Calvin & Hobbes was the comic strip of the late ’80s and early ’90s. It was brilliantly drawn, just as brilliantly written, and installed awe in everyone who saw it, whether they were readers or artists or publishers.
Bill Watterson, its creator, retired the strip at the end of 1994, saying that he had reached the point where he would never be able to outdo what he’d already done and with that challenge behind him he was going to relax.
Fans have been mourning for almost 20 years, with incessant calls for a Calvin & Hobbes return – if not to the printed page, then how about a TV series, or a film…please, please…please.
Now word is out that although we’re not going to be getting any new Calvin material, we are going to get a movie. A documentary called DEAR MR. WATTERSON, which premieres at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, in Chragrin Falls, Ohio, the first week in October and opens in theaters across the United States November 15th.
We know this isn’t big news about TV writing. But it’s huge news to the hordes of TV writers who were Calvin fans back in the day…and those who we know will become fans as soon as they learn more about Watterson’s work. ADULT SWIM, look out – a generation of writer-animators influenced by Calvin & Hobbs is gonna bring you to your knees.
Yeppers, that’s our prediction and we’re sticking to it.