This week we review a Bigfoot video captured by Todd Standing and shared with the world on Les Stroud’s first Bigfoot show! Is this the monster in the woods we seek, or a clever hoax? Will cryptozoology lovers be thrilled or disappointed with our verdict. Only time will tell.
On the first episode of Les Stroud’s Survivorman Bigfoot program, he shared with us a video taken by Todd Standing that seems to show a Bigfoot looking through some tree branches at the camera. It’s a tantalizing video. It was amazing to see so much of a Bigfoot’s face, and see it clearly, that I was quite excited at first.
Then I looked at it a few more times.
I have my doubts.
Slanderous Accusations or Truthful Assessment
One big problem that the Bigfoot “community” has in my opinion, is all the nasty backbiting, name calling, and nastiness that goes on. It makes me sick. I tried to “like” Matt Moneymaker’s BFRO page on Facebook but quickly “unliked it”, never to return. The problem was how mean and nasty people were in their comments – it was appalling. And I don’t want any part of it. I do not allow anything like that in CryptoVille.
So when I did a little research about Todd Standing I quickly noticed how much name-calling and nastiness was being thrown his way. I pulled back and stopped reading. Why? Because I can make up my own mind, I don’t need to listen to the nasty drivel people feel compelled to throw around.
Is Todd Standing a fraud? I don’t know. But I plan on evaluating him through his videos and photos only. I’m not into character assassination.
That said, I see some red flags in this video.
In the 1 minute 13 seconds of this video, we mostly see a face staring down at the camera/Todd Standing. It sways a little right and left but its face never alters its expression.
- The face seems immobile.
- The eyes never blink.
- There is something strange about the hair; it doesn’t seem real to me.
- The space between the bottom of the nose and the top of the upper lip is more in proportion to a human face than those of a great ape.
- Why didn’t Todd try to move forward to get a better, closer photo of the animal. It may have started moving which would have been a great photo opportunity.
- Why does the video end after just 1 minute 13 seconds.
Two Still Photos
I found these two still photos, one clearly taken from the video (left), the second not from the previous video (right). This is Todd Standing’s purported Bigfoot.
Now let’s compare a human face to that of a Bigfoot face. We’ll compare the space between the bottom of the nose and top of the upper lip. Look at Les Stroud’s face, then compare that to a replica of the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot, Patty’s, face. (You can read more about that replica here: http://technabob.com/blog/2014/02/05/bigfoot-found/ )
See how different the proportions are? Now let’s look at the face of a gorilla:
Clearly these gorilla’s facial proportions are more along the line of the Bigfoot Patty’s facial proportions, not a human’s.
Back to the Todd Standing still photo compared to the replica Bigfoot Patty:
There’s something “off” in the Todd Standing subject’s proportions.
Second Still Photo
Let’s look at this second still photo. In the past I was pretty involved in doll collecting and to a lesser extent, stuffed animals. When I looked at this photo I saw a fake – from the felted “skin” on the cheeks, to the hair which looks like that of a high-end teddy bear company that I bet you’ve heard of, to the glass eyes. I cannot see how that “creature” could possibly be real.
What About Les?
You may wonder why Les Stroud is even showing this video. I believe he is approaching the search for Bigfoot appropriately – he’s being skeptical. He’s evaluating the evidence to his own satisfaction. He isn’t listening to the character assassination being thrown at Todd Standing; he’s giving the guy a chance and is making up his own mind.
For instance in the second show I learned a lot from him regarding how to evaluate the “tree structures” that Bigfoot purportedly makes. Prior to that I kind of ignored those things as just forest junk, but now I see them differently.
Les’ survival training really opened my eyes as to what to look for when trees are bent over and branches broken off. That was very interesting.
I think we can trust Les to evaluate all these clues appropriately.
Back to the video.
The “creature” in the video above doesn’t look like the traditional definition of a Bigfoot/Sasquatch. Its cheeks are flat and not hairy, the proportions are more human-like than ape-like, and there’s no facial movement – the eyes don’t seem to blink throughout the whole one minute plus video. (Artist’s redrawing of Patty from the Patterson/Gimlin film to the right.)
As it stands today, I think there’s something wrong with it. Coupled with the clearly fake photo of the same face at a different angle, I highly doubt this is a real Bigfoot.
However, we’ll have to see how this plays out. IF Les finds better evidence that this same Bigfoot exists, with the unusual face, then we’ll have to adjust our preconceptions of what this animal looks like. But until then, I’m going to put it aside and forget it.
What do you think? Am I being too harsh in my assessment?