I’m Mesmerized By This Documentary About The Man Behind Big Bird
“I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story” began showing at festivals last year, but it’s newly available on iTunes and on demand, as well as on the big screen at New York’s IFC Film Center. It’s about exactly what it sounds like — the life of Caroll Spinney, who’s played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” for the past 46 years and still rocks it to this day. The trailer alone has me all emotional and wide-eyed, and I’m so excited to watch it this weekend. The trailer features images of Spinney’s vibrant life and career, and paints a picture of a man who’s embraced a joyful and full life in whatever way he can.
I can’t imagine what an honor it is to be bigger than life in the minds of millions of children, and to the adults who knew him when they were kids. He’s helped shape minds all over the world! What an incredible vocation that is. It makes me feel some welcome optimism about something good shaping young people, as opposed all the negative headlines and grim realities they see on the regular. If you’re in New York City, Spinney will be doing a few in-person Q&As this weekend at the IFC Center. Here are a few sweet quotes from his Reddit Ask Me Anything this week that speak to what a fascinating and kind person he seems to be.
On the most meaningful interaction he’s had with a child who loved the show: