I Am Big Bird: Caroll Spinney Story

For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been admired by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.  Now 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping.

Offering a loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, I Am Big Bird contains footage of Spinney’s earliest collaborations with Jim Henson, tracing his journey from bullied child to a beloved icon.

We see how the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, but the persona of the man and his energy boundlessly youthful.


Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson, Emilio Delgado, Bob McGrath, Loretta Long, and Sonia Manzano


Directors: Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker
Writer: Dave LaMattina
Released by Tribeca Film
Running time: 86 minutes