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Released August 2, 1985
Running time 89 minutes
Director Ken Kwapis
Written by Tony Geiss & Judy Freudberg
Original music by Van Dyke Parks and Lennie Niehaus (score), Jeff Moss, Jeff Pennig, Jeff Harrington, Steve Pippin, Randy Sharp, Karen Brooks (songs)
Studio Warner Bros. Pictures
MPAA Rating G
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The original VHS release featured the film's movie poster mostly unaltered.

Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird is the first feature-length film to star characters from Sesame Street.

Synopsis

The plot involves an organization of birds called the Feathered Friends sending Big Bird to Oceanview, Illinois, to live with a bird family called the Dodos. However, after deciding that he isn't happy with them, he heads back to Sesame Street, not realizing that it will take more than just three hours to get back home.

Big Bird's road trip makes the news, and his friends on Sesame Street team together to find him. Also seeking him are Miss Finch, the social worker from Feathered Friends who sent him to live with the Dodos, and the Sleaze Brothers, owners of a carnival who want him as their main attraction.

Notes

  • The street set used in this movie is a rebuilt version of the show set, made to look more realistic. The expanded street includes a bakery, a grocery store, a fire station, an auto body shop, and a bookstore.
  • The Dodo family's home address is 35 Canary Row, Oceanview, Illinois.
  • The movie was filmed on location in Ontario, Canada, and at Toronto International Studios. Thus, in addition to the regular Sesame Street puppeteers, many of the performers from Fraggle Rock were used for the film.
  • The aircraft that Big Bird flies on from Sesame Street to Oceanview, Illinois is a Fokker F27 Friendship.
  • A widescreen DVD presented in the film's original 1.85:1 screen-aspect ratio was available for the first time in 2009, when a 25th-anniversary Deluxe Edition DVD of the film was released. Previously, all region-1 copies of the film were presented full screen 1.33:1.
  • Just before Big Bird's entrance roller-skating down the street you can see him through the Fix-It Shop window waiting for his cue for just a moment or two before he skates home.
  • The turkey-truck driver's license plate reads "GOBBLE."

Songs

Cast

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Copies of the film presented on home video prior to 2009 featured a cropped 1.33:1 screen-aspect ratio. The deluxe edition DVD released in 2009 presents the film in its original 1.85:1 widescreen screen-aspect ratio.

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Elmo's very brief appearance. Seen with an unnamed yellow monster, Roosevelt Franklin and Prairie Dawn.

  • Muppet Performers
Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Kathryn Mullen, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson, Bryant Young, Fred "Garbo" Garver, Cheryl Wagner, Patricia Leeper, Gordon Robertson, Jeff Weiser, Shari Weiser, Tim Gosley, Noel MacNeal, Robert Stutt, Lee Armstrong, Robert Mills, John Pattison, Frank Meschkuleit, Terry Angus, Matthew Pidgeon, Stephen Brathwaite, Tom Vandenberg, Francine Anderson, Ron Wagner, Martine Carrier, Karen Valleau, Michelle Frey, Gus Harsfai, Patricia Lewis, Charlotte Levinson, Carolanne MacLean, Peter McCowatt, Brian Moffatt, Myra Fried, Jani Lauzon, Sandra Shamas, Kevin Clash, Pam Arciero
  • Sesame Street Cast
Linda Bove as Linda
Emilio Delgado as Luis
Loretta Long as Susan
Sonia Manzano as Maria
Bob McGrath as Bob
Roscoe Orman as Gordon
Alaina Reed as Olivia
Kermit Love as Willy
  • Human Cast
Dave Thomas as Sam Sleaze
Joe Flaherty as Sid Sleaze
Alyson Court as Ruthie
Benjamin Barrett as Floyd
Richard Campbell as Boy with apple
Liston Bates as Rescue Boy
Tawny Richard as Rescue Girl
Adrian McCalla as Kid at map
Tanya Marie Cook as Tanya
Shawna Stoll as Airline Announcer
  • Cameo Guest Stars
Paul Bartel as Grouch Cook
Sandra Bernhard as Grouch Waitress
John Candy as State Trooper Nelson
Chevy Chase as Newscaster
Waylon Jennings as Truck Driver

Muppet cast

  • Muppet Characters
Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Ernie, Bert, Kermit the Frog, Cookie Monster, Grover, Count von Count, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, Miss Finch, Mommy Dodo, Daddy Dodo, Donny Dodo, Marie Dodo, Madame Chairbird
  • Background Characters
Grundgetta, Osvaldo, el Gruñón, Grouches, Bruno the Trashman, Barkley, Herry Monster, Gladys the Cow, Elmo, Two Headed Monster, Sherlock Hemlock, The Amazing Mumford, Biff, Sully, Buster the Horse, Forgetful Jones, Simon Soundman, Dr. Nobel Price, Poco Loco, Maurice Monster, Bruce Monster, Prairie Dawn, Roosevelt Franklin, Ferlinghetti Donizetti, Homer Honker, Old McDougal, Honkers, Slimey, Anything Muppets, Sesame Street Monsters, Board of Birds

Additional credits

See also

Portal-sesame
Theatrical Feature Films
1985: Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird
1999: The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

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  • I have Follow That Bird!

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    • i have the movie on vhs and laserdisc. had the dvd. ever notice at the end credits, right when "children's television workshop" shows up (mu...

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