I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

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Documentary on the life and career of Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney, the man behind cherished childhood characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. At the age of 78, he has no plans on retiring.

2014Rating: PG, Coarse language91 minsUSA
Documentary

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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story | Reviews

84%76 reviews

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Variety

Variety

[Fails] to fully capture the actual art of puppeteering, with woefully few substantial excerpts from the show itself.

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Total Film

Total Film

This sweet if superfluous doc shows that Spinney is Big Bird, a tireless performer who refuses to retire.

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Time Out

Time Out

It’s an adoring portrait — almost cloyingly so — with an emotional soundtrack that grates a little.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Breezes by a couple of opportunities to dig deeper into thornier subject matter, but those minor oversights don’t hurt the film in any significant way.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Shines a much deserved spotlight on this unheralded artist.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

An affectionate portrait of a big-hearted man and a fitting testament to the enduring appeal of Sesame Street.

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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story | Release Details

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and DocPlay and Apple TV and Academy On Demand and Beamafilm.