I AM BIG BIRD profiles Caroll Spinney, the 80-year-old puppeteer who has been behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since the show's first season.Relying heavily on Caroll's incredible archive of home videos dating back to the 1950s, I AM BIG BIRD captures how the love radiating from Caroll has created a worldwide cultural icon and answers why he can't say goodbye to the characters he cherishes.The Dating Game was a game show which first aired on ABC in 1965, produced by Chuck Barris.
Celebrities occasionally appeared on the show, including Groucho Marx, and many then unknowns appeared as well, including Burt Reynolds and Farrah Fawcett.
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass provided many of the musical cues for the show, The show was spoofed as "Muppet Match-up" on episode 101 of Muppets Tonight.
Hosted by Kermit the Frog in "1975", Michelle Pfeiffer was a guest on the show, being known as "Michelle Pfieffer Manowitz, choosing between three bachelors - Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, and Animal. In Dating Game style, Pfeiffer says she loves a man with a good sense of humor, and proceeds to ask each bachelor in turn for their idea of a fun date. Beaker meeps something unintelligible, which Michelle thinks is sick, not funny. After showing the clip Michelle explains to Clifford that she ended up dating Animal, but she hasn't seen him in years, and wonders if he's changed. At that moment, he appears on stage, and chases Pfeiffer off, screaming her name.
When Animal is asked for his idea of a fun date, he gets to his feet, and runs towards Pfeiffer yelling, "Michelle!
On the other hand, Big Bird is looking like a better candidate for fatherhood every day: he's tall, affectionate, and steadily employed.
After all, he's a big yellow Sesame Street character -- and she's an intelligent single woman with a fabulous job.
And right now, for Ellen, thirty-five years old and dying to have a baby, almost any father will do.
In her hilarious and heartbreaking new novel, Laura Zigman, bestselling author of Animal Husbandry, explores what happens when the life we've chosen isn't that life we expected it to be.
And at this point Ellen Franck is rethinking all her choices.