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Dear Mr. Watterson (2013)

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A documentary about the impact of the newspaper comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes", created by Bill Watterson.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Berkeley Breathed ... Himself
Seth Green ... Himself
Stephan Pastis ... Himself
Bill Amend Bill Amend ... Himself
Jef Mallett ... Himself
Dave Kellett Dave Kellett ... Himself
Jan Eliot Jan Eliot ... Herself
Lee Salem Lee Salem ... Himself
Wiley Miller ... Himself
Nevin Martell Nevin Martell ... Himself
Jean Schulz Jean Schulz ... Herself
Dan Piraro Dan Piraro ... Himself
Keith Knight Keith Knight ... Himself
Lucas Turnbloom Lucas Turnbloom ... Himself
Andrew Farago Andrew Farago ... Himself
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Of American newspaper comic strips, few great ones have been so short-lived, and yet so enduring in the public, than "Calvin and Hobbes" by Bill Watterson. This film explores the strip, its special artistic qualities and its extraordinary lasting appeal decades after its conclusion. Furthermore, the film explores the impact of Bill Watterson, a cartoonist with high artistic ideals and firm principles who defied the business conventions of a declining medium. Although he forwent a merchandising fortune for his strip, various associates and colleagues speak about how Watterson created a legacy that would be an inspiration for years to come. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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An Exploration of Calvin & Hobbes

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Documentary

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

Filming Locations:

Appleton, Wisconsin, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,199, 17 November 2013

Gross USA:

$23,899

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,899
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16:9 HD
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Features Family Guy (1999) See more »

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The Three of Us
Written by Julia Greenberg (ASCAP), Starlee Kine, and Joe McGinty (ASCAP)
Performed by Mike Boggs
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A Look at the Impact Rather Than the Strip Itself
2 June 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A documentary film about the impact of the newspaper comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, created by Bill Watterson.

First and foremost, it is important to stress that Bill Watterson is not in this documentary and the film is really not about Watterson himself. Instead, this is about the impact and life of its own that the strip took on -- Calvin and Hobbes are larger than life characters that transcend Watterson.

The cornerstone of this documentary is the trip to the Cleveland suburb of Chagrin Falls. We see the scenery and the mascot being the Tigers is no coincidence. The old drawings and photos in the basement are fascinating, and any die-hard fan of Watterson would have to visit this town.

What is most great is the praise from Bill Amend and Stephen Pastis, who made what could be called the only two great post-Calvin comic strips, "Fox Trot" and "Pearls Before Swine".


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