Watch a Deleted Scene from ‘I am Big Bird’

By Pat Mullen

Did you ever wonder how Big Bird found his voice? The feature documentary I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story tells the tale behind the yellow bird of Sesame Street and is now available to rent/own from We Are Colony. The film comes with a bunch of extras including this deleted scene in which Big Bird’s master puppeteer Caroll Spinney recalls his experience in choosing the right voice to use on camera while playing every child’s favourite feathered friend. Watch the scene below in this online exclusive from POV!

POV is a big fan of Big Bird. The film remains a favourite of our Hot Docs coverage with POV calling it the “triumphant tearjerker” of Hot Docs 2014. Here’s an excerpt from our glowing Hot Docs review:

Big Bird might be the most iconic children’s television character of all time, but few people would recognise the man behind him and other characters such as Oscar the Grouch, Carrol Spinney. I am Big Bird invites viewers to the set of Sesame Street to appreciate Spinney’s artful performance and puppetry as he brings the endearing magic of Big Bird to life. (Read the full POV review here.)

I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story is now available from We Are Colony.