Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Dear Mr. Watterson
Alright Calvin and Hobbes fans, this one is for you. Dear Mr. Watterson takes an in depth look at the legacy of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes and newspaper comics in general. Bill Watterson does not appear in the film. According to the film maker and others interviewed in the film, Mr. Watterson does not like to do interviews.
The documentary takes an interesting look at how Calvin and Hobbes raised the bar for those writing comic strips at the time as well as the influence Mr. Watterson has had on future artists and his contemporaries. They also talk about the business side of the comic strip world and the choices made in regard to Calvin and Hobbes.
This is a documentary. Please bare that in mind when watching this film. The pacing is slow, but again...it is a documentary. However, seeing the comic strips again brought back many memories and reminded me of how much I enjoyed reading the newspaper comics everyday. You can find Dear Mr. Watterson on Netflix.