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March 5th, 2009 11:23 PM
ravellette My granddaughter was watching a cartoon yesterday and called me in to see it. It was a cartoon with bigfoot in it. It showed the kids that he is a friend and adults are out to hurt it and the animals in the barn helped to save him from harm.

I had someone tell me I shouldn't tell my grand kids about it however, it is now in cartoons?

Maybe the tv folks are starting to realize they exsist.
March 6th, 2009 12:35 AM
Kathlyn47 Just today in our newspaper there was a Bigfoot joke (Herman) and tonight on TV "30 Rock" had a story line from the "Harry and the Hendersons" movie. On the show they referred to him once as the "legendary North American forest ape". Yesterday I was searching for summer shoes for my 2 grandkids and one site had "Bigfoot flip flops".

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March 6th, 2009 12:55 AM
robday We have a saying in the TV biz...

"There's no such thing as bad publicity."

In the case of Bigfoot, any exposure to the masses is going to help in the long run. Now, I wouldn't go so far as to say that a Bigfoot horror movie is going to help us out, but getting children to see the Big Guy in a positive light is an absolute benefit overall, even if a production company gets filthy rich from it.
The same goes for Bigfoot in the marketplace. Bigfoot shoes, Bigfoot action figures, toys of all kinds and various other nonsense items may seem to detract from the serious research, but all of these things bring a positive public awareness to the subject. Sure, it's a trade-off. But if it gets the public asking questions, it's a step in the right direction. It also gives us the opportunity to correct misconceptions as they arise, such as little Johnny playing with his Bigfoot action figure by making it scary or gruesome. We, representing a much broader and more accurate knowledge base, can tell Johnny the truth about it, and he in turn can explain it to his friends.

A lot of this kind of marketing is going to seem distasteful to most of us, but it really is a lot better than nothing with respect to public awareness.
March 9th, 2009 10:55 AM
rmcdaniel423 When I was a kid, my Chewbacca action figure also served as a Bigfoot action figure, depending on the storyline I was playing out at the time.
March 9th, 2009 12:00 PM
TexBFRO I have a comment about the Chewbacca actor....well the way Chewbacca is thought of...who ever thought to make Chewbacca for Star Wars was or had been a BF witness...maybe????

Those of you that want to see a picture or what a typical Squatch looks like.....I would say take a look at Chewbacca..................all I can say is...kinda creepy because Chewbacca look so much like what I have seen...but Chewbacca is under wieght..........add 200 lbs to him and you have a typical Squatch....
March 9th, 2009 12:07 PM
BethinFL I'm not sure but I think I read somewhere that Chewbacca looked like George Lucas' dog. Must've been quite a dog.
March 10th, 2009 11:09 AM
Andy Today in the local paper there is a notice for a lecture about Bigfoot (and some other "paranormal" topics) at a local community college.

You would never have seen that 30 years ago.

All the PR about Bigfoots has made them seem possible in the public imagination, if not probable. All to the good! For adults.

Kids are another matter.

If my kids were still little enough to watch cartoons, I think I'd avoid anything more "real" than Harry and the Hendersons simply because watching anything at all that suggests to them that there may be a "real" and possibly scary or wild hairy monster in the back woods, in the barn, under the asking for trouble.

I'd skip "Monster Quest" & all the films in which the Sasquatch is a ravening beast. Just like I would skip "When Animals Attack" and the like.

Little kids cannot differentiate between TV fantasy and reality, and they cannot understand relative risk. They engage in magical thinking & lack the context to comfortably understand a Bigfoot as, say, just another animal in the woods.

Worse, very small children have been shown to most fear not creature-monsters like Alien, but monsters who are almost human...but not quite...and Bigfoot fits that to a T.
(It's no coincidence that werewolves, vampires and ogres have a human aspect.)

As an example of kid-think: I once had a 10 year old nephew who had read a dreadfully alarming book about UFOs sit down and ask me in all seriousness whether he might be abducted if he were outside at night. He was scared to death of it. This was not a stupid child. He later scored over 1400 on his SATs!--but he was a child and thought like a child.

Older kids-teens-have no trouble with this sort of stuff, although they still for many years will have a tendency to be too credulous & lack some capacity for critical thinking. Hook, line and sinker for everything!
March 10th, 2009 12:04 PM
BethinFL I never watch MQ when my kids are around. They are 11 and 5. There was one time I was listening to some of the howls on this site and my oldest son walked in and said "what the heck IS that?! Turn it off!" His eyes were about as big around as my dinner plates. They enjoy hiking and camping out in the woods, but if they ever seriously thought a Bigfoot may be close by, it wouldn't be good. Warm fuzzy cartoon characters are okay, but as Andy said, not the monster under the bed.
March 10th, 2009 12:41 PM
Bill Boqs A question for our friend Andy:

The question posted by ravelette (above) seems to have a unique relevance to you -- given your personal experience. What, exactly, do you tell a child of "tender years" about the existence of Our Critter? And what might you say to a frightened youngster who awakens you in the middle of the night after an experience just like yours?

It may well be that telling a child that sasquatches don't exist (or avoiding the subject altogether) entails minimal risk of "cognitive dissonance" in, say, 99 cases out of 100. But in situations where there's at least a remote possibility of an encounter (as with, for instance, your summer home in "cabin country") what's the best approach? Realistically, how much "hard" information can a child handle?
March 10th, 2009 01:00 PM
Bossburg Here is another thread that discussed the exact same thing:

....also started by ravellette.
March 10th, 2009 02:13 PM
ravellette It's like telling them bears don't exsist and having them come face to face with one. If they are prepared, they may know what to do instead of the flight which a bear will attack.
March 10th, 2009 05:27 PM
herbmaven "Realistically, how much "hard" information can a child handle?"

I would suggest that one way to ascertain this is to go with the flow and be sensitive to the child's comfort zone.

Some kids aren't ready or are too fearful and other kids are fine. My parents de-sensitized us kids by choosing campsites in the middle of nowhere, acting excited and enthused when we heard wolves howling one night. We learned it was okay to walk in the woods by watching them and their reactions. We learned basic survival lessons from them.

When I see what kids are watching on tv (including the news), movies, or the violent computer games I am surprised just how much they can handle. Read Maximum Ride, a kid novel. It gave ME nightmares!

I think the key is to BE THERE with your child and follow their lead. Answer their questions honestly as much as they want. They'll let you know when you are getting close to their comfort zone barrier. Don't push. And be aware they are watching YOUR reactions.
March 10th, 2009 09:07 PM
Bill Boqs Isn't there a certain range of disclosure where kids are concerned? Somewhere between "there's absolutely nothing to be afraid of" and "watch out for the giant gorilla that walks on two feet" must lie a happy medium. While you certainly don't want a kid to be paralyzed with fear at whatever unknowns may lurk beyond the cabin door, neither do you want a child to be utterly clueless where matters of genuine risk/danger are concerned. The correct approach, I suspect, will be tailored to the age, individual experience and "street smarts" of each particular child. JMO.
March 11th, 2009 07:39 AM
RNOFFKE Hello all,

Both of my boys (ages 9 and 6) are well aware of and involved in my interest in sasquatch. I've pretty much explained everything to them the same way you would teach any child about any other animal. They enjoy coming along on shorter backpacking/camping trips and I believe in teaching them everything openly and honestly about every critter and every possible situation whether its dangerous or totally benign. In a suprising number of cases they are more clear headed and act more appropriately than many adults I know! As a result the boys have a healthy respect for all critters and hopefully enough common sense to know how to behave around them. The quality family time we spend outdoors far outweighs the minute risks involded, and I do think having them along occassionally has made my big ugly character more approachable for the sasquatch. I think its much more than a mere coincidence that most all activity I've noticed has been on trips when my boys were along!


March 11th, 2009 10:40 AM
Tretiak Do you not all think that BF would stand more of a chance to be proven than ....lets say.....easter bunny, santa claus, tooth fairy.....and anything else we make up to appease kids? It's all about parental education.
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March 11th, 2009 10:58 AM
Tretiak oops.........sorry double post