Once again I find myself on the receiving end of a documentary 1. about someone or something extraordinary (duh), 2. doing something that makes me cry like a baby. Normally it is because the documentary is about a horse. Or someone with a horse. Or about a horse that did something to someone.
This time it’s a puppet. A puppet and it’s master making me bawl my eyes out at the trailer – so help me when I actually see this whole documentary.
I Am Big Bird is about the first and only man behind the bird, as well as Oscar the Grouch, Caroll Spinney. At 78, he’s the only original puppeteer from the Henson hey-day and continues his work and passion for puppets on Sesame Street. The film features exclusive, private home videos and photos from throughout Spinney’s career, completing an enthralling portrait of the man and his extraordinary life.
Movies like this are always more than just about the ‘person’, and I imagine, particularly at a time when we have political parties rallying to end Public Broadcasting funding, we will have insight into why Spinney and so many others dedicated their entire lives to education and entertainment, and what impact it has had on us as individuals as well as our culture.
Not weepy yet? Watch this lil number.
If you don’t have tears in your eyes after that one, you are dead inside.
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