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* TheBusCameBack: One of the interviewees is the young girl Caroll worked with on ''Film/BigBirdInChina''. On an interview promoting the film, he mentions that he hadn't seen her since making said special, but when the crew contacted her to be interviewed for it, she came to America herself on her own dime.

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* TheBusCameBack: One of the interviewees is the young girl Caroll worked with on ''Film/BigBirdInChina''. On an interview promoting the film, he mentions that he hadn't seen her since making said special, but when the crew contacted her to be interviewed for it, she came to America herself on her own dime.time.

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* EmbarrassingFirstName: Caroll talks about getting bullied as a kid, and notes that having Caroll as a first name didn't help matters. The film doesn't cover it, but when he was in the Air Force he went by the name Ed Spinney (from Edwin, his middle name) because of this trope.


* HatesTheirParent: The first part of the film discusses how Caroll had a difficult childhood relationship with his father, who possessed a HairTriggerTemper, and how he carried that resentment for a long time, before they finally reconciled.

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* HatesTheirParent: The first part of the film discusses how Caroll had a difficult childhood relationship with his father, father Chester, who possessed a HairTriggerTemper, and how he carried that resentment for a long time, before they finally reconciled.


* FromBadToWorse: Deb recalls how she and Caroll had been awoken by an early morning phone call in 1990, which he answered. She was expecting it be news that Caroll's octogenarian father had passed away. Instead, they learned that Creator/JimHenson had suddenly died.

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* FromBadToWorse: Deb recalls how she and Caroll had been awoken by an early morning phone call in 1990, which he answered. She was expecting it be news that Caroll's octogenarian father Chester had passed away. Instead, they learned that Creator/JimHenson had suddenly died.


* DrivenToSuicide: At one point after his divorce, Caroll once considered committing suicide by jumping out the window of his ninth-floor apartment, but quickly decided not to go through with it.

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* DrivenToSuicide: At one point Shortly after his 1971 divorce, Caroll once considered committing suicide by jumping out the window of his ninth-floor apartment, but quickly decided not to go through with it.

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* FromBadToWorse: Deb recalls how she and Caroll had been awoken by an early morning phone call in 1990, which he answered. She was expecting it be news that Caroll's octogenarian father had passed away. Instead, they learned that Creator/JimHenson had suddenly died.

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* PropheticName: In choosing Matt Vogel to be his successor as Big Bird, Caroll noted that ''Vogel'' means "bird" in German.


* TheBusCameBack: One of the interviewees is the young girl Carol; worked with on ''Film/BigBirdInChina''. On an interview promoting the film, he mentions that he hadn't seen her since making said special, but when the crew contacted her to be interviewed for it, she came to America herself on her own dime.

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* TheBusCameBack: One of the interviewees is the young girl Carol; Caroll worked with on ''Film/BigBirdInChina''. On an interview promoting the film, he mentions that he hadn't seen her since making said special, but when the crew contacted her to be interviewed for it, she came to America herself on her own dime.


* CreatorRecovery[[invoked]]: Caroll falling in love with Debra helped give him new confidence in his performances, which was even noted by others working on the show.

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* CreatorRecovery[[invoked]]: CreatorRecovery: An InUniverse example. Caroll falling in love with Debra helped give him new confidence in his performances, which was even noted by others working on the show.

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* ChristmasSpecial: Some of the home movies and archival footage are behind-the-scenes glimpses of ''Series/ChristmasEveOnSesameStreet'' and ''Film/AMuppetFamilyChristmas''.

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* CreatorRecovery[[invoked]]: Caroll falling in love with Debra helped give him new confidence in his performances, which was even noted by others working on the show.


* TheBusCameBack: One of the interviewees is the young girl Carol worked with on the special "Big Bird in China." On an interview promoting the film, he mentions that he hadn't seen her since making said special, but when the crew contacted her to be interviewed for it, she came to America herself on her own dime.

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* TheBusCameBack: One of the interviewees is the young girl Carol Carol; worked with on the special "Big Bird in China." ''Film/BigBirdInChina''. On an interview promoting the film, he mentions that he hadn't seen her since making said special, but when the crew contacted her to be interviewed for it, she came to America herself on her own dime.



* CoolTeacher: Caroll regarded Creator/JimHenson this way, saying he felt more like a friend than a boss.



* HatesTheirParent: The first part of the film discusses how Caroll had a difficult childhood relationship with his father, who possessed a HairTriggerTemper, and how he carried that resentment for a long time, before they finally reconciled.



* PrecisionFStrike: While it's overall a family-friendly movie, there are two instances of cussing--Spinney dropping an F-bomb in a home movie, and a ''Film/BigBirdInChina'' outtake where director Jon Stone says "shit" after Spinney-as-Big Bird mistakenly starts moving before his cue.



* SecondLove: After Caroll divorced his first wife Janice in 1971, he was single for a while. In 1979, he married Debra Jean Gilroy.

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* SecondLove: After Caroll divorced his first wife Janice in 1971, he was single for a while. In 1979, he married Debra Jean Gilroy.Gilroy.
* SternTeacher: What longtime ''Sesame Street'' showrunner Jon Stone was for Caroll. As the years went on, Stone seemed like he had a tendency to single Spinney out for criticism, with Emilio Delgado (Luis) even recalling how he confronted Stone over it. But Spinney still regarded Stone as a brilliant writer and director who was invaluable in establishing Big Bird and Oscar as characters.
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* TheBusCameBack: One of the interviewees is the young girl Carol worked with on the special "Big Bird in China." On an interview promoting the film, he mentions that he hadn't seen her since making said special, but when the crew contacted her to be interviewed for it, she came to America herself on her own dime.


''I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story'' is a 2014 documentary by Copper Pot Pictures about [[Creator/MuppetPerformers Caroll Spinney]], the puppeteer for Big Bird and Oscar on ''Series/SesameStreet'' since it began in 1969. It focuses on his beginnings as a puppeteer, his relationship with wife Deb and his characters' meteoric rise to popularity, sprinkled with home movie footage taken by Spinney. The film was funded via Website/{{Kickstarter}}.

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''I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story'' is a 2014 documentary by Copper Pot Pictures about [[Creator/MuppetPerformers Creator/{{Muppet performer|s}} Caroll Spinney]], Spinney, the puppeteer for Big Bird and Oscar on ''Series/SesameStreet'' since it began in 1969. It focuses on his beginnings as a puppeteer, his relationship with wife Deb and his characters' meteoric rise to popularity, sprinkled with home movie footage taken by Spinney. The film was funded via Website/{{Kickstarter}}.


''I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story'' is a 2014 documentary by Copper Pot Pictures about Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer for Big Bird and Oscar on ''Series/SesameStreet'' since it began in 1969. It focuses on his beginnings as a puppeteer, his relationship with wife Deb and his characters' meteoric rise to popularity, sprinkled with home movie footage taken by Spinney. The film was funded via Website/{{Kickstarter}}.

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''I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story'' is a 2014 documentary by Copper Pot Pictures about [[Creator/MuppetPerformers Caroll Spinney, Spinney]], the puppeteer for Big Bird and Oscar on ''Series/SesameStreet'' since it began in 1969. It focuses on his beginnings as a puppeteer, his relationship with wife Deb and his characters' meteoric rise to popularity, sprinkled with home movie footage taken by Spinney. The film was funded via Website/{{Kickstarter}}.

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