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Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (1985)




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The first film to be adapted from the popular children's television series Sesame Street, Follow That Bird follows the story of Big Bird after a social worker (Sally Kellerman) takes him away from Sesame Street to live with a family of birds in Illinois. Unhappy in his new surroundings, Big Bird attempts to hitchhike back home to Sesame Street. Over the course of his journey he meets a number of odd and charming characters, in the form of cameos by Chevy Chase, Sandra Bernhard, Waylon Jennings, Dave Thomas and John Candy. The music for this engaging family film was written by Van Dyke Parks and Lennie Niehaus.

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Sandra Bernhard
as Grouch Waitress
John Candy
as State Trooper
Chevy Chase
as Newscaster
Jim Henson
as Kermit the Frog/Ernie
Frank Oz
as Cookie Monster/Bert/Grover
Paul Bartel
as Grouch Cook
Joe Flaherty
as Sid Sleaze
Waylon Jennings
as Truck Driver
Dave Thomas
as Sam Sleaze
Sally Kellerman
as Miss Finch
Eddie Deezen
as Donnie Dodo
Richard Campbell
as Boy with Apple
Liston Bates
as Rescue Boy
Tawny Richard
as Rescue Girl
Adrian McCalla
as Kid at Map
Shawna Stoll
as Airline Announcer
Kathryn Mullen
as Feathered Friend's Magistrate/Grouch Diner Patron
Richard Hunt
as Gladys the Cow/Feathered Friends Owl
Jerry Nelson
as Count von Count/Herry Monster
Laraine Newman
as Mommy Dodo
Cathy Silvers
as Marie Dodo
Eddie Dreezen
as Donnie Dodo
Brian Hohlfeld
as Daddy Dodo
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Critic Reviews for Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

By and large, the script by Tony Geiss and Judy Freudberg and the direction by Ken Kwapis don't strain for yuks; what they seek, and more often than not attain, is a tone of kindly kidding.

May 21, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A real gem.

May 3, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

If you have kids, check this one out for nostalgia's sake and a chance for them to see the Children's Television Workshop in its younger years.

April 18, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The series' core values are faithfully reflected in the film.

April 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Good work from Sandra Bernhard, director Paul Bartel, and Hollywood favorites John Candy and Chevy Chase, as well as some fine moments with Kermit, the Cookie Monster, Ernie, Bert, Grover, and many of the other Muppets.

May 15, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Can't go wrong with a film that features Snuffleupagus!

October 19, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird

A movie I watched probably two million times as a child, I am now able to pass it on to my daughter. Hilarious performances from Dave Thomas and Joe Flaherty and a huge list of great cameos. This is one of the essential kid's movies.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

This was one of my absolute favorite movies when I was little and I still love it. I haven't seen it in a while so hopefully it'll still be great when I see it again. Yup...still awesome!

Megan S
Megan S

Super Reviewer


Just like the Muppets Movies and Toy Story franchise, Follow The Bird is a good exemple of a cute and sentimental message of importance to have friends. Ken Kwapis made in is picture your best work until now.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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