Big Fur

2019

Big Fur

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Ken Walker is a World Champion taxidermist, having his work featured in the Smithsonian Museum and in National Geographic Magazine. Ken specializes in recreating extinct and endangered species out of other animals' hides, including his famous saber-toothed tiger, Irish elk, and giant panda. Wild animals are not the only way that Ken can make a strikingly lifelike impression -- he used to be a professional Roy Orbison impersonator. But these days, his "Pretty Woman" is eight feet tall and covered in coarse fur -- his re-creation of 'Patty', the female Bigfoot seen in that shaky 1967 movie. BIG FUR documents Ken's obsessive research and his meticulous Bigfoot re-creation from start to finish, where it is unveiled at the 2015 World Taxidermy Championships. While Ken would love to win 'Best in Show', his real hope is that putting 'Patty' on display will prompt some hunter to open his freezer and pull out the proof that Bigfoot is real. Instead, it's Ken's love life that gets thawed out. BIG FUR is a wry, comical portrait of an eccentric artist-hero, with an unshakable belief that eventually he'll find true love. Or the hairy, 800-pound validation of his life's quest. It's also a sympathetic insider's view of taxidermy as an under-appreciated art form. And finally, it's a call to preserve the last wilderness. Because when there is no mystery left in the deep, dark forest, we'll have lost more than Bigfoot.finally, it's a call to preserve the last wilderness. Because when there is no mystery left in the deep, dark forest, we'll have lost more than Bigfoot.

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  • Dan Wayne paints a mostly compelling portrait here of an artist who lives by his own convictions, regardless of the fallout, and I appreciated the fact that Big Fur isn't interested in mocking its subject when it comes to his more outlandish convictions.

    March 2, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • With moments of deep insight and interesting theories, by the end, Big Fur has crafted something rather unique. It is a story of man as much as it is myth, and it's a fascinating one.

    February 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Wayne uses a light touch and a humorous tone to cover his subjects and, to his credit, everyone is given the dignity and respect that they deserve, yet I wanted more.

    February 6, 2020 | Rating: 6 | Full Review…
  • We may question the truth of Sasquatch, but never the intriguing specificity of Walker and his world.

    February 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Big Fur smartly assumes that the audience needs a good primer on taxidermy's mechanics and history. It sprinkles these practical lessons throughout the quick 76 minute running time.

    February 3, 2020 | Full Review…
  • An enjoyable documentary that features two intriguing characters... one of them is Big Foot.

    January 29, 2020 | Rating: 2.75/4 | Full Review…

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