movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Thu Jul 25 2013, 09:56am | 6 comments
Artists and writers talk about how Calvin & Hobbes influenced them. So I presume this documentary is about 14 hours long, because what creative mind under 45 or 50 today didn’t have its horizons expanded by their adventures?
i remember my first reading few strips of C&H… i think i was 4 or 5 days in before it came to light (for me) that Hobbes was a *toy* tiger — the interior life of this small boy. being a comic strip, i figured it was just a walking, talking philosophising tiger… it blew my mind. still the greatest strip of all time. my dad went into a bit of a funk when the strip was discontinued and has all the compilation books.
But does relentless positivity make for an interesting film? I’m entirely in agreement — I think Watterson’s work is some of the best cartooning I’ve seen — but I hope people get to say more than that.
My dad is possibly a bigger C&H fan than I am – lately I’ve been buying him C&H compilation books as birthday presents. He loves it.
i don’t think anyone can say that C&H was “relentless(ly) positive”… in fact, it had a rather dark outlook on getting older and the “joys” of childhood. i’ll bet a lot of dark, ironic humour and writing came out of that influence.
Oh, indeed! I’m talking about the impression of this film that I get from the trailer — everyone’s saying how great Watterson’s work was. And I agree, but does watching lots of people say that make for a good film?
Finally saw the move on demand — I think I would have preferred a bit more about Watterson himself, tho we do see his home town and how it influenced a number of scenes in the comic. Nice to see Berkeley Breathed again.
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