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Sesame Street Season 45 Episode 4512 - Big Bird Loses His Nest

Discussion in 'Season 45' started by Phillip, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Season 45 Episode 4512 - Big Bird Loses His Nest
    Friday November 21, 2014

    Big Bird loses his nest to Minnie Mynah and she won’t give it back because of the bird rule – finders keepers, losers weepers. Chris tries to help but after no success takes it to the Supreme Bird Court. The Court initially sides with Minnie but Big Bird helps them realize they too would feel sad and angry if they lost their nest.

    Subject: Self-Regulation
    Brought to you by: Q & 0
    Word on the Street: Empty – When something doesn’t have anything in it.

    If you've seen "Big Bird Loses His Nest" please like this post and share your thoughts below.
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  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Man... an unfair, pointless rule that hurts people made by a Bird Supreme Court. There's a Scallia joke in there somewhere.

    But it's great to see Big Bird back in action in such a big street story. And to speak to the credit of those certain episodes, Minnie the Mynah was actually less abrasive and obnoxious than the number 15 and Penelope Penguin were... and Minnie was supposed to be an antagonist! Not only that, but Big Bird also managed to get snuck into the end of the Murray had a little Lamb bit. Today was the Bird's time to shine.

    That bit about the empty nest and the birds leaving one by one was kinda cute. Liked the bit at the end where the robin left his phone behind.

    Not really much else to comment on besides the pretty good Jonah Hill word of the day bit. Still have no clue who yesterday's guy was...oh... some guy on the Bravo Network I've never heard of.
  3. SpinneyBigBird1

    SpinneyBigBird1 Well-Known Member

    I'm always partial to a Big Bird-centered episode. I'm glad that the nest got a little love too, seeing as you maybe only see it once a season now.

    The story was okay. I particularly liked the Supreme Bird Court. (who played the middle Supreme Bird Court justice? I know the first and third were David Rudman and Fran Brill, but for the life of me I cannot pick out the middle guy.) This was definitely an interesting way to get this message across, but there weren't any real laughs here, besides Chris imitating Minnie Mynah. I was watching some old 1990s episodes on YouTube and they were more reminiscent of a sitcom than anything else. I feel like Leslie was trying to go for some laughs with her Minnie voice, but (at least to me) it just came off kind of irritating. The song solidified my thought they are just trying to squeeze one in during every street story, because it really was just unnecessary. But I'm being picky. This really was a fine street story.

    I know it has been around for upwards of a decade, but I have to say that I am not a big fan of Matt Vogel's Big Bird puppet. It's just the way the feathers are fluffed out it casts a little shadow over the face. And I think the head is just too wide. I don't know. I've sort of always felt that way. That's just me.

    Oh and SNUFFY! Snuffy was there, too!
  4. FredMuseumMan7

    FredMuseumMan7 Well-Known Member

    I did catch today's episode, and I watched all of it from start to finish!. Now here's what happened in today's episode. Big Bird was sad when Minnie "stole" her nest, The Supreme Bird Court changed the Bird rule because it was unfair. I thought it was an AMAZING street story.

    Here was today's episode breakdown................

    -Jonah Hill and Murray demonstrate the word "empty"
    -Bird Empty Nest Animation song
    -A bird comes up to Murray and he doesn't know what bird it is so Murray goes to the Staten Island Zoo to see some birds
    -Super Grover 2.0:Across the Bridge (from A Bicycle Built by Two)
    -Elmo's Letter of the Day Song: "Q"
    -Quincy's Letter Q Song
    -Murray decides to see some more birds
    -Abby's Flying Fairy School:Blogg's Schlubby Sock
    -The Count's Number of the Day Dance: 0
    -A penguin leaves 0 Snacks from for his father
    -Oscar Presents the Number of the Day: 0, which the Count counts 0 sets of things. At the end, Oscar takes the number 0 in his trash can
    -Elmo's Ducks Song
    -Murray brings Big Bird to the Staten Island Zoo
    -Elmo the Musical: Bird the Musical
    -Sesame Street was brought to you today by the Letter "Q" and by the Number "0".
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  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'll agree to that. It wasn't a bad song by any means, but it felt shoehorned in. In fact, unlike the rushed pacing of other episodes this season, this one felt like it added in the song to make the street story longer.

    I'll agree that the Mynah bird was obnoxious, but it seemed like that was the intent. Compared to those other two examples I mentioned, she actually feels subdued and nuanced. Really. A number 15 who whines through the whole episode was far more overbearing than an actual antagonistic presence that's supposed to want the audience to throw tomatoes. But I really think overall it did a better job talking about not taking things that rightfully belong to someone else than the Cookie Monster and the wand episode. At least we got to see Big Bird go through a range of emotions. Abby on the other hand was perfectly Stepford smiling and doing silly stuff with Elmo instead of having any character development of any kind. They didn't make this one quite as safe, and dejected Big Bird losing his home gave a nice emotional punch.
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  6. SpinneyBigBird1

    SpinneyBigBird1 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Big Bird is always a great character to have go through multiple emotions because he plays them so well. He's not an outwardly gimmick-y character, so that just leaves him to play emotions truthfully that a child would experience. That was something that they really have done nicely in recent years.
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  7. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Darn it! An episode that I was really looking forward to see airs today and I miss it despite the fact that I don't have school on Fridays! :sigh:

    Oh well...I'll just have to wait for the half hour version to pop up on PBS Kids' website...
  8. cahuenga

    cahuenga Well-Known Member

    Who were the humans on the street scenes? and was BB performed by Matt vogel? voyce and puppet? thanks!!
  9. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Carol did Big Bird's voice. I don't know about the puppetry. Chris was the only human. The street story was very good. Leslie's performance of Minnie was good. I laughed when Chris imitated her "Mine, mine, mine." The song was very touching. The WOTD was funny. MHALL was very good. Finally we get another regular Muppet in the bits. Big Bird didn't appear until the end but, it was worth the wait.
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  10. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Yeah. That's what they need, more interaction with Muppets in Murrary wraparounds. I could definitely see that happening in some areas. Even in this ep when Murray met the pigeon. I thought that would have been a good place for Bert to make an appearance. (Though I've noticed all Bert's pigeons are live pigeons while other pigeons are merely Muppets, but that's another story.)

    So that was Matt who performed him in the street scene? I thought the voice was a little different, but I was thinking that was because he was saddened through must of the ep. I sort of that Carroll and Matt may have alternated there. I know it was Carroll in MHLL.

    Update: Okay. I just read Antsam's post. So now what I'm hearing is that it was Matt in the costume and Carroll doing the voice. I thought that only happened when he and :grouchy: are in the same scene. But maybe I'm wrong. I know Carroll is sort of at the point where he isn't really able to walk around in that bird costume as often as he used to.
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  11. SpinneyBigBird1

    SpinneyBigBird1 Well-Known Member

    Yes, Caroll did the voice while Matt did the puppetry. Sometimes that happens if Caroll is not available to perform the puppet on the day. I think it still looked and sounded fine, in my opinion.
  12. WalterLinz

    WalterLinz Well-Known Member

    Just saw the Murray and Ovejita segments, and it was cute seeing Big Bird's cameo at the end. I remember seeing a behind the scenes photo of him filming the segment a while back. It sure made me smile.:)

    "I'm Big Bird!":wisdom:
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  13. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    Good episode with Big Bird. He will always be my favorite character from the very beginning. Can't get enough of him. The Minnie Bird was pretty cute but hearing that "Mine Mine" over and over just got old. Funny for Chris's character to do it. I missed Big Bird in the Murrary segment. I'll have to go back and watch it.

    It was neat to see a few old (kinda of) skits and songs in this episode. I've always enjoyed Elmo's Duck song.
  14. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    It surprises me that even though "Elmo's Ducks" is one of the most viewed videos on their YT channel, they haven't used on the show beyond it's initial airing. Nice to see it turn up again in this episode, even if they cut it down.
  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    They're really making these one off characters a bit too annoying lately. 'cept I kinda liked Peter Piper.

    Gotta love that Big Bird's such a gentle soul that he only got dejected instead of wanting to wring the Mynah bird's neck, like most people would do.

    But I think the key scene in the episode was that Big Bird didn't have the heart to take another bird's nest. That was much more subtle than the "how would you feel" number.
  16. SpinneyBigBird1

    SpinneyBigBird1 Well-Known Member

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  17. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    Minnie Minah wasn't too mean, but that "MINE MINE MINE MINE MINE!" made her sound like the seagulls from Finding Nemo. Did the scene where Chris takes her teddy bear remind anybody else of Gordon and Telly's bullying Cousin Izzy who kept taking Telly's traingles until Gordon took his hat?
  18. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I was wondering what bird puppet they would use for Minnie and was surprised they made a completely new one. Her "MINE" thing didn't bug me very much; I quite enjoyed the episode. I do wonder if the thing the Bird Court was behind was intended to be a bench, because ya know, birds sit on benches, because it was clearly a bench.
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Can I just say I totally knew she was going to be a mynah bird before they even stated it? Of course, it was fairly obvious.
  20. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    I had that in mind too. Chris definitely takes after his Uncle Gordon. :)

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