"Calvin & Hobbes" ran in newspapers for 10 years, but its influence continues to be felt 18 years after creator Bill Watterson walked away from the strip.
In the trailer for "Dear Mr. Watterson," a cast of fans, colleagues and celebs discuss how the unique panels captured their imagination — and in many cases, continues to do so.
Seth Green, creator of "Robot Chicken" shares the story of how he and his friends used to mock up personal bootlegged Calvin shirts for themselves, while fellow cartoonists including "Bloom County's" Berkeley Breathed and "FoxTrot" creator Bill Amend tipped their hats to Watterson's creative accomplishments.
"Most of the time, I was just trying to meet my deadline," Amend said. "For Bill, it wasn't enough to just meet the deadline, you had to sort of move the bar over what he had done previously."
The documentary by director Joel Allen Schroeder had the benefit from a near $100,000 Kickstarter campaign in 2009. For the film, Schroeder did not set out to find the illusive Watterson, he merely chose to discover the roots of his comic strip's universality. It opens Nov. 16.
Watch the video: