Picks and Pans Review: Big Bird in China

updated 05/30/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/30/1983 01:00AM

NBC (7-8:30 p.m. ET)

In this musical special, Big Bird travels to the Great Wall to find another big bird, the legendary phoenix. It wouldn't be a show from the Sesame Street people if we didn't learn a few words of Chinese along the way. But the film has more than the usual Muppet Show bounce—it is mysterious, magical and greatly moving.

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