Dear Mr. Watterson

2013 • 90 minutes
139 reviews
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About this movie

Calvin & Hobbes took center stage immediately when it appeared in newspaper comics across the country in 1985. The funny pages were a big part of popular culture, and it was hard to find a comics reader who didn’t like Calvin & Hobbes. A decade later, when creator Bill Watterson retired his strip, millions of readers felt the void left by the sudden departure of Calvin and his beloved tiger, and many fans would never find a satisfactory replacement. It has now been 18 years since the end of the Calvin & Hobbes era. Bill Watterson has kept an extremely low profile during this time, living a very private life in Ohio. Despite his quiet lifestyle, he is remembered and appreciated daily by fans who still enjoy his amazing collection of work. Dear Mr. Watterson is not a quest to find Bill Watterson, or to invade his privacy. It is an exploration to discover why his 'simple' comic strip has made such an impact on so many readers, and why it still means so much to us today.

Ratings and reviews

139 reviews
Ryan Griffith
March 7, 2015
I really enjoyed hearing everyone's take on Bill's work, it was so nice to see a film about just him not cartooning in general. But the filmmaker spends a little too much time with the camera pointed at him during the filler segments, i.e. I want to see the library book not you turning its pages. Overall very heartwarming and a good love letter from this one person. It's hard to make a film about him just being so famously private, but they did well.
A Google user
November 18, 2013
This is Calvin and Hobbes fandom at its greatest. You have Bill Watterson's peers gushing about the greatest comic strip EVER! Mr Watterson gave us the amazing story of a young boy's imagination and his stuffed tiger getting into hijinks and tomfoolery. Many say it ended to soon, but the greatest always leave you wanting more
T Lion
November 29, 2013
While interesting in some parts, especially when other cartoonist talk about Calvin and Hobbes, this could have been half as long with some judicious editing.