Bill Watterson is cartooning’s J.D.Salinger: creator of a genius-level touchstone work who’s practically disappeared from the public eye. But, somehow, Mental Floss scored an interview with him. Watterson sounds just dandy overall but crushes the dreams of anybody hoping that Pixar or any other animation house would ever get the chance to adapt Calvin & Hobbes for film or TV.
There’s a short preview of the chat with Watterson on the magazine’s website and, while Watterson says he’s a fan of the Toy Story folks’ oeuvre, that’s not enough to let them have a crack at his beloved boy-and-stuffed-tiger duo.
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.
Bit of a bummer, yes, but Watterson’s got a point. Fans of popular books, games or movies all have painful examples of favorite works being horribly ported to other media. You can’t blame Watterson for not wanting that to happen to C&H.
[via Mental Floss]
Image taken from concept work done by Johan Vinet.