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Follow That Bird - Quotes

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by BigBirdABCDEFGH, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. BigBirdABCDEFGH

    BigBirdABCDEFGH Well-Known Member

    Here's what I believe is the actual dialogue (one can only wonder who still has the original written draft from 1984-85 for this movie) from the final scene where the Sleaze Brothers are caught, after Big Bird jumps off the truck onto the open hood of the VW Beetle.

    Sam: "Hey, what's that noise?"
    (The State Trooper waves his hand)
    Sam: "It's the cops!"
    Sid: (upon noticing Big Bird, aka the "Blue Bird of Happiness," is not in their cage) "Sam, the bird's gone! The bird's gone! (sobs) The bird's gone!"
    Sam: (to Sid) "Get a grip on yourself, will you! Just try to relax!"
    Sam: "I'll take care of everything. (To Sid) Whatever you do, don't cry."
    (The brothers whistle)
    State Trooper (to the boy whose apple was stolen): "Are these the two men?"
    (The boy nods his head for "yes")
    Sam: "What seems to be the problem, officer? What's the charge?"
    State Trooper: "What about counterfeiting? Extortion? Impersonating a dentist? Stealing an apple from a kid?"
    Sam: "All about that apple, officer; I can explain that: we was just holding it for a friend."
    Sid: "Yeah, for a friend."
    State Trooper: (to Sid) "You can tell that ... to the judge."
    Sid: (sobbing) "Judge?!"
    State Trooper: (to Sid) "Be a man!"
    Sid: (still sobbing) "But I don't want to be a man, Sid!"
    Sam: (to Sid) "Shut up, Sid! Shut up!"
    Sid: (still sobbing) "Judge, he said! Jail!"

    Do you have another favorite scene besides this one?

  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    That's one of my favorite scenes. I like the way Sam says "Shut up, Sid, shut up!" Always thought it was funny (and figured if it could be said in a Sesame Street production then it was okay to say... I used to think "Shut up" was a cuss word).

    Speaking of that, I remember when I first saw the That '70s Show episode "Canadian Road Trip", which had guest starred Dave Thomas (and Joe Flaherty), and Dave Thomas' character shouts "Shut up!" in a similar manner at one point. It had been a few years since I last saw FTB at that point and had forgotten about him saying it there but was reminded. It made me wonder if shouting "Shut up" was a signature gag of Dave Thomas, wondering if he said it often on SCTV (by now I've seen all of season three and only recall seeing him utter that phrase once on that show). For a few years it also made me think that was the only really good way to say "Shut up", prompting me to tell people that if they are going to say "shut up", they've got to say it the right way (the Dave Thomas way!).

    Back to the topic, I really like the Grouch Anthem scene, and pretty much every street scene, and of course Kermit's scene (which is sort of a street scene, as characters on the street watch the news).
  3. superboober

    superboober Well-Known Member

    The entire Don't Drop Inn segment ("WHEEERRRRE'S MYYYYYYY JEELLLLLLOOOOOOOO!!!!!????") , Super Grover mistaking the Robinsons' Volkswagon for Big Bird and crashing through the roof ("This is not Big Bird! You are imposters!"), "Upside-Down World," ("I'm afraid you lost him, Bert." "I LOST HIM!!??" "While you were singing." "But you were singing too!!"), Super Grover overexerting himself trying to bend the bars of Big Bird's cage (particularly the climax where he rattles the bars like crazy and lets out that Tarzan yell), and the Dodos running from their out of control lawmower while going for a swim are the highlights for me
  4. Yorick

    Yorick Well-Known Member

    FTB is a masterpiece. So many great scenes! :) I have to agree the Grouch Anthem is fantastic, and indeed, epic! Of course when I first saw it, I didn't know Big Bird and Oscar were both performed by Mr. Spinney - I just knew them as Big Bird and Oscar. So it's great how the man who portrays the title character of the film (Big Bird is that bird they follow, after all :)) also opens the film as Oscar. Great, great movie.
  5. Yorick

    Yorick Well-Known Member

    I know it wasn't a big deal, but I wanted to replace one of those Kermit smileys with an Oscar, and also add a Big Bird. Can we no longer edit older posts? Or was this never an option and I'm mistaken?
  6. ISNorden

    ISNorden Well-Known Member

    Even in the older forums, the only "editable" post in a thread was the last one (no matter who made it). Yes, that's frustrating--but true!
  7. Yorick

    Yorick Well-Known Member

    Thank you very much for the kindly info! :)
  8. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    Big Bird- Hey I have a great idea. Let's play make believe. I'll be Snow White.
    Donny- But you're not Snow White.
    Marie- You're Bright Yellow.
    Big Bird- And you can be the Seven Dwarfs
    Donny-But we're not dwarfs
    Marie- We're .. . birds! (both laugh)
    Big Bird- It's just pretend. You know using our imagination?
    Donny- Ok I'll pretend I'm Donny.
    Marie- And I'll pretend I'm Marie.
    Donny- Oh this is fun. I like this game!
  9. Yorick

    Yorick Well-Known Member

    They don't know how to pretend! What dodo's they are :)
    That is a funny part of that wonderful film!
  10. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    I agree and the scene from afterwards is almost as funny.
    Donny- Get the door Marie
    Marie- Nope
    Donny- Don't be stubborn Marie!
    Marie- (singing while laughing) I'm not gonna get it! I'm not gonna get it! Ha ha ha ha!
    Big Bird- Never mind! I'll get it!
  11. Yorick

    Yorick Well-Known Member

    Hehe, yes - and Big Bird doesn't easily get annoyed, does he? Not often, I'd say. But with those two around, it's going to happen, as the film shows :)
  12. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    I agree Donny and Marie may be funny in the movie, but in real life they could drive the most patient people, or in this case birds up a wall. Miss Finch was extra nasty for not warning Big Bird what the Dodos were really like.
  13. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    I'm actually surprised that they would say that on SS. I may want to listen for that on the movie again. I know they did get away with things other shows haven't gotten away with. I recall that on "I Love Lucy" they couldn't use the term 'pregnant,' yet when Maria got pregnant Luis used that term. It's interesting how you can stay stuff in a kids's show now that you couldn't have said back in a '50s sitcom.
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Aside from it being said in the movie it was said at the end of the "Rupunzel" segment of Sesame Street News (though usually removed from showings after the late-1980s) and in the segment where Bad Bart gives a bartender "what he deserves".
  15. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    I considered shut up, and stupid both to be mean words. I still don't like the word stupid. It's funny, because now kids shows aren't allowed to say anything even slightly rude. Maybe it's overprotective parents. I know a mother who doesn't like Toy Story, because they say idiot in the movie.

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