Finding Bigfoot

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Finding Bigfoot
Finding bigfoot.jpg
GenreDocumentary
Paranormal
StarringCliff Barackman
James "Bobo" Fay
Ranae Holland
Matt Moneymaker
Narrated byKen Scott[1]
Theme music composerRaney Schocke
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes68 (hinted) (currently 49, 56 w/specials) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Keith Hoffman (for Animal Planet)
Brad Kuhlman & Casey Brumels (for Ping Pong Productions)
Chad Hammel (co-executive producer for Ping Pong Productions)
Producer(s)Ping Pong Productions
Location(s)United States
Canada
Australia
Kerinci
Indonesia
Vietnam
China
Nepal
Running time45 minutes (some 90 minute specials)
Broadcast
Original channelAnimal Planet
Original runMay 30, 2011 (2011-05-30) – present
External links
Website
Production website
 
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Finding Bigfoot
Finding bigfoot.jpg
GenreDocumentary
Paranormal
StarringCliff Barackman
James "Bobo" Fay
Ranae Holland
Matt Moneymaker
Narrated byKen Scott[1]
Theme music composerRaney Schocke
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes68 (hinted) (currently 49, 56 w/specials) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Keith Hoffman (for Animal Planet)
Brad Kuhlman & Casey Brumels (for Ping Pong Productions)
Chad Hammel (co-executive producer for Ping Pong Productions)
Producer(s)Ping Pong Productions
Location(s)United States
Canada
Australia
Kerinci
Indonesia
Vietnam
China
Nepal
Running time45 minutes (some 90 minute specials)
Broadcast
Original channelAnimal Planet
Original runMay 30, 2011 (2011-05-30) – present
External links
Website
Production website

Finding Bigfoot is a documentary television series that premiered on May 30, 2011, on Animal Planet. The program follows four passionate researchers and explorers investigating potential evidence of Bigfoot, a cryptid hominid allegedly living in the wildernesses of the United States and Canada. The series never questions the existence of Bigfoot, but rather documents the team's search efforts as if it were searching for individuals of a known animal species.[2]

Premise[edit]

The team consists of Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) founder and President Matt Moneymaker, researchers James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland. They often makes use of reconstructions, using a team member as a stand-in for Bigfoot for eyewitnesses to judge scale, as well as night-vision technology and forward looking infrared (FLIR) cameras. Another mainstay is call blasting, mimicking the yells of the creatures. They also do wood knocks which mimics the Bigfoot's communication.

Over the course of the series, the team has introduced many new Bigfoot related words into the American vernacular. Their nighttime investigations, for example, are referred to as "Squatchin" (though an action verb in the present participle, the "G" never appears at the end of the word). Areas are often described as "Squatchy," and Oregon has been described as "the squatchiest state."

In the third season, The team expanded its search from North America to investigate the sasquatch phenomenon known as “yowies” in Australia, the“orang pendek” of Indonesia and the wildman of Vietnam.[3] In season four, the team traveled to China in search of the "yeren," and Nepal in search of the "yeti."

Season 5 of the series is hinted to air in November 2014, as that is when the last 2 seasons started and the last episode in Season 4 was not the series finale.

Cast[edit]

Matt Moneymaker[edit]

Moneymaker is the founder and president of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.[4] Moneymaker was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and moved to Ohio in the 1990s. He has been researching Bigfoot for twenty-five years.[5]

Cliff Barackman[edit]

Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Barackman currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Along with being a dedicated sasquatch field researcher for the past two decades who has been known to spend over 200 days a year in the field, he is also an accomplished jazz guitarist.[6]

James "Bobo" Fay[edit]

Fay was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California, and has been searching for the creature since the 1980s, and often wears Bigfoot-related clothing. The tallest and burliest member of the team, he is the one most often used to stand in for bigfoot in reconstructions. Fay and Barackman searched for Bigfoot together before the series started.[7]

Ranae Holland[edit]

The skeptical member of the cast is a Field Biologist born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Though she is not a member of the BFRO, and does not believe in Bigfoot, her interest in the creature was fueled by her father's fascination with the phenomenon. She and her father spent quality time together squatchin and watching Bigfoot movies.[8]

Format[edit]

The episode starts out with the team investigating evidence, usually a piece of video footage. The team will then do a re-creation of the footage, and evaluate it. After that, the team will do a "night investigation". While one of the members camps out and looks for evidence,the rest of the team will talk to two or three witnesses. Using the evidence collected, the team will pick a location and use technologies to complete their "final night investigation". They will then evaluate what they learned and announce that during the ending credits. Occasionally, they will show their trail cam pictures or DNA results following the credits/summary.

See also[edit]

Finding Bigfoot at the Internet Movie Database

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ken Scott". Voices.com. 
  2. ^ "About Finding Bigfoot". Animal Planet. 
  3. ^ Guy Edwards (August 2, 2012). "Animal Planet: "Finding Bigfoot" Season Three will be BIGGER!". Bigfoot Lunch Club. 
  4. ^ "Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization Official Website". 
  5. ^ "Matt Moneymaker". Animal Planet. 
  6. ^ "About Cliff". The Official Website of Cliff Barackman. 
  7. ^ "James "Bobo" Fay". Animal Planet. 
  8. ^ Ben Cartwright (January 6, 2012). "VIDEO: Lesbian biologist on cult hit "Finding Bigfoot" spills the beans". San Diego Gay & Lesbian News.