Currently playing at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival is the new documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story, which chronicles the incredible life and career of Muppeteer Caroll Spinney (Sesame Street). The film was directed by Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker (Brownstones to Red Dirt), and in addition to Spinney, also features interviews with Frank Oz (The Muppets Take Manhattan), Jerry Nelson (The Muppet Movie), and Matt Vogel (Muppets Most Wanted).
IAR's Managing Editor recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with the great Caroll Spinney, as well as the iconic Oscar the Grouch, at the Los Angeles Film Festival to talk about I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story. The legendary Muppeteer discussed the new documentary, his decision to participate in the film, his life and career, making Big Bird in China, the famous Mr. Hooper episode of Sesame Street, singing "It's Not Easy Being Green" as Big Bird at Jim Henson's funeral, almost going into outer space, Mitt Romney mentioning Big Bird during the 2012 Presidential election, and appearing on Saturday Night Live, while Oscar the Grouch talked about why he wanted the documentary to be named after him, living on Sesame Street, his friendship with Big Bird, and being an American icon.
To watch our exclusive extended interview with Caroll Spinney and Oscar the Grouch about I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story, please click on the video player above.
A documentary about Caroll Spinney who has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. At 78-years-old, he has no intention of stopping.
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story is currently playing at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival.