This August marks the 25th anniversary of Follow That Bird, the first movie based on the Sesame Street TV series. I like to think of it -- though I sometimes forget to -- as a part of the Muppet movie franchise. Yet despite some overlap of characters between Sesame Street and the Muppets, few others ever consider this movie when discussing the true Muppet installments, such as its immediate predecessor, 1984's The Muppets Take Manhattan.The disparity in appreciation for the brands is even evident in the fact that Manhattan (which features much of the Sesame Street cast in cameos) was a relative success, grossing $25 million, while Bird (likewise featuring Kermit the Frog in a cameo) was considered a box office flop with final earnings of only $14 million.

Despite that financial disappointment, as well as the even bigger bomb that was 1999's The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, I'd like to see another attempt at a Sesame Street movie. While Jason Segel is off reviving the Muppet brand with a new movie promised to be as good as the originals, and while a Fraggle Rock film is in the works, as well, who will step in and similarly make a movie starring Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Grover and Ernie and Bert, along with the human cast, that's as hilarious as Follow That Bird? Actually, can someone just hire Bird writers Judy Freudberg and Tony Geiss, who are longtime Sesame Street vets (they also wrote Don Bluth's An American Tail and The Land Before Time)? And Ken Kwapis can return to direct since outside of TV work Bird is the best thing he's ever done (seriously).

Anyone else, whether you have kids to bring to it or not, want another Sesame Street movie?
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