Finding Bigfoot: “Birth of a Legend” Halloween Special

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 29th, 2011

Finding Bigfoot

via press release from Animal Planet


Bigfoot Field Research Organization Team to Tackle the Big Apple

(Silver Spring, Maryland, September 28, 2011) – This fall, the Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) team from Animal Planet’s FINDING BIGFOOT trudges deep into California’s Redwood forest to investigate one of the most infamous and disputed pieces of Bigfoot evidence ever – the Patterson-Gimlin footage. Premiering Sunday, October 30, at 9 PM (ET/PT), the two-hour special FINDING BIGFOOT: BIRTH OF A LEGEND takes viewers to the site where the notorious footage was captured to investigate the elusive beast’s existence and settle the more than 50-year-old debate originated by the tape.

Outfitted with the latest technology, including night-vision and infrared cameras, the BFRO team also scours the Redwoods to uncover additional evidence of the presence of Sasquatch. With more Bigfoot signals discovered in the Redwoods than anywhere else in North America, each broken branch or peculiar noise could mean a Squatch is lurking nearby.

Prior to the debut of the special, the BFRO team will make an appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con convention. On Friday, October 14, at 6:30 PM, the entire cast — Bobo, Cliff, Matt and Ranae – will debunk Bigfoot myths with a special sneak preview of the BIRTH OF A LEGEND special. Following the sneak peek, the team will discuss its Squatchin’ experiences from the show and share years of Bigfoot knowledge and research on a panel.

In FINDING BIGFOOT, a four-person team from the BFRO — a leading scientific research organization exploring the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery — investigates Sasquatch sightings by interviewing locals, examining evidence and infiltrating the woodlands and forests in places where Bigfoot has been reported.

FINDING BIGFOOT is produced for Animal Planet by Ping Pong Productions. Keith Hoffman is the executive producer for Animal Planet. Brad Kuhlman and Casey Brumels are the executive producers for Ping Pong Productions.

Apparently the title of the episode has changed.

In Animal Planet’s original press release announcing the Halloween special, it was entitled “The Squatchiest Place on Earth.”

The new episode title, “Birth of a Legend” does sound like it takes the subject a tad bit more serious…

via press release from Animal Planet


Network Announces Early 2012 Return of Hit Series, Halloween’s a Real Treat This October with a Two-hour Special Episode

(Silver Spring, MD) – This summer, Animal Planet left a giant footprint possibly the size of a Sasquatch itself when it revealed its six-part series FINDING BIGFOOT, which just completed its first season. Ranking among the network’s top three series, delivering 1.2M P2+ viewers, FINDING BIGFOOT found a sizeable audience among viewers, whether they believe in or question the existence of the elusive creature.

Today, Animal Planet announces the return of FINDING BIGFOOT, with an order of 10 episodes where the search for the Sasquatch continues into the next chapter. With a second season scheduled for early 2012, the network is committed to looking for the Bigfoot until it’s found and has plans to explore reported sightings throughout the United States, including Utah, New Mexico, Indiana, Pennsylvania and upstate New York.

Viewers who can’t wait until the start of season two won’t be kept in total suspense. Just in time for Halloween, Animal Planet plants its viewers deep within the dark forests of Northern California with a two-hour FINDING BIGFOOT special, “The Squatchiest Place on Earth.” Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) investigators hone in on the most infamous and disputed piece of Bigfoot evidence ever – the Patterson-Gimlin footage. Captured more than 50 years ago, the footage has been the center of the Bigfoot debate and has driven conspiracy theorists and Sasquatch enthusiasts on a quest to prove the creature’s existence. Now, the BFRO researchers take Animal Planet cameras to the site where the footage was captured and scout out new sites where the best and most convincing Bigfoot footprints have been reported.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

8 Responses to “Finding Bigfoot: “Birth of a Legend” Halloween Special”

  1. wuffing responds:

    …and settle the more than 50-year-old debate originated by the tape.

    Remind me please – the P-G incident occurred how many years ago, and was recorded on what medium ?

    This does not bode well for the show’s accuracy.

  2. shownuff responds:

    Let me take a crack at what this show is going to be like. They show up, they get BoBo in a suit with breast, moneymaker runs through the woods with a huge LED flash light he purchased from a local Cabelas store, Ranae is going to say she never liked the PG film. So to her its debunked. And Cliff will make another strange video with the dorky super creepy dude on a tree. ( which for some strange reason I enjoy. ) Or some other undisclosed area. Lol. ( OR ) for once these people can act rational and bring some other angles to this film by actually being there. And try not to land a helicopter in snow. Learn from the mistakes of older films. Just a suggestion. Even though my comment does not seem exciting. I am excited to see this. But I do want to add that not a single soul in the world has a degree in Bigfoot. I’d say the Natives sort of do. And there methods are just, “leave them alone”. ( he he ). So yes I will be watching, you have my support there. But I will not take there word for nothing. Cliff said it best. Its not really REALITY.

  3. Tamarack responds:

    Prior to the debut of the second season the team is going to make an appearance at the COMIC CON in New York ???????

    How on earth can they claim to be the most ‘scientific’ group in search of Bigfoot when they make appearances at a comic conference where the zainyest wackos on earth gather together? If that is your hobby, fine, but please don’t drag Bigfoot into that arena any more than it already is which already totally misrepresents Bigfoot.

    wuffing is right 44 years is not more than 50 and 16mm film is not tape. Call it semantics if you want but it is far from accurate.

    If they are going to discuss the PGF beyond referencing it, I hope that they include the latest and best work that has been done on the analyzing of the film by Mr. Munns, otherwise it will pale in comparison.

  4. Steven Streufert responds:

    I’m wondering why the press release speaks of them trudging through “California’s Redwood forest,” when they were outside that and in the Douglas fir zone around Bluff Creek and Willow Creek.

    That said, there will be some VERY cool things in this episode.

    I can’t really talk about it too much, as they seem to think I signed an NDA. However, I did blog about it a bit on Bigfoot’s bLog.

    If you are a Bigfoot History nerd like me you will love this episode.

    I say give the guys (and gal) a break–it is a TV show, not a fully accurate depiction of what they do when out “squatching.” There is not a single bigfooting group in the world that would look less silly under the circumstances, surrounded by multiple cameras, lighting, boom mics, and producers, and subject to editorial processes beyond one’s control.

    They filmed in my bookstore, and there were three cameras, a long microphone on a pole, two large portable lighting rigs, and two producers standing around commenting and directing (“don’t look at the camera!”). There was barely any room, considering the crowd and additional large piles of books everywhere, for the stars of the show and I to even have a conversation.

    Bigfoot Books, Willow Creek

  5. gridbug responds:

    Stick a fork in “Failing Bigfoot”, it’s dunzo.

  6. choppedlow responds:

    I gotta agree with Tamarak. If they are trying to get people to take them seriously, Comicon isn’t the place to go. Besides, all the StarWars geeks are going to stand in line thinking they are meeting the guy who played Chewbaka (Bobo)!

  7. Artist responds:

    What a negative bunch! Why even bother to comment, when you have NOTHING to offer but whining??

  8. Bill Moss responds:

    This was my most favorite show of the entire series so far. I love watching all the interviews of witnesses most of them seem very honest.

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