Follow That Bird is an amazing, amazing movie!! You might think that it is just a kids movie, but you would be very, very wrong. I remember watching it when I was a little kid, but I kind of forgot about it as I got older. Then one of my high school friends reintroduced me to it because she loved it and watched it all the time. After that, I totally bought my own copy and watch it at least a couple times a year.
The basic plot of the movie is pretty simple. A woman named Miss Finch from the Feathered Friends decides that Big Bird belongs in a family with real birds and needs to leave Sesame Street. Big Bird goes to live with the Dodo family in Oceanview, Illinois (haahahaha). Very quickly, Big Bird realizes that he doesn’t belong with the Dodos and decides to head back to Sesame Street on foot. Miss Finch goes after him to bring him back, and many of the familiar Sesame Street people (and Muppets) head out to bring Big Bird home.
One of the reasons I love this movie is because it is so funny!! Sesame Street has always done a great job of being entertaining for kids and adults and this movie continues that tradition. You know the movie has to be funny because it was directed by Ken Kwapis who did many early episodes of The Office. I love that there are jokes thrown in specifically for adults (Chevy Chase as the news reporter comes to mind) and yet the movie is still completely appropriate for kids. My favorite funny parts were the lawn mower, anything with Super Grover, and Cookie Monster eating the car.
The best thing about this movie is the music. There are lots of songs in the movie, and they are all catchy and well done. Waylon Jennings even makes an appearance as a truck driver and sings one of my favorites “Ain’t No Road Too Long.” I love all the songs, but my favorite has to be the lullabye-esque “One Little Star.”
Ugh, now i am totally crying from watching that video. Anything in this movie with Big Bird and Snuffy makes me a little teary. I know what it’s like to say goodbye to friends when they move and it sucks. It doesn’t help that Alaina Reed (Olivia) passed away over a year ago when she was still way too young.
Ahem, anyway…..the movie is awesome and is filled with LOTS of people you will recognize. Not only will you (hopefully) recognize all your favorite Sesame Street cast members, but there are lots of other celebrities that pop up as well.
I just watched the movie again the other day and it was just as good as I remembered. Here are some things that I noticed that I hadn’t realized before.
*Why does the Count travel all by himself? All the other searchers (except Super Grover at first) have traveling companions, but the Count rides in his car alone. Is it because no one can handle him counting every single thing on the trip?
*Snuffy has some killer eyelashes.
*During the “Bluebird of Happiness” song, the whole front row of the audience is filled with sets of twins…….what is that all about??
*Gordon is totally sexy. I don’t care how wrong that is, it’s true.
*The movie’s message, that families are made up of all different sorts and you don’t need to be with “your own kind” to be happy is even more relevant today.
*The Count kind of looks like Steve Carell from season one of The Office.
So, even if you are a grownup with no excuse for renting/buying/Netflixing a kids movie, don’t be embarrassed to get this one because it is totally worth it!
P.S. One of my least favorite patrons in the library really looks like Miss Finch. Every time she comes in I hear Big Bird in my head saying “It’s Miss Finch!!!!”