Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again.
"What's your favorite Calvin & Hobbes comic? You have one. Everyone has one: the Snow Goons, or the Transmogrifier, or Spaceman Spiff, or careening through the woods on that little red wagon. People love Calvin & Hobbes with unique ferocity. So it's no surprise that the documentary Dear Mr. Watterson, available in select theaters and video-on-demand on November 15, is above all a love letter to Bill Watterson's beloved cartoon about a boy and his tiger.
Rooted in filmmaker Joel Allen Schroeder's lifelong adoration of the strip, Dear Mr. Watterson explores the influence Watterson and had not only on dozens of cartoonists, but a generation-spanning legion of fans and readers. Calvin & Hobbes has always found an audience where no other books could: problem students and reluctant readers, families in mourning, alienated kids who felt more at home in their own imaginations than beside their peers.
Bill Watterson himself doesn't appear in the documentary, but he doesn't really need to. Watterson is notoriously reclusive, "the Sasquatch of Cartoonists," in the words of the film. Schroeder's Watterson is a negative image, defined by the impact he's had on both fans and other artists. From Fox Trot‘s Bill Amend to Berkeley Breathed of Opus and Bloom County, cartoonist after cartoonist speaks to Watterson's legacy as one of the last of the truly great comic-strip draftsmen in the tradition of Windsor McCay and George Harriman
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