There is already a fantastic sense of movement in Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes comics. But animator Adam Brown wanted to see what the pair looked like in motion, and his video of them dancing is pure delight.
Recently, in a rare interview with mental_floss, Watterson said that has "zero interest in animating Calvin and Hobbes." But at least Brown's tribute sticks close to the source, using those wonderful dance steps that Watterson himself imagined for his characters.
Update: Just to clarify, the subject of fan animations did come up in the mental_floss interview:
I’m assuming you’ve gotten wind of people animating your strip for YouTube? Did you ever mimic cartoonists you admired before finding your own style?
Every artist learns through imitation, but I rather doubt the aim of these things is artistic development. I assume they’re either homages or satiric riffs, and are not intended to be taken too seriously as works in their own right. Otherwise I should be talking to a copyright lawyer.
[via Laughing Squid]