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.