It’s hard to deny the impact of Bill Watterson’s incredible Calvin and Hobbes comic strip has had on the new generation of content creators. The references and nods to Watterson’s legendary duo are almost too much to count, but considering the fact the comic strip itself still has over 200,000 subscribers on GoComics.com, even though there hasn’t been a new Calvin and Hobbes comic since New Year’s Eve, 1995, it’s awfully clear the boy with the stuffed tiger remains as popular as ever.
The love of Watterson’s unforgettable comic strip is the driving force behind Joel Schroeder’s Dear Mr. Watterson documentary, which has just released its first trailer. After receiving additional funding from a successful Kickstarter campaign, which actually reached its goal in March of 2010, the project is just about ready for consumption. Before that, however, it’s important to get the intended audience’s attention, something the following trailer does quite well:
According to the official site, the movie will be released on November 15. Before that, however, there will be early screenings in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on October 2, and Buffalo, New York on October 3 (all 2013 dates), so if you’re at either the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival or the Buffalo International Film Festival, and you’re a huge Calvin and Hobbes fan, you’ll have a chance to watch it before the rest of us.
Schroeder has also been clear his movie is not about finding Watterson and capturing him on film like he’s part of History Channel’s MonsterQuest. Instead, Schroeder’s goal is much simpler:
This film is not a quest to find Bill Watterson, or to invade his privacy. It is an exploration to discover why his ‘simple’ comic strip made such an impact on so many readers in the 80s and 90s, and why it still means so much to us today.