If you’d asked me before I became a mom which is my favorite comic strip of all time, I’d have been hard-pressed to decide between Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbes. I still love them both, of course, but now Calvin and Hobbes gets a slight edge because I have my own little Calvin here in the house. (His “Hobbes” isn’t a tiger, it’s a dog… but the similarities are still uncanny at times.)
In fact, when Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends came along, I remember thinking that it was sort of reminiscent of Calvin and Hobbes… if Mac were Hobbes and Bloo were Calvin, that is. (Okay, maybe that’s a stretch. Sue me.) The point is, it got me wondering about how awesome an animated version of Calvin and Hobbes would be.
Unfortunately, creator Bill Watterson is somewhat infamous for his opposition to further development of the beloved characters:
Watterson also battled against pressure from publishers to merchandise his work, something that he felt would cheapen his comic. He refused to merchandise his creations on the grounds that pasting Calvin and Hobbes images on commercially-sold coffee mugs, stickers and t-shirts would devalue the characters and their personalities. He also refused to allow the strip to appear as an animated series.
A part of me loves that he has the courage of his convictions, and a part of me wants to cross my arms, stick out my lower lip, and wail, “Come ooooooooooooooon!!” Oh well.
But words cannot describe how I felt when I came across this post at Cartoon Brew yesterday. Although Watterson will never sanction an animated show or movie, this little taste was still a whole lotta fun.
Kudos to creator Donati Di Carlo. Who knows; maybe Bill Watterson will see it on YouTube and change his mind. (I know, I know. Just let me dream.)