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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM

A ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ documentary

I haven’t seen this movie, so this isn’t necessarily a recommendation — but I know there are a lot of fans of the comic strip “Calvin & Hobbes” out there who might be interested in hearing about this. The documentary “Dear Mr. Watterson” (the title refers to strip artist/author Bill Watterson, who retired “Calvin & Hobbes” in 1995) isn’t currently scheduled to play a Seattle-area theater (though check this page; more locations may be added after I write this), but it’s available for pre-order online now (digital versions available November 15; DVD available December 15). The film, which has played a number of film festivals (and won awards at a couple of them) is directed by Joel Allen Schroeder, and described online as “not a quest to find Bill Watterson, or to invade his privacy. It is an exploration to discover why his ‘simple’ comic strip made such an impact on so many readers in the 80s and 90s, and why it still means so much to us today.” Might be interesting; if you watch it, let me know.

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