I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Some iffy stuff in touching docu about Sesame Street icon.

NR 2015 90 minutes

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age 10+

I Am Big Bird really tugs at the heart

I watched this movie with my 10 year old and 3 year old- I assigned it as a homeschool enrichment assignment for my 10 year old, and the 3 year old was along for the ride. This was an endearing and heartwarming look at life and career of Caroll Spinney that doesn’t shy away from the messy parts. There were some moments I cringed for my 3 year old (maybe 5-10 seconds of images/video from the Vietnam War and other tumultuous events of the 1960’s, archival news clips of the space shuttle Challenger blowing up), a few instances of language, a brief description of suicidal thoughts (nothing gratuitous). Mostly it was a great look behind the scenes of Sesame Street, interesting interviews with familiar faces- a satisfying look at a life well-lived. My three year old enjoyed the scenes with the muppets and wasn’t much interested in the rest. I will say she had a strong emotional reaction to a moment where the characters of Sesame Street were mourning the loss of Mr. Hooper. My 10 year old enjoyed the movie, but wouldn’t rank it as a favorite. Probably more interesting for older kids and adults.

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