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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story ()


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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.

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Debra Spinney ...
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Dave LaMattina
Chad N. Walker ... (as Chad Walker)

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Produced by

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Clay Frost ... executive producer
Dave LaMattina ... producer
Chad N. Walker ... producer (as Chad Walker)
Joshua Johnson ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Joshua Johnson

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Chad N. Walker ... (as Chad Walker)

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Chad N. Walker ... (as Chad Walker)

Editorial Department

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Katherine Andrews ... digital intermediate producer
Rob Sciarratta ... digital intermediate colorist
Tyler Walker ... assistant editor

Makeup Department

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Roberto Baez ... makeup artist

Art Department

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Bryan Cox ... storyboard artist
Chris Siemasko ... storyboard artist

Sound Department

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Daniel Heffernan ... sound editor
Jim Nogueira ... additional sound
Steve Simons ... managing director: audio post production
Eugene Steward ... additional sound (as Eugene F. Steward)
Ian Stynes ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Tim Jaquette ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Michael Bozzo ... additional camera (as Mike Bozzo)
Victor DiNapoli ... additional footage
Clay Frost ... additional camera
Dave LaMattina ... additional camera
Tyler Walker ... camera operator: "b" camera
Clay Frost ... still photographer (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Seth Boyden ... additional color
Bryan Cox ... animator / designer
William Krause ... additional design
Sidney Marra ... additional color
Anastasia Owad ... additional color (as Anastasia Owas Siemasko)
Chris Siemasko ... animator (as Christopher Siemasko) / designer (as Christopher Siemasko)

Music Department

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Anthony Loomis ... music editor
Celeste Monteith ... score preparation
Matthew J. Ward ... score mixer (as Matt Ward)
Joshua Heaphey ... musician (uncredited)
Jason Livesay ... composer: additional music (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Nolan Livesay ... composer: additional music (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Celeste Monteith ... composer: additional music (uncredited) / copyist (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Ryan O'Connell ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Michael L. Abitabilo ... legal consultant
Jon Baker ... photos courtesy of
Ira Berger ... photos courtesy of
Gary Boynton ... photos courtesy of
William R. Daly ... photos courtesy of
Jerry L. Dasti ... legal services
Abby Davis ... sales agent (as Abby Lynn Kang Davis)
Robert Fuhring ... photos courtesy of
Kevin Iwashina ... sales agent
Ellie Martino ... production assistant
Gary Miller ... photos courtesy of
Lianzi Ouyang ... photos courtesy of
Chris Perez ... clearance counsel (as Chris L. Perez)
Bill Pierce ... photos courtesy of
Debra Spinney ... photos courtesy of
David Magdael ... publicist (uncredited)

Thanks

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Desiree Abitabilo ... special thanks
William Battaglia ... special thanks
Taska Carrigan ... special thanks: Sesame Workshop
Beatrice Chow ... special thanks: Sesame Workshop
David Coulombe ... special thanks
Melissa Creighton ... special thanks: The Jim Henson Company
Alicia Durand ... special thanks: Sesame Workshop
Eric Favela ... special thanks
Becky Frost ... special thanks
Nicole Goldman ... special thanks
Eutene Hill ... special thanks: Nellis Air Force Base (as Eugene Hill)
Farrin Jay ... special thanks: Sesame Workshop
Randeep Katari ... special thanks
Elizabeth LaMattina ... special thanks
John LaMattina ... special thanks
Mary LaMattina ... special thanks
Ellen Lewis ... special thanks: Sesame Workshop
Dionne Lynn Nosek ... special thanks (as Dionne Nosek)
Arthur Novell ... special thanks
Constance Peterson ... special thanks: The Jim Henson Company
Pico The Dog ... special thanks
Jeni Rizio ... special thanks: kickstarter ambassador
Joey Roddy ... special thanks: The Jim Henson Company (as Joseph Roddy)
Albert Santana ... special thanks: Sesame Workshop
Jennifer Smith ... special thanks
Susie Tofte ... special thanks
Philip Toscano ... special thanks: Sesame Workshop
Amy Walker ... special thanks
Jason Weber ... special thanks: The Jim Henson Company
Samantha Wong ... special thanks: Sesame Workshop

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Big Bird guided you through childhood. Let Caroll take you the rest of the way. See more »
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Also Known As
  • I Am Big Bird
Runtime
  • 86 min
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Budget $100,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $10,000, 10 May 2015

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Features Bozo (1960). 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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