March 3, 2010

How Kids Films Destroyed Sasquatch Research

Every see or hear of this film, Little Bigfoot?

The actor (above) who plays the youthful Bigfoot is little person actor Joseph S. Griffo. He was the stuntman for the character Van Helsing (in the Czech Republic) in Van Helsing (2004) and the Oompa Loompa in Epic Movie (2007). 

The Little Bigfoot director (above), Art Camacho, plays “Logger #3,” by the way, in the film. He is an accomplished martial arts expert, fight choreographer, and stuntman.

The following 2.5 minute summary of the movie Little Bigfoot (1997) is delivered as more evidence for how children’s cinema destroyed Sasquatch public consciousness and research for an entire generation of kids growing up in the late 1980s, through the middle late 1990s!

It is a finding of sociological/media research that the impact of images and films during the critical ages of 10-13 will influence mature individuals’ world views. Therefore, if you figure that 10-13 year olds during the 1987-1997 period are now 23 to 36 years old, no wonder there is a growing wave of silly skepticism regarding the study of Sasquatch. Bigfoot was portrayed during that era with less than serious intent. Intriguingly, most people that grew up with the Patterson-Gimlin footage (1967), as their prime imagery cornerstone, are now 43-56 years old.

For those that wish to debate my theory, as supported with the above example, I give you as Exhibit #1, the film Harry and the Hendersons (1987).

Thanks to Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin for pointing out that this short clip was just posted. My nightmares will now commence.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

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