The follow-up to 2017’s animated film The Son of Bigfoot is an action-packed adventure that is even more visually striking. In the first movie, a boy named Adam discovers that his scientist father, whom he believed to be dead, is actually living in hiding deep in the forest. Dr Jim “Bigfoot” Harrison was forced to leave his family due to a genetic mutation that transformed him into a hairy creature with superpowers. With his son’s help, he manages to overthrow a hair regrowth company that wanted to catch him and turn him into a lab rat.
The sequel begins with Bigfoot enjoying his newfound fame after returning to civilisation. Adam is eager to enjoy a quiet life as a family, but his father feels a strong urge to actively support a good cause. He soon hears of a threatened wildlife reserve in Alaska that could be devastated by the questionable activity of a greedy oil company. Immediately, Bigfoot decides to head there to intervene. Soon after his arrival, however, he disappears mysteriously. Adam and his mother Shelley travel in their van to go search for him, accompanied by the creatures he had befriended in the forest, a grizzly bear named Wilbur and a talkative raccoon named Trapper.
Bigfoot Family attempts to cater for audience members of all ages. There is an earnest environmental message at the heart of the film, it shows the struggles of a teenage boy experiencing his first crush and there are the talking animals to provide innocent humour. The feature excels visually but all the other elements fall by the wayside and seem to have been created purely to give the impressive graphics a reason to exist. The storyline and characters are cliched and generic, which means that this will not be a memorable animation. However, it does tick all the light entertainment boxes and will likely keep a young audience glued to the screen.
Bigfoot Family is released on Netflix on 26th February 2021.
Watch the trailer for Bigfoot Family here: