Dear Mr. Watterson

Dear Mr. Watterson

By Joel Allen Schroeder

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2013-11-15
  • Advisory Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 1h 30min
  • Director: Joel Allen Schroeder
  • iTunes Price: GBP 6.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 5.49
From 21 Ratings


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.



  • Exploring Calvin & Hobbes

    By Freddie Walker-Bird
    Sadly, I have to agree with the other poor reviews. This looks like a student exam project. We grew up learning to read with Calvin, and feel pretty protective of him. And Hobbes. Even Miss Wormwood! Good cover art work. But not an exploration of the man or his artwork in any revealing way.
  • If you love Calvin & Hobbes, this will be the best few quid you’ll spend...

    By Simon.UK
    I don’t understand some of the negative reviews and have written to redress the balance. I read Calvin & Hobbes every day from very early on, to it’s last frame. I cut the Sunday colour supplements out and hung them on my wall. I bought the collections when each came out. They have followed me across three continents when I’ve lived and worked abroad - I would never part with them. Many still - to this day - make me laugh out loud, get reflective, or give me a warm fuzzy feeling, just like a tiger’s hug must feel. To criticise the film for not having interviewed Bill Watterson - when no-one has been able to since he retired from public life years ago - seems frankly mean-spirited. There are many interviews with his publishers that are more than enlightening. Plus many with peers and guardians of his work that give a professional opinion. If you love Calvin & Hobbes like I do, you’ll spend the film joyously soaking up the affection that others like us feel for it - and learn a little about Mr. Watterson’s artistic journey and inspirations along the way. It’s made by someone who loves this strip and that comes across with every frame - the film is a joy. Trust me.
  • A very poor film with a misleading synopsis

    By Freeandfair
    It feels like a student project.
  • I don’t normally write reviews, but...

    By Mike Rea
    You’ll be here because you love Calvin & Hobbes, and the trailer reads well… In reality, the film is one man telling you how much he likes the strip and visiting Bill Watterson’s home town, with a few interviews. But, not of Bill Watterson, or anyone who really knows him. Very disappointing, even for a huge fan
  • Sadly disappointing

    By Parmoroyale
    Sadly, a very disappointing film.