I Am Big Bird – The Caroll Spinney Story: A Review

Director: Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker
Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jim Henson (Archival Footage)
Status: Released

Ask anyone who has watched Sesame Street during their childhood and they will undoubtedly tell you that they know who Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch are. What they will not know is the man who gave shape, movement and the now iconic voices that have become such an integral part of Sesame Street’s success.

Caroll Edwin Spinney (born 1933) and named after Christmas Carol because he was born Christmas Day, is an American puppeteer, actor, and painter who since 1969 has performed as Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch from Sesame Street’s inception to the present day. It was a chance meeting with an up and coming puppeteer named Jim Henson who would go on to create the now iconic Muppets that gave Caroll the job that he has held for nearly 3 decades. Featuring Caroll’s Home movies as well as historical footage and interviews from his time on Sesame Street, This film traces his early days to his success to what’s ahead this documentary covers it all and it is narrated by Caroll Spinney too so that is a bonus any sesame street fan will like.

Clip: Official Trailer courtesy MovieClips

My Rating: 5/5 Stars


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