A Boy and His Tiger
June 24, 2014 32 Comments
Things like pogs and slammers, Squeezits, Raven’s Revenge, Rugrats, and Steve Urkel’s cloning machine.
To know these things is to be a part of a club, a very special and inclusive club. I say inclusive because most of us are now trying to introduce our own kids to our generation’s favorites. The 80s and 90s are hard to let go of. Just look at all the reboots in Hollywood: the anticipated Dumb and Dumber To, to name one.
And on TV: Girl Meets World, Fargo, an upcoming Saved by the Bell movie.
But there’s one piece of nostalgic lore that holds a special place in all of our hearts. They were a couple of misfits, one a figment of the other’s imagination. They both had stripes, one with two feet, the other with four and a tail. They both loved adventure and sledding in the snow and building fortresses and people-eating snowmen.
Do the words Get Rid Of Slimy Girls bring back any memories?
What about the adventures of Stupendous Man?
Or the third-grade teacher, who was everyone’s teacher, Mrs. Wormwood?
When you opened the newspaper on Sunday mornings you could find yourself in outer space with Spaceman Spiff or be caught up in a game of Calvinball. Or you might be turning a cardboard box into a “Cerebral Enhance 0-Tron.”
The possibilities were always endless with Calvin and Hobbes, the comic strip about a young boy and his stuffed tiger.
I remember the day it was announced that Bill Watterson would be drawing his last comic strip, and it was devastating, like the day John Candy died or I first heard the word “terrorist” in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing.
Everyone had to have their dosage of Calvin and Hobbes. And if you return to them today, they’re just as endearing, hysterical, and thought-provoking as they were then.
My favorite thing about the film is that it showcases the impact Calvin and Hobbes had on the world, and continues to today. Our generation of readers are faithfully passing down Watterson’s legacy to our own kids, and I’ll certainly be sharing my collection with our daughter when she’s older.
What kind of impact did Calvin and Hobbes have on you as a kid?