(Joel Allen Schroeder, US 2013, 99 min., DCP)
Rochester Premiere! Calvin & Hobbes dominated the Sunday comics in thousands of newspapers for over ten years, having a profound effect on millions of readers across the globe. When creator Bill Watterson, retired the strip on New Year’s Eve in 1995, devoted readers everywhere felt the void left by the departure of Calvin, Hobbes, and Watterson’s other cast of characters, and many fans would never find a satisfactory replacement. Watterson has kept an extremely low profile in the nearly two decades since, living a very private life outside of Cleveland. This film is not a quest to find Watterson, or to invade his privacy, but an attempt to discover why his “simple” comic strip made such an impact in the 1980s and ’90s, and why it still means so much to us today.