WE ♥ DOCS
'Calvin & Hobbes' Doc 'Dear Mr. Watterson' Lands Distribution in US
by Ethan Anderton
July 15, 2013
For decades, fans have continued to love Bill Watterson's witty comic strip Calvin & Hobbes despite the fact that it ended back in 1995 on New Year's Eve. The strip which follows a precocious little boy named Calvin and his stuffed tiger (brought to life by his imagination) ran daily for ten years, and has been compiled into several anthologies. Thankfully, Watterson has protected his creations from licensing deals and has no plans to let them get turned into films or TV shows as he enjoys a private retirement. But that doesn't keep Calvin & Hobbes from being the focus of a documentary chronicling the legacy of the comic.
Here's a trailer for the documentary Dear Mr. Watterson from the film's YouTube channel:
Filmmaker Joel Allen Schroeder took to Kickstarter to fund his first feature film called Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary which features famous illustrators, actors and other fans of Calvin & Hobbes as they talk about the impact the comic strip had on their lives. Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County), Bill Amend (Foxtrot), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) and Seth Green (Robot Chicken and Family Guy) are just some of the names featured in the film which premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival, heldm in the Ohio city where Watterson is from. Now Deadline reports Gravitas Ventures has picked up the rights to distribute the film in North America, so fans will finally get to see it in limited theaters and on VOD this fall on November 15th. As a huge Calvin & Hobbes fan, I can't wait to see this.