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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014)

Documentary 1h 27m 2014

A loving documentary about a puppeteer who’s brightened the lives of countless children weaned on Sesame Street.” - Entertainment Weekly

The kind of heartwarming, sentimental tale of a gentle soul that the PBS show’s iconic character would love.” - Los Angeles Times

Sweet, touching and fascinating.” - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times

A must-see for Sesame Street fans.” - Time Out New York

For 45 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, I Am Big Bird features extraordinary footage of Spinney’s earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.


Chad Walker


Dave LaMattina




United States


Tribeca Film

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