Bigfoot Family Parent Guide
A little more nuance would make for a better and more convincing film.
Parent Movie Review
After spending years in the wilderness hiding from a nefarious corporation, Bigfoot (voiced by Alexis Victor) is finally back with his loving wife and son (voiced by Marie Chevalot and Kylian Trouillard) and their menagerie of woodland critters. To his surprise, he’s a celebrity, being purred over by TV hosts and hounded for advertising gigs. But the furry family man’s not interested in the tawdry perks of fame - he wants to do something meaningful with his life. When he hears that the X-TRAKT oil company has been given permits to operate in Alaska’s largest wildlife preserve, Bigfoot heads for the hills. Convinced that his celebrity can be put to good use, he decides to shine a light on the company’s dirty deeds and save the valley for the animals who live there.
Left at home, Bigfoot’s wife, Shelly and son, Adam follow his exploits from afar, and Adam manages his dad’s online footprint. Under Adam’s deft touch, Bigfoot’s videos go viral, and a growing horde of protesters gather in Alaska – that is, until Bigfoot’s internet presence vanishes. Convinced that his father has been abducted, Adam persuades his mother, Wilbur the bear (voiced by Frederic Souterelle), and Trapper the raccoon (voiced by Sebastien Désjours) to head north on a rescue mission. Since we know that Adam has inherited his father’s super speed, unusual hearing, healing powers, and ability to talk to animals, we can be assured that all these abilities are going to be called on in this family adventure.
I must confess that I had extremely low expectations heading into this movie. I’ve sat through too many poorly produced environmental screeds to get excited about this one. However, this is my lucky day because I was pleasantly surprised. Don’t get me wrong: this isn’t a great film. It’s not going to win any awards. Ever. But it’s not unwatchably bad, especially for its target audience. The animation is better than expected and provides some majestic Alaskan vistas as well as characters drawn with more finesse than most television cartoons, There are plenty of laugh out loud moments of animal antics for kids, although there isn’t much for adults to chuckle at. Even the “no cliché left behind” trip through Canada is more eye-rolling than entertaining.
On the downside, the plot is predictable and the bad guy is just plain unbelievable. Making oil executives into movie villains is a popular move, but is it too much to ask that they have some character traits besides megalomania and psychopathy? A little more nuance would make for a better and more convincing film. Writing aside, the biggest issue parents are going to face with this production is its fear factor, especially for very young viewers. The story features an encounter between Adam and a very angry wolf with predictably perilous results. There are also frequent moments of extreme danger involving runaway mine carts, killer drones, and even bombs. Adam is shot at, abducted, and left to die – which is an unusual level of jeopardy for a child protagonist and might be a bit much for some families.
On the bright side, the movie provides conservation messages about maintaining animal habitats and preserving nature. And it celebrates families with a strong endorsement of family unity and time spent together. Its primary theme is that one person can change the world, even when the odds seem stacked against them. And with the challenges facing us today, this isn’t a bad message to share.Directed by Jeremy Degruson, Ben Stassen. Starring Kylian Trouillard, Alexis Victor, Marie Chevalot. Running time: 89 minutes. Theatrical release February 26, 2021. Updated February 26, 2021
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Bigfoot Family rated TV-PG? Bigfoot Family is rated TV-PG by the MPAA
Violence: A rabbit is chased by a wolf. Explosions take place on and off camera. A video game involves some minor violence. A moose tosses people with his antlers. A character is held up through a vehicle’s sunroof and threatened. Men fire tranquilizer darts. Men chase an injured child with the intent of abducting him. A child is attacked by a wolf. A man grabs and handcuffs a child. A child is thrown into a pit, followed by a metal cart. People are trapped with a bomb. Characters are pursued by attack drones. A man mentions blowing up a foster home. A character deliberately crashes a vehicle into another one. Drones attack people. Characters undertake a perilous ride through an abandoned mine as fire burns around them. A man orders people killed. Bombs are used.
Sexual Content: A boy and girl kiss.
Profanity: None noted.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None noted.
Page last updated February 26, 2021
Bigfoot Family Parents' Guide
The energy company is using an extraction method that resembles fracking, but far more destructive. Fracking is controversial and involves injecting water, sand and chemicals at high pressure to release fossil fuels. Proponents argue that fracking increases domestic oil and gas consumption, allowing domestic energy independence. Opponents complain that fracking causes significant pollution and contaminates ground water while reducing fresh water sources. What do you think? Do you think the risks are worth the benefits?
Vox: Fracking, explained
Oil exploration and drilling in protected lands in Alaska has been controversial for decades. For more information, read below.
Wikipedia: Arctic Refuge drilling controversy
Smithsonian Magazine: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Will Not Face Mass Oil Drilling – for Now
Loved this movie? Try these books…
For the history of human beliefs about Bigfoot, young readers can turn to Behind the Legend: Bigfoot by Erin Peabody and Victor Rivas.
Author Jennifer Weiner has penned two books, The Littlest Bigfoot and Little Bigfoot, Big City focused on the adventures of Millie Maximus (a young bigfoot), Alice (her friend), and Jeremy (a bigfoot hunter). Raising issues of friendship, identity, and trust, these books will give kids plenty to think about as they enjoy the story.
A young sasquatch named Hugo and a young boy named Boone become fast friends as they search for other mysterious creatures. Author Ellen Potter and illustrator Felicita Sala have created a three book series about the pair, Big Foot and Little Foot, The Monster Detector and The Squatchicorns.
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Another Bigfoot gets a starring role on the big screen when he’s found by an adventurer trying to win a bet. Their globetrotting adventures are the focus of Missing Link.
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Development is also eyed skeptically in many children’s films.In Hoot, a group of friends do their best to prevent a restaurant from being built on the nesting ground for burrowing owls. When hibernating animals wake up to discover that their forest has been replaced with suburban sprawl, they go Over the Hedgeto raid trash cans, until they run afoul of the president of the homeowners’ association.
Loggers are the villains in Ferngully: The Last Rainforest. This animated film features fairies battling Hexxus, the spirit of destruction who is using human loggers as his pawns.