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'I Am Big Bird' a gentle peek at the guy behind the yellow feathers
'I Am Big Bird' a gentle peek at the guy behind the yellow feathers

The idea of getting to know the puppeteer responsible for the yellow-feathered sweetness of "Sesame Street's" Big Bird is a bit scary. After all, as we learned in "The Wizard of Oz," looking behind the curtain can be very disappointing. Have no fear. Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker's "I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story" is the kind of heartwarming, sentimental tale of a gentle soul that the PBS show's iconic character would love. As we learn from the start, bringing Big Bird to life has always been an inside job, one that Spinney has done for 45 years. It is interesting to see the process of melding the two together: Spinney pulling...

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