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Dear Mr. Watterson
USA | 2013 | 88 min | HD projection
documentary | section: Wisconsin’s Own
Wisconsin Premiere

directed by: Joel Allen Schroeder
cinematography: Andrew Waruszewski
producer: Christopher Browne, Matt McUsic, Joel Allen Schroeder
music: Mike Boggs
editor: Joel Allen Schroeder
Winner, 2013 Golden Badger Award. One of the most adored daily comic strips of all time, Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes ended its ten year syndicated run in 1995, causing readers everywhere to feel the void left by the departure of the spiky blonde-haired boy and his toy tiger. Now, nearly 20 years after Calvin and Hobbes stopped appearing in daily newspapers, filmmaker Joel Schroeder has set out to explore the reasons behind the strip’s loyal and devoted following. Former Appleton and Madison resident Schroeder offers his own personal relationship to Watterson’s work as well as interviews with other fans, scholars and artists, including Bloom County’s Berke Breathed. Most moving is cartoonist Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) explaining how meaningful it was to other artists that Watterson refused to merchandise his characters (those decals you see on the back of pickup trucks are not officially licensed). At the heart of Schroeder’s film is the suggestion that Watterson’s thoughtful gesture might have more than a little to do with Calvin and Hobbes’ enduring appeal.
Writer-director Joel Schroeder scheduled to attend.

- Jim Healy
 
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