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For sublimely silly Sasquatch Saturday morning live action
entertainment, there's only one show to see. Yep, it's this supremely
screwy 70's TV series from Sid and Marty Krofft, those undisputed kings
of such Me Decade kidvid insanity as "Land of the Lost" and "Sigmund
and the Sea Monsters." Eight years ago Bigfoot (brawny thespian Ray
Young; the evil acidhead who freaks out in the disco in Jeff
Lieberman's terrific "Blue Sunshine") discovered a lost male child in
the Great Northwest wilderness of Southern California (!) and raised
the tyke to be a Tarzan-like lad called Wildboy (Joseph Butcher, your
basic vapid blonde Malibu surfer type).
With his unruly mass of all-body hair and bulky, beefy build, Bigfoot resembles one of three things: 1) Chewbacca's brother, 2) a really hairy hippie, or 3) Greg Allman on a very bad day. Furthermore, Bigfoot speaks in barely coherent grunt'n'grumble tones, delivering a message about nature and the environment at the end of every show. He tosses rinky-dink paper mache boulders as if they were rinky-dink paper mache boulders. He survives avalanches without a scratch. And he runs and leaps in hilariously drawn-out slow motion ala Lee Majors in "The Six Million Dollar Man" while groovy-chillin' music and funky synthesized sound effects accompany his every move. Naturally, Bigfoot and Wildboy have many exciting misadventures: they foil plutonium thieves, battle a mummy, encounter alien beings, and face off with a red-skinned "Incredible Hulk"-style monster (played by Carel Struycken, who later become a regular on "Twin Peaks" and portrayed Lurch in the "Adams Family" films). Wildboy frequently gets captured by baddies and Bigfoot has to save his hapless'n'helpless wimpy hide time and time again. Sure, this show is undeniably a dippy hunk of total cheese, but it's the program's very blatant and abundant cheesiness which makes it a topflight tacky treasure.
The first thing you have to note: they pull of the slanted camera angle
better than Battlefield Earth. The groovy music that kicks is while it
happens is just a bonus.
From bad acting, bad writing, bad cinematography, and lines of dialogue a Wookie couldn't understand, add some meadow in the NW USA (maybe) somewhere. You put all of that together and you have Bigfoot and Wildboy.
The opening monologue from the announcer tells us that 8 years ago a boy was lost in the wilderness and Bigfoot found him. Wildboy is easily in his mid to late 20's so he was pretty much done with that phase of his life of living at home anyways, A wild boy has to set out to become a wild man I guess.
Wild boys talents can be described as thus: the ability to speak English, Being able to Machutmachunga, understanding Big Foot, and rolling out of the way of things.
Big Foot is.... well... he's Big Foot... No not the Monster Truck, the creature... He runs a lot...
Big foot's talents Include: He can say Machutmachunga, He moves so fast that he is shot in slow motion whenever he moves(?), He kind of roars or screams (I'm not sure how else to describe it), he can borrow sound effects from the 6 million dollar man, He can perpendicular on a mountain side (slanted camera, and He can Jump really far.
This show is like watching 1960's Batman with out the costumes, gadgets, or acting ability. You can tell this show wasn't taken seriously by anyone who made it, but that is part of the charm. If you want to watch something bad that will make you lol a lot at how ridiculous it is, then this show is for you.
This show was a different kind of show for the Krofft brothers. It wasn't as trippy as most of their creations and it was fairly close to being a straight adventure series. It also had a twist where the kid partner was the leader and the so-called adult was the sidekick. Another thing that I liked about the show was that it was videotaped rather than filmed which made I think that gave it more of an edge than most of the Krofft shows.
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