Big Bird and his Sesame Street companion, Barkley, the big, fluffy dog, travel across China in search of the legendary Feng Huang, the Phoenix Bird. Along the way they visit with Chinese schoolchildren, watch a Tai Chi demonstration, learn some Chinese words and songs, and meet the mischievous Monkey King.
Did You Know?
According to "I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story", the filmmakers had an attachment to Ouyang Lianzi, who played Xiao Foo, and they bid her a tearful but restricted goodbye at their airport, and they never saw her again as much as they hoped. Her name in English is Lisa Ouyang. See more
When Barkley sniffs the hand-cart, he has the sand-glass around his neck a full 19 minutes before Xiao Foo places it around his neck. See more
We're off to find the Phoenix!
I thought Phoenix was in Arizona.
The DVD release cuts out all lines of Big Bird looking for someone who speaks "American" (i.e. English). This amounts to a minute of footage excised. See more
Followed by Big Bird in Japan