- Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird
name=Sesame Street presents Follow That Bird
caption = "Follow That Bird" movie poster
Van Dyke Parks| distributor= Henson Associates
Warner Bros. Pictures
August 2, 1985
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland"
"Sesame Street presents Follow That Bird" (commonly shortened to "Follow That Bird") is a
filmdirected by Ken Kwapis, starring many " Sesame Street" characters (both puppetsand live actors). This was the first of two " Sesame Street" feature films, followed in 1999by " The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland". The film was produced by Henson Associatesand Warner Bros. Pictures, and originally released to movie theatresin 1985.
Songs include "The Grouch Anthem," "One Little Star" (sung separately by Big Bird, Olivia and Snuffleupagus), "Ain't No Road Too Long" (sung separately by Big Bird,
Waylon Jennings, Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, Grover, the Count, Gordon, and Olivia), "Upside-Down World" (sung by Ernie and Bert), "I'm So Blue" (sung by Big Bird), and "Easy Goin' Day" (sung by Big Bird and a young Alyson Court, who would go on to star in " The Big Comfy Couch" and numerous voice acting roles).
Big Birdis sent to Oceanview, Illinois, to live with a family of dodobirds by Miss Finch, a social worker who thinks he needs to be with his own kind (other birds, instead of the diverse Sesame Street). His new family thinks exactly the same, even saying Big Bird should have a bird as a best friend instead of Mr. Snuffleupagus. This causes Big Bird much distress.
He soon runs away from home. His Street friends band together to find him. In a
Volkswagen Beetleis the group of Gordon, Olivia, Linda and Cookie Monster. Count von Countdeparts in his own car, known as the Countmobile. Bertand Erniego out to search in a plane, Groverflies as Supergrover and later falls into the Volkswagen. Maria leaves with Oscar, Tellyand a Honker in Oscar's Sloppy Jalopy. They all head out across America in search for their beloved Big Bird.
Big Bird has various adventures in his attempt to get home. First he hitches a ride with
Waylon Jenningswho plays a turkey truck driver. He then meets a pair of kids at a farm who let him stay with them for a while. All the time, Big Bird is being pursued by Miss Finch who wants to take him back to the Dodos. He has to leave the farm because of her arrival.
He is also sought by two scam artists, the Sleaze brothers, who operate a lousy carnival, the Sleaze Brothers Funfair. They want to capture Big Bird to put him on display. The Sleaze Brothers do soon capture Big Bird, but with the help of two new friends, he is soon rescued safely. The Sleaze Brothers are pulled over by a state trooper (
John Candy) who questions them about multiple felonies. Sam tries to cover up the situation, but the officer simply replies "Tell it to the judge".
When he is finally brought home, Big Bird's family on Sesame Street convinces Miss Finch that Big Bird can be, and "is", happy there on Sesame Street—that it does not make any difference that his family consists of humans, monsters, grouches, honkers, and the other varieties of eclectic species on Sesame Street. What matters is that they are "family."
At the beginning of the end credits, Count von Count begins to count the movie credits (in a nod to the original series, Count calls
Joan Ganz Cooney, the co-creator of "Sesame Street", "mom" when her name is credited as one of the executive producers). By the end of the credits in a brief "bonus scene" Count announces 278 credits and does his trademark laugh accompanied by a thunderclap (no lightning flash was present as was in his usual running gag).
Cast and characters
Caroll Spinneyas Big Birdand Oscar the Grouch
Jim Hensonas Kermit the Frogand Ernie
Frank Ozas Cookie Monster, Bert, and Grover
Jerry Nelsonas Count von Count, Herry, and Biff
Richard Huntas Forgetful Jones, Gladys the Cow, Bird, Feathered Friends Owl, Sully, Monster
Martin P. Robinsonand Bryant Youngas Snuffleupagus
Kevin Clashas Board of Birds, various Muppets, Elmo(uncredited small cameo)
Laraine Newmanas Voice of Mommy Dodo
Brian Hohlfeldas Voice of Daddy Dodo
Cathy Silversas Voice of Marie Dodo
Eddie Deezenas Voice of Donnie Dodo
Sally KellermanVoice of Miss Finch
Bob McGrathas Bob
Roscoe Ormanas Gordon
Linda Boveas Linda
Sonia Manzanoas Maria
Emilio Delgadoas Luis
Loretta Longas Susan
Alaina Reedas Olivia
Alyson Courtas Ruthie
Sandra Bernhard(Grouch waitress)
Chevy Chase(news anchor)
John Candy(state trooper)
Waylon Jennings(truck driver)
Joe FlahertyAs Sid Sleaze
* Dave Thomas As Sam Sleaze
George Lucas, in a small cameo
* [http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/1324-follow-that-bird Follow That Bird Review by the Nostalgia Critic]
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