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Big Bird in China (1983)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | TV Movie 29 May 1983
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Jon Stone
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroll Spinney ... Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Brian Muehl Brian Muehl ... Barkley / Telly (voice)
Frank Oz ... Bert / Cookie Monster / Grover (voice)
Jerry Nelson ... Two-Headed Monster (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Two-Headed Monster (voice)
Cheryl Blaylock Cheryl Blaylock ... Additional Muppet Performer (voice)
Martin P. Robinson ... Telly (DVD Version) / Additional Muppet Performer (voice)
Jim Henson ... Ernie (voice)
Arabella Hong Arabella Hong ... The Shopkeeper
Quan She-Zhen Quan She-Zhen ... Monkey King
Liu Xio-Shen Liu Xio-Shen ... Monkey King
Xu Tien-Ed Xu Tien-Ed ... Monkey King
Fu-Hai Lu Fu-Hai Lu ... Monkey King
Chi-Lian Wu Chi-Lian Wu ... Monkey King
Li Jiang Li Jiang ... Monkey King
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Storyline

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. Written by Doug Mulhaire

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Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

China | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Big Bird: We're off to find the Phoenix!
Grover: I thought Phoenix was in Arizona.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Followed by Big Bird in Japan (1988) See more »

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Outstanding 1980s children's film.
18 May 2008 | by oneebbaSee all my reviews

This movie was a childhood favorite for my friend's and I. It contains a solid introduction to Chinese landmarks and culture for kids (after all, it is a kid's film).

I watched it for the first time since the 1980s recently and still enjoyed it.

For kids, it is packed with mystery, adventure, and the desire to learn other languages/cultures.

I recommend that any parent get this movie for their child. It is classy, clean, and educational-- in a fun way. Kid's love finding 'clues' in movies, and this does that in an exciting way.


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