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Follow that Bird

posted by Nell Minow
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Diversity Issues:Diverse characters
Movie Release Date:1985
DVD Release Date:2009
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Profanity: None
Nudity/Sex: None
Alcohol/Drugs: None
Violence/Scariness: None
Diversity Issues: Diverse characters
Movie Release Date: 1985
DVD Release Date: 2009

Celebrate the birthday of Caroll Spinney, the man behind (or, I should say, inside) Big Bird. 1985’s “Follow That Bird,” features all of the show’s favorite characters and an array of guest stars but focuses more on gentle humor and lessons of tolerance than letters and numbers.

A well-meaning social worker decides that Big Bird needs to be with “his own kind’ and packs him off to live with the Dodo family. But while they may have feathers and wings, they are not really “his own kind,” and he feels lost and alone. He decides to go back home where he can be with the friends who are his real family and has adventures along the way, including an encounter with the Sleaze Brothers, who want to paint him blue and put him on stage as the “Blue Bird of Happiness.” But all ends happily as he is reunited with the people who love him, who are truly “his own kind.”


Families who see this movie will want to talk about the many ways that families are created and about how we decide what “our own kind” really means.

  • Kylee’s 2009

    25 years? Really?! I remember my mom taking me to see this when I was little (9 years old), something we weren’t able to do very often. I’m going to have to get this. My 3yo may not be interested in it though, ’85 was pre-Elmo. =)

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