Ticket Giveaway: Passes to the Calvin and Hobbes Documentary, Dear Mr. Watterson

Whether delivering a tree house harangue as Dictator-for-Life of G.R.O.S.S. or getting sneak-jumped by his tiger sidekick, Calvin was our kid id. Operating on a combination of misunderstood genius and pranky mischief, he and Hobbes conquered the world, time travel, art, dumb girls and physics -- one perfectly drawn frame at a time. Bill Watterson, the hand behind the ink, became our collective cool uncle.

He just got us. More importantly: he got Calvin.

No cartoonist since has captured children's imaginative capacity the way Watterson did. He knew bottle caps are really medals of honor. That dinosaurs sometimes materialize out of nowhere. And that a cardboard box serves at least 3,000 important purposes.

The new film Dear Mr. Watterson is look at all of that, told by those who Watterson influenced. The movie's a sorta Calvin and Hobbes tribute, colored-in with visits to Watterson's hometown, discussions with comic historians and even talks with a few folks you've heard of, like Seth Green, who -- surprise -- is, like, a really big fan too.

Texas Theatre is the only screen in the entire state that's showing the thing -- and we believe a few Dallas Observer readers might cherish Calvin and Hobbes -- so we're holding a day of nerddum. We'll crash Sunday's 5 p.m. screening with our Street Team, do little giveaways and celebrate child/tiger friendship with you.

I have three pairs of tickets to the screening, and winning them is a snap. Leave a Calvin and Hobbes-related comment below. It can be anything: a favorite strip, a memory, what you'd transmogrify if you had the technology or just "I love Calvin and Hobbes."

I'll randomly pick three of you at noon on Wednesday. Winners will be alerted via email. Just make sure you can go to the 5 p.m. Sunday screening with us. And if you don't win, show up anyway and hang with fellow Watterson fans.

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email.hnguyen
email.hnguyen

one of my favorite calvin quotes on expectations:

Calvin: Everybody seeks happiness! Not me, though! That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world. Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!

jcollander
jcollander

I love the idea of Calvinball, just like life.. The rules always change without us knowing.

mrsf5
mrsf5

One of the most satisfying moments in this whole mom gig [second, perhaps, to that time he correctly identified an Uncle Tupelo song] was watching my now-ten-year-old kid fall in love with Calvin and Hobbes. "Oh, Mom: you've GOTTA see this one! See, Calvin asks his dad..." Love, love, love.

jrnitz7
jrnitz7

"Childhood is short, maturity is forever!"

flydubs
flydubs

"Life's disappointments are harder to take when you don't know any swear words"

- Calvin and Hobbes

Learned some of the best advice in the world from these two......

MLH79
MLH79

When I was a kid, my uncle got me a Calvin and Hobbes book every year for Christmas. I am pretty sure it was just because he liked to read the books and buying a gift for his niece was a good cover. :)

victoriah9
victoriah9

"Life's disappointments are a lot harder to take when you don't know any swear words".

judgedavid
judgedavid

My favorite strip is the one in which his mother finds him with a hammer in hand and the coffee table full of nails.  His response to her question about what he thinks he's doing: "Is that a trick question, or what?"

Pick me!  Pick me!

judgedavid
judgedavid

My favorite strip is the one where his mother finds him with a hammer and the coffee table full of nails.  When she asks him what he thinks he's doing, he replies, "Is this a trick question, or what?"

Pick me!  Pick me!

chunter015
chunter015

I have never found as much honesty or inspiration in any other work as I do in Calvin & Hobbes. I started reading the books when I was 6 and can never go a few months without having to tackle a book or 2 again (Revenge of the Babysat is my favorite). They are a true original.

sunsetsred
sunsetsred

My dad introduced me to Calvin & Hobbes when I was 6 -- the first compilation I got still has chocolate ice cream stains from me reading while eating at my grandmother's kitchen table. To this day I blame Bill Watterson for my twisted sense of humor, adoration of absurdist comedy, and fondness for existentialist literature -- Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead became my favorite book ten years after I first dove into C&H.

I think one of the strongest memories of Calvin & Hobbes for everyone was the little raccoon he tried to rescue. I still cry reading those panels today. I don't think there's a single person who grew up reading Calvin & Hobbes who doesn't find it to be one of the most meaningful works they've ever read -- it just speaks to the human experience on so many levels.

terran_dfw
terran_dfw

Documentary progress goes: Boink!

Roo5
Roo5

When I was 10, my mom bought me a Calvin and Hobbes shirt and matching boxers. I wore them as an outfit the next day to Putt-Putt golf because, dammit, I loved Calvin and Hobbes and people HAD to know.

jdean585
jdean585

I'll dress up like Spaceman Spiff if I win (sans the Atomic Napalm Neutralizer).

adamdonaghey
adamdonaghey

David Lowery's (Ain't Them Bodies Saints)  first film, St. Nick, is a character study of two kids who run away from home and find an abandoned house. The film premiered at SXSW in 2009, and went on to play the festival circuit for over three years, garnering awards and critical acclaim along the way.

St. Nick is inspired, in part, by a series of Calvin and Hobbes comic strips featured in the anthology, Yukon Ho! The titular strips feature Calvin and Hobbes running away from home, in an effort to free themselves from the constraints of parental control and its silly family rules. They choose the Yukon where they can sled all day and make friends with wild animals. That being said, the trip is short-lived due to the fact that Hobbes consumes the only two sandwiches Calvin bothered to pack. From “The Yukon Song”:

Oh, what a life! we cannot wait,
To be in that arctic land,
Where we’ll be masters of our fate,
And lead a life that’s grand!

No more of parental rules!
We’re heading for some snow!
Good riddance to those grown-up-ghouls!
We’re leaving! Yukon Ho!

patrick366
patrick366

My evil arch nemesis momlady would be jealous if she knew I won tickets to this.

bit.of.a.tiff
bit.of.a.tiff

Calvin and Hobbes is the best memory I have with my father as a child. It reminded him of his sister and my aunt, and we always had a collection of books around the house. She passed away in a car crash on Christmas Eve at 22, 24 years ago. My Dad is currently recovering from multiple organ failure at a care facility in Plano. I would like nothing more than to experience this film with him. I don't like being a sob story, but it has been a rough start to the holidays for my family. This would mean a lot to me, and I know it would be an even more special event for my father.

Patti40
Patti40

I have had the fortune of a career with several life changing moves. Some my choice some not. With each move I always say goodbye Calvin & Hobbe's style with their very last comic strip. Always be ready for the next adventure, that's what I carry with me. Would love to attend the showing.

LukeW34
LukeW34

I must have read through every one of the books at least 9 or 10 times each as a kid. There were several other kids in the neighborhood that loved C&H (because how can you not?!) and we'd trade out the books to read when we weren't trying to figure out how to make our own version of Calvinball.

anikabelle82
anikabelle82

I loved my elementary science teacher for adding a Calvin & Hobbes strip at the end of his quizzes and tests - it was always a nice way to end an exam.

SMP13
SMP13

"It builds character!" Calvin's Dad!

hollywoo54
hollywoo54

Some words are never Truer, and be assured Calvin and Hobbes Spoke them the best of anyone. 


Calvin: They say the world is a stage. But obviously the play is unrehearsed and everybody is ad-libbing his lines.

Hobbes: Maybe that’s why it’s hard to tell if we’re living in a tragedy or a farce.

Calvin: We need more special effects and dance numbers.



I grew up with this comment, read all the books over and over again, drew them and passed them on to family, friends and still look back at them today. 


We can all learn from Calvin and Hobbes, and all grow a little, but remain a kid at heart each day. 


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emilyvirginia82
emilyvirginia82

I love the education and school critiques. Funny, deep and perfect. Would love to see.

matt.courson
matt.courson

When I was six back in 88 my brother in law bought my mom a Calvin and Hobbes book because I reminded him of Calvin, I read it and fell in love. It wasn't too long before I had a stuffed tiger named Hobbes, who my wife now sleeps with. I'm a huge fan and I'll likely have to wait til netflix if I don't win tickets!

mc.ubba
mc.ubba

I had to look this one up to remember the exact wording, but probably my atf.  I have a great memory of being in my bedroom back home with a potential new girlfriend, leaning against the wall sitting on my bed and reading my two books front to back several times and laughing SO hard!  This one had us in tears each and every time...especially Calvin's exclamation of "AAIEEE!! a monster in the hallway!!  Oh man, this made me smile SO hard right now!!!

http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1985/11/24#.UpPA9MSkqKI

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Calvin asks Dad to check under the bed for monsters, which he does. Then, he asks to have the dresser checked. Dad refuses. Calvin is sure that's where the monsters will be hiding, and that they'll come out when Calvin goes to sleep. Calvin decides to be proactive by arming himself with a suction dart gun and giving Hobbes a horn. The plan is to irritate the monsters by honking the horn, then shooting them. As they execute their plan, a monster comes in the door. Dad, with several suction darts sticking to him, asks Mom to come upstairs. Calvin is heard saying he was going to finish off the monster when he found his baseball bat.

jayjaypatino
jayjaypatino

I love Calvin and Hobbes.

 I love Calvin and Hobbes.

 I love Calvin and Hobbes.

 I love Calvin and Hobbes.

 I love Calvin and Hobbes.


P.S. I LOVE Calvin and Hobbes.

tblease89
tblease89

I appreciated Calvin and Hobbes even more when I learned Watterson names Hobbes after the philosopher Thomas Hobbes because he held "a dim view of human nature"


P.S. I would love to see this movie!

swshicks
swshicks

My favorite Calvin and Hobbes strip was the one where Calvin pounded nails into the coffee table.  Mom runs in yelling "Calvin, what do you think you're doing?"  Calvin looks at the nails then looks back at his mother with the expression that conveys, "Isn't it obvious that I'm pounding nails.  I don't understand the question."

amyfromdallas
amyfromdallas

I love Calvin and Hobbes! I would love to see this movie so much!

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

@adamdonaghey Well Adam, I'm excluding you from these tickets for obvious reasons. I'm also cheersing your ultra nerdy, locally-based, deep cut cinema reference. Good work, and salud! [Chugs from bottle usually kept in lower desk drawer.]

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

@GlobetrekproHey! You won those tickets! Email me your name so I can give it to Texas Theatre! And congratulations! See you Sunday. Jamie.Laughlin@dallasobserver.com

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

@amyfromdallas Hey Amy from Dallas! You won those tickets! Email me your name so I can give it to Texas Theatre! And congratulations! See you Sunday. Jamie.Laughlin@dallasobserver.com

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