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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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Ken Kwapis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroll Spinney ... Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch / Bruno the Trashman (voice)
Jim Henson ... Kermit the Frog / Ernie (voice)
Frank Oz ... Cookie Monster / Bert / Grover / Additional Muppets (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Gladys the Cow / Feathered Friends Owl / Additional Muppets / Grouches (voice)
Kathryn Mullen ... Feathered Friend's Magistrate / Grouch Diner Patron / Little Girl / Additional Muppets (voice)
Jerry Nelson ... Count von Count / Herry Monster / Additional Muppets (voice)
Paul Bartel ... Grouch Cook
Sandra Bernhard ... Grouch Waitress
John Candy ... State Trooper
Chevy Chase ... Newscaster
Joe Flaherty ... Sid Sleaze
Waylon Jennings ... Truck Driver
Dave Thomas ... Sam Sleaze
Laraine Newman ... Mommy Dodo (voice)
Brian Hohlfeld Brian Hohlfeld ... 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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

2 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,415,626, 4 August 1985

Gross USA:

$13,961,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,961,370
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bert and Ernie's biplane is a 1941 Stearman Kaydet D75N1, built by Boeing. See more »

Goofs

Before Big Bird jumps from the Sleaze Brothers' truck to the hood of the Volkswagen, his feet move from the edge to about a foot away from it between shots. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Follows Sesame Street Pitch Reel (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

All Together Now
By Wood Newton and Michael Noble
Performed by Alabama
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Great for kids....bu eszssxt also great for adults as well!wsxp;//vnb
28 January 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Follow That Bird" is a rare sort of children's film...the type that actually will appeal to both the kids AND the parents. Teens, of course, will hate it...because they're teens....but everyone else should have a nice time watching this together.

The story is about a bunch of do-gooder birds trying to find Big Bird an actual family. They place him with a family of dodos in middle America and he turns out to prefer life back on Sesame Street...and his old friends miss him as well. So, these friends set off to find him...and at the same time Big Bird leaves and wanders about aimlessly looking for Sesame Street.

So why did I like this one? Well because although the film is oriented towards kids, there are some genuinely funny moments...mostly starring Oscar the Grouch. He opens the film with a cute and funny song and has many great moments throughout the movie...such as when he takes his friends to the grouch restaurant. And, if that isn't enough, there are plenty of other wonrderful cameos by the Sesame Street muppets...more than enough to satisfy viewers. Well written, sweet and enjoyable from start to finish...this is a Sesame Street film that's hard not to love.


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