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Follow That Bird

Simple premise has the slightly goofy yellow, eight-foot fowl Big Bird taken away from Sesame Street by the officious Miss Finch so he can grow up among his own kind, a bird family named the Dodos, in Oceanview, Ill.

With:
Caroll Spinney Jim Henson Frank Oz Paul Bartel Sandra Bernhard John Candy

Simple premise has the slightly goofy yellow, eight-foot fowl Big Bird taken away from Sesame Street by the officious Miss Finch so he can grow up among his own kind, a bird family named the Dodos, in Oceanview, Ill.

The Dodos are a bunch of loons, however, so B.B. begins the long trek back to New York on foot, while the Sesame Street gang mobilizes in assorted vehicles to find its dear friend.

En route, B.B. has a pleasant encounter with country singing truck driver Waylon Jennings, but a distinctly nasty one with the Sleaze Brothers (SCTV’s Joe Flaherty and Dave Thomas), unscrupulous amusement parkoperators who abduct B.B. for their own nefarious purposes.

All turns out for the best, of course, and spicing things up along the way are Chevy Chase and Kermit The Frog as TV newscasters, Sandra Bernhard and Paul Bartel as the proprietors of a lowdown roadside diner, and John Candy as a motorcycle cop.

Follow That Bird

Production: Warner. Director Ken Kwapis; Producer Tony Garnett; Screenplay Tony Geiss, Judy Freudberg; Camera Curtis Clark; Editor Stan Warnow, Evan Landis; Music Van Dyke Parks, Lennie Niehaus; Art Director Carol Spier

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 88 MIN.

With: Caroll Spinney Jim Henson Frank Oz Paul Bartel Sandra Bernhard John Candy

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