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Big Bird
First appearance November 10, 1969
Gender male
Voiced by Caroll Spinney
Matt Vogel
Also known as ivana=bigbird
Follow that Bird feature film poster
Follow that Bird feature film poster
Big Bird meets first lady Pat Nixon, 1970

Big Bird is a full-body Muppet, featured on the children's television show Sesame Street, which airs on PBS. He is sometimes referred to as "Bird" by his friends.[citation needed] Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... The name or nickname Big Bird can refer to: Big Bird, a character in the childrens television series Sesame Street the west passenger terminal of Tokyo International Airport (commonly known as Haneda Airport) in Ota, a ward of Tokyo, Japan the KH-9 Hexagon spy satellite the West Indian... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Spinney appears on a 1970s episode of Whats My Line Caroll Spinney, sometimes credited as Carroll Spinney or Ed Spinney (born December 26, 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA) is a puppeteer most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the childrens television show Sesame Street. ... Matt Vogel is a muppet performer for the Jim Henson Company in the 1990s. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Thelma Catherine Pat Ryan Nixon (March 16, 1912 – June 22, 1993) was the wife of former President Richard Nixon and the First Lady of the United States of America from 1969 to 1974. ... John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters created by Jim Henson and the company he created. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... PBS redirects here. ...


Officially performed by Carroll Spinney since 1969, the six-foot yellow bird can roller skate, ice skate, dance, sing, write poetry, draw and even ride a unicycle. But despite this wide array of talents, he is prone to frequent misunderstandings, on one occasion even singing the alphabet as one big long word, pondering what it could ever mean[1]. He lives in a large nest behind the 123 Sesame Street brownstone and he has a teddy bear named Radar, which is a nod to Walter "Radar" O'Reilly of M*A*S*H, who had a teddy bear and was also lovably naive and innocent. Also, Radar was given to Big Bird by Gary Burghoff (who played Radar on M*A*S*H) when he guest starred on the show.[citation needed] Later on, however, it was said that Big Bird got the bear as a gift from Mr. Hooper.[citation needed] Caroll Spinney, sometimes credited as Carroll Spinney and Ed Spinney (born December 26, 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA) is a puppeteer most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the childrens television show Sesame Street. ... The roller skate is a type of skate with wheels to be used on solid ground (as opposed to the ice skate which is to be used on ice. ... Ice skates are boots with blades attached to the bottom, used to propel oneself across a sheet of ice. ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... This article is about the art form. ... A Torker unicycle A unicycle is a one-wheeled human-powered vehicle. ... Corporal “Radar” O’Reilly is a fictional character in the M*A*S*H novels, the film, the television series, the television movie, W*A*L*T*E*R, and two episodes of the series, After M*A*S*H. The character was portrayed by Gary Burghoff in both the... M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, inspired by the 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker (penname for H. Richard Hornberger) and its sequels, but primarily by the 1970 film MASH, and influenced by the 1961 novel Catch... Gary Burghoff as Walter Radar OReilly. ...

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Character description

According to the character's own self-description during a visit to Mister Rogers Neighborhood, Big Bird is a golden condor. Mister Rogers Neighborhood was a childrens television show hosted by Fred Rogers which was produced by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania public broadcaster WQED-TV and Fred Rogers not-for-profit production company Family Communications, Inc. ... Genera Vultur Gymnogyps For other uses, see Condor (disambiguation). ...


Big Bird helps children feel okay about not knowing everything because he himself does not know everything, and encourages them to inquire: a common Big Bird phrase in recent years has been: "Asking is a good way of finding things out!".[citation needed] In addition to letters and numbers, he also teaches other life lessons: "I guess it's better to be who you are. Turns out people like you best that way, anyway."[citation needed]


He is a light yellow color and has lots of feathers. He was designed in part by Kermit Love, who made the costume shed feathers every so subtly, "Not unlike a tree shedding leaves in the fall." He believed this made Big Bird appear more natural. Later versions of the Muppet eliminated this feature, securing all feathers in place. For many years his best friend Aloysius Snuffleupagus was deemed as imaginary by the human cast. Every time Snuffy would visit, he would coincidentally leave just before the adults arrived. Despite not being believed by the adults, Big Bird continued to assert that Snuffy was real. In the early 1980s The Children's Television Workshop eliminated this running gag. [2] Kermit Love (born 5 August 1916) is a puppet maker best known for his work on The Muppets. ... Snuffy in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Childrens Television Workshop (or CTW), is a non-profit organization behind the production of several educational childrens programs that have run on public broadcasting around the world (including PBS in the United States). ...


Big Bird took center stage on Sesame Street in the early 1980s, when the show dealt with the death of storekeeper Mr. Hooper (necessitated by the death of Will Lee, the actor who played the role). Big Bird's realization that Mr. Hooper wasn't just gone temporarily, and Big Bird's acceptance of Mr. Hooper's death, have been hailed as a milestone in children's programming. [3] Mr. ... Will Lee (born August 6, 1908 in New York City, New York; died December 6, 1982 in New York) was an American actor who was best known for his role as Mr. ...


In Big Bird's second big screen appearance, Sesame Street presents Follow That Bird, he is sent by a bird social worker to live with a foster family of dodos. He soon runs away from his new home to get back to Sesame Street but he is kidnapped and dyed baby blue by two ratty circus-owners. Follow that Birds DVD cover Sesame Street presents Follow That Bird is a film directed by Ken Kwapis, starring many Sesame Street characters (both puppets and live actors). ... This article is about the extinct bird. ... Kidnapper redirects here. ... Baby blue is a lighter shade of cyan. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Big Bird also had a role in the feature film Elmo in Grouchland and several other movie-length features such as Big Bird in China and Big Bird in Japan. The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999) is the second movie based on the characters of the childrens television series Sesame Street (after Follow that Bird). ... Big Bird in China video cassette cover Big Bird in China was a 1983 special by the Childrens Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop), on NBC. The special was based on the popular television series Sesame Street. ... Big Bird in Japan was a 1991 special by the Childrens Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop). ...


While Big Bird is generally deemed a canary[citation needed], when he visited the Neighborhood of Make-Believe in episode 1483 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (which aired on Wednesday June 3, 1981), when King Friday XIII asked him if he was related to the cassowary, Big Bird replied that he is in fact a Golden Condor. An animatronic version of Daniel Stripèd Tiger The Neighborhood of Make-Believe is the fictional kingdom inhabited by the hand puppet characters on the childrens television program Mister Rogers Neighborhood, produced from 1968 to 2001. ... Mister Rogers Neighborhood or Mister Rogers is an American childrens television series that was created and hosted by Fred Rogers. ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Species Casuarius casuarius Casuarius unappendiculatus Casuarius bennetti Cassowaries (genus Casuarius) are very large flightless birds native to the tropical forests of New Guinea and northeastern Australia. ... Genera Vultur Gymnogyps For other uses, see Condor (disambiguation). ...


Performing

Big Bird's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Big Bird's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

As Muppeteer Caroll Spinney has aged, the show has gradually started to train new performers to play Big Bird. These apprentices include both Rick Lyon in the opening theme song of the show's 33rd season on, and Matt Vogel in the show's Journey to Ernie segment. Image File history File links Big_Bird_Walk_of_Fame_4-20-06. ... Image File history File links Big_Bird_Walk_of_Fame_4-20-06. ... John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters created by Jim Henson and the company he created. ... Spinney appears on a 1970s episode of Whats My Line Caroll Spinney, sometimes credited as Carroll Spinney or Ed Spinney (born December 26, 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA) is a puppeteer most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the childrens television show Sesame Street. ... Rick Lyon is a puppeteer from Rochester, New York, who has worked for Jim Henson Studios as one of the operators of Big Bird. ... Matt Vogel is a muppet performer for the Jim Henson Company in the 1990s. ... The Journey to Ernie segments is on Sesame Street when Big Bird has to find Ernie in a box with Ernies striped shirt and his rubber duckie on it. ...


Caroll Spinney was sick during the taping of a few first season episodes, so Daniel Seagren performed Big Bird in those episodes.[citation needed] He also performed Big Bird when he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1969. According to The Story of Jim Henson by Stephanie St. Pierre, the costume was built for Jim Henson to perform, but when Jim Henson tried it on, Kermit Love, who had built the costume, didn't think that Jim Henson was walking like a bird is supposed to walk, and Jim 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.[4] The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ... Kermit Love (born 5 August 1916) is a puppet maker best known for his work on The Muppets. ... Frank Oz (born May 25, 1944) is an American film director, actor and puppeteer. ...


The Big Bird performer is completely enclosed within the costume, and 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 hand, while the right hand 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 (usually Jim Martin) controls Big Bird's right hand. He is concealed by dressing in a body suit the same color as their chroma key background (something that obviously can't be done on the main Sesame Street set). This page is a candidate for speedy deletion, because: it is patent nonsense. ...


Costume

The costume is partially assembled by company American Plume & Fancy Feather, using the tail feathers from turkeys; as the feathers are rarely clean, company owner Anthony Trento calls the Big Bird costume his "toughest customer". Sesame Workshop is said to reject roughly 90 percent of all the feathers selected for use on the costume.[1] Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Childrens Television Workshop (or CTW), is a non-profit organization behind the production of several educational childrens programs that have run on public broadcasting around the world (including PBS in the United States). ...


Trivia

  • The original Big Bird had fewer feathers, making his head and body look smaller.
  • Big Bird's birthday is March 20.[2]
  • Two former NHL hockey players, Larry Robinson and Don Saleski, were nicknamed Big Bird, because of their height and curly hair.
  • Big Bird's physical address is 123 1/2 Sesame Street (Zip Code unknown).
  • In the Netherlands Big Bird is known as Pino and is not yellow but blue.
  • Big Bird appeared at the closing of Jim Henson's memorial service, singing Bein' Green to the audience. Throughout the song, he was close to tears and sounded very upset. At the end of the song, he looked up to Heaven and said, voice breaking, "Thank you, Kermit." [3]

NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... For U.S. basketball player, see Larry Robinson (basketball). ... // Don Big Bird Saleski(Born November 10th 1949 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. ... James Maury Jim Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990), was the most widely known puppeteer in American television history. ... Bein Green is a song sung by Kermit the Frog (voice of Jim Henson) on Sesame Street in 1972. ... For other uses, see Heaven (disambiguation). ...

Appearances in popular culture

  • The Animal Planet program The 50 Greatest TV Animals included Big Bird at number 16 in their list.
  • Big Bird is the only Muppet to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. In 1977, he posed with pitcher Mark "the Bird" Fidrych.
  • Big Bird appeared on an episode of Between the Lions entitled "Tweet, Tweet."
  • Big Bird appeared in the episode "Eppur Si Muove" of The West Wing.
  • Big Bird visited the Neighborhood in 1981. The clip, available on YouTube in the famous Neighborhood of Make Believe.
  • Big Bird also made an appearance in The Muppet Movie as a wandering bird on the highway. He was offered a lift by Kermit and Fozzie, but declined, stating that he was trying to break into public television in New York City.
  • Big Bird has also appeared on a few game shows over the years. Some notable examples:
  • Big Bird appeared at the end of a Ford commercial saying to youngsters, "Remember-in the back seat!" The kids get in and say, "And buckle up!"
  • An animated version of the Big Bird character appeared in the Family Guy episode A Picture Is Worth a 1,000 Bucks.[5]
  • On the TV show, Full House, Michelle refers to Big Bird, particularly in the episode 'Rock the Cradle' when she draws Big Bird in Pictionary. She also suggests that Uncle Jesse calls the new baby Big Bird.

Animal Planet, launched in 1996, is a cable and satellite television network co-owned by Discovery Communications, Inc. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Mark Steven The Bird Fidrych (born August 14, 1954 in Worcester, Massachusetts) was a Major League Baseball player for the Detroit Tigers. ... Between the Lions is a PBS childrens puppet show designed to promote reading. ... Eppur Si Muove is episode 104 of The West Wing. ... “The West Wing” redirects here. ... Mister Rogers Neighborhood or Mister Rogers is an American childrens television series that was created and hosted by Fred Rogers. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... The Muppet Movie is the first of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Whats My Line? is a weekly panel game show originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. ... Hollywood Squares is a American television comedy and game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. ... John Davidson in 1990. ... Tom Bergeron (born May 6, 1955 in Haverhill, Massachusetts) is an American television personality and a popular one-time game show host, best known to the public as the host of Americas Funniest Home Videos, which he has hosted since 2001, as well as the TV game show Hollywood... For other national versions, see the main Deal or No Deal article. ... Joseph and Mary with baby Jesus, at the first Christmas Christmas (literally, the Mass of Christ) is a holiday in the Christian calendar, usually observed on December 25, which celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ford may mean a number of things: A ford is a river crossing. ... Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ... A Picture Is Worth a 1,000 Bucks is an episode from the second season of the Fox animated series Family Guy. ... This article is about the American television series. ...

References

  1. ^ see ABC-DEF-GHI
  2. ^ Borgenicht, David Sesame Steet Unpaved page 41, 1998 Hyperion Books
  3. ^ ECU Magazine, Winter 86/87, Vol.1 #1
  4. ^ The Story of Jim Henson by Stephanie St. Pierre
  5. ^ A Picture's Worth a Thousand Bucks - Family Guy Wiki

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While Big Bird is generally deemed as a canary, when he visited the Neighborhood of Make-Believe on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Big Bird shared with X the Owl that he is in fact a "Golden Condor." On the same program, when King Friday XIII asked him if he was related to the cassowary, Big Bird replied.
Big Bird has commonly mentioned Granny Bird on the show; he has visited her beach side house in various books and she helped Big Bird on the reconstruction of his nest after the hurricane that destroyed it.
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