Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Here's What a 'Calvin and Hobbes' Animated Series Would Look Like

Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Waterston has always been vehemently opposed to turning his beloved comic strip into an animated series – or repurposing it for any medium – but animator Adam Brown (Ugly Americans) made this short video, which gives an idea of what a Calvin and Hobbes show would look like. Brown commented on YouTube that he'd try to make more of these videos, which is great news as long as Bill Waterston doesn't catch wind of it. He should at least appreciate that the video is very respectful and loyal to his work  and a hell of a lot better than those "peeing Calvin" car decals.

Hit the jump for the original comic strip the video was based on:

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  • will

    Yep, I agree with Bill Watterson. Even this video shouldn't have happened.

    • http://twitter.com/benworcester Ben Worcester

      I think this video had its heart in the right place. But those decal stickers are the absolute worst. Watterson's vehemence towards marketing his creation is personified in those abominations.

    • http://twitter.com/NotSoNiceville Grant

      I thought it was okay. And it was good that the animator didn't do any dialogue – voice acting would have killed it.

  • Matt

    does bill watterson even own a computer

  • cooldude69

    This video is about as good as you could probably get with a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon but even still it feels gross. As mentioned in the article, Bill Watterson has been very clear that he wants his comics to remain only as he made them. Well-done as this is, it's in clear violation of that wish and seems disrespectful. Even just this simple animation chips away a little at the magic of the strip. Let's leave Calvin and Hobbes alone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Mclachlan/747758431 Jeff Mclachlan

      I just drew a Calvin cartoon on the back of a napkin. I hope I'm not going to Hell.

  • MichaelUpNY

    I thought it was brilliant, and makes my heart ache for an animated version. You could do YEARS worth of animated episodes with the material out there.

  • dubyajay

    I always pictured Calvin to be the kind of kid that talked to himself (ummm…Hobbes?). A lot. This Calvin was too silent. Maybe that's why Watterson doesn't want C&H videos – we can maintain our own imaginations of what Calvin and Hobbes are really like. Nice try though.