Many of the things I loved most as a child have turned out
to be terrible. The Kansas City Royals. The Kingston Trio. The
Republican Party. Happily, Follow That Bird is not on that
list. Sure, itâ€™s the Muppet picaresque formula made palatable for â€™80s
tots. But from its opening scenes, it maintains a thread of loss and
melancholyâ€”the songs, co-written by Van Dyke Parks, help a lot hereâ€”that
warns maybe the suburban American Dream is going to be a little
disappointing. â€śI should be happy,â€ť Big Bird writes his Sesame Street
friends. â€śWhatâ€™s wrong with me?â€ť Nothing this movie canâ€™t salve. Laurelhurst, 9:40 pm nightly, 1:30 pm Saturday-Sunday.
- Best paired with: New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsener.
- Also showing: 127 Hours (Hollywood, Laurelhurst).