HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Great White
Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The
Raya and the Last Dragon
Letter from Paris
Behind the Mask
Lucky
Matrix, The
Undergods
Betrayed
Fried Barry
Once Upon a River
Cowboys
Atlantis
We Still Say Grace
Enfant Terrible
Nomadland
Playboy of the Western World, The
Bike Thief, The
Threshold
Virtuoso, The
Here are the Young Men
Beast Beast
Labyrinth of Cinema
Justice Society: World War II
Artist's Wife, The
Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation
Pusher III
Palm Springs
Devil Commands, The
Oak Room, The
Pusher II
Forget Everything and Run
Secrets & Lies
Red Moon Tide
Man with Nine Lives, The
Pusher
Pot Carriers, The
Black Bear
Don't Cry, Pretty Girls!
Portal
   
 
Newest Articles
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
Network Double Bills: All Night Long and Ballad in Blue
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
Network Double Bills: The Best of Benny Hill and The Likely Lads
Network Double Bills: Some Girls Do and Deadlier Than the Male
Absolutely Bananas: Link on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Hawk the Slayer and The Medusa Touch
The Price of Plague: The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
   
 
  Follow That Bird How To Get To Sesame Street?
Year: 1985
Director: Ken Kwapis
Stars: Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Kathryn Mullen, Jerry Nelson, Paul Bartel, Sandra Bernhard, John Candy, Chevy Chase, Joe Flaherty, Waylon Jennings, Dave Thomas, Laraine Newman, Sally Kellerman, Sonia Marzano, Roscoe Orman
Genre: Musical, Comedy, AdventureBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: It has been brought to the attention of the bird social work department, led by Miss Finch (voiced by Sally Kellerman), that there is one of their kind who has not been living in the correct conditions, that is, with his own kind. He is Big Bird (Caroll Spinney) and he lives on Sesame Street with his friends, but they are not other birds and that is not good enough for Miss Finch, who arranges for him to be moved across the country to live with the Dodo family which she deems far more appropriate. Therefore Big Bird must wave goodbye to all his pals and see about a more improving atmosphere elsewhere - but is anyone but the social workers sure this is a good idea?

There had been three Muppet movies before the other arm of Jim Henson's creations were allowed their own feature. There had been special editions of Sesame Street before, but they had all aired on television, and Follow That Bird was intended for theatrical exhibition pitched at a younger level than their brethren in the more family oriented The Muppet Show. What this resulted in was a cult movie for the under-tens, and when they grew up they showed the project to their kids who also enjoyed it. Thus a children's film can be more enduring than many of the hits of yesteryear, and indeed Sesame Street remains on the air to this day, despite various upheavals behind the scenes.

Caroll Spinney had his own documentary in 2014, I Am Big Bird, which included clips of this effort to emphasise its lasting appeal, and after the dominance of the Elmo puppet which pretty much took over Sesame Street and eclipsed such characters as Big Bird and Spinney's other main player Oscar the Grouch it was instructive to go back to a puppet that was less a small, furry, squeaky-voiced critter and more a towering, clumsy and well-meaning giant of a costume, his sweet and childlike nature at odds with his enormous yellow frame. With those first decade and a half episodes, it was difficult to say who was the most popular character on the Street, but they were all here.

Well, mostly, as Kermit the Frog in his reporter guise had a fairly brief appearance on television, bringing a bulletin about Big Bird’s inevitable fleeing of the Dodo household (this would be the last time Kermit would be in a Muppet movie voiced by Henson). But the others had more to do, with Bert and Ernie flying a plane in the cross-country search for the title character, and the Count (counting away as usual) and Oscar taking to the roads in their own souped up cars - Gordon (Roscoe Orman) and Maria (Sonia Marzano) take a trip with the Cookie Monster who cannot resist eating their Volkswagen. Also on the case was Grover, in his Super-Grover disguise, flying above the landscape looking out for a yellow figure who is working out how to get, how to get to Sesame Street, as the theme song went.

As ever with this production, there were improving themes to appeal to the kids, though more probably they would appeal to their parents given how education was a major part of the original motivation. Here it was the importance of friendship, and how if you are being made to abandon your pals then there could be something very wrong with those doing the ordering; home is where the heart is, essentially, and the people (or Muppets) who understand you - taking Big Bird away from Mr Snuffleupagus is not a good idea, even an under-five can perceive that. There were guest stars as in the television show, with SCTV's Dave Thomas and Joe Flaherty as the villainous Sleaze Brothers who run a circus which kidnaps our hero and sets him up as an exhibit in would-be tear-jerking scenes (John Candy was here too, serving their comeuppance), but aside from them no one here was a real baddie, even Miss Finch was simply misguided in her conviction that keeping the cultures apart was a good idea, as Follow That Bird proved otherwise. Oddly, the Muppet movies scored better at aiming for the emotions, though. Songs by Van Dyke Parks and Lennie Neihaus.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1021 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: