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Big Bird on Soul Man (1998)

Discussion in 'Sesame Appearances' started by heralde, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Found this Big Bird appearance recently! Soul Man was a sitcom in the late 90s (not to be confused with the sitcom The Soul Man from the late 2000s ;)), about a widowed Episcopal minister and his family. In the episode "The Stan Plan," Father Mike (Dan Aykroyd) and his old army buddy (John Goodman) try to get tickets to see Big Bird conducting the Boston Pops.

    Big Bird's scenes are at 16:10 and 19:09. Definitely check them out, Carroll gets to show off Big Bird's little seen sarcastic side, hehe. :wisdom:

    The whole episode's worth watching too, btw, Soul Man did well in the ratings at the time, but was taken off the air in its second season, due to studio issues.

     
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  2. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Awesome! Thanks for finding this!
     
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  3. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Welcome, glad you liked! :)
     
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  4. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    :D
     
  5. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    I haven't even heard of this appearance, so this gotta be rare.
     
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  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Ahaha, I love this. Now I can't help but think of one of the chase scenes from Dan Aykroyd's movie remake of DRAGNET, with he and Streebek (a very young Tom Hanks) plowing through a sales display of giant stuffed animals (including Big Birds and Baby Kermits), to which he says, "Look out! Muppets!"
     
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  7. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    I think so, because the show only has 25 episodes, so it's not on DVD as of yet.
     
  8. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Lol, yes! Not to mention this guy from Blues Brothers. That Grover doll is adorable, it looks like he's saying, "How did I, Grover, get into this movie?!" :super:

    "Yes, do you have a Miss Piggy?"
    [​IMG]
     
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  9. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Definitely never heard of this show. It's actually pretty good, had it lasted a few more years i'm sure it would've been a classic. I really like the characters and the light hearted sarcastic humor, kind of like "Family Ties". The kids' acting is a little stale, but not too bad.
    But, seeing Dan Akroyd, John Goodman and Big Bird all on the same show, I feel like I died and went to heaven.

    Also, one other thing. They made no mention of Big Bird being a puppet, so is he real in their world?
     
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    It's interesting to see that this show was taped at the same studio that SST has been all these years - that probably made it easy for them to get Big Bird to appear on the show.

    And hey, Big Bird is real in any world!
     
  11. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Ohhh, maybe that's why the Sesame Street references were oddly specific (Wolfgang the Seal and the alphabet song). I mean they weren't ones your average viewer would come up with off the top of their heads.
     
  12. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    I think you're right, I've seen a couple more episodes on YouTube and the writing was consistently good. There's genuine laughs (and it's not easy to get me to laugh at a sitcom, lol) and the moral lessons are inspiring without being preachy.

    Well, Carroll Spinney prefers to keep the magic alive when he makes Big Bird appearances, so yes I take it that Big Bird's real. They do mention watching him on Sesame Street, so perhaps this is the same universe as The Muppet Movie, where Big Bird broke into public television! ;)

    Well there's another John Goodman episode; minus Big Bird, but at least John and Dan get to sing at the end :cool: :
     
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  13. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I thought it was pretty cool that they mentioned specific episodes and even mentioned Wolfgang, this seems to have been written by someone who actually watches Sesame Street.
     
  14. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Well-Known Member

    Wow! I've been looking all over for that. Thanks for posting.
     
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  15. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    OH YEAH!!! This is really great. I have seen this on the Muppet Wiki but couldn't ever find it on YouTube. I'm am **** happy to see this. I kinda remember the show. Like it said it only lasted for 25 shows. What made me remember this show was Anthony Clark. The guy from the other TV show "Yes Dear." Also a great show. Can't wait to download this and share it with friends.
     
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  16. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Welcome! I'm so glad everyone's enjoying. :halo:
     
  17. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Yup, I saw Yes Dear a couple of times and thought, "That guy's really funny," like this one episode where he had to endure watching Blues Clues with his kid, lol.
     
  18. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I think I remembered that episode. Mine is at the very end of an episode during the credits scene it's with Jerry Van Dyke which I think played it dad or the Mike O'Mally dad in the show. He does this thing with a song where he's mouthing the words to this song. Really funny stuff. But I really enjoyed that show. Did you know that the one who played his wife is the same one from "Uncle Buck" movie with John Candy. She's plays the older sister. I had a crush on her during the time the movie came out.
     
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  19. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Funny thing about a show where Dan Aykroyd plays a priest is that from what I understand, Dan actually considered becoming a priest before he turned to show business.

    And another thing that's amusing too is that his character Father Mike actually looks a lot like the former musical director at our old church, who now has his own church out in California, and he's hoping to spread it across the country.
     
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