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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
Dave Goelz ... Himself
Alison Bartlett ... Herself
Jerry Nelson ... Himself
Sonia Manzano ... Herself
Caroll Spinney ... Himself
Emilio Delgado ... Himself
Eric Jacobson ... Himself
Fran Brill Fran Brill ... Herself
Jane Henson ... Herself
Bob McGrath Bob McGrath ... Himself
Matt Vogel ... Himself
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,000, 10 May 2015

Gross USA:

$13,000
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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 »

Connections

References Sesamstraße (1973) See more »

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For Sesame Street Fans Only
9 May 2018 | by JohnnyLee1See all my reviews

Over-sentimental. The shmaltzy background music is loud, obtrusive and ceaseless. Pity because even though I never watched Sesame Street I love some aspects of fantasy and as a former teacher I am interested in the educational side of the TV program. This doco is for fans of Sesame Street only because as a stand-alone documentary it doesn't make it. You won't see much actual footage from the show however. I could only watch until the second tour to China. Makes me want to find out more about Jim Henson actually. I hope Caroll and his wife got to tick Paul McCartney off their bucket list!


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