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Bill Watterson dashes our dreams of there ever being a 'Calvin and Hobbes' animated movie

Sorry, Calvin and Hobbes fans, but if you've been holding your breath waiting for a film adaptation of the beloved comic, you're out of luck. And so is Pixar.

The strip's notoriously withdrawn creator Bill Watterson got uncharacteristically chatty in an email interview with Mental Floss, and he said there's no way he's going to make the same mistake as all those fancy novelists whose masterpieces were transformed into mediocre movies.

"I have zero interest in animating Calvin and Hobbes," Watterson wrote. "If you've ever compared a film to a novel it's based on, you know the novel gets bludgeoned. ... As a comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes works exactly the way I intended it to. There's no upside for me in adapting it."

We can think of millions -- maybe even billions -- of upsides, but Watterson isn't exactly merchandising's No. 1 fan. But wait, what about those delightful urinating bumper stickers, you ask? "I figure that, long after the strip is forgotten, those decals are my ticket to immortality." The legacy of dreams.