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Big Bird in Japan (1988)

Not Rated | | Family | TV Movie 16 January 1989
While visiting Japan, Big Bird wanders off from a guided tour bus in Tokyo, and is lost until a Japanese woman helps him get to where he needs to go. The woman, however, is hiding a secret.

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Jon Stone

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Cast

Cast overview:
Caroll Spinney ... Big Bird (voice)
Brian Muehl Brian Muehl ... Barkley
Maiko Kawakami Maiko Kawakami ... Kaguya-Hime
Masayuki Katô Masayuki Katô
Akira Murayama Akira Murayama
Kumiko Hironaka Kumiko Hironaka
Hikojirô Matsumura Hikojirô Matsumura
Fukami Harue Fukami Harue
Mariko Hirano Mariko Hirano ... Mariko Shimizu
Akiko Nemoto Akiko Nemoto ... Akiko Shimizu
Yôko Haruta Yôko Haruta ... Tour Guide
Pat Morita ... Narrator (Bamboo Princess story) (voice)
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While visiting Japan, Big Bird wanders off from a guided tour bus in Tokyo, and is lost until a Japanese woman helps him get to where he needs to go. The woman, however, is hiding a secret.

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Plot Keywords:

sesame street | japan | japanese | See All (3) »

Genres:

Family

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyoto, Japan See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Brian Muehl returns to perform Barkley in this special, although Fred Garbo had already taken over the role on Sesame Street. See more »

Quotes

Big Bird: You know, it's weird. She shows up out of nowhere, helps me and Barkley, and then just disappears. And I don't even know her name. Maybe she's the Lone Ranger?
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Ichi, Ni, San
Words and Music by Carol Hall
Performed by Mariko Hirano (uncredited), Akiko Nemoto (uncredited), and Caroll Spinney (uncredited)
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Ohayou means "Good Morning," that's my favorite one :D
9 October 2009 | by viola_player_59See all my reviews

I love, love, love this special! Today in Japanese class, our Sensei was out, and she left directions for our substitute to have us watch it... on DVD (I had no idea it was out on VHS, let alone DVD). Although there were some... overly melodramatic parts... it was really sweet. And the songs were so fun, everybody in the class was singing along! It's a great way to teach your children a little about Japanese culture. Or to teach yourself... it was a guilty pleasure for my class.

Oh. And, I thought I'd point out that it reminds me of that episode of America's Next Top Model where they got lost in Japan looking for Baby, the Stars Shine bright.


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