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