Movie Review: I Am Big Bird (2014)


TitleI Am Big Bird
Release Date: 2014
Director: Dave LaMattina & Chad N. Walker
Summary/Review:

This sweet documentary tells the story of the life, career, and artistry of Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.  The film includes a wealth of archival footage and home movies balanced with interviews with Spinney, his wife Debbie, and his colleagues (I particularly like the Muppet Wranglers).  While a celebration of his art, the film also reveals Spinney’s struggles with anxiety and depression, as well as his isolation from the other Muppet crew (something that is heightened because he is uniquely hidden within his characters Big Bird and Oscar).  At the age of 82, Spinney is the last of the original Muppeteers still working with Sesame Street.  If you love Big Bird and Oscar, you’ll love this movie
Rating: ****

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