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I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY – Joshua Johnson

July 21, 2015 Leave a comment

iambigbirdOriginal Review by Jonathan Broxton

Sesame Street was one of the few American kid’s TV shows that aired in the United Kingdom when I was a child, so I grew up being very familiar with its cast of characters, both human and muppet. While that lovable ball of red fuzz Elmo is undoubtedly the star of the show these days, for many years the center of attention was Big Bird, the eight-foot tall yellow creature who has the innocence and inquisitiveness of a six year old child. Since the character first debuted on the show in 1969 he has been played by Caroll Spinney, a master puppeteer and artist. Now 81 years old, Spinney is the subject of this new documentary feature from directors Dave La Mattina and Chad Walker, which charts Spinney’s life, from his early years growing up in Massachusetts, to the beginnings of his friendship with Jim Henson, and his work on the Street controlling both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Read more…