When he was pursuing his artistic passion and landed work, he was married. Married and involved with The Muppets. But his wife never watched, respected and praised his quality work. They divorced after 11 years of marriage.
But Caroll Spinney found true love the second time around. They are still together and still very much in love. We meet his wife in the documentary too. Debra is delightful.
Caroll Spinney was bullied by kids in his youth who thought he was gay. He's a person who didn't have a totally happy childhood, but he chose not to go through life as an angry man because of it. He's given millions and millions of children -- many now grown -- the kind of happiness he didn't get from one parent. He's given them the attention he didn't get from one spouse. He has added light to the world around him. There are lessons in this documentary for everyone. He reminds us all who've felt or do feel emotionally beaten down and at a low point that "...the sun will eventually come out for you."
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story put tears in my eyes. It's very moving.
Check to see if this feature is playing at an arthouse movie theater in your vicinity.