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Your Thoughts: Follow that Bird Anniversary DVD

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by Phillip, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. Phillip Administrator

    The release date is here! Follow That Bird is now available on widescreen DVD.

    Since most of us will be getting the Follow that Bird DVD, we'd like to mention that if you order the release from Amazon using this link, a small portion of your order will go to Muppet Central to help keep the site, forum and radio running smoothly. It's a great way to help MC and get a great price on the DVD set with a low-price guarantee. We greatly appreciate each person that helps support MC by placing orders through the site.

    Here’s more information on the Follow that Bird DVD release…

    http://www.muppetcentral.com/news/2009/022209.shtml
  2. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I saw this today and considered buying it, but didn't. Has anybody bought it? Does the Caroll Spinney interview ahve any interesting facts about the movie?
  3. muppetfan89 Member

    I bought it, and I watched the interview, it was good, not great, just good. You see for the first half of the interview, he talks about how he got his start with puppetry and with Jim, which is nice to hear, but I've heared it all too many times. He finally gets into the movie, about halfway through, and talks about some the conditions with shooting the film, and what it was like watching it in the theater. That was cool to hear, but I wish the interview was a little longer, about the film. I really wanted to hear some more behind the scenes stuff, such as stuff about the experience with the cast and crew, the director, etc. Oh well, at least Warner Bros. did a better job releasing this, than they did back in 2002, with the first DVD. So all in all, this is a good DVD, but I wish they put just a little bit more into it.

    on a positive note, though, the new digital transfer of the film looks terrific.
  4. BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    I went to my local KMart and my local Best Buy, neither store had it. :smirk: I had to order it off Amazon before. I'm still pretty excited though.
  5. muppetfan89 Member

    I got mine at Target, they had quite a few. I got it for $14.99, not a bad price.
  6. vaati64 Member


    me too! Target rocks and so does this movie! lol
  7. Redsonga Active Member

    Is this the first time to has ever been in widescreen? :\
  8. muppetfan89 Member

    yeah, it is.
  9. dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Here is my question. Is it really worth buying for 14.99$ if the bonus featuers are not so hot?
  10. frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Widescreen = no orphaned Muppets cropped out of the shot (says Jamie who is home sick today). :(
  11. Drtooth Well-Known Member


    Widescreen totally gets the seal of approval from me. 15 bucks is the standard movie price nowadays... if you want to wait a little longer, you could stand to get it cheaper... but looking at the gaping hole the 1980's animated Transformers movie 25th anniversary DVD release should have been in, I don't suggest waiting too long.

    Plus, if there's one thing I hates on a DVD, it's a full frame movie with widescreen bonus features. And that Ghostbuster VHS scarred me for life.
  12. GelflingWaldo New Member

    Widescreen makes such a difference.

    I watched the film last night. I've seen it many times (I wore out 2 VHS copies and watched the old DVD so many I can pretty much quote all the lines before the characters), but haven't seen a widescreen version of the film since the film was released in theaters almost 25 years ago (when I was a much younger Muppet fan) -- well, let me say that "Follow that Bird" is absolutely amazing in widescreen!

    Ken Kawpis created such a cinematic film, which (sadly) was somewhat lost in the pan & scan treatment. There are some films that don't loose much when cropped to fit a TV, but "Follow that Bird" is one that really suffered from being formatted to "fit your screen". So much of the total scope, cinematic weight, and artistry is lost in the cropped presentation. The film is so much better in widescreen and really makes the characters and story so much more dynamic and epic feeling. It was like watching the film for the first time.

    This new DVD has changed my outlook on the film, and I don't think I'll ever be able to watch "Follow that Bird" in pan & scan again.
  13. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's where I saw a copy, but I had a Best Buy gift card on me and wanted to buy it there, only to not see it in stock.
  14. dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Is widescreen reeally that big of a deal?
  15. frogboy4 Inactive Member

  16. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well, I bought it, and the picture quality really is better than I had been used to. Interestingly, I watched a little of it in spanish, and the songs are still heard in english. I do find it odd that on the packaging, it lists Kermit the Frog as a copyright of The Jim Henson Company as opposed to The Muppets Studio.
  17. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well, I actually found some easter eggs on this release. It's been a long time since I last heard of DVDs containing easte reggs, but highlight Kermit on the features menu, and you'll find some deleted and extended scenes!
    • During Kermit's report, Ernie and Bert actually have a conversation regarding the news. Ernie comments that Kermit has a great voice, while Bert dismisses it, saying that he'd like for Kermit to have some kind of bear friend with a great voice.
    • Mr. Snuffleupagus decides that he should leave Big Bird's nest and allow everybody to finally see him.... But when he goes out to the street, nobody is there! He walks back in, where Bruno walks Barkley, who both just barely miss Snuffy.
    • While sleeping in the cage, Big Bird has a nightmare about what the sleaze brothers might do to him next.
    • An alternate version of Kermit's news report, where the report is not shown on a TV screen, and Kermti has some extra dialogue.
    • Big Bird tells his friends that he is going to be leaving, with Miss Finch giving them the basics of what's happening. Finch also tells Big Bird that he can't take all of his things with him. This seen features some characters who don't appear on-screen in the movie, including Don Music and Mr. Johnson, and also has some big dialogue for Herry, Willy, and Luis.
    • Big Bird's goodbye seen is longer. Ernie tells Big Bird "don't forget to take your baths", Bert says "Don't forget to speak pigeon", Herry says "don't forget to work out", and Forgetful Jones says "Don't forget to.. uh.. I forget!"

    APRIL FOOLS
  18. dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Wow you really almost had me stop everything I was doing, and go and buy this.
  19. Andibcool Member

    Hey i bought the DVd and it was the 1st time i saw this movie.
    I really liked it and some of the songs are so nice.
    Something thats really bad on amazon.com they dont tell you the other languages. Its english, portuguiese and spanish. Box says also japanese but im not sure if there is really a japanese dub on it.
    For the subtitles there are defenly all 4 languages on the dvd.

    For ppl not sure to buy it i would say go buy it the picturequality is much improved with the remastering. Even if i dont have the previus DVD i can still comepare booth versions with this DVD.
    Its because the sing a long feature seems to be from the old DVD and the jump to the songs feature jumps in the new remasterd move. I would say picture quality are worlds apart, the improvement is very noticeable.
    Oh and by the way i found out today the DVD did came out in germany too with english, german and polish dubs. Price is around 12 Euro here witch is fair.
    The movie is called here: Bibos abenteuerliche Flucht
    The translation of that german title is like that: Bibo´s ( name for big bird :wisdom: here ) adventurelike escape.
    I will get me a copy of that too ( my wife loves the movie even if she has a lot trouble with english).

    By the way what other movies are from sesame street ?
    I only know Elmo in Grummelland ( Elmo in grouchland ),
    Elmo rettet Weihnachten ( Elmo saves christmas ) and
    Weihnachten in der Sesamestrasse ( christmas on sesame street )
  20. CoOKiE Member

    as for FEATURE films... Elmo in Grouchland and Follow that bird are the only ones.

    However, like you listed... there are made for TV/DVD movies.

    Big Bird in China (i loved this as a kid n still do)
    Big Bird in Japan
    Cinderelmo
    Abby in Wonderland (really recent... made last summer)

    and theres one that i'd LOVE to come out on DVD... Don't Eat the Pictures

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