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Follow That Bird Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by BEAR, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. bradley

    bradley New Member

    Hey, I'm new. Not sure why I was looking up Sesame Street but I've always had a soft spot for the Muppets and Sesame Street. On Tuesday night I watched a behind the scenes segment that was shown on Australian tv. I live in Australia. Now this Big Bird film "Follow That Bird" I know that I've seen way back in the 80s. And I'd really love to be able to watch it again, but this film hasn't had a dvd release here. Reading this thread, I see it has been released in America? This film seems so rare. It would have been out on video all those years back here. I have the view finders for "Follow That Bird". And I also had (not sure if we still have), the colouring book for the film. I would love to collect Sesame Street at some point in the future.... I think I'll be forcing any children of mine (if I have any in the future) into Sesame Street. hehe. I collect Smurfs so they are my main passion.

    I also went to an early Sesame Street Live show. Not too sure what year. Wonder if I still have the badges me and my brother got from there.. The things you start to remember. The 30th Anniversary (I think around 97?) I collected some of those beanie soft toys. I'm still kicking myself over not buying Bert and Ernie :(

    Brad.
  2. AAO

    AAO Member

    If anyone has a copy of this movie and go to the big chase scene...There's a funny lil' blooper I stumbled on while watching the DVD on the computer. I noticed it better because the picture was clearer. If you watch as Big Bird is being taken away and Gordon and Olivia are getting into the VW watch just as the camera backs up a lil and look in the right window - it's sort of tinted. You'll see a boy in a red shirt sitting watching Big Bird drive off...I was like, "Holy crap! Where'd he come from?!" U can also see someone else in the distance if you pause it in teh right places...Keep looking for lil' things like that in the film...!!
  3. rowlf84

    rowlf84 New Member

    A Local Connection

    Just thought it was interesting. When the Sleaze brothers are first introduced in the movie, one is reading a newspaper with the headline "Big Bird Flies Coop." That newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat, is a real paper. Belleville is a town very close to where I grew up. I know that production took place in Canada, I wonder why they chose the News-Democrat? Belleville is in the midwest, where the story takes place. When they show Big Bird's path on the map, it passes right through where Belleville should be. Mayhaps someone did their research? I wonder if someone on the production team used to live around there and did it as a little tribute? Well, I think it's neat...kind of my own little personal connection. BTW, there's no Toadstool anywhere near Belleville.

    Also, someone was mentioning earlier in the thread about Rosie O'Donnell's show modeling her set after Sesame's... She actually filmed it on the Sesame Set, they didn't build anything. They brought in risers for her studio audience to sit on.

    Also some more...from what I hear, the "Blue Bird of Happiness" Big Bird still exists in storage.
  4. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Hey AAO, is your DVD in widescreen?

    I ask because I recently bought a full frame version DVD from an Easter dispaly at Wal*Mart for $4.88. I usually only buy widescreen, but I've never seen this movie before so I had to get it for 5 bucks y'know?

    Thanks,
    Anthony
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I have read that the DVD is only available in full frame.
  6. AAO

    AAO Member

    Yeah...it's only in full screen...but it's an awesome movie! And that Rosie O'Donnald thing that rowlf84 was talking about is true...she did film her show on Sesame Street...I swore it...then I was told that they replicated the set...so I thought I was wrong and proceeded to believe it...but thanx to u, i can believe what I did before..LOL! But where did u hear that The Blue Bird of Happiness Big Bird Puppet is being stored? As I grew older, I wondered, once I realized "Big Bird was only a puppet", what they did with that puppet? Was it destroyed? Were the Dodo's and Miss Finch destroyed? I'm still needing answers!! When will it end? LOL! I just wish there were more to this movie - like behind the scenes and so on..
  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I don't know what condition Miss Finch and the Dodos are in, but Miss Finch, Donnie, and marie all appeared in The Muppets: A Celebration of Thirty Years, which was mad ethe same year as Follow That Bird was released.
  8. rowlf84

    rowlf84 New Member

    I heard about the blue bird of happiness from a friend at Henson. As for the others, I'm not sure. I'm sure that, unless they would be more valuable as scrap pieces, big puppets like that would be kept in storage.
  9. FutureMuppeteer

    FutureMuppeteer New Member

    My teacher worked on that movie...and I live in Belleville...another small connection to the movie...
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Do you think you can get some behind-the-scenes information from your teacher? What did your teacher do?
  11. FutureMuppeteer

    FutureMuppeteer New Member

    I will try and speak with him when he gets back to work...the college teachers up here in ontario are currently on strike. so, I will try and ask him.

    as for what he did on the movie, I believe he was a behind the cameras guy...he teaches Techinical Operations (how things like the cameras, lighting grids, audio boards work)

    He has a giant picture in his office taken on the set of "Follow That Bird" hanging on the wall. I am not sure if Jim Henson is in the pic or not. I will have to look at it more carefully when I get back to school.

    P.S. he also worked on Fraggle Rock....
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Maybe he knows how much time Jim Henson and Frank Oz actually spent on the set, and maybe he knows about some significant deleted scenes from the movie.
  13. FutureMuppeteer

    FutureMuppeteer New Member

    he might be able to tell some stories about them too...like I said, I will try and ask him about it.
  14. AAO

    AAO Member

    You know, I realized, for this being the first Sesame Street movie, Ernie and Bert were hardly in it...I know Big Bird was the main character in the film, thus the name "Follow That Bird" ... but when Sesame Street started and this movie was released during its 16th season summer hiatus in August - which means Sesame Street was still at the beginning of its game...Anyway, Ernie and Bert were still very popular...i just wished that there could've been more of Ernie and Bert...Big Bird's my favorite Muppet - but it would have been more awesome with that..oh and to the guy that knows the teacher who worked on the movie.....that's awesoome! yeah try to get some info from him..
  15. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member


    They were in it a lot actually. Okay, so maybe not as much screen time as Oscar or Cookie Monster, but at least B & E got featured in their own musical number. That's a lot!
  16. BooberFraggless

    BooberFraggless New Member

    I think the Lack of Ernie and Bert had a lot to do with Jim Henson's Limited amount of time that he had to spend on this movie. Keep in mind at this time he had a lot of other projects going on, and was only able to tape a few scenes for this movie. I think even a few of his lines were dubbed, like the parking lot scene were you can briefly see Ernie and Bert sitting in the back of Oscar's Sloppy Jalopy and Ernie is telling Oscar how Bert lost Big Bird.
  17. TDY

    TDY New Member

    Wow - I haven't seen this movie in so long, which is why I'm gonna buy it today!

    I loved this film! The scene with Ms. Finch in the beginning was really funny - "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?" - and the scene with Bert and Ernie in the plane was fun, too. The movie's plot was wonderful, the music was awesome, and the acting was superb! Follow That Bird is one of the few good children's movies out there (which also includes Don't Eat the Pictures!)

    "Big Dodo!?" - Big Bird

    " . . . to a place called Sesane Street" - news caster
    "Sesane Street . . . ?" - grover
    "Sesame Street. Sorry" - news caster
  18. FutureMuppeteer

    FutureMuppeteer New Member

    Ok folks...

    school is back on...

    I have asked my teacher who worked on "Follow That Bird" for an interview...and he agreed. so, please post some questions that you will want to know and I will do my best to get them to him.

    His name is Kevin Donoghue and he was Video Co-ordiator (sp)

    go ahead and check the credits...he is there.
  19. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Here are some things I'd like to know:

    *Who played the mailman who delivered Snuffy's post card to Big Bird?
    *Were there any deleted scenes that your teacher remembers?
    *does your teacher know of any major changes between the original script and finished film?
    *what was it like working on the film?
    *How often were Jim Henson and Frank Oz available to actually perform as opposed to just dubbing voices?
    *How were Miss Finch and the Dodo's performed?
    *Was there any limit in the availability for Lorretta Long, Bob McGraph, and Emillio Degardo?
    *What was it like working with Dave Thomas and Joe Flaherty? Were they purposely hired to play The Sleaze brothers because they had previously worked together on SCTV, or was their pairing a coincidence?
    *How often were Jerry Nelson and Richard Hunt available to work in the movie?
  20. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member


    Sorry, I think you meant Bob McGrath and Emilio Delgado.


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