Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker's documentary I AM BIG BIRD profiles the master puppeteer Caroll Spinney who, though not a recognizable famous, is beloved by million for bringing both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life on SESAME STREET. The filmmakers detail his colorful life, and explore his run on the iconic children's program that began with the very first episode in 1969 and continued into the second decade of the 21st century.
"Out of costume, Spinney is as impossibly sunny as his alter ego. At 80, he has no plans to hang up his feathers -- welcome news for kids and parents everywhere." -- Grade: B+ - 04/30/2015 Entertainment Weekly
"An affectionate portrait of a big-hearted man and a fitting testament to the enduring appeal of Sesame Street." - 04/24/2015 Empire
"[This] is the kind of heartwarming, sentimental tale of a gentle soul that the PBS show's iconic character would love." - 05/14/2015 Los Angeles Times
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It is a warm and enthusiastic celebration of Spinney as a man and a performer." - 05/08/2015 RogerEbert.com
"[A] sweet, touching and fascinating documentary..." - 05/14/2015 Chicago Sun-Times