Saturday, January 23, 2016

Best of '15: I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

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All of these decades of pure love.... that, of course, is the true secret to Big Bird.

Imagine a magical time and place where a group of creative people got together to make a television show for kids. Not for profit, not for ratings, not for merchandising, but just for kids. To teach kids their alphabet, numbers, and most of all that they were loved. Caroll Spinney serves as a perfect model for the Sesame Street ideal. This is most apparent when the documentary tells the backstory for the heart-wrenching "death of Mr. Hooper" storyline. My favorite documentary of 2015, and shamefully forgotten during this awards season.

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