Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird

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Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (commonly shortened to Follow That Bird) is a 1985 American musical road-comedy film, directed by Ken Kwapis, starring many Sesame Street characters (both puppets and live actors). The film was produced by Children’s Television Workshop, The Jim Henson Company and Warner Bros., and filmed at the Toronto International Studios, and on location in the Greater Toronto Area.

This is also the final Muppet film to be released before the deaths of Jim Henson and Richard Hunt.

It's Big Adventure! It's Big Laughs! It's Big Bird on the Big Screen!(taglines)

Big Bird

  • [sees the WB logo] Sesame Street is brought to you today by the letters W and B.
  • I'm not even supposed to do this! Why, you should never jump from a moving truck! Why... I shouldn't even be standing up!
  • Oh, I didn't run away. I'm going back to my real home on Sesame Street where I belong.
  • Isn't flying wonderful? It makes me feel like a bird.

Mr. Snuffleupagus

  • Oh, Bird, this is goodbye. You're leaving Sesame Street.
  • Don't worry, Bird. We can hug for real when you get back to Sesame Street.

Oscar the Grouch

  • [surprised] What? Why, that's the nicest thing you've ever said to me.
  • Nice work, turkey!
  • [after the Grouch Anthem] Well, anyway, you've seen the best part of this movie. So sit back, relax, and have a rotten time!


  • Maria: Don't forget, Big Bird, we love you!
  • Grover: [lands in the Volkswagen] This is not Big Bird! You are imposters!
  • Bert: What do you see?
  • Ernie: Your nose, Bert.
  • Cookie Monster: Don't forget to eat, Big Bird!
  • Floyd: You're the biggest chicken I've ever seen.
  • Count: [counting the closing credits] One Joan Ganz Cooney! Hi, Mom.
  • Gordon: Okay. Let's... Follow that Bird!
  • Sid: It's just a yellow Volkswagen. With a hole on the roof and no hood.


[first lines]
Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, would you please rise for the Grouch Anthem.
Oscar the Grouch: No, no, no! With the Grouch Anthem, you stay sitting down! Down in front there!

Madame Chairbird: Now, here today, we have a sad, sad case that needs our urgent attention. He's only six years old, and he lives all alone, with no other birds around.
Feathered Friends Turkey: He looks so sad.
Feathered Friends Owl: That's funny. He looks happy to me.
Madame Chairbird: [surprised] Of course he's not happy! How can you say that?
[The board members begin arguing around the table]
Miss Finch: Madame Chairbird!
Madame Chairbird: Miss Finch?
Miss Finch: [clearing throat] We all know he can't be happy. He needs to be with his own kind, with a bird family.
Madame Chairbird: True, very true.
Miss Finch: And I know just the family. Where does he live?
Madame Chairbird: Sesame Street.
Miss Finch: Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

Mr. Snuffleupagus: Oh, Bird, this is goodbye. You're leaving Sesame Street.
Big Bird: Well, I'm not really leaving. I'm just going away.
Mr. Snuffleupagus: Oh.
Big Bird: Besides, as soon as I get to Ocean View, you can come and visit.
Mr. Snuffleupagus: I can?
Big Bird: First thing, ol' pal. I wouldn't go if you couldn't come and visit.

Oscar the Grouch: [driving into a junkyard] This is where I wanna be - grouch paradise! Just look it at. It's like a work of art.
Telly: It is different, Maria.
Maria: Oscar, I want you to turn this car around right now and head for Toadstool!
Oscar the Grouch: Ah, an angry face in a beautiful place - heaven.

Bert: Whattaya see, Ernie?
Ernie: [points his binoculars at Bert's nose] Your nose, Bert.
[Ernie laughs]
Bert: Ernie! Get serious, will ya? We're supposed to be looking for Big Bird.
Ernie: Right!

Gordon: Bye bye! Cookie, will you stop eating the hubcaps?
Cookie Monster [eating hubcaps] : Oh, me thing they do delicious, me so hungry!
Olivia: But Cook, we haven't even started on our trip yet.
Cookie Monster: That's okay. Me eat three other hubcaps later.
Gordon: Cookie!

Grouch patron #1: Hey, waitress! There's no fly in my soup!
Don't Drop Inn waitress: It's comin'!
Grouch patron #2: Hey, I need a glass!
Don't Drop Inn waitress: Broken or dirty?
Grouch patron #3: Waitress!
Don't Drop Inn waitress: It's about time.
Don't Drop Inn chef: [holding out a disgusting cake] This is my masterpiece.
Don't Drop Inn waitress: [taking it] Beautiful! Just beautiful. Never looks any better than this.
[The waitress takes a bottle of syrup from a nearby table]
Grouch patron #4: Hey, gimme that syrup back!
Don't Drop Inn waitress: Get lost!

Maria: Good! I'll have the tossed salad.
Oscar the Grouch: Hey, better make that two.
Don't Drop Inn waitress: Two tossed salads!
[A bowlful of salad is launched directly at Maria]
Don't Drop Inn chef: Number two, comin' right up! [dumps another large spoonful of salad into his catapult. His assistant launches the salad again, but this time, it lands on the waitress]

[Maria is aat the phone booth talking to Bob]
Maria: Hi, Bob. No news about Big Bird, I suppose.
Bob: Yeah, we've located him.
Maria: [shocked] WHAT?!
[Olivia and Linda approach her in response]
Bob: Yeah, he's right nearby, locked in a cage.
Maria: He's locked in a cage?!
Bob: The kids phoned they saw him. He's blue.
Maria: He's blue!
Olivia: He's blue!
Maria: He's blue?
Bob: At some sort of a carnival, the kid said.
Maria: At a carnival?
Bob: Right, Maria--
Olivia: That funfair!
[Linda points at her watch]
Olivia: We passed that hours ago!
Telly: Mmm-hmm.
Maria: That's what she said.
Olivia: Well, come on!
Maria: Bye, Bob!
[she hangs up, and she and the others head for their cars]
Telly: How we gonna get him if he's locked in a cage?
Maria: Come on, Telly! [grabs Telly]

Big Bird: And then suddenly, I looked up and I saw... [Miss Finch suddenly arrives] MISS FINCH!
Miss Finch: Hello, Big. Perhaps the Dodos weren't perfect for you, but I have managed to find you another lovely bird family.
Maria: But he doesn't need another family.

[last line]
Count: [at the end of the closing credits] That is 278 incredible, colossal credits! [laughs] I love motion pictures! Wonderful! [continues laughter as a thunderclap is heard]


  • It's Big Adventure! It's Big Laughs! It's Big Bird on the Big Screen!
  • The First Sesame Street Movie Ever.


Muppet performers

Special Muppet performers by: Kevin Clash, David Rudman, Caroly Wilcox, Cheryl Blaylock, Camille Bonora, Fran Brill, Ed Christie, Michael Huston, Jim Kroupa, Brian Muehl

Board of Birds Members are performed by: Terry Angus, Kevin Clash, Tim Gosley, Trish Leeper, Rob Mills, John Pattison, Martin P. Robinson, Bob Stutt, and Nikki Tilroe.

Humans of Sesame Street

Other humans

Cameo guest stars

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