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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Drama | 6 May 2015 (USA)
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Caroll Spinney has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969; at 78-years-old, he has no intention of stopping.

Directors:

Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker (as Chad Walker)

Writer:

Dave LaMattina
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Cast

Credited cast:
Frank Oz ... Himself
Jim Henson ... Additional Muppets / Himself (archive footage)
Steve Whitmire ... Himself (archive footage)
Roscoe Orman ... Himself
Caroll Spinney ... Himself
Sonia Manzano ... Herself
Alison Bartlett ... Herself
Dave Goelz ... Himself
Jerry Nelson ... Himself
Emilio Delgado ... Himself
Matt Vogel ... Himself
Eric Jacobson ... Himself
Bob McGrath Bob McGrath ... Himself
Fran Brill Fran Brill ... Herself
Leslie Carrara Leslie Carrara ... Herself
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Storyline

Think you know everything there is to know about Sesame Street? You don't. You might know that Frank Oz turned down an offer to play Big Bird, but you probably don't know that until a last minute change of heart by NASA, Big Bird was supposed to go to space aboard the Challenger. Or you may know that Oscar the Grouch got his voice from a cantankerous cabbie, but you'd be surprised to learn that a fire in his trash can almost led to Caroll's untimely demise. Caroll's stories are the stuff of legend. He has been a constant presence in our lives for over 40 years, his path weaving through American history like that of Forrest Gump. His time inside the Bird has taught him about the world and about himself. I AM BIG BIRD will peel away the instances in Caroll's life that inspired his creation of characters that influenced generations of children. And, as the yellow feathers give way to gray hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart. Written by CPP

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Big Bird guided you through childhood. Let Caroll take you the rest of the way.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Am Big Bird See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,000, 10 May 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,000, 10 May 2015
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Copper Pot Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The film was partially funded by fan donations. More than $120,000 was raised for the film after people donated amounts between $1 and $10,000. See more »

Quotes

Sonia Manzano: I have always loved Big Bird because he's... complicated. So he has a lot of emotional qualities that a lot of the Muppets don't have.
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Alternate Versions

A segment about an incident where a caretaker of the Spinney property hit a jogger with his car and hid the body in a shed without the Spinney's knowledge was removed from the film when it was released on VOD and iTunes. See more »

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Features The Ed Show (2009) See more »

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Big Man! Big Documentary! Loved it!
4 June 2017 | by meezaSee all my reviews

Open Sesame cause you Spinney me round round, baby round round in a BIG way. I am referring to Carroll Spinney, the master puppeteer who has longtime played the infamous Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. "I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story" is a masterful documentary that takes a look at Spinney's life; from his almost fifty years playing Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch, his rough childhood, his near losses of life, his friendship with his legendary late boss Jim Henson, to his beautiful longstanding relationship with his wife Debbie. But it's his love passion for the Big Bird that highlights this touching documentary. Directors Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker direct the movie with a layered auteur touch. My letter of the day for "I am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story" is a big "A". ***** Excellent


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