"They Had to Move!"

November 1, 2013

Recognize these guys?

So back in the day, there were these things called newspapers, and people read them. Crazy, I know. (OK, so newspapers still exist…but you get my point.) And these two pals used to dance across the pages, entertaining kids and adults alike with their adventures. Calvin, an imaginative little boy, and Hobbes, his tiger stuffed animal, were dreamed up by American cartoonist Bill Watterson in the late ’80s and early ’90s. And they were famous for their dance parties, like this one:

This week, animator Adam Brown brought one of these scenes to life in an animated YouTube short:

My favorite part of this short? The end, when Adam Brown apologizes to Bill Watterson. You see, Watterson isn’t fond of people “mimicking” his work, particularly in animation. Whoops!

Brown’s excuse? “They had to move!” I think we dancers can relate to that need.