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[text_block_nav title=”The Plot”]”I Am Big Bird” is the second amazing documentary that I watched this week. When did summer become the go-to time for this insanely amazing non-fiction treats? Caroll Spinney is an artist that I’ve studied since I was middle school age and it’s neat to see those talents finally get the credit they are due. Some might say that it’s more about the creations than the creator, but I feel that the film shines way more on Spinney as a person. Don’t worry, kids. This film still has Muppets.
[/text_block_nav][text_block_nav title=”What Troy Thought”]”I Am Big Bird” is the second amazing Muppet documentary after “Being Elmo”. However, I felt that “Being Elmo” was far more of history of the character and Kevin Clash. “I Am Big Bird” wants you to understand what makes a performer/artist/entertainer create and stay creating. A history of failure, missed opportunities and the desire to keep going is what greets you with this film. For those of you that we’re moved by Spinney’s AMA Reddit from this week…get ready for more of the same here.

Spinney takes you through meeting his wife, becoming a puppeteer and nailing down the psychology of Big Bird. Big Bird is more than the other Muppets in the sense that the character must live in Spinney’s heart. A childlike being that radiates pure love and obsesses with wanting to commune with others. The various stories about kids not being able to understand that Big Bird is a creation and not a person is charming. However, it leads me to a problem with the film’s title.

Caroll Spinney constantly repeats that he isn’t Big Bird. Big Bird is a character that he created and helped to live as an icon that lives in the collective hearts of viewers. Think about Big Bird and try to harbor a negative thought against the big guy. Unless you’re going out of your way to be spiteful, it’s hard to hate such pure joy. Big Bird is Life. Big Bird is Love.

[/text_block_nav][text_block_nav title=”Conclusion”]While the documentary is a quick jaunt, the image of Spinney nearing the end of his creative life stays with me. I hope that Frank Oz will agree to a similar documentary when the time comes. Too often, we forget the puppeteers and let their achievements fade to memory. These are men and women dedicated to creating something that exists as the first achievements that a child experiences on an artistic level. That is so insanely important that it makes me enjoy this documentary in a way that I haven’t enjoyed a documentary in ages.[/text_block_nav]

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