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Sesame Street - Big Bird in China (1983)

Sesame Street - Big Bird in China (1983)
Author/Publisher: Carroll Spinney, Brian Muehl
Format: DVD
Emphasis: NA
List Price: $12.98

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Plot Summary
  • Plot Synopsis: 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 Ji demonstration, learn some Chinese words and songs, and meet the mischievous Monkey King.

Product Details
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rating NR
  • Studio: Sony Wonder (Video)
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: based on 17 reviews.

Spotlight Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful:

One of my daughter's favorite DVD, August 7, 2004

Reviewer: KSL "emma-and-me" (Seminole, Fl United States)

My 18 month old daughter loves this DVD, she baby signs " more" after seeing it! We adopted our daughter from China and want her to know all about her birth country. The scenery is beautiful and is mostly around the Great Wall and some areas in Beijing.

I love the little girl who helps Big Bird on this wonderful journey to find the Phoneix bird! The little duckling dance, and the song Little Shou Fu sings to teach Big Bird some Chinese! Although my daughter doesn't quiet grasp that she is adopted as of yet, I think it is so very important that she doesn't loose her Chinese heritage. I am so pleased that it was released on DVD so she can enjoy this story for years to come!!!

My daughter is now 2 and still loves this movie! Now when we ask her " Who was born in China?" She will point to herself and say Emma! She's learned how to say hello and Big Bird in Chinese!


Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Big Bird too whiney, April 2, 2006

Reviewer: Corey Hartman "C Hartman" (Flagstaff, AZ, USA)

I bought this DVD for my daughter who is from China and though I think Xiao Foo is adorable, I am disappointed by Big Bird's behavior. Not only does he seem frustrated every time the slightest thing does not go his way, but he tells Barkley at one point to "sic" the Monkey King and then later, again frustrated, tells the Monkey King to put his dukes up (as if to fight to resolve the issue). I am appalled by this. Big Bird is also somewhat demeaning to the Chinese people he encounters--they don't understand him because he is speaking English and rather than explain the language barrier, he just gets upset. I love Sesame Street, and although I will keep this DVD to hear Xiao Foo sing in Chapter 7 (our daughter just loves her), I feel I will need to use Big Bird's behavior as an example of how not to act.


8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:

my memories of Big Bird, March 2, 2006

Reviewer: Lisa Ou (Hong Kong)

I am so delighted to see this movie finally in DVD. Feel very proud as I played the role Xiao Foo 24 years ago. Few interesting things I would like to share with people who love this movie:
- Xiao Foo didn't understand a single word of English when acting. I am local Chinese and do not start a second language until age of 9. All script was recited by memories.
- We filmed the movie in 3 cities: Beijing(the Great Wall, animal sculpture), Guilin(the Glass Chessboard, headless buffalo),Suzhou(the story teller). These are still the most beautiful tourist highlights of China.
- We had harsh time when filming the Great Wall, cause it was always packed with tourists. We eventually filmed it at 4:00am in the morning.
- China has changed a lot since then. We no longer dressed like the crowd in the movie. Major cities are well developed.
- Xiao Foo never acted in any movies after that. She grew up in Beijing, attended universities in Canada, now working for a top US investment bank in Hong Kong.
- Xiao Foo lost contact with Big Bird, Barkley and the Crew right after the movie. But to her, this movie is always the most precious memory.


1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Big Bird in China, February 18, 2006

Reviewer: Gina Scott "wiggles" (Hannibal, MO)

I purchased the DVD for my adopted Chinese grandaughter...the whole family loves it.


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Was ok..., January 23, 2006

Reviewer: J. Chen "insomniac" (Irvine, CA)

I bought this based on all the great reviews. I have two boys, 7 and 3 1/2. My 7 year old is always interested in all things Chinese so I thought I could show him what China looked like and see a bit of the culture. He liked it but he kept asking me questions about it. I think they could have been a little more forthcoming about what we were looking at. It was mostly Big Bird just showing us the sights but not saying anything other than what it was called and sometimes not even that. My 3 year old wasn't too engaged at all. He watched but kept asking me "Is it done yet?" towards the second half. The premise is cute but I thought it could have been a little more entertaining and educational. The majority of the film was us watching Big Bird walking around not saying anything. They could have used that time to tell us a little about what we were looking at. I'm not saying they have to give us a whole history lesson but a little something interesting for each sight would have been nice.


0 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Big Bird in China, September 24, 2005

Reviewer: M. Yost "Zu Liang's Ma Ma" (CA USA)

I enjoyed watching it as well as my daughter. I thought it was educational as well as fun.


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