Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kickstart the Week: I AM BIG BIRD

As of right now, there are only two days left to fund the documentary "I AM BIG BIRD", the story of Caroll Spinney's lifelong dedication to puppetry, character, and happiness. He's performed and voiced both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for 5 decades now, and still going strong at the age of 78. And after all of those years, he's still fairly unknown.

I Am Big Bird should change all of that. It's heartwarming story about Caroll's life and career, performing one of the most popular characters of all time. According to Copper Pot pictures, the film will include:
…never-before-seen footage capturing unscripted moments of Caroll with giants like Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson.

…Caroll’s short films, in which he showcases his skill in animation, a talent which led to a job offer at Disney… which Caroll turned down. 
…Thousands of snapshots and hundreds of hours of videos that capture his undying love for his wife.
…Art displaying his hidden passion for illustration. 
…Puppets that were lovingly crafted by Caroll’s mother over 70 years ago and that he still uses today.
As a HUGE fan of all of Jim Henson's productions, I am extremely excited about this. If you aren't a fan (which is hard to imagine), you must have had some experience as a child with these characters. And if not (even harder to imagine), you have to appreciate the craft of a 78 year old man performing in a bird suit with his arm perched up above his head for hours and hours. Now we will all know how it's gotten to this point, and I can't wait. Even just seeing the 70's and 80's era photographs is getting me excited.

Although it has reached it's funding goal, the film will cost well over that. If you pledge soon you can still receive exclusive art, signed copies on DVD and BluRay, a video chat, or if you are made of money you can pledge $10,000 for dinner with Caroll Spinney and take me as your guest.

Check it out on Kickstarter at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iambigbird/i-am-big-bird

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