Sesame Street - Big Bird in China (1983)
Author/Publisher: Carroll Spinney, Brian Muehl
List Price: $12.98
- 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.
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.
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- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Sony Wonder (Video)
- DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
- Run Time: 75 minutes
- Average Customer Review:
based on 17 reviews.
|25 of 25 people found the following review
One of my daughter's favorite DVD, August 7, 2004
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
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!
|3 of 3 people found the following review
Big Bird too whiney, April 2, 2006
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
my memories of Big Bird, March 2, 2006
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
- 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
Big Bird in China, February 18, 2006
I purchased the DVD for my adopted Chinese grandaughter...the whole
family loves it.
|2 of 2 people found the following review
Was ok..., January 23, 2006
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
Big Bird in China, September 24, 2005
I enjoyed watching it as well as my daughter. I thought it was
educational as well as fun.
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