Bigfoot in popular culture

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Bigfoot or Sasquatch, is an alleged ape-like creature purportedly inhabiting forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. More than forty-five years have passed since the first sightings of Bigfoot were reported in California. The character of Bigfoot has been used frequently in popular culture including movies, advertising, and literature. Bigfoot has also been the subject of several tourism campaigns.

Advertising[edit]

"Bigfoot" and "Sasquatch" are pop culture terms that have been used in advertising across many different products and services, such as pizzas, beef jerky, skateboards, skis, an Internet search engine, a computer hard drive series, gas stations, Kokanee beer, Bigfoot Shadows award winning wine[1] and a monster truck.

  • Jack Link's brand of beef jerky produces a series of commercials entitled "Messin' with Sasquatch". In the commercials, hikers play tricks on Sasquatch. The end of the commercials typically show Sasquatch reacting angrily to the pranks, chasing, and sometimes picking up the hikers and throwing them into the air or objects.[2]
  • Game camera manufacturer the Bushnell Corporation, along with Field & Stream, launched a promotional contest over a photo taken in September 2007, by deer hunter Rick Jacobs of Pennsylvania[3] on his game camera of what some believe could be a young Sasquatch.[4] More skeptical viewers deemed it a bear.[5] The companies offered a one million dollar reward for a verifiable photo of Bigfoot taken on a game camera.[6]
  • The restaurant chain Boston Pizza used "Louie" the sasquatch in a series of television commercials around 2007. Ultimately they decided to drop the character as a promotional gimmick.[8]
  • Kokanee beer used "Mel" the sasquatch in a series of commercials pitting him against the "Kokanee Ranger" played by John Novak. In 2004, a Mel The Sasquatch statue (complete with him holding a case of Kokanee Beer) was built in Creston, British Columbia. The Columbia Brewery Company (who owns Kokanee beer) paid for half the construction costs.[9]

Films[edit]

Games[edit]

  • The interactive robot from Mattel called the BIGFOOT Monster comes with a wireless remote control to burp, chew, throw a ball and do exercises.
  • In Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow the yeti's sprite is very similar to a photograph of Bigfoot.
  • In the Darkstalkers series, Sasquatch is a playable character who lives in a village of other Sasquatches deep in the Canadian Rockies.
  • The adventure game Sam & Max Hit the Road involves a search for a Sasquatch that had escaped from a traveling freak show.
  • In Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Bigfoot makes an appearance, able to be hunted down with an achievement referring to the Bigfoot myth in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas above.
  • In The Simpsons arcade game, Bigfoot is an opponent which players encounter during the 3.5 Springfield Butte level.
  • In Ski Resort Tycoon you can create an exhibition in which you may display a captured Sasquatch.
  • In Tony Hawk's Underground 2, when unlocked, Bigfoot is a playable character.
  • In Zoo Tycoon players can unlock Bigfoot which costs $10,000.
  • In Poptropica cryptids island, players spot bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest and have to find where he lives.
  • In Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, Bigfoot is seen hiding behind a tree on one of the holes as an Easter egg.
  • In Assassin's Creed III, the young assassin Connor is told stories of a tall, hairy figure who steals from hunter's traps. This starts a side quest, where the player is tasked with finding out the truth about this story.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: V, Bigfoot is seen in the game's "Predator" mission. After finishing the game 100% you'll be treated to a random Mission where you'll actually get to hunt down Bigfoot.
  • In The Sims 2: Bon Voyage expansion pack, a Bigfoot sim can be found on a secret vacation lot. He can be asked to move in and get a job, though he can never marry or have children.

Law[edit]

Skamania County, Washington passed a law regarding Bigfoot in 1969 declaring that "any willful, wanton slaying of such creatures shall be deemed a felony" subject to substantial fine and/or imprisonment. The fact that this legislation was passed on April 1 did not escape notice, but County Commissioner Conrad Lundy said that "this is not an April Fool's Day joke ... there is reason to believe such an animal exists."[34][citation needed] Hunter and Dahinden mention their own "speculation that Skamania County authorities had their ears tuned much more to the music of a publicity bandwagon than to any song of distress" for Bigfoot.[35][citation needed] Notwithstanding, the ordinance was amended in 1984 to preclude an insanity defense and to consider such a killing homicide if the creature was proven by the coroner to be humanoid.[36][citation needed]

In response to Al Magnussen from the Mt. Baker Chamber of Commerce, Whatcom County, Washington, an Agenda Bill was drafted (92-247) on 6/9/91, which unanimously passed a resolution declaring Whatcom County a Sasquatch Protection and Refuge Area.[37]

On the State of Oregon website oregon.gov[5] when you search on the search engine a symbol of a sasquatch walking will appear while loading results.

Literature[edit]

Many have written on the subject, demonstrating a broad spectrum of approaches from a small body of serious scholarly work to lurid tabloids, such as the Weekly World News.[citation needed] The Gwaii, published by Arcana Studio, is an award winning[38] children's graphic novel that features a sasquatch named Tanu searching for his mother and tribe in the Canadian wilderness. John Prufrock, the hero of the comic book Proof, is a Bigfoot who works for a secret agency that hunts and captures other cryptids. The comic, an ongoing series, was written by Alex Grecian and illustrated by Riley Rossmo. It was published by Image Comics from October 2007 to May 2011.[39][40] "Donations to Clarity", a 2011 novel by Noah Baird, tells the story of a Bigfoot who falls in love with a Bigfoot hoaxer.[41] In the non-canon Star Wars Tales comic "Into the Great Unknown" - in which the Millennium Falcon, after a blind hyperspace jump, crash-lands on what appears to be Endor but is in fact the Pacific Northwest around the time of Lewis and Clark, resulting in Han Solo's death at the hands of the natives and the eventual discovery of his body by Indiana Jones (who is disturbed by something "eerily familiar" about the remains) - "Sasquatch" is actually Chewbacca. One of the main characters from the Canadian Marvel Comics superhero team Alpha Flight is Sasquatch.

Sasquatch Books is the largest publishing house in the Pacific Northwest. It's logo features a Sasquatch paw print. [42]

Sports[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Six Million Dollar Man/The Bionic Woman featured three separate two-part episodes featuring a bionic Bigfoot. In the first episode, the creature was played by André the Giant while in the latter two episodes he was played by Ted Cassidy.
  • Bigfoot And Wildboy, which started as a segment of the second season of the Krofft Supershow before spinning off into a series, has the title character joined by a young orphan.
  • Harry and the Hendersons (TV series) was a 72 episode show that ran from 1991 to 1993 and was based on the film of the same name.
  • In the Canadian TV show Trailer Park Boys one of the characters frequently mispronounces Sasquatch as a "samsquanch" and in one episode beats up another character wrapped in a fur blanket to resemble a "samsquanch".
  • Sasquatch was also featured in the Tenacious D (The Greatest Band In The World) T.V. show and wanted to join the band but was unable to. Sasquatch did, however, cause Jack Black and Kyle Gass to re-gain trust in the rock star mythos.
  • Bigfoot makes an appearance in a Futurama episode entitled "Spanish Fry", where Fry attempts to find Bigfoot.
  • In the TV series The Invisible Man, the title character of Darien Fawkes is turned invisible by a chemical derived from Bigfoot; Bigfoot has escaped detection over the centuries by turning invisible.
  • In The Simpsons episode "The Call of the Simpsons", Homer gets covered in mud and is mistaken for Bigfoot.
  • In The Newsroom episode "I'll Fix You" News researchers discuss and (often jokingly) debate the reality of Bigfoot as a future story for the news.
  • The iCarly episode "iBelieve in Bigfoot" focuses on the main characters visiting a forest in search of Bigfoot.
  • Finding Bigfoot is a show on Animal Planet following a team of BFRO members searching for the elusive and "ninja-like" creature.
  • In The California Raisins Show, the Raisins, sick and tired of autograph hounds and obsessive fans, elect to go camping in the deep woods for a much needed vacation. One of the Raisins tells of a Native American (portrayed as potatoes) legend of a monster called "Sasquash". In the fruit & vegetable manner of the show, the Raisins come across a race of gigantic anthropomorphic squash and appease them by performing an impromptu concert, then return to civilization leaving a boombox of their music and an autograph for the Bigfoot-type creatures.
  • Bigfoot makes an appearance in the "Summer Camp!" episode of the family comedy series The Aquabats! Super Show!, turning out to be the boyfriend of a female shapeshifting "Were-Ape" which has been terrorizing a summer camp.
  • In the Brickleberry episode "Steve's Bald", one of the park rangers, Steve, is mistaken for Bigfoot after overuse of a black-market baldness cure leaves his whole body covered in hair, playing along with the misconception until being accused of killing Steve - prompting a chase which leads to the discovery, and death, of the real Bigfoot.
  • The Spike reality show 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty has nine teams trying to find proof of Bigfoot's existence
  • In the Littlest Pet Shop episode "Littlest Bigfoot", Penny Ling encounters a juvenile bigfoot in a forested National Park. Her friends are skeptical of her findings, until they encounter the creature themselves later in the episode.
  • In the Australian YouTube series The Big Lez Show, Sassy the Sasquatch is one of the main protagonists, accompanied by other Sasquatch like creatures. Sassy and his friends frequently engage in recreational drug use[45]
  • In Gravity Falls Bigfoot appears for a split second in the theme song and appears to have some sort of role in Season 2
  • In How I Met Your Mother, Marshall Eriksen (played by Jason Segel) has often declared himself a 'believer' of Sasquatch, although being frequently mocked for this by his friends.
  • Organisation 'Australian Yowie Research's members are known as 'The Yowie Hunters' by the media, but prefer to go simply by Australian Yowie Research. [46]
  • Bigfoot is a recurring character in Back To The Barnyard.

Theatre[edit]

Sasquatched! The Musical is a musical play written and composed by Minnesota native Phil Darg in 2012. It follows the story of a gentle, dignified talking Sasquatch named Arthur, his interactions with the human characters of the surrounding Pacific Northwest area, and the issues revolving around Sasquatch-human relations. The style of the play is humorous, fast-moving, and family-friendly. The play was submitted as an entry to the New York Musical Theatre Festival in September 2012. In February, it was chosen as one of NYMF's Next Link selections and later received an award from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. In July 2013, the show was performed as part of NYMF at the Pearl Theatre in New York City.[47]

Tourism[edit]

Bigfoot statues are found along tourist routes in the Northwest.

There are annual Bigfoot-related conventions, and the creature plays a role in Pacific Northwest tourism, such as the annual "Sasquatch Daze" held for several years in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia. Primatologist and Bigfoot researcher John Napier commented on this, stating that "Bigfoot in some quarters of North America has become big business ... It can no longer be considered simply as a natural phenomenon that can be studied with the techniques of a naturalist; the entrepreneurs have moved in and folklore has become fakelore."[48]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Allegheny Cellars 2007
  2. ^ http://www.messinwithsasquatch.com Source for the commercials titled "Messin with Sasquatch"
  3. ^ "Jacobs Photos". Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  4. ^ Young Sasquatch? Earthfiles Podcast 10-31-07
  5. ^ Is It Bigfoot? Hunter’s Photos Ignite Debate Fox News 10-28-07
  6. ^ $1,000,000 dollar Sasquatch photo challenge Field & Stream 05-29-08
  7. ^ Red Robin
  8. ^ http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/business/story.html?id=5135b667-723a-4e7f-803c-deac9bcb347f
  9. ^ http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20041011/sasquatch_statue_041011?hub=Calgary
  10. ^ Snowbeast at the Internet Movie Database
  11. ^ The Capture of Bigfoot at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ Revenge of Bigfoot at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ Bigfoot (1987) at the Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ Drawing Flies (1996)
  15. ^ Little Bigfoot at the Internet Movie Database
  16. ^ Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home at the Internet Movie Database
  17. ^ Sasquatch Hunters at the Internet Movie Database
  18. ^ Ape Canyon at the Internet Movie Database
  19. ^ The Untold at the Internet Movie Database(also released in the U.S. as Sasquatch)
  20. ^ They Call Him Sasquatch at the Internet Movie Database
  21. ^ Sasquatch Hunters (2005) at the Internet Movie Database
  22. ^ The Unknown at the Internet Movie Database
  23. ^ Stomp! Shout! Scream! at the Internet Movie Database
  24. ^ Troma Releasing Better Late Than Never Bigfoot
  25. ^ Bigfoot at the Internet Movie Database
  26. ^ Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie at the Internet Movie Database
  27. ^ Exclusive Early Stills from Boggy Creek
  28. ^ Trailer Jack O'Lantern headed Bigfoot flick Momo
  29. ^ Letters from the Big Man at the Internet Movie Database
  30. ^ http://bigfootblogger.com/the-erickson-project-canadians-solve-sasquatch-mystery/
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  32. ^ [2]
  33. ^ The Grassman – Movie Production Blog
  34. ^ Pyle, 278
  35. ^ Hunter and Dahinden, 135-136
  36. ^ Pyle, 279
  37. ^ "Resolution No.92-043, Whatcom County Council, Whatcom County, Washington, 98220."
  38. ^ [3]
  39. ^ Proof at ComicVine.com
  40. ^ Proof Endangered at ComicVine.com
  41. ^ [4]
  42. ^ http://www.sasquatchbooks.com/
  43. ^ NBA Media Ventures, LLC (2006). Squatch, The Sonics Mascot.
  44. ^ vancouver2010.com
  45. ^ https://www.youtube.com/user/guitarfingerz2112
  46. ^ http://www.yowiehunters.com.au/
  47. ^ "About Sasquatched! The Musical". Sasquatched! The Musical. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  48. ^ Pyle, 160.