Big Bird film project raises money to profile Sesame Street puppeteer

After portraying Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since Sesame Street began more than 40 years ago, puppeteer Caroll Spinney is now set to have the spotlight turned on himself thanks to a successful online fundraising campaign.

I Am Big Bird, a proposed documentary about Spinney’s life, has received over $100,000 from nearly 2,000 backers on Kickstarter, allowing a New York based production company to begin work.

Using interviews with Spinney and other Sesame Street regulars, the documentary will also feature footage from the 78-year-old’s personal archive, including video of Spinney with Muppets creator Jim Henson and puppet luminary (and voice of Star Wars’ Yoda) Frank Oz.

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