I suspect that the video game industry's obsession with DARKER, MORE "MATURE" STORY might have influenced the way I look at stuff like this gritty re-imagining of Calvin and Hobbes by GrittyReboots.

Like, it doesn't need to be grittier and darker. But everything is nowadays! So I could totally see this type of Calvin and Hobbes working. I mean, the idea is clever, eh? What if it's not just having an active imagination but rather satanic visions or something? It sounds ridiculous, I know, but with the right writing, it kind of works.

Calvin and Hobbes: The Movie (Fan Trailer) [GrittyReboots]