- “Could ya back up a bit, Mr. Foot? You're out of focus.”
- ―Goofy catching Bigfoot on video
Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is a large, hairy, ape-like creature thought by some to inhabit the Pacific Northwest of North America. While the existence of Bigfoot has been a subject of debate and mystery in the real world, Bigfoot (and occasionally Bigfoots) has appeared as a notable character throughout some Disney media.
Appearances in Disney media
A female Bigfoot guest stars in the episode "Winter Blunderland", sporting a rather different design from the male Bigfoot that would later appear in A Goofy Movie.
She lived alone in a furnished mountain cave. When Pete learned of a Bigfoot sighting, he took a trip to the mountains to get a photo of Goofy dressed as Bigfoot, in an attempt to earn himself fame and fortune. However, the real Bigfoot showed up unexpectedly and brought Pete back to her cave. Pete tried to trick her into letting herself be taken back to his car lot, but when Goofy (still dressed as Bigfoot) came crashing into her cave, Bigfoot mistook him for a male of her kind and took a shine to him, kicking Pete out of the cave so she could be alone with Goofy.
She tried to woo Goofy by treating him to a romantic date of dinner and dancing, and refused to let him leave. When Goofy finally managed to get outside the cave, Max and P.J. mistook him for the real Bigfoot and tried to bag him, which sent the three of them tumbling down the mountainside, leaving the real Bigfoot in heartbroken tears back at the cave's entrance.
Later, Pete returned to Bigfoot's cave with a camera crew only to find Bigfoot gone. She'd gone after Goofy and the boys, only to find Goofy's disguise left on the ground. Assuming the worst upon seeing the costume, Bigfoot broke down in tears. She returned to her cave with the costume, where she lay it to rest nearby, marking a grave for it with a stick.
Witnessing this act, Pete hatched a plan to disguise himself like he did with Goofy, in hopes that Bigfoot would take to him like she did with Goofy. Initially fooled, Bigfoot was overjoyed by the sight of the disguised Pete, but quickly realized he was an impostor once she smelled him. Pete did his best impression of Goofy to convince her otherwise, but when she overheard him plotting to capture her, she chased him up a tree and accidentally caused an avalanche. The snow chased her off and sent Pete tumbling down the mountain, crashing into a lodge.
The man who reported the original Bigfoot sighting at the beginning of the episode found Pete knocked out in his costume and claimed him to be Bigfoot. The disguised Pete was locked in a cage and handcuffed with his mouth taped closed, drawing much business to the lodge as people came from all over to see him, believing him to be the real Bigfoot. Max and P.J. laughed at Pete's predicament while Goofy (no longer in disguise) was once more chased through the woods by the lovesick Bigfoot.
A male Bigfoot serves as a minor antagonist in this movie.
He was first seen standing over a piece of steak owned by Pete and eating a tree bark. He is about to eat the steak, but he follows it to the lake and gets accidentally lured by Goofy and Max using a fishing pole. Bigfoot then scares Goofy and Max back to camp and has them trapped in their car while Pete and P.J. escape in their RV. He then pulls off pieces of the camera, and then throws the car keys away when Goofy and Max notice that he has them.
He then makes an act on sock puppets and runs back. When he looks at Goofy trying to get a can of alphabet soup on the front of their car, he comes back to Goofy and Max, but he got hit. However, a set of headphones landed into his ears and listens to the song "Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees and he enjoys listening to it. Bigfoot was lastly seen getting on top of their car and starting to fall asleep. Bigfoot was not seen for the rest of the film, but he lets Goofy and Max go and returns all their stuff before returning to his family.
The Muppet Show Comic Book
In The Muppet Show Comic Book: Meet the Muppets, issue 4, Sam the Eagle rails against gullibility, using belief in Sasquatch as an example. Behind Sam, a Sasquatch happens by and becomes offended. Unaware of the creature's presence, Sam continues his tirade even as the Sasquatch reaches menacingly for Sam's head. Miss Piggy suddenly appears and defeats the Sasquatch in hand-to-hand combat. Sam finishes his editorial, unaware of having been in any danger.
Bigfoot is prominently mentioned throughout the episode "Get That Bigfoot Outa My Face!", but does not make a physical appearance. Grandpa Clyde sings a song about Bigfoot to Phineas, Ferb, the Fireside Girls and other kids. Later that night, Phineas tells a scary story about Bigfoot. The kids are scared, and then "Bigfoot" appears. Phineas then reveals that it was just Ferb controlling fake Bigfoots. Candace however, gets annoyed by the prank. Phineas then warns Candace that her screaming might attract a real Bigfoot. Candace then mocks him, saying that will never happen. As she says this, a real "Bigfoot" approaches Candace from behind. She sees him and asks what it is made of, asking if it was "Popsicle sticks and glitter", but Phineas tells her that it was a real Bigfoot. It then eats Candace, shocking everyone and making them run away, screaming. Candace and Grandma Betty Jo then come out of the back, laughing. They leave to get the kids and drink hot cocoa.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz hears the screaming and tries to find where it is coming from, but falls off his vacation home. Later, he comes back up covered in leaves. His date thinks he is Bigfoot and knocks him off. She hears his screaming and realizes she knocked off Dr. Doofenshmirtz. After the kids left, he falls on the strings of Phineas and Ferb's Bigfoot. He tries to clean off the leaves but the Bigfoot dummies by made Ferb appear making Doofenshmirtz run away in terror.
Candace is then seen telling the kids that she got them, saying only immature people would believe in monsters. She then sees Dr. Doofenshmirtz being chased by the Bigfoot dummies. She screams and runs into the house. The kids look and see nothing. Baljeet comments that she overacts too much, and everyone agrees.
Bigfoot appears for a split second in the opening theme.