I Am Big Bird

I Am Big Bird

The Caroll Spinney Story

DVD - 2015
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For 46 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon.
Publisher: New York, NY : Tribeca Film, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9786316108173
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4509 I am
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: Caroll Spinney story


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Oct 12, 2019

one of the best documentaries made about a legendary figure in children's entertainment. For 50 years Big Bird was played by one performer and this documentary tells his story.

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Feb 27, 2019

Having grown up watching Sesame Street and now loving SFX in movies, I really enjoyed watching this documentary on Spinney and his life. It was pretty neat being able to hear about where he'd come from and the development of his career and characters. I highly recommend Being Elmo as well!

Feb 11, 2019

I was a tad too old for the Sesame phenomenon, but after watching the excellent documentary about Fred Rogers, I thought I'd watch this one on the man behind Big Bird. Glad I did. While not as emotionally compelling as "Won't You Be My Neighbor" this film is quite touching in its own way.

Aug 13, 2018

A sincere documentary about a talented puppeteer and his accomplishments. I highly recommend this one if you want to learn about one of Sesame Street's veteran cast members and the process behind creating and performing one of television's most beloved characters.

Mar 27, 2017

Touching and a trip back to many of our childhoods. It was great to hear the story behind the man behind Big Bird.

Jan 01, 2017

Carroll Spinney is Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. I love Sesame Street and the Muppets, so I was predisposed to liking this documentary. I think even those who are not familiar with Sesame Street will appreciate Spinney's talents and brilliance as well as his approach to life and his work. The film did a good job of trying to show the whole person, his sunny and dark days.

Jul 04, 2016

I laughed and I cried. This documentary is full of pure love for Big Bird and the man who brought him to life.

OhioToon Apr 30, 2016

This was a really great video to watch. Being a puppeteer myself it's nice to know how other puppeteers got started and what they did/have done. The music is beautiful and a must to listen to and purchase.

Mar 21, 2016

This is a sweet documentary about the puppeteer who is responsible for the beloved Sesame Street character Big Bird. His life has been devoted to, and greatly enriched by his Muppet persona. I found it to be a deeply personal look at the man inside the suit, and the early years of Sesame Street.

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