Follow That Bird

1985 • 88 minutes
4.5
161 reviews
92%
Tomatometer
G
Rating
Eligible
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The first film to be adapted from the popular children's television series Sesame Street, Follow That Bird follows the story of Big Bird after a social worker (Sally Kellerman) takes him away from Sesame Street to live with a family of birds in Illinois. Unhappy in his new surroundings, Big Bird attempts to hitchhike back home to Sesame Street. Over the course of his journey he meets a number of odd and charming characters, in the form of cameos by Chevy Chase, Sandra Bernhard, Waylon Jennings, Dave Thomas and John Candy. The music for this engaging family film was written by Van Dyke Parks and Lennie Niehaus.
4.5
161 reviews
David Richins
February 14, 2016
When people are discussing the best Muppet movies, they far too often forget Follow That Bird. Sure it's a Sesame Street movie so obviously you have to make concessions for the audience, but the story, character arcs, the music, all top notch and memorable for a lifetime. It really deserves more than a footnote in the already great Henson filmography.
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N Goodman
September 19, 2020
I still recall going to the movies with my mother as a child and seeing this. Now I'm 41 with my own children and I was so happy to share a childhood experience with them.
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Susan Faith
May 16, 2020
This is the first film memory I have of my childhood. Now creeping up on 40 it still makes me smile every time!
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