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Sesame Street Presents - Follow that Bird (1985)

Caroll Spinney , Jim Henson , Ken Kwapis  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Kathryn Mullen
  • Directors: Ken Kwapis
  • Writers: Judy Freudberg, Tony Geiss
  • Producers: Joan Ganz Cooney, Patricia Churchill, Tony Garnett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2002
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U2KF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,698 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sesame Street Presents - Follow that Bird" on IMDb

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A meddling social worker sends poor Big Bird off to Ocean View, Illinios, for the comforts of family life with his "own kind," the Dodos. But Big Bird is a disaster as a Dodo and, lonely and homesick, he soon sets off on foot for Sesame Street. Can his old friends find him before he runs "afowl" of trouble en route?

Follow That Bird is as much a journey through time as it is a romp past the Sesame Street stop sign. Curiously, the cast members--live ones like Gordon and Maria, not just the Muppets--have the timeless look to them. Only the cameos (by Sandra Bernhard, John Candy, and others) plus a few ill-conceived hairdos clue us in that this feature film was made in 1985. Otherwise, it's all sophisticated Sesame humor and bighearted fun here as Oscar, the Count, and crew set off to rescue Big Bird, who's on the lam from a family of adoptive dodos. Only one conceivable complaint: The latter crop of Street viewers may miss Elmo, who hadn't been created when Bird first flew into theaters. --Tammy La Gorce

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely June 21, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I would like to recommend this movie to anyone who knows what it is to sit through 20 sequential showings of the same film because of a 5-year-old's obsession. This movie is the only one that none of us mind seeing over and over again. The story is genuinely funny and moving (Big Bird is taken away from Sesame Street and adopted by Dodos) and wants to go home. Meanwhile, the folks on Sesame Street are trying to find him to bring him home. And finally, a very funny couple of "Sleaze Brothers" have kidnapped him to turn him into the Blue Bird of Happiness for their 10-rate carnival. This is very well done and performed with genuine love by a very talented set of actors. See it -- enjoy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big yellow bird at 1:00! (It's that late already)?! July 28, 2005
By L.C.
I loved this movie as a kid and still enjoy it even today! I remember watching this movie with my Mom and Dad and we all loved it!

The movie is geared towards children, but I can honestly say that adults will love it, too! There's a lot of funny moments in this video that my younger sisters and I still love! (And we're all older)!

For instance, the Dodo family that Big Bird goes to stay with say some hilarious things, such as, "You've got to come home before you can leave", and the two men who try to find Big Bird for their fun fare are really funny, too! They kind of remind me of the two villians in 101 dalmations because one comes up with all the ideas and the other one sort of follows along.

Kids who love Big Bird will love this movie! Big Bird, Snuffy, the count, Oscar, Bert and Ernie, Cookie, and many other memorable characters, including Bob, Maria, Linda, and Gordon come together in this delightful movie! Ernie and Bert make me laugh in this film, especially since Ernie is up to his old tricks by bugging Bert in this movie! I love how he tries to get him to fly an airplane! The songs are great, too, and it's truly a winner for the whole family!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Message From Mr. Movie Buff August 16, 1999
By A Customer
I can't believe I'm the first one reviewing this! The first Sesame Street Movie is about a meddling social worker, Miss Finch, who is convinced that Big Bird would be happier with his "own kind." After she convinces Big Bird of this, he travels to Oceanview, Illinois, to meet his new family, "The Dodos." But Big Bird doesn't seem to fit in, and is so lonesome and homesick, he sets off on foot for Sesame Street. That's when all of his friends from Sesame Street jump in, and start searching for Big Bird, who is also being chased by Miss Finch, and the Sleeze Brothers, who are just what their names suggest! Just when his friends almost find him, the Sleeze Brothers kidnap Big Bird, and Big Bird's friends show up to rescue him, in an exciting climax! I saw this at the theater when I was very little, loved it, and have owned three copies since! All your old Sesame Street pals, memorable music, and guest star cameos by John Candy, Chevy Chase, and Sandra Bernhard, make this movie a sensation!
P.S. Maybe now that I've broken the ice, it'll make some of you other fans come forward too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I saw this movie for the first time when I was about 8 years old, and even though I thought I had outgrown Sesame Street by that time, I was absolutely wrong.
The story line for this movie is pretty simple: Big Bird feeling as though he has nobody (meaning other birds) to really talk to on Sesame Street decides to move out and live with a bird family called the "Dodos". However, once settled in with the Dodos, Big Bird decides that they are even too "brainless" for him. In the middle of the night, Big Bird sneaks out of the Dodos home and begins a kind of "lost" roadtrip. While Big Bird is out on the road, the rest of the Sesame Street gang, having received a rather sad home sick letter from Big Bird, set out on their own to try to find and bring back home their beloved friend. Eventually, the rest of the gang do find Big Bird being held captive by a couple of greedy exhibitionists. Of course, in the end they manage to free our giant feathered friend, the bad guys are caught, and everybody lives happily ever after.
Even though not as good as the Muppet series of films (the first 3 Muppet films anyway), "Follow That Bird" truly is a magical film for all ages, and can be enjoyed by anyone who has an imagination and wants to relive some of their childhood memories. Seeing as how I am one of those people, I'm sure that I will be purchasing my copy of this video sometime in the near future.
Thank you, Jim Henson.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sesame Street At It's Absolute Best! September 19, 2002
By Emily
Format:VHS Tape
Without question, this is vintage Sesame Street of the highest quality! As a child of the 80's, maybe I'm a little biased, but this is definitely a movie for parents and all fans of Sesame Street and/or Jim Henson and/or anything from the 80's!
This has been one of my favotite movies ever since I was five years old, and I still love it! (I am now 19.) I still feel so sad for Big Bird when he and the others sing "One Little Star", and I still tap my feet and sing along to "Ain't No Road Too Long."
This is a timeless movie with a sweet message that is still relevant almost twenty years later. It is also absolutely hilarious! Fans of Sesame Street will love the "inside" jokes peppered throughout the film.
Buy this movie! You won't regret it!
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