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Dear Mr. Watterson

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Joel Allen Schroeder

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About the 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 Bill Watterson retired his strip, millions of readers felt the void left by the sudden departure of Calvin and his tiger, and many fans would never find a satisfactory replacement. In his retirement, as he did during his career, Mr. Watterson has steadfastly declined to license his beloved Calvin and Hobbes characters for any wider commercial purposes, a principled decision that left perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars on the table. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: At one point, someone marvels at Calvin's sheer "lust for life," and while Mr. Schroeder, no doubt, has a parallel fascination with his favorite comic strip, the film doesn't follow through. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Nov 15, 2013

Fresh: Offers not only an in-depth look at the comic strip's unique influence but also a concise snapshot of the dwindling state of newspapers and their "funny pages." – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Nov 14, 2013

Fresh: Any "Calvin and Hobbes" fan will enjoy watching Schroeder's film, which is more a love letter to the strip and its publicity-shy creator than anything else. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Nov 12, 2013

Fresh: If nothing else, it's a pleasant reminder that if you haven't taken those Calvin & Hobbes anthologies off the shelf in a while, maybe it's time to go exploring again. – Ian Buckwalter, NPR, Nov 15, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Time travel?

I feel like I'm a little kid reading Homicidal, Psycho Junglecat all over again. I can't wait until this movie comes out. Thank you Seth Green!!!

Fantastic documentary for any Calvin & Hobbes fans

Saw the movie at the WI film festival. I would rate it 6 or 7 stars if I could. Warning, it may make you want to go out and get the entire C&H collection, whether you can afford it or not. Many, many insights about the impact of this on other cartoonists since as well as many details about how it came to be. You will especially like Watterson's self-portrait in his high school year book!


such a well done film that really captures the joy that is Calvin & Hobbes.

Dear Mr. Watterson
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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