Reclusive cartoonist Bill Watterson says we’ll never see a film version of his iconic newspaper comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes”.
Speaking with Mental Floss magazine, Watterson says he’s often impressed by modern animation in films. Yet, he doesn’t see the need for a ‘Calvin’ adaptation:
“The visual sophistication of Pixar blows me away, but I have zero interest in animating Calvin and Hobbes. If you’ve ever compared a film to a novel it’s based on, you know the novel gets bludgeoned. it’s inevitable, because different media have different strengths and needs, and when you make a movie, the movie’s needs get served. As a comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes works exactly the way I intended it to. There’s no upside for me in adapting it.”
Watterson also used the interview as a chance to shatter the myth over the amount of control he had over the strip back when he was actually drawing it:
“I had signed most of my rights away in order to get syndicated, so I had no control over what happened to my own work. I could not take the strip with me if I quit, or even prevent the syndicate from replacing me, so I was truly scared I was going to lose everything I cared about either way. I made a lot of impassioned arguments for why a work of art should reflect the ideas and beliefs of its creator, but the simple fact was that my contract made that issue irrelevant.”