Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird
Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird is a 1985 American musical road-comedy film, directed by Ken Kwapis, starring many Sesame Street characters. This was the first of two Sesame Street feature films, followed in 1999 by The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland; the film was produced by Children’s Television Workshop, The Jim Henson Company and Warner Bros. and filmed at the Toronto International Studios, on location in the Greater Toronto Area. This was the only Sesame Street film to have the involvement of Jim Henson and Richard Hunt before they died in 1990 and 1992 respectively; the Feathered Friends' Board of Birds, an organization whose purpose is "to place stray birds with nice bird families," discusses the case of Big Bird. The group's social worker Miss Finch is sent to Sesame Street, New York City, to find Big Bird and bring him to a worthy family of dodos in Oceanview, Illinois. However, Big Bird begins to feel distressed in living with the dodos when they insist on calling him "Big Dodo", the dodos all think poorly of non-birds, suggesting Big Bird should have a bird as a best friend instead of Mr. Snuffleupagus, which proves to be the last straw for Big Bird.
When Big Bird runs away from his new home to head back to Sesame Street, he ends up on the news, Miss Finch tells reporter Kermit the Frog that she intends to reclaim him. His friends on Sesame Street see the news and band together to find him before Miss Finch does, they take different kinds of vehicles on their quest: Gordon, Olivia and Cookie Monster set out in a Volkswagen Beetle, Count von Count departs and drives in the Countmobile and Bert go out to search in an airplane, Grover becomes as Super Grover and flies, Telly Monster, Homer Honker ride with Oscar the Grouch in the Sloppy Jalopy, Bob instructs all of them to head to Toadstool, Indiana where they should meet up with Big Bird. Big Bird has numerous adventures in his attempt to get home. First, he hitches a ride with a turkey truck driver who encourages him not to give up trying to get to his goal, he meets two kids named Ruthie and Floyd at a farm and sleeps in their barn overnight. The next morning, Big Bird plays with Floyd. On, Big Bird comes to a stop when Miss Finch appears.
Ruthie and Floyd tell him to hide in their hay field and Big Bird sneaks away. After that, Big Bird comes across a cornfield, imagines Snuffy. After Snuffy disappears, Big Bird is spotted by Bert in their plane. Big Bird, however, is unaware that they thinks it's Miss Finch; when Ernie steers it towards Big Bird, he flees in fright. Ernie turns it upside down to get his attention and begins singing "Upside Down World" with Bert beginning to join in singing, but when they turn it back up Big Bird is gone and Ernie blames it on Bert. Big Bird is sought by two unscrupulous scam artist brothers known as the Sleaze Brothers, consisting of feeble-minded Sid and crafty Sam, who operate a fraudulent carnival called The Sleaze Brothers Funfair, they want to capture him to put him on display. Big Bird arrives in Toadstool. Shortly after arriving, Miss Finch gives chase through the city. On the outskirts, the Sleaze Brothers have set up their carnival and Big Bird shows up asking if they have a place to hide him from Miss Finch.
They put him in their "hiding cage." Shortly afterwards, they decide to paint him blue and tout him as "The Bluebird of Happiness." However, his performance is one of sadness as he sings a song about wishing to be back home with his friends. Despite this, he brings in a lot of customers as Sam is seen backstage during the performance counting their piles of cash. After the show, two kids sneak backstage to see him. Upon noticing them, Big Bird asks them to call Sesame Street to tell his friends, they call them right away. The next morning, his friends find him. However, the Sleaze Brothers wake up. Just as Linda unlocks Big Bird's cage, the Sleaze Brothers drive off in their truck with the cage in tow. Gordon and Olivia give chase in the Volkswagen and succeed in rescuing Big Bird, after telling him to jump from the moving truck. Shortly afterwards due to speeding, the Sleaze Brothers are pulled over by a police officer and his kid sidekick and arrested on charges of counterfeiting, fraud, impersonating a dentist, apple theft.
Back on Sesame Street, Big Bird looks on as Miss Finch arrives. Miss Finch admits to Big Bird that the Dodos were not perfect for him but says she has found him another bird family. Maria convinces her that he can be, is, happy there on Sesame Street where that it does not make any difference that his family consists of humans, cows, Grouches and the other varieties of eclectic species there. What matters is that they are family. After considering what she has heard and realizing how far his friends went to try to bring him back, Miss Finch declares that Sesame Street is his home and leaves satisfied. Big Bird is reunited with Snuffy. Gordon, Olivia and Grover bring the Volkswagen to Susan, Maria and Luis to see if they can fix it. At the end of the film, Oscar is carried around the block
The World According to Sesame Street
The World According to Sesame Street is a 2006 documentary film created by Participant Productions, looking at the cultural impact of the children's television series Sesame Street, the complexities of creating international adaptations. It focuses on the adaptations of Sesame Street in Bangladesh and South Africa; the film premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival in the documentary competition. The film was released on DVD on October 24, 2006, it was featured that month on the public television documentary series Independent Lens. The documentary included a segment featuring the introduction of an HIV-positive character on the South African version of Sesame Street, noting the short-lived negative reaction of some members of the U. S. Congress to the character; the World According to Sesame Street site for Independent Lens on PBS The World According to Sesame Street on IMDb The World According to Sesame Street at AllMovie
Jerry L. Nelson was an American puppeteer and musician, best known for his work with The Muppets. Renowned for his wide range of characters and singing abilities, he performed Muppet characters on Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, various Muppet movies and specials. On Sesame Street, Nelson's longest-running character was Count von Count, the counting vampire who took delight in counting anything he could. Nelson did the voice and puppetry for the Count from 1972 until 2004 and continued to provide the Count's voice until his death in 2012, his other Muppet roles on that program were The Amazing Mumford, Herry Monster, Biff the Construction worker, Mr. Johnson, Simon Soundman, Mr. Chatterly, rock star Little Jerry, Sherlock Hemlock. Nelson was the first puppeteer to perform Mr. Snuffleupagus, keeping the role from 1971 to 1978. Most sources state that back problems caused by the physical stress of the performance forced him to bow out, but in a 2009 interview Jerry Nelson gave a different explanation for giving up the role: "I was not loath to give that character up.
But the reasons for giving it up were because at that time we were doing The Muppet Show and he was a real part of the show, they needed his presence. So they asked if I'd mind giving it up."He performed many characters on The Muppet Show, including Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Pigs in Space star Dr. Julius Strangepork, the boomerang fish-throwing Lew Zealand, Kermit the Frog's nephew Robin the Frog, Gonzo's girlfriend Camilla the Chicken, the mad pyrotechnist Crazy Harry, the Phantom of the Muppet Show, Uncle Deadly, he performed Statler in the pilot episode but was replaced by Richard Hunt when he could not perform full-time in the first season. He was a full-time performer for the rest of the show's run. Nelson was selected to play Statler after Hunt's death, after the end of the show. Nelson's Muppets on The Muppet Show were all only supporting roles, but they did play a central role in an episode's plot. Less prominent characters on the show include sportscaster Louis Kazagger, Pops the doorman, Giant blue monster Thog, gossip columnist Fleet Scribbler, Scooter's uncle, J.
P. Grosse, who owned the theater, he originated the role of Fozzie Bear's mother in Series 2 of the Muppet Show and reprised the role in the TV specials A Muppet Family Christmas, The Muppets at Walt Disney World, the film The Muppet Christmas Carol. Nelson performed the puppet and voice of Emmet in Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, a one-hour special that aired on HBO, he performed the signature song from that show, "When the River Meets the Sea," as Robin, in a duet with John Denver for a Muppet Christmas special. That version of the song gets frequent radio airplay during the Christmas season. On Fraggle Rock, he performed Gobo Fraggle, Pa Gorg, Marjory the Trash Heap. Frank Oz did not perform on Fraggle Rock, Jim Henson and Richard Hunt limited their time on the show, so they performed supporting characters. For this reason, Nelson was asked to perform the central role on the show. Nelson's characters were singers or musicians, he performed the lead vocals for many songs as Floyd of the Electric Mayhem, Little Jerry of Little Jerry and the Monotones, Slim Wilson of Lubbock Lou and his Jughuggers, a number of Anything Muppet bands.
Most of his main characters in all three shows sang songs at another. He reprised the role of the announcer in The Muppets, his final performance as the said announcer was part of the Jim Henson's Musical World concert at Carnegie Hall. Archive audio of his announcer role was reused in Muppets Most Wanted, dedicated to both Nelson and Jane Henson, wife of Muppets' creator Jim Henson. Nelson performed the character voice of General Public in the Cartoon Network animated series Sheep in the Big City. In December 2009, who summered in Truro, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, released Truro Daydreams, an album of original songs. Nelson had a daughter named Christine from his first marriage to Jacqueline Nelson Gordon. Christine had cystic fibrosis and died from the disease in 1982, after attending Rye Country Day School. Caring for her limited Nelson's involvement in The Muppet Show's first season, she made a cameo appearance in The Great Muppet Caper. He married his second wife Jan Nelson in 1984, they remained married until his death in 2012.
In 2004, Nelson announced that he would no longer be puppeteering his Muppet characters, citing health reasons. However, he continued to voice his characters on Sesame Street until his death on August 23, 2012. Matt Vogel performs most of Nelson's Muppet characters. Nelson suffered from prostate cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema. For the last six years of his life, he required an oxygen tank to assist his breathing. On August 23, 2012, Jerry Nelson died at his Cape Cod home from complications of his illnesses, a month after his 78th birthday; the film Muppets Most Wanted was dedicated to Jane Henson. Jerry Nelson on IMDb Jerry Nelson at Find a Grave
Big Bird in China
Big Bird in China is a 1983 American television special produced by Sesame Workshop, The Jim Henson Company and CCTV. It was broadcast on May 29, 1983 on NBC, it talks about where Big Barkley came to visit their good friend Xiao Foo. Two great musical tunes "We're Going To China" followed by "Who Hai Nee"; the special was based on the popular television series Sesame Street. Big Bird and Little Xiao Fu travel through China to find Feng Huang, the Phoenix bird; the production was released on VHS from Random House Home Video, in 1987, on VHS and it re released on VHS from Paramount Home Video, in 1996 and on DVD from Sony Wonder on February 10, 2004. Although the voice of Telly Monster was Brian Muehl, Martin P. Robinson re-dubbed Telly's lines for the DVD version when Big Bird goes right to China; the DVD lacks about a minute of the original production, in which Big Bird is looking for someone who speaks "American," though it can be seen on the VHS version. This television special had a sequel known as Big Bird in Japan.
The story starts in New York City's Chinatown, where Big Bird peeks at an old scroll with a picture of a beautiful phoenix on it. The shopkeeper explains that the phoenix lives in China. To find the phoenix, Big Bird will first have to find the four places pictured on the scroll. Big Bird thinks, "Well, what a good thing it would be if a great big American bird went to meet that beautiful Chinese bird! I mean, she could tell me everything about China, I could come home and tell everybody here!" He makes it to China. Highlights include Chinese landmarks like the Great Wall of China and Beijing, Big Bird learning the "little duckling dance", a song to teach Chinese words. A character called the Monkey King helps Big Xiao Fu on their quest. Meanwhile, Oscar the Grouch decides to try to dig his way to China from his trash can, but when he gets to China, he finds it boring and goes straight home. In his memoir, Caroll Spinney notes that he was inspired to pitch the special to CTW after visiting China on a tour with Bob Hope.
This first trip was to film the Bob Hope on the Road to China, a two-hour NBC special airing September 16, 1979. The special featured Big Bird, along with the likes of Shields and Yarnell and Mikhail Baryshnikov, with musical numbers by Peaches & Herb and Crystal Gayle, it was produced by James Lipton. Spinney suggested locations for Big Bird in China. However, the program's credits do not acknowledge this and instead state, "Created by Jon Stone". Spinney notes that, when filming on location in Beijing and Suzhou, he experienced much tension and difficulty due to animosity from Stone. Caroll Spinney as Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch Brian Muehl as Barkley & Telly Jim Henson as Ernie Frank Oz as Bert, Cookie Monster & Grover Jerry Nelson as Two-Headed Monster #1, Oscar the Grouch & Cookie Monster Richard Hunt as Two-Headed Monster #2, Ernie & Telly Martin P. Robinson as Telly Cheryl Blalock as Additional Muppet Performer Ed Christie as Additional Muppet Performer Ouyang Lianzi as Xiao Foo Katherine Lakoski as The Singing Phoenix Lu Ja-Lin as The Dancing Phoenix Arabella Hong as The Shopkeeper Ting Bao-Yi & Wang Kwan-Wei as The Lion Dogs Hua Ziu Ping as The Storyteller Chou Yi-Ping, Liu Xio-Shen, Zhang Xin-Tien, Xu Tien-Ed, Quan She-Zhen, Li Jiang, Lu Fu-Hai & Wu Chi-Lian as The Monkey Kings Won the 1984 Emmy for Outstanding Children's Program Lisa Ou, who played Xiao Foo, did not understand a single word of English when she acted her scenes.
She memorized the sounds. Film production took place in 3 cities: Beijing, Suzhou. Scenes at the Great Wall took place early morning around 4AM due to heavy tourism crowds; this is the only film. Big Bird in China on IMDb Photo of Big Bird with Bob Hope from their 1979 special Quyang Lien-Tze on IMDb
Mr. Harold Hooper was one of the first four human characters to appear on the television series Sesame Street. Created by producer and writer Jon Stone, Mr. Hooper is the original proprietor of Hooper's Store, the neighborhood variety store and combination diner/corner store that serves as a place for Muppets and humans to meet and interact. Lee, a character actor and instructor, blacklisted during the McCarthy era, was "perfectly cast" as Mr. Hooper. Mr. Hooper ranked first of all human characters of the show in recognition by young viewers. Mr. Hooper, described as "slightly cranky but good-hearted" and "curmudgeonly", bridges the gap between the older generation and its young audience. Hooper's Store, "an idealized social institution", is an extension of his personality, he had a special relationship with the Muppet Big Bird. At the time of Lee's death, instead of recasting the role, or explaining his departure by saying he had moved, quit or retired, the writers and producers of Sesame Street decided to create an episode that taught their young audience about the difficult topic of death.
Research was conducted to ascertain the messages they wanted to convey about the topic, as well as the effect the episode would have on the young children who watched it. They were advised by experts in the fields of child psychology, child development, religion. Studies conducted after the episode was produced showed that most children understood its messages about death, that they experienced no long-term ill effects; the episode, written by head writer Norman Stiles, aired on Thanksgiving Day 1983. The episode, which set the standard for dealing with difficult topics on children's television, was called heartbreaking yet affirming, one of the proudest moments in the show's history. Mr. Hooper, played by Will Lee from the premiere of Sesame Street in 1969 until his death in 1982, was one of the first four human characters that appeared on the show. Created by producer and writer Jon Stone, the role of Mr. Hooper was the first to be cast. Lee came to Stone's attention through writers Bruce Carole Hart.
Mr. Hooper was inspired by Captain Kangaroo. Mr. Hooper is the original proprietor of Hooper's Store, the neighborhood variety store and combination diner/corner store that serves as a place for Muppets and humans to meet and interact. Stone's original conception of Mr. Hooper was that he would be, like most owners of such establishments at the time, older and Jewish. Lee was a character actor and acting instructor with a range of roles in the theater and, blacklisted during the McCarthy era. According to writer Michael Davis, Lee played Mr. Hooper, known for his bowtie and hornrimmed glasses, "with such certainty and naturalness he made adults suspend their sense of disbelief". Writer Louise A. Gikow stated. According to fellow cast member Bob McGrath, who appeared in Sesame Street's first episode with Lee, "Will had a broader dimension to his character than the rest of us did... He convinced me that no matter how simple the scene was with a child, you had to bring a tremendous integrity and an honesty and credibility to it".
Joan Ganz Cooney, Sesame Street co-creator and president of the Children's Television Workshop, said, "He gave millions of children the message that the old and the young have a lot to say to each other". The New York Times reported that Mr. Hooper ranked first of all human characters of the show in recognition by young viewers. Davis described Mr. Hooper as "slightly cranky but good-hearted". Gikow called Mr. Hooper "curmudgeonly". Davis stated that since Mr. Hooper's appearance in the first episode of Sesame Street, he had become many things to many young children, "... the guy in the apron at the far side of the generation gap, his half-lens glasses slipping down his nose". Davis stated that Hooper's Store, which he called "an idealized social institution", is an extension of Mr. Hooper's personality. Mr. Hooper has a special relationship with the Muppet character Big Bird, who would come into Hooper's Store for a birdseed milkshake and a chat. A running gag in the show was that Big Bird would mispronounce Mr. Hooper's name, although most attempts ended in "ooper," such as "Looper" or "Cooper".
Mr. Hooper's first name, was not revealed until the character earned a GED during night school. Mr. Hooper's last appearances on Sesame Street aired in 1983, but Lee's last segments for the show were taped in November 1982 and Lee participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with other Sesame Street characters a few days before he died of a heart attack on December 7, 1982; when Will Lee died on December 7, 1982, instead of recasting the role, or explaining Mr. Hooper's departure by saying that he had moved away, or quit or retired, the producers of Sesame Street decided to create an episode that taught their young audience about the difficult topic of death. According to CTW researcher Rosemarie Truglio and her colleagues, the episode was one of the many social issues relevant to preschoolers the show has dealt with throughout its history. Executive producer Dulcy Singer reported that they followed their instincts to be "honest and straightforward" and to "deal with it head-on"; the Sesame Street episode in which the death of Mr. Hooper was discussed was structured as all episodes were structured at the time, with individual segments that took place on the main brownstone set and interrupted by inserts, or puppet skits, shor
Sesame Workshop the Children's Television Workshop, is an American nonprofit organization, responsible for the production of several educational children's programs—including its first and best-known, Sesame Street—that have been televised internationally. Television producer Joan Ganz Cooney and foundation executive Lloyd Morrisett developed the idea to form an organization to produce Sesame Street, a television series which would help children those from low-income families, prepare for school, they spent two years, from 1966 to 1968, researching and raising money for the new series. Cooney was named as the Workshop's first executive director, termed "one of the most important television developments of the decade". Sesame Street premiered as a series on National Educational Television in the United States on November 10, 1969, moved to NET's successor, the Public Broadcasting Service, in late 1970; the Workshop was formally incorporated in 1970. Gerald S. Lesser and Edward L. Palmer were hired to perform research for the series.
They hired a staff of producers and writers. After the initial success of Sesame Street, they began to plan for its continued survival, which included procuring additional sources of funding and creating other television series; the early 1980s were a challenging period for the Workshop. After Sesame Street's initial success, the CTW began to think about its survival beyond the development and first season of the show, since their funding sources were composed of organizations and institutions that tended to start projects, not sustain them. Government funding ended by 1981, so the CTW developed other activities, including unsuccessful ventures into adult programs, the publications of books and music, international co-productions, interactive media and new technologies, licensing arrangements, programs for preschools. By 2005, income from the CTW's international co-productions of the series was $96 million. By 2008, the Sesame Street Muppets accounted for $15–17 million per year in licensing and merchandising fees.
Cooney resigned as CEO during 1990. On June 5, 2000, the CTW changed its name to Sesame Workshop to better represent its activities beyond television, Gary Knell became CEO. H. Melvin Ming replaced Knell during 2011. During 2014, Ming was succeeded by Jeffrey D. Dunn. During the late 1960s, 97% of all American households owned a television set, preschool children watched an average of 27 hours of television per week. Early childhood educational research at the time had shown that when children were prepared to succeed in school, they earned better grades and learned more effectively. Children from low-income families, had fewer resources than children from higher-income families to prepare them for school. Research had shown that children from low-income, minority backgrounds tested "substantially lower" than middle-class children in school-related skills, that they continued to have educational deficits throughout school; the topic of developmental psychology had grown during this period, scientists were beginning to understand that changes of early childhood education could increase children's cognitive growth.
During the winter of 1966, Joan Ganz Cooney hosted what she called "a little dinner party" at her apartment near Gramercy Park. Attending were her husband Tim Cooney, her boss Lewis Freedman, Lloyd and Mary Morrisett, whom the Cooneys knew socially. Cooney was a producer of documentary films at New York public television station WNDT, won an Emmy for a documentary about poverty in America. Lloyd Morrisett was a vice-president at Carnegie Corporation, was responsible for funding educational research, but had been frustrated in his efforts because they were unable to reach the large numbers of children in need of early education and intervention. Cooney was committed to using television to change society, Morrisett was interested in using television to "reach greater numbers of needy kids"; the conversation during the party, which according to writer Michael Davis was the start of a five-decade long professional relationship between Cooney and Morrisett, turned to the possibilities of using television to educate young children.
A week Cooney and Freedman met with Morrisett at the office of Carnegie Corporation to discuss doing a feasibility study for creating an educational television program for preschoolers. Cooney was chosen to perform the study. During the summer of 1967, Cooney took a leave of absence from WNDT, funded by Carnegie Corporation, traveled the U. S. and Canada interviewing experts in child development and television. She reported her findings in a fifty-five-page document entitled "The Potential Uses of Television in Preschool Education"; the report described what the new series, which became Sesame Street, would be like and proposed the creation of a company that managed its production, which became known as the Children's Television Workshop. For the next two years and Morrisett researched and developed the new show, acquiring $8 million funding for Sesame Street, establishing the CTW. Due to her professional experience, Cooney always assumed the show's natural network would be PBS. Morrisett was amenable to broadcast it by commercial stations, but all three major networks rejected the idea.
Davis, considering Sesame Street's licensing inco
Big Bird is the main protagonist of the children's television show Sesame Street. Performed by Caroll Spinney from 1969 to 2018, he is an eight-foot two-inch tall bright yellow anthropomorphic canary, he can roller skate, ice skate, swim, write poetry and ride a unicycle. Despite this wide array of talents, he is prone to frequent misunderstandings, on one occasion singing the alphabet as one big long word, pondering what it could mean, he lives in a large nest behind the 123 Sesame Street brownstone and right next to Oscar the Grouch's trash can and he has a teddy bear named Radar. In Season 46, Big Bird's large nest is now sitting within a small, furnished maple tree, is no longer hidden by used construction doors, he wears a red neckerchief and straw hat on his birthday and a red and blue necktie on special occasions every year and in early television specials. In 2000, Big Bird was named a Living Legend by the United States Library of Congress; as Muppeteer Caroll Spinney has aged, the show has started training new performers to play Big Bird.
These apprentices include both Rick Lyon in the opening theme song of the show's 33rd season, Matt Vogel in the show's "Journey to Ernie" segment. Caroll Spinney was sick during the taping of a few first-season episodes, so Daniel Seagren performed Big Bird in those episodes, he performed Big Bird when he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1969 and on Hollywood Squares in the 1970s. According to The Story of Jim Henson by Stephanie St. Pierre, the costume was built for Jim Henson to perform, but when Henson tried it on, Kermit Love, who had built the costume, did not think that Henson was walking like a bird is supposed to walk, so Henson decided not to perform Big Bird. Frank Oz was offered the part, but since he hated performing full-body characters, he turned down the job. Director Jon Stone, in the 1994 documentary The World of Jim Henson, revealed that the Big Bird costume did not have any openings that would allow the actor to see; the camera was set up for Spinney by technician Walt Rauffer, on the suggestion of director Bob Myhrum.
Rauffer rigged the camera to a harness strapped to Spinney's chest. During instances where Spinney is performing on location and cannot get a video feed, a small hole is made in the costume to allow him to see. In such cases, Big Bird must wear a necktie to cover the hole; this can be seen in the Sesame Street Live shows. During instances where Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch are to be in a scene together, Jim Martin operates Oscar unless Matt Vogel is operating Big Bird, in which cases Oscar is performed by Spinney as usual. In 2015, due to being diagnosed with dystonia, Spinney no longer puppeteered the bird suit full-time. Matt Vogel performed the bird suit on-set the majority of the time, with Spinney looping the dialogue or having Vogel do the voice himself. Vogel performs Big Bird in live appearances, Chrysler commercials, The Furchester Hotel, started voicing Big Bird in new material in Season 48 of Sesame Street after Spinney's semi-retirement. On October 17, 2018, Spinney announced his full retirement from the character beginning the same week as he planned to finish his final recordings on the following day.
His final performance as Big Bird will air the following year for the series' landmark 50th anniversary. Big Bird was designed by a drawing from Jim Henson and built by Kermit Love in 1969; the design was based on a previous Henson creation: A seven foot tall dragon that the puppeteer created for a La Choy advertising campaign. The Big Bird performer is enclosed within the costume, extends his right hand over his head to operate the head and neck of the puppet; the Muppeteer's left hand serves as the Bird's left wing, while the right wing is stuffed and hangs loosely from a fishing line that runs through a loop under the neck and attaches to the wrist of the left hand. The right hand thus does the opposite of the left hand: as the left hand goes down, the right hand is pulled up by the fishing line. For some of the Journey to Ernie segments, a second puppeteer controls Big Bird's right wing, he is concealed by dressing in a body suit the same color as their chroma key background. Big Bird's body suit weighs ten pounds, his head weighs four pounds.
According to writer Louise Gikow, the heat inside the suit is "unbearable, it's extraordinarily difficult to hold Big Bird's head."Big Bird doesn't look the same in some international versions of Sesame Street. For example, in the Dutch version, Big Bird is blue and is called Pino. Big Bird's appearance has changed over the years, as has his personality, he had few feathers on top of his head. His personality was more dopey and "bird-brained" than it became, he got more feathers on top, giving his head a more rounded appearance, developed a blaze-like crest of lighter yellow feathers above his eyes. His body got fluffier and more well groomed as well, his personality developed over time from being a dim, slow-witted character into the childlike innocence he is known for today. Although all the Sesame Street Muppet characters are technically ageless, Big Bird is psychologically written to represent a six-year-old; the costume