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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.

Director:

Jon Stone

Writer:

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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Genres:

Family

Certificate:

Not Rated
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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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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

Version of Taketori monogatari (1987) 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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Homesickness for America
22 July 2013 | by GHCoolSee all my reviews

After Big Bird loses track of his Japanese tour group, he only has a short amount of time to find them somewhere in Japan so that he can get his ticket back home. Its strange that an educational television special to introduce American children to Japan would be structured around Big Bird's desire to return home to America. For much of the show, it appears Big Bird doesn't even enjoy Japan! Consider this song he sings early in the film:

"Why did I come to this far away place? Why oh why oh why oh? Where everyone speaks in Japanese, But they say they're from Ohio.

"I miss New York Where you eat with a fork And English comes in handy. Things were sweet On Sesame Street Where people understand me!"

In the end, Big Bird learns that Japan is an interesting place with an interesting language and culture, despite the fact that nobody speaks English. That might be the intended message, but the message I got was "There's no place like home."


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