I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Festival Year:2014
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Official Rating:PG
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Chad Walker
Dave LaMattina
Producer(s):Chad Walker
Dave LaMattina
Editor(s):Chad Walker
Executive Producer(s):Clay Frost
Writer(s):Dave LaMattina
Cinematographer(s):Chad Walker
Composer(s):Josh Johnson

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I Am Big Bird tells the extraordinary story of Caroll Spinney, the whimsical and endearing man behind Sesame Street’s beloved Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. While inspiring generations of kids for more than 40 years, not much has been known about the man inside the bird. Now, with Spinney approaching 80, we get to peek at how the magic was made. With an epic love story, a life-changing adventure in China and an almost-trip to space aboard the Challenger, both Caroll Spinney and his feathered friend Big Bird have had some incredible adventures and tragedies. Through an extensive collection of home movies and behind-the-scenes Sesame Street footage, the filmmakers capture an intimate portrait. If your heart warmed to the big yellow bird that entertained generations, your heart will melt in this loving portrait of the creative genius who brought him to life. Heather Haynes

Also screening as part of the Scotiabank Big Ideas series.

Yahoo Canada and Hot Docs present The Hot Seat

Additional Information

The Globe and Mail - Beneath the feathers: the man who gives wing to Big Bird

The Globe and Mail - 3.5/4 stars, "Thoroughly entertaining...a joy to watch."

Toronto Star - "Fascinating."

CBC, Q - Interview with Caroll Spinney

National Post - From Ai to Swartz: Ten to see at this year’s Hot Docs festival

The Grid - 10 Movies You Need to See at Hot Docs

Dork Shelf - "Well-crafted and guileless... a brilliantly comprehensive biography."

Moviefone - "A deserving portrait of a great man."

CHCH - The Watchlist

The Matinee - Review

Twitch - "Your heart will melt."