I AM BIG BIRD is a documentary about Caroll Spinney, who has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. Read more
This project was successfully funded on August 16, 2012.
Week 1 Thoughts From I AM BIG BIRD: People Love Caroll Spinney!
When we first started this Kickstarter campaign, we thought we might post an update a day; however, since we started releasing photos and videos from Caroll's archive, we have been bombarded by emails from people telling us how Caroll impacted their lives. Responding to each one personally takes time and is very important to us because your support and kind words mean the world to us.
It's simply amazing. Many people have told us that they didn't know who Caroll was. It's not that they were indifferent. They, like us, had just always thought of Big Bird and Oscar not as puppets, but as beings. They just existed. It seems like as people have gotten to know Caroll, even in the brief clips we've released, they've realized that the man behind the Bird is the man that makes the Bird. In other words, Caroll is a remarkable person who deserves to be recognized for shaping generations of people.
We've had some early success in this campaign--and it's too early to say whether or not that will continue--and we believe that's all due to who Caroll is. As we've said to countless people, he's exactly what you'd want the man inside Big Bird to be. We hope that you take the time to get to know Caroll through the photos and videos we'll be releasing here and on Twitter over the next few weeks. We also encourage you to visit our production journal to catch up on any photos or videos you might have missed. We think you'll be glad you did, and we hope it moves you to pledge to help us tell Caroll's story to the world.
Finally, we've updated this page with a wonderful video of Caroll talking about how he met Jim Henson. The video features some touching moments from Jim, which came during the celebration of the 15 year anniversary of Sesame Street, which Jim chose to hold in honor of Caroll. It's the sort of rare video that Caroll has tucked away in his archive that he's chosen to share with us so the world can get to know him a little bit better. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have.
Thanks for reading, and please keep spreading the word.
The I AM BIG BIRD Crew