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" come fly with me in an upside world ... there's fish that fall out of the sea...",
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This review is from: Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (DVD)
This is one of the finest Muppet productions of the mid 1980's. The films songs, "Upside Down World", "Easy Goin' Day", "Ain't No Road Too Long" and Big Birds lament "I'm a Blue Bird", are songs which have stayed alive for many children the world over.
Sesame Street's Follow that Bird, as I recall, was the first film to tell a story about the streets characters and we were invited to see more of their world ... the street itself was rebuilt and expanded and had a rich realistic feel and artistically the look was very credible and contrasted the Muppet characters more imaginatively.
Everything about the production was inspiring, the story was clear and tight, characters were very well performed, the puppetry as you might expect was first rate and parents enjoyed seeing the comic talents from John Candy and Chevy Chase who cameo ... Kermit even makes an appearance as his role as Muppet Reporter and if you look carefully you can see Elmo sometimes in the background, but you have to remember, this was all before he became a big star.
Follow that Bird is really Big Birds story and for a generation who remember Sesames early years it is about time the big yellow chap got some cheers again for being such an inspiring figure. The production naturally has the Henson stamp on it but this is a film which once again supports the goals and aspirations of The Children's Television Workshop and if you haven't seen this film yet or you are thinking of showing it to your children for the first time, then do purchase a copy as this film does not play down to kids at all ... as with all the early Henson productions and related projects the Henson troop found themselves involved in, they always conveyed what they felt they would want their children to understand about the world and what they created was first rate entertainment which had something real in the offering.
This edition is presented in it's original theatrical format.