Dear Mr. Watterson

2013 NR 1h 29m DVD

Dear Mr. Watterson

2013 NR 1h 29m DVD
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Nearly two decades after the last original "Calvin and Hobbes" was published, this documentary examines the comic strip's enduring legacy. Fans and cartoonists such as Berke Breathed of "Bloom County" discuss the strip's impact and timeless appeal.
Berkeley Breathed, Stephan Pastis, Seth Green
Joel Allen Schroeder
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Dear Mr. Watterson is a documentary about the creator of the great "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip, and while there's almost no objectionable content, kids will likely be bored by the talking head format. Be prepared for one use of the word "bulls--t," but other than that, the movie includes no sex or violence. It does have some very strong messages about art versus commerce, what it means to "sell out," and what it means to raise the bar on your particular profession. Fans of "Calvin and Hobbes" -- especially adults -- will enjoy this.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Not applicable


One use of "bulls--t."

Social Behavior

The movie exalts art for art's sake, and the rejection of consumerism and marketing. The fact that Watterson stood firm in his decision not to license his characters, at great financial loss, stands as an example of purity in art.


Though the movie is very anti-consumerist the movie does make you want to buy the many Calvin and Hobbes books that were released. (Or at least check them out of the library!)

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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