That episode, which serves as the pilot for Hobbes & Me, is in black-and-white. This is no mere stylistic affectation. Calvin & Hobbes ran during an era when only Sunday comics were in color. Dailies were monochromatic, so Diggs and Casal are maintaining the integrity of Watterson’s original strips. Even the cuts here are dictated by panel breaks, using the comic strips as storyboards. Most episodes of Hobbes & Me are based on dailies, but the series occasionally adapts one of Watterson’s Sunday episodes:

There will likely never be an official Calvin & Hobbes movie or television series, so Hobbes & Me is the closest fans are going to get to a full-fledged adaptation in the foreseeable future. And that’s not such a bad thing. It’s a charming little exercise in sketch comedy acting and micro-budget filmmaking. Since Casal is an adult and Diggs is manifestly not a tiger, the series can be interpreted as a sitcom about two eccentric friends, both apparently layabouts, who spend their days having the oddest conversations imaginable, totally oblivious to the rest of the world. Monster problems aside, it seems like a good life.