Calvin: "Oh boy! It's bedtime!"
Mom: "Bedtime. Let's go"
Calvin: "Aww. I hate getting ready for bed"
February 07, 2019
January 17, 2018
Was Calvin’s house designed by Rube Goldberg?
Today’s strip shows Calvin’s imagination, but it’s also something his mom might wish for. When it’s time for Calvin to go to bed, she has a hard time getting him to spring into action.Today it seems like Bill Watterson could have been inspired by a combination of Rube Goldberg, The Cat In The Hat, and The Jetsons.Perhaps Calvin could use the following Rube Goldberg invention when it’s time to get up:Click here: Rube GoldbergEach year, the National Cartoonists Society presents the Ruben award, named after Rube Goldberg, to the outstanding cartoonist of the year, chosen by secret ballot of the society’s members. Bill Watterson received the award in 1986 (the first full year of Calvin and Hobbes) and in 1988.Charles Schulz received the Ruben award for Peanuts in 1955 and 1964. Patrick McDonnell received it in 1999 for Mutts. Here is a tribute to Rube Goldberg by Patrick McDonnell. He has written “Patrick McDonnell (+Mr. Goldberg)” at the bottom of the panel:Mutts (March 4, 2001)In today’s Calvin and Hobbes, the hands that help Calvin change into his pajamas are reminiscent of The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss:Click here: The Cat In The HatHere is another Calvin and Hobbes where it looks like Bill Watterson was inspired by The Jetsons:Calvin and Hobbes (March 28, 1993)
I want that. I want it now.
One of my favorite C&H Sunday strips.
I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Wallace & Gromit short film “The Wrong Trousers.”
I bet the makers of Wallace and Grommit were fans of C&H. This strip reminds me of the wakeup scene in The Wrong Trousers—but Calvin came first by quite a few years.
I love all the “sounds” in this process.
Wow! Hugh B. Hayve stole todays Comments. I wish I knew how he did it.
@orinoco womble: In fact, “The Wrong Trousers” adventure of Wallace & Gromit came earlier than this sunday strip of Calvin and Hobbes.The Wrong Toursers came to cinema in December 1993, with a production time of about two or even more years – so let’s date it back to 1991.The C&H strip above was first published in August 1995, according to http://www.reemst.com/calvin_and_hobbes/stripsearch?q=calvin+bedtime+sunday&search=normal&start=0&details=3003However – both are great works of art! :-)
If its Not Rube Goldberg, it’s Wallace.
How can everyone be so animated this early in the morning?
No, I didn’t make that one on the fly. it was already in one of my Photobucket accounts. It usually takes a few hours to make a gif animation depending on how much cutting needs to be done.
@Hugh B. Hayve and LeadingEdge
That is pretty cool but,…what’s a " gif " ?
Now you know bloody well that if there was such a system for getting a kid ready for bed, he’d NEVER get to sleep. (“Ha-ha-ha-ha – do it again!”)
I wish I had a system like Calvin’s!
I think that’s how George Jetson gets to bed.
Every house should be equipped with that, Calvin. It would make bedtime a lot more fun for sure……………..for the kids. (Not so much for Mom)
Wow! Calvin certainly has it made.
Ooops. Got Calvin’s fantasy mixed up with reality.
Remember that Calvin is imagining this, it didn’t really happen. Which is why he is despondent.
God knows I love Bill Watterson; this is some of his undeniable greatness. What drawing! What inventiveness! He didn’t even need all of his wonderful metaphysics and intensely intelligent comment. Just this: the effervescent joy of childhood! I’m always in awe.
Can I get this installed in my own house?
I think this is one of the few Calvin and Hobbes strips that I haven’t seen before. That being said, I love it!