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Calvin and Hobbes - the movie?
April 7, 2013 9:12 AM   Subscribe

This Gritty Reboots Calvin and Hobbes reimagining is fun. Wormwood hall, indeed!
posted by pjern (32 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
I always watch these things as soon as they're posted because I know it's gonna get taken down within the week :(
posted by EtzHadaat at 10:03 AM on April 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


I thought Fight Club was the reimagining of Calvin and Hobbes.
posted by sutt at 10:06 AM on April 7, 2013 [22 favorites]


Needs more Mister Bun.
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:24 AM on April 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


The acting in this is predictably horrible, but the concept itself has a lot of merit.
posted by spock at 10:40 AM on April 7, 2013


I love how they got the ears right.
posted by figurant at 11:09 AM on April 7, 2013


It'd be nice if they had implied some sort of actual plot. Maybe there's a reason why his vivid imagination has become real, maybe it was a childhood adaptation to some threat his conscious mind didn't perceive; maybe he's an alien changeling or the subject of some devilish mind control conspiracy and his unique adaptation gives him the power to fight back. All those ideas kind of suck (too Matrix-messiah, blecch), but, y'know, something.

As an aside, this fashion for not having a website at all, but simply directing people to your youtube and twitter accounts is interesting. The fact that it's usually Facebook has been getting me down of late, but the principle is okay. Why waste effort on a brochure site when the social mediasphere that you're using anyway is all the hosting you need?
posted by George_Spiggott at 11:15 AM on April 7, 2013


Hobbes' voice is too "conversational".
posted by sourwookie at 11:15 AM on April 7, 2013


In a similar vein: Robot Chicken's C&H tribute is still available for your viewing pleasure.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:19 AM on April 7, 2013 [6 favorites]


Robot Chicken is so wonderful and lovely and dark and did they just? and oh no and oh nooooo and oh god........
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 11:31 AM on April 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


This is more like, "Calvin & Hobbes, reimagined by somebody who didn't read the comic strips but knows the characters are popular." The tiger kinda looks like Hobbes, but otherwise there's nothing to indicate that he actually is Hobbes and not just some random vanilla character. Ditto Calvin's parents, and ditto the girl, who I presume is supposed to be Susie.

this fashion for not having a website at all, but simply directing people to your youtube and twitter accounts is interesting.

I agree. I've never bought into the idea that every business needs a website, and nowadays you don't necessarily need one even if your business is creating and delivering content.
posted by cribcage at 11:34 AM on April 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


I dunno, I thought the train and plane crashing at the same point was a relatively obscure reference.
posted by Maxson at 11:51 AM on April 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


I thought Fight Club was the reimagining of Calvin and Hobbes.

Yep. Previously.
posted by homunculus at 12:26 PM on April 7, 2013


I thought the "Do you believe in the devil?" exchange was a good choice.
posted by brundlefly at 12:32 PM on April 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


I dunno, I thought the train and plane crashing at the same point was a relatively obscure reference.

It's missing a couple crucial elements...
posted by 3FLryan at 12:38 PM on April 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


Gee thanks. This is sure to keep Bill Watterson from the public eye for at least another 20 years.
posted by chavenet at 1:33 PM on April 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


It'd be nice if they had implied some sort of actual plot.

For a proper modern trailer they'd give us the entire fucking thing...
posted by Artw at 1:35 PM on April 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ow, my childhood.
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 2:09 PM on April 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Calvin & Hobbes All Grown Up
posted by Drexen at 3:41 PM on April 7, 2013


I looked at this.
First thought was "OMG sacrilege!"
Then I giggled a bit.
Then watched it again.
I have the feeling that Bill Watterson might actually enjoy watching this.
posted by dougzilla at 4:05 PM on April 7, 2013


Bill Watterson himself did a gritty version of Calvin and Hobbes: Tracer Bullet. It's Calvin as a noir detective, drawn in the style of Frank Miller.

"I keep two magnums in my desk. One's a gun, and I keep it loaded. The other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded."
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 4:28 PM on April 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


Calvin & Hobbes All Grown Up

I can't imagine Calvin kissing Hobbes that casually.
posted by Peevish at 6:11 PM on April 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


I would EVAR so watch an animated Tracer Bullet full-length.
posted by tspae at 9:01 PM on April 7, 2013


cribcage: This is more like, "Calvin & Hobbes, reimagined by somebody who didn't read the comic strips but knows the characters are popular." The tiger kinda looks like Hobbes, but otherwise there's nothing to indicate that he actually is Hobbes and not just some random vanilla character. Ditto Calvin's parents, and ditto the girl, who I presume is supposed to be Susie.

I couldn't agree less. It referenced like 20 specific strips.
posted by herbplarfegan at 10:35 PM on April 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is more like, "Calvin & Hobbes, reimagined by somebody who didn't read the comic strips but knows the characters are popular."

That's the joke.
posted by empath at 10:37 PM on April 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


I would absolutely watch the adventures of Hipster Douchbag Psychiatrist and his Sweater.

I mean I wouldn't, but y'know.
posted by Sebmojo at 3:56 AM on April 8, 2013


Mars is amaaaazing!
posted by Wretch729 at 7:01 AM on April 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I dunno. I liked it.

I mean, keep in mind, it is supposed to be a REBOOT, ala Hollywood, not a slavish recreation.
posted by Samizdata at 7:28 AM on April 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I love how there's exactly ONE comics artist that kept his work free of licensing bullshit...no toys, no christmas special, no calendars, no t shirts..just a clearly expressed will to keep Calvin and Hobbes pure. They are supposed to exist in one place, on the page as drawn by their creator.

And yet every few weeks the internet is flooded with some infinitely less talented fool's Calvin & Hobbes retell, almost always framed as an "homage" and almost always directly shitting on the spirit and intent of the original strip.

Instead of clicking this link or any of the myriad others that will follow it into the far future, just head on down to your local truck stop and buy a couple of those Calvin pissing on a ford logo stickers, then trim them and arrange them in your car window so Calvin is pissing on Calvin in a yin-yang of eternal intentional disrespect.
posted by chronkite at 7:46 AM on April 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is intriguing.
posted by JYuanZ at 9:50 AM on April 8, 2013


chronkite: "I love how there's exactly ONE comics artist that kept his work free of licensing bullshit...no toys, no christmas special, no calendars, no t shirts..just a clearly expressed will to keep Calvin and Hobbes pure. They are supposed to exist in one place, on the page as drawn by their creator.

And yet every few weeks the internet is flooded with some infinitely less talented fool's Calvin & Hobbes retell, almost always framed as an "homage" and almost always directly shitting on the spirit and intent of the original strip.

Instead of clicking this link or any of the myriad others that will follow it into the far future, just head on down to your local truck stop and buy a couple of those Calvin pissing on a ford logo stickers, then trim them and arrange them in your car window so Calvin is pissing on Calvin in a yin-yang of eternal intentional disrespect.
"

Although clone watersports is oddly intriguing.
posted by Samizdata at 10:02 AM on April 8, 2013


No, and FUCK no.
posted by Scoo at 12:24 PM on April 8, 2013


These guys just posted a new video: PBS: The Movie (PBS Meets The Avengers)

"Some men just want to watch the world learn."
posted by jcreigh at 5:35 PM on May 1, 2013


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