Calvin and Hobbes


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A new daily comic strip appeared in papers across the country on November 18, 1985, and while it ended just over ten years later it remains in the hearts, minds, and memories of fans worldwide. Bill Watterson‘s “Calvin & Hobbes” introduced readers to the world of six year old Calvin and his best friend/stuffed tiger Hobbes, and it never looked back. The imaginative and precocious boy captures Hobbes in a tiger trap baited with a tuna fish sandwich, obviously, and for the next decade the world shared in the duo’s playful adventures and heartfelt interactions. There hasn’t been a new installment in almost twenty years, but many fans continue to extol the virtues of what some consider to be the greatest comic strip ever. Joel Allen Schroeder is one of those fans, and while he beats himself up for having not discovered the strip until 1991, he recognizes it as a beloved companion from his youth that still doles out wonder, laughs, and life lessons even today. His documentary, Dear Mr. Watterson: An Exploration of Calvin & Hobbes, is clearly the work of someone who loves both the strip and Watterson, but while it’s filled with affection and snippets of insight the film ultimately feels a bit slight.


Dear Mr Watterson

To get an idea of how long Dear Mr. Watterson has been in the works, consider that its creator Joel Schroeder posted a teaser trailer for it three years ago. And that was years after he’d started working on it. Fortunately, it was the exact kind of thing that Kickstarter was built for, and after 2,083 backers representing over $120,000 chipped in, the film is finished. Now, according to Variety, the “Calvin & Hobbes” documentary will see theaters and VOD on November 15th. As you can imagine, it chronicles Bill Watterson’s monumental creation and its influence — specifically by featuring conversations with the likes of Berkeley Breathed (“Bloom County”), Bill Amend (“Foxtrot”), Seth Green and more. Check out the teaser trailer after the jump:


Why Watch? It’s a little late for Christmas, and this doesn’t come from Bill Watterson himself, but the sentiment here is glorious. Fans of “Calvin & Hobbes” should rejoice at this sweet reminder and tribute to the best comic strip of all time, using some familiar frozen faces. Plus, the filmmakers give us some insight into how they made it. What does it cost? Just 1 minute of your time. Trust us. You have time for more short films.


Calvin and Hobbes Fight Club

We don’t post a lot of wacky videos here at FSR, but this one holds a bit more cultural conversational water than the average mash-up. Sure, it’s fun to see ALF done to the Inception score (or even people brushing their teeth to the Inception score (that thing is epic)), but this blending of two worlds displays instantly how much a beloved comic strip and a beloved cult movie have in common thematically. It’s a great little video that happens to do the work of a thousand word essay on the subject, and the correlation between “Calvin and Hobbes” and Fight Club should be self-evident to fans of both. To those who aren’t fans of both, maybe stay away for fear of spoilers:



What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this shit late at night, what do you expect?



It’s an impossible task, but it’s high time that Bill Watterson got the right talent together and delivered a Calvin and Hobbes movie to the masses.

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published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015

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