Naturally I haven’t seen Sesame Street since I was a little kid. But I recently saw one of the characters, Big Bird, on Jimmy Kimmel Live. And seeing him actually brought back a question I have had since I was little: How on earth do they move his head and beak?
Follow my observations: Big Bird’s feet and hands move very naturally. Obviously the guy in the suit is using his own feet and hands for that. But the head parts also move very unusually. Actually, and I could be misinterpreting things here, but the head and beak move as if done by a puppeteer. In other words they move like they have a hand in them!
Now I was watching the eyebrows very closely on Kimmel. And they may have been done by remote control. But not the head and beak. Clearly the movement was done by the man in the suit. But how?
Also, FWIW, I think the neck is too thin and the head too small, to say nothing of the fact that no man could be that tall, to have a man’s head in the bird costume head. But then again, I don’t know for sure.
And thank you in advance to all who reply:)