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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story: EW preview

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (Copper Pot Pictures)

STARRING Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson
DIRECTED BY Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker

You don’t spend 45 years playing Big Bird without collecting a few stories along the way. “Grown-ups come to me saying, ‘Are you the one I was watching when I was a little kid?’ ” says Caroll Spinney, 81, the man underneath the yellow feathers since day one. “I’d say, ‘Yes,’ and some would burst into real tears. I get a lot of people asking for hugs.” This documentary looks at Spinney’s life, from his days as an awkward, puppet-loving kid to his tenure on Sesame Street, where he plans to stay for the foreseeable future. The film even answers the biggest Big Bird burning question of all: how the suit works.