Detroit Film Theatre
Cinetopia Film Festival: DEAR MR WATTERSON
Sunday, June 09, 2013
(USA/2012–directed by Joel Allen Schroeder) This documentary explores the legacy of reclusive Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson through the eyes of his adoring fans. Calvin & Hobbes was syndicated from 1985 to 1995 in over 24,000 newspapers. Every week, die-hards flipped straight to the funnies to see what hijinks the whimsical Calvin and his stuffed tiger friend would get into next. Watterson gave his characters great depth, stretching the limits of the panels and offering more complex stories than the average strip. After seeing great success, a demand grew to use his characters for merchandising – a concept that Watterson strongly stood against. In order to preserve the integrity of his stories, the cartoonist passed up the opportunity to make millions. Dear Mr. Watterson is the perfect tribute to a man who hid from the spotlight, but allowed his incredible imagination to shine through his work. – Cleveland International Film Festival (104 min.)
Director Joel Allen Schroeder in person!