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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Felt more like a complimentary special feature of a DVD than an individual film
This so called documentary is really just a bunch of random ideas and frankly uninteresting personal opinions, with no real factual basis. Its a bunch of people taking random details and making up a lot of rubbish, then passing it off as fact. "Yes it was clearly about the cocaine trade in the 80's because of the amount of snow in the comic strip, snow being a street name for cocaine", I made the latter up, but it holds as much merit as anything in this rambling, pointless film. Calvin and Hobbes is connected to 18th century philosophy? Its about childhood, because a German paintbrush was used? Its about the lizard people because there is a poster of a large cat skiing? The more the people interviewed try to explain their theory's, the sillier they appear. - but it was kind of like watching the incessant footage of the Twin Towers falling on 9/11: I couldn't turn it off because it was so horrific, and I kept holding out hope that somehow it would turn out all right. It didn't. A real waste of time!
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