I first watched this movie as a little kid. I rented it on tape from the library. Every time we'd go back I'd get it. I watched it so many times. The characters were always lovable (familiar faces like Bert and Ernie, the Count, the Grouch, and all the people from Sesame Street) and I loved singing along to the songs.
But now at least 10 years later I still find the movie as charming and fun as ever. I hadn't been to the library in years and as soon as I walked in I went off searching for "that movie with Big Bird in it."
Follow that Bird has a great story. It follows all the Sesame Street characters as Big Bird gets sent to live with these crazy Dodo birds and then goes on to run away. His Sesame Street pals and others set off in search of him. And it all combines to be one great goose, or in this case, Big Bird Chase!
The basic premise of the film is that Big Bird wants to move in with a family of silly Dodo birds. Upon realizing the mistake he's made by abandoning his real home and friends, he ventures on a cross-country trip which he naively believes will take him only a few days to get him home. Along the way, he meets new friends, gets into plenty of little adventures and treats us to some really catchy and terrific songs. According to a truck driver, there ain't no road too long, but Big Bird is gonna need some help finding his way back to Sesame Street, so his friends from the block sternly vow to go out and find Big Bird before he gets himself lost or in a world of trouble.
This is not only a great movie for your kids, but a great one for yourself. If you grew up watching it and playing the soundtrack non-stop on your record player (like I did), then you owe it to yourself to go out and pick this DVD up. The one major complaint people have with this release is it's lack of a widescreen ratio. But, really. Who cares? It's "Sesame Street" for Pete's sake. It's viewable in any way, shape or form.
P.S. - Have fun annoying your friends by singing "the Grouch Anthem." If you think they've had enough, you still can't stop. These songs are that darn catchy.