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Follow That Bird (1985)

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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.

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Cookie Monster / Bert / Grover (voice)
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Grouch Cook
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Mommy Dodo (voice)
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Daddy Dodo (voice)
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Storyline

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 Blazer346

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It's Big Adventure! It's Big Laughs! It's Big Bird on the Big Screen! See more »


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2 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,415,626, 4 August 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,961,370, 31 December 2004
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ken Kwapis' directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

When Bert and Ernie spot Big Bird on the ground, they switch places. Normally it's Bert who's flying the plane and Ernie in the back. But when they see Big Bird, suddenly Ernie is in the front and Bert is in the back. This is corrected a few shots later. See more »

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[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!
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In the closing credits, the Count counts the crew members. At the end of the closing credits, the Count gives a final tally. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure (2018) See more »

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Working On My Atitude
By Troy Seals and Eddie Setser
Performed by Ronnie Milsap
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Perhaps the best Sesame Street movie
19 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

The gang from "Sesame Street" hit the big screen and they hit a bull's-eye. The story is simple: Big Bird is taken away from his warm nest on SS and taken to live with a ditsy foster family of dodo birds. Homesick and lonely, he sets off on a journey back home while being pursued by his friends, social workers and carnival owners.

This movie is pretty much perfect, in it's own way. The all-star cast (a Muppet tradition) just shine and deliver sweet and likable performances with Dave Thomas and Joe Flaherty stand-outs as the bumbling villains. Carroll Spinney also delivers a heart-warming performance as Big Bird. In fact, there's not a dent in sight when it comes to this collection of actors.

The story might be simple but would you have it any other way? When comparing this to the sequel, "Elmo in Grouchland", this comes off like "Die Hard" which I consider an amusing comparison. My only real complaint is the forgettable songs.

Overall for the kids and young at heart, this is a joy.


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