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KickStarter: I Am Big Bird

28 07 2012

If ever there were a documentary that deserved to be made, or at very least a man that deserved to be honored with one, this is it. Caroll Spinney has portrayed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street for over 40 years. This is his story.

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I AM BIG BIRD is a documentary about Caroll Spinney, who has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969.


I AM BIG BIRD is a feature-length documentary about Caroll Spinney, who has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969 and at 78 years old, he has no intention of stopping.

Think you know everything there is to know about Sesame Street?  You don’t.  You might know that Frank Oz turned down an offer to play Big Bird, but you probably don’t know that until a last minute change of heart by NASA, Big Bird was supposed to go to space aboard the Challenger.  Or you may know that Oscar the Grouch got his voice from a cantankerous cabbie, but you’d be surprised to learn that a fire in his trash can almost led to Caroll’s untimely demise.

Caroll’s stories are the stuff of legend.  He has been a constant presence in our lives for over 40 years, his path weaving through American history like that of Forrest Gump.  His time inside the Bird has taught him about the world and about himself.  I AM BIG BIRD will peel away the instances in his life that inspired his creation of characters that have influenced generations of children. And, as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the Muppet, who will steal your heart.

What You’ll See

In addition to compelling interviews with Caroll and his luminary cronies, I AM BIG BIRD will feature fascinating material from Caroll’s personal archives.  Among the treasures in the Spinney vault, we’ve found…

…never-before-seen footage capturing unscripted moments of Caroll with giants like Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson.

…Caroll’s short films, in which he showcases his skill in animation, a talent which led to a job offer at Disney… which Caroll turned down.

…Thousands of snapshots and hundreds of hours of videos that capture his undying love for his wife.

…Art displaying his hidden passion for illustration.

…Puppets that were lovingly crafted by Caroll’s mother over 70 years ago and that he still uses today.

We’re using these amazing artifacts to create a dynamic portrait of an unknown man whose characters have had unrivaled influence in American pop culture.

Why You’ll Love It

You haven’t outgrown Sesame Street.  Maybe it won’t be the opening strains of the theme song that brings memories rushing in, but at some point during I AM BIG BIRD, a skit, a line or a character will bring you back. I AM BIG BIRD won’t just give you a chance to relive these moments, it will let you see them through Caroll’s eyes.  And when it finally becomes clear that Caroll doesn’t just operate Big Bird and Oscar, he gives him their souls, you’ll realize just how much impact the faceless puppeteer has had on your life.

You know his characters. Isn’t it time to get to know Caroll?

Why We Need the Dough

We made it through pre-production and now we’re facing the two costliest parts of making a film: production and post-production.  The money we are aiming to raise on Kickstarter is targeted for three very specific areas:

-Production Travel—Caroll has spent his career criss-crossing the globe; in order to truly feel his impact, we’ll need to retrace some of those steps—and that doesn’t come cheap!

-Rights/Licensing/Clearances—The costs associated with licensing Big Bird, Oscar or Caroll’s appearances on programs outside of Sesame Street can be astronomical.  Unfortunately, many of these sorts of cameos are integral to the film.

-Production Crew—in order to assure that we give Caroll’s story the treatment it deserves, we need to make sure we have the best people at each position.  We have a solid network of freelancers, but those freelancers need to get paid!

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Lionsgate-Summit high on thesp, who’s still weighing other offers


The franchise’s motto is “there can be only one,” and Lionsgate-Summit seems to have found the man to be the next “Highlander.”

Ryan Reynolds has emerged as the front-runner to topline the reboot, and though it’s unclear whether an actual offer has been made, sources tell Variety that both sides are in talks and are very interested in working together. Insiders add that Reynolds is weighing other offers and that could still pursue another project.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is on board to direct with Neal Moritz and Peter Davis producing through Moritz’s Original Film banner along with Enrique López Lavigne and Belen Atienza. Justin Lin and RCR Media Group’s Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson will exec produce.

Though plot details on this installment are vague, the original series followed an immortal swordsman who battled other immortal warriors through the centuries. Matt Holloway and Art Marcum penned the script.

Summit, a Lionsgate company, acquired the rights to remake the cult classic from Davis-Panzer Productions, Inc. in May of 2008.

The original film starred Christopher Lambert and spawned several sequels and a TV show.

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AP: ‘Where Wild Things Are’ author Maurice Sendak dies

8 05 2012

Author/illustrator Maurice Sendak standing by an life-size scene from his book “Where The Wild Things Are” at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Credit: James Keyser/Time Life Pictures/Getty

By Associated Press
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 – Added 3 hours ago

NEW YORK — Maurice Sendak didn’t think of himself as a children’s author, but as an author who told the truth about childhood.

“I like interesting people and kids are really interesting people,” he explained to The Associated Press last fall. “And if you didn’t paint them in little blue, pink and yellow, it’s even more interesting.”

Sendak, who died early Tuesday in Danbury, Conn., at age 83, four days after suffering a stroke, revolutionized children’s books and how we think about childhood simply by leaving in what so many writers before had excluded. Dick and Jane were no match for his naughty Max. His kids misbehaved and didn’t regret it, and in their dreams and nightmares fled to the most unimaginable places. Monstrous creatures were devised from his studio, but none more frightening than the grownups in his stories or the cloud of the Holocaust that darkened his every page.

“From their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions — fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustrations as best they can,” he said upon receiving the Caldecott Medal in 1964 for “Where the Wild Things Are,” his signature book. “And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming wild things.”

Rarely was a man so uninterested in being loved or adored. Starting with the Caldecott, the great parade marched on and on. He received the Hans Christian Andersen award in 1970 and a Laura Ingalls Wilder medal in 1983. President Bill Clinton awarded Sendak a National Medal of the Arts in 1996 and in 2009 President Obama read “Where the Wild Things Are” for the Easter Egg Roll.

Communities attempted to ban him, but his books sold millions of copies and his curmudgeonly persona became as much a part of his legend as “Where the Wild Things Are,” adapted into a hit movie in 2009. He seemed to act out everyone’s fantasy of a nasty old man with a hidden and generous heart. No one granted the privilege could forget his snarly smile, his raspy, unprintable and adorable dismissals of such modern piffle as e-books and publicity tours, his misleading insistence that his life didn’t matter.

“I didn’t sleep with famous people or movie stars or anything like that. It’s a common story: Brooklyn boy grows up and succeeds in his profession, period,” he told the AP.

Sendak’s other books, standard volumes in so many children’s bedrooms, included “Chicken Soup With Rice,” ”One was Johnny,” ”Pierre,” ”Outside Over There” and “Brundibar,” a folk tale about two children who need to earn enough money to buy milk for their sick mother.

“This is the closest thing to a perfect child I’ve ever had,” he told the AP.

Besides illustrating his own work, he also provided drawings — sometimes sweet, sometimes nasty — for Else Holmelund Minarik’s series “Little Bear,” George MacDonald’s “The Light Princess” and adaptations of E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker” and the Brothers Grimm’s “King Grisly-Beard.” His most recent book that he wrote and illustrated was “Bumble-Ardy,” a naughty pig party which came out in 2011, based on an old animated skit he worked up for “Sesame Street.”

In recent months, he had said he was working on a project about noses and he endorsed — against his best judgment — Stephen Colbert’s “I am a Pole (And So Can You!)”, a children’s story calculated to offend the master. Colbert’s book was published Tuesday.

“His art gave us a fantastical but unromanticized reminder of what childhood truly felt like,” Colbert said in a statement. “We are all honored to have been briefly invited into his world.”

Somebody up there has a sense of humor: As of Tuesday evening, “I Am a Pole” was No. 14 on Amazon.com’s best-seller list, outranking “Where the Wild Things Are” at No. 19.

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