Calvin & Hobbes Doc DEAR MR. WATTERSON Gets Distribution Deal!
I grew up on Calvin & Hobbes. I read that comic strip every chance I got, and I have all of the book collections. Just like several of my favorite movies from the '80s, this comic had a pretty big impact on my life. These are two of the most iconic characters ever created, and I loved them!
First time filmmaker Joel Allen Schroeder directed a documentary that he kickstarted called Dear Mr. Watterson. It chronicles the impact that the comic strip created by author and illustrator Bill Watterson had on the world. It features interviews with several famous illustrators, actors, and other fans, and the role these characters played in their lives. I'm happy to report that the doc will be distributed in the U.S. by Gravitas Ventures.
The comic ran in syndication from 1985 to 1995 when Watterson ended its run on New Year’s Eve. Watterson has been extremely protective of his work, and has kept it away from potentially lucrative licensing deals, because he knows Hollywood will screw it up.
The doc premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival in Watterson’s home base of Cleveland, Ohio, and it will hit theaters and VOD on November 15th. I've included the trailer for the doc below.