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Most Iconic Big Bird Design?

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by DarthGonzo, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. DarthGonzo

    DarthGonzo Well-Known Member

    What does everyone think is the most iconic Big Bird "look" in Sesame Street history?

    For me personally, it's the early-to-mid '80s give or take a few years. The version of Big Bird that appears in "Follow That Bird" is what I consider to be MY Big Bird.

    I can't stand how the character looks now.
     
  2. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Probably his first appearance because of.... Well, how dopey he looked.
     
  3. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Yeah, i'd say probably the one from the 80s, just because so many famous moments happened during that time, including the "Goodbye, Mr. Hooper" scene, Follow That Bird, and the episode where Snuffy is revealed to the adults.
     
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  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Really, the only version of Big Bird I ever truly "disliked" was the early 90s Big Bird as seen during the tail-end of the Jon Stone era, just before ATC: his head was too flat and had too much white around the eyes.

    I agree that my personal favorite Big Bird is the 80s version, but I also really liked Caroll's puppet used during the ATC era up into the mid-2000s; Matt's puppet (and ensuing versions of Big Bird since) has too big a head - it looks massive.
     
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  5. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    My thoughts exactly!
     
  6. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    The one from the late 90s because that's the design I grew up watching with.
     
  7. gavry3

    gavry3 Well-Known Member

    I like the 70's and 80's one, but definitely the Follow That Bird one was the best.
     
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  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    All this talk of the specific Big Bird puppet used in FTB, it's really gotten me to wonder how they actually made Big Bird blue. I know plot-wise, the Sleaze brothers just painted him blue, given that we see discarded cans of blue paint, but how, in actuality, did they change the actual puppet from yellow to blue? You can tell it's the same puppet, given the design of the puppet, not to mention you can see where some of the feathers on the top of the head and the tail were still showing some yellow.
     
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  9. Froggy Fool

    Froggy Fool Well-Known Member

    No, I'm pretty sure it was two different puppets. I read on Muppet Wiki that they still use the blue BB to train puppeteers for International SS.
     
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well I know the usual, standard Big Bird puppet from the show at the time was used for scenes that took place on Sesame Street.
     
  11. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I think there might have actually been THREE different puppets used in FTB.
    There was the normal one that they used on the show at the time:
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    There was this one, which looks really similar but appears to have a few less feathers on his head. His head looks just slightly more messy and I think his neck is longer and skinnier:
    [​IMG]

    And the blue bird puppet, which I heard was later modified and used as a different character.
     
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  12. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

    Yup, the torso was reused for the obscure 'Blue Bird' superhero from the '80s.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Oh, weird. His head is so tiny, kind of like BB in the first season. Do you know what his name is? I forget.
     
  14. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

    Blue Bird, lol.
     
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  15. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Oh. :p Duh.
     
  16. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    I'll actually admit.

    I think the modern day Big Bird puppet looks kinda plain.

    :smirk:
     
  17. Froggy Fool

    Froggy Fool Well-Known Member

    Ugh, I hate the BB puppet they use now. He's so freakin' fat! :eek:
     
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  18. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I don't particularly care for the current puppet. I think his head's too big and round, but I did really like the one Caroll used from 2004-his retirement. I think Noel MacNeal uses Caroll's BB now.
     
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  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I don't know about fat, but as I've said before, the current Big Bird puppet's head is just way too big! Almost like it doubled in size!
     
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  20. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Maybe his head shape determines his intelligence.
     


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