Hot Docs 2014: I Am Big Bird: The Carol Spinney Story (2014)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 12, 2014 0 Comment 4724 views

This is what’s known as a truism: everyone loves Big Bird. They probably also love Oscar the Grouch. But who loves Carol Spinney, or even knows who Carol Spinney is? I Am Big Bird: The Carol Spinney Story sets out to right this injustice with a detailed and loving look at the man who’s been in the bird suit (and grouch suit!) for 40 years.

These sorts of docs always have the potential for a being a big of a drag. After all, Carol Spinney is just a man and sometimes people are just boring. But do not fear. It turns out that Carol Spinney is just as much bird – if not more – than man. You already love Big Bird, but after watching I Am Bird Bird, you’ll fall in love with the man who brings him to life as well.

And if you think you know Big Bird, think again. Have you ever seen Big Bird in China? Did you know that Big Bird came within a feather of being on the ill-fated Challenger space flight? Did you know that Big Bird was once plucked clean by a roving band of ROTC students? Did you know… you get the picture. At times I Am Big Bird can be a little heavy handed, accompanied by an overly treacly score, but that’s forgivable.

Screening Times for I Am Big Bird: The Carol Spinney Story

Isabel Bader Theatre Mon, Apr 28 11:00 AM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 Wed, Apr 30 1:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 Thu, May 1 1:30 PM
Revue Cinema Sun, May 4 4:00 PM

Watch the I Am Big Bird: The Carol Spinney Story Trailer


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