April 04, 2013 10:46am PT by Jordan Zakarin
'Calvin and Hobbes' Spoof Movie Trailer Skewers Hollywood's Franchise Obsession (Video)
Bill Watterson has never sold the film rights to his beloved Calvin and Hobbes series, and this unauthorized movie trailer -- quite ironically -- illustrates a good reason why he's been so steadfast in his refusal.
The crew at Gritty Reboots, a team of writers and web filmmakers, recently released their updated take on the famed comic, which finds a grownup Calvin now being tormented by his imagination. Hobbes, a figure of that active and adventurous childhood introspection, has gone rogue, seeking to take over Calvin's brain, creating a fight for his very existence.
The trailer is shot and presented in a manner so similar to many recent Hollywood tentpole films, from the Christopher Nolan's mega-successful Batman reboot to the more recent Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Another inspiration is the work of Zach Snyder, whose upcoming Man of Steel, certainly qualifies as a "gritty reboot."
This particular parody was made by Cinesaurus, a video content-creator for the web, and scripted by David Spear.