Bigfoot in popular culture
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 having 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.
"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 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.
- 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 on his game camera of what some believe could be a young Sasquatch. More skeptical viewers deemed it a bear. The companies offered a one million dollar reward for a verifiable photo of Bigfoot taken on a game camera.
- The food chain Red Robin ran a television commercial in which a hiker speaks the words "Red Robin" and hears a reply of "Yummm" from Bigfoot.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bigfoot (1970)
- The Geek (1971)
- The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)
- Sasqua (1975, D:Channon Scott)
- Bigfoot Man or Beast (1975)
- The Mysterious Monsters (1976)
- Creature From Black Lake (1976)
- Snowbeast (1977)
- Sasquatch, The Legend Of Bigfoot (1977)
- Manbeast, Myth Or Monster? (1978)
- Curse of Bigfoot (1978)
- The Capture of Bigfoot (1979)
- Revenge of Bigfoot (1979)
- Night of the Demon (1980)
- Bigfoot (1987)
- Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
- Drawing Flies (1996), A movie produced by Kevin Smith. Starring Jason Lee as the character Donner who wants to find Sasquatch.
- A Goofy Movie (1995)
- Little Bigfoot (1997)
- Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home (1997)
- Sasquatch Hunters (1997),
- Ape Canyon (2002)
- The Untold (2002)
- They Call Him Sasquatch (2003)
- Sasquatch Hunters (2005)
- The Unknown (2005)
- Stomp! Shout! Scream! (2005)
- Bigfoot (2006)
- Abominable (2006)
- Bigfoot (2006)
- Sasquatch Mountain (2006), a made-for-TV movie from the Sci-Fi Channel.
- Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)
- The Sasquatch Gang (2007)
- TMNT (2007)
- Strange Wilderness (2008)
- Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie (2008)
- The Wild Man of the Navidad (2009), released by IFC Films
- Boggy Creek (2009)
- Momo (2009)
- The Legend of Grassman (2010) 
- Letters from the Big Man (2011) 
- The Erickson Project (2011) 
- Bigfoot (2012)
- Hotel Transylvania (2012)
- Willow Creek (2013)
- Project Bigfoot (2014) 
- 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.
- In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Bigfoot seems to be a myth in the game.
- 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" Big foot 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.
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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." 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. 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.
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.
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. The Gwaii, published by Arcana Studio, is an award winning 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, is written by Alex Grecian and illustrated by Riley Rossmo. The first issue was published by Image Comics in October 2007. "Donations to Clarity", a 2011 novel by Noah Baird, tells the story of a Bigfoot who falls in love with a Bigfoot hoaxer. 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.
- Bigfoot is the name of the first series of monster trucks. In 1975, Bob Chandler created the original truck, which he named after his driving style rather than its characteristically large tires.
- Squatch was the mascot of the Seattle SuperSonics, who were a professional basketball franchise that was based in Seattle, Washington and played in the NBA from 1967 until 2008.
- Quatchi, one of three mascots for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, is portrayed as a "young sasquatch who comes from the mysterious forests of Canada".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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."
- Formal studies of Bigfoot
- Loch Ness Monster in popular culture
- Patterson-Gimlin film
- Sasquatch! Music Festival
- “Allegheny Cellars 2007
- http://www.messinwithsasquatch.com Source for the commercials titled "Messin with Sasquatch"
- "Jacobs Photos". Retrieved 2009-09-16.
- Young Sasquatch? Earthfiles Podcast 10-31-07
- Is It Bigfoot? Hunter’s Photos Ignite Debate Fox News 10-28-07
- $1,000,000 dollar Sasquatch photo challenge Field & Stream 05-29-08
- Red Robin
- Snowbeast at the Internet Movie Database
- The Capture of Bigfoot at the Internet Movie Database
- Revenge of Bigfoot at the Internet Movie Database
- Bigfoot (1987) at the Internet Movie Database
- Drawing Flies (1996)
- Little Bigfoot at the Internet Movie Database
- Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home at the Internet Movie Database
- Sasquatch Hunters at the Internet Movie Database
- Ape Canyon at the Internet Movie Database
- The Untold at the Internet Movie Database(also released in the U.S. as Sasquatch)
- They Call Him Sasquatch at the Internet Movie Database
- Sasquatch Hunters (2005) at the Internet Movie Database
- The Unknown at the Internet Movie Database
- Stomp! Shout! Scream! at the Internet Movie Database
- Troma Releasing Better Late Than Never Bigfoot
- Bigfoot at the Internet Movie Database
- Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie at the Internet Movie Database
- Exclusive Early Stills from Boggy Creek
- Trailer Jack O'Lantern headed Bigfoot flick Momo
- The Grassman – Movie Production Blog
- Letters from the Big Man at the Internet Movie Database
- Pyle, 278
- Hunter and Dahinden, 135-136
- Pyle, 279
- "Resolution No.92-043, Whatcom County Council, Whatcom County, Washington, 98220."
- NBA Media Ventures, LLC (2006). Squatch, The Sonics Mascot.
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