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'I Am Big Bird': EW preview

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Copper Pot Pictures

STARRING Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson

DIRECTED BY Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker

NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE May 6

You don’t spend 45 years playing Big Bird without collecting a few stories along the way. “Grown-ups come to me saying, ‘Are you the one I was watching when I was a little kid?’ ” says Caroll Spinney, 81, the man underneath the yellow feathers since day one. “I’d say, ‘Yes,’ and some would burst into real tears. I get a lot of people asking for hugs.” This documentary looks at Spinney’s life, from his days as an awkward, puppet-loving kid to his tenure on Sesame Street, where he plans to stay for the foreseeable future. The film even answers the biggest Big Bird burning question of all: how the suit works.