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I Am Big Bird Review

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Carole Spinney, the puppeteer behind Sesame Street’'s Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch since 1969, documented his curious life with hours of home-movie footage.

★★★★★

This likable, kick-started documentary celebrates the life and work of Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch since 1969.

Utilising hours of home-movie footage shot by Spinney and his wife Debs, it charts Spinney’s run-ins with a disapproving father, the early days with Muppet master Jim Henson, the cult of Big Bird, and Spinney’s insatiable desire to continue performing well into his eighties.

Save a murder in the grounds of his house, Spinney’s life lacks drama, but I Am Big Bird delivers an affectionate portrait of a big-hearted man and a fitting testament to the power of Sesame Street.

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

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