DEBUT 1976

Small Bird is a character created for the Ice Follies touring show featuring walk-around (skate-around), full-bodied versions of the Sesame Street Muppets.

Premiering in the 41st edition of the Ice Follies in September 1976, Small Bird appeared in a number with Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert, and Ernie.[1]

Performed by six-year-old Adam Baker of the Ice Follies performing Baker family of seven, Small Bird was reported by some members of the press to be either the "son" of Big Bird[2] or his little little brother,[3] but more accurately a "protege" to Big Bird's "mentor" by others[4][5][6] tagging along with the elder bird who was "teaching him what life was all about".[7]

Small Bird stood forty inches tall and was reportedly created by Jim Henson especially for Ice Follies.[8][9]

The character appeared in Ice Follies shows until at least 1978,[10] but never featured in any other media.

See also


  1. Greeley Daily Tribune (Greeley, Colorado) "41st Edition of Ice Follies Opens Sept. 21" September 3, 1976
  2. Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York) "Bakers Keep Act All in the Family" by Mary Rita Kurycki, October 17, 1976
  3. Nashua Telegraph (Nashua, New Hampshire) "Small Bird in Debut" February 4, 1977
  4. Courier-Post (Camden, New Jersey) "Now Here's Small Bird" December 24, 1976
  5. The Bridgeport Post (Bridgeport, Connecticut) "The Muppets to Frolic in Ice Follies Show" February 2, 1977
  6. Springville Journal (Springville, New York) March 3, 1977
  7. The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana) "Holiday Skaters Cut a Lot of Ice at Arena" by Rita Rose, November 5, 1977
  8. The Times Herald (Port Huron, Michigan) "Muppets Join Ice Follies Cast" December 5, 1976
  9. The Indian Journal (Eufaula, Oklahoma) "Ice Follies in Okla. City" March 31, 1977
  10. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution "The Sparkle and the Splendor" by Joseph Litsch, March 11, 1978