Clifford the Big Red Dog

Little Clifford / Welcome to Birdwell Island

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 9/19/00
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  • Episode Description
  • #11201"Little Clifford""Little Clifford" begins with a pan-shot, showing Clifford dozing outside Emily Elizabeth's school on Birdwell Island. The scene then changes to inside Emily Elizabeth's class, where Emily Elizabeth is just starting an oral report: "My Favorite Memory." We get to experience her favorite memory in the form of a flashback sequence as the scene changes to when she was a little girl living in an apartment in the big city. Back then, she wanted a dog more than anything. Her room was decorated with pictures of dogs. We see her on her bed, looking at pictures of different types of dogs and considering what it would be like to have them. The next scene is Emily Elizabeth's birthday. She's blowing out the candles on her cake and she makes a wish. Mr. and Mrs. Howard ask her what she wished for and she answers that you're not supposed to reveal what you wished for. It doesn't matter because they already know. They ask her if she wished for a dog and explain that Mr. Bradley's dog just had a litter of puppies. They're going to take her to pick one out, if she wants to, of course. She does, of course and so they go to meet Mr. Bradley. There, we see three puppies crowded around a fairly large (nowhere near Clifford size, but fairly large for a normal dog) mother. They all vie for Emily Elizabeth's attention, but then Emily Elizabeth notices another dog, cowering behind the mother. She calls for him and the dog, a very small, red puppy comes bounding up. She says that she wants him to be her dog. Mr. Bradley tries to convince her otherwise, as he's the runt of the litter and won't ever grow. It's too late though, Emily Elizabeth has already made up her mind. She wants him and she's naming him Clifford. Back at the apartment, Emily Elizabeth puts Clifford on the floor to explore. He bounds for one of Emily Elizabeth's toys, a bunny toy that dwarfs him in size. He's surprised when he attacks it and gets no reaction out of it. Emily Elizabeth thinks that Clifford's going to like his new home. Later on, Emily Elizabeth goes to feed Clifford. However, she finds that Clifford is so small that he can't even climb up to reach the food in his food dish. She'll just have to find another way of feeding him and ends up feeding him with a baby bottle. Further trouble ensues when Clifford goes missing. She asks her Dad if he's seen him and it turns out that he was hiding inside one of her Dad's shoes. He comments that Clifford is so small, he hopes that he doesn't get into trouble. In another scene, we see Clifford trying to climb up Mrs. Howard's purse. He finally succeeds and ends up inside the purse. Mrs. Howard soon picks it up and asks Emily Elizabeth to come along to the bakery with her. Emily Elizabeth doesn't want to leave, as she hasn't said goodbye to Clifford, but Mrs. Howard says that it'll only be a few minutes. When they get to the bakery, Mrs. Howard is very surprised when she opens her purse and Clifford hops out of it. He causes quite a mess, landing in a cupcake, turning over pies and messing up a wedding cake. He's finally caught, but the clerk is quite upset. As he closes the door, after Emily Elizabeth and her Mom have left, he puts up a "No dogs" sign. As they head home, Emily Elizabeth apologizes for Clifford's behavior. Mrs. Howard says that she knows that it wasn't Clifford's fault, but she sometimes worries about Clifford. Being so small could be quite a problem. Emily Elizabeth says that she'll just have to help him grow. One morning, Emily Elizabeth wakes up and to her surprise, Clifford seems to have grown. She takes him downstairs, where her Mom sees him and agrees. Clifford has indeed grown, he's big enough to eat out of his food dish without any trouble now. Another morning, Clifford has grown some more. He's pretty large now, at least the size of his Mom if not larger. Then, one morning, Emily Elizabeth wakes up to find that she can't fit on her bed. The entire thing is taken up by Clifford. She shows Clifford to her parents, who realize that their small apartment is no place for such a large dog like Clifford. They're not going to let him go though, so they're just going to have to move. And such concludes Emily Elizabeth's story about Clifford, her big, red dog.#11202"Welcome to Birdwell Island""Welcome to Birdwell Island" picks up pretty much where "Little Clifford" left off, but not without a bit of exposition first. The closing bell rings at Emily Elizabeth's school (perhaps not on the same day as her report, although it's not really stated) as Clifford is bounding for the school. Emily Elizabeth and Charley hitch a ride on him. Charley comments that everyone on the island loves Clifford. Emily Elizabeth concurs, but notes that not everyone felt that way at first. Charley's surprised about this, so Emily Elizabeth explains the story of what happened when she and Clifford came to Birdwell Island. The scene changes to the past, with Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and Mr. and Mrs. Howard on the ferry to Birdwell Island. They arrive at the island, where they're greeted by Victor and Pedro. They greet them warmly, but they're less than enthusiastic, and even rather scared when Emily Elizabeth introduces Clifford. As Emily Elizabeth and family head for their new home, Victor and Pedro comment that such a large dog could be a large problem. The scene cuts briefly back to Emily Elizabeth and Charley. Charley doesn't think it was fair that Victor and Pedro judged Clifford before they got to know him. Emily Elizabeth agrees, but says that they weren't the only ones on the island that felt that way. The scene returns to the past. Emily Elizabeth and family are at the new house and they're meeting their neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Bleakman. Like Victor and Pedro, they're pleased to meet them. However, when Emily Elizabeth calls for Clifford, they're less than pleased. They also think it could be a big problem to have such a large dog on the island (and as a neighbor.) Later on, Emily Elizabeth is out walking with Clifford. She comes upon the mailman, who's also scared of Clifford, although he doesn't say as much. Emily Elizabeth continues along and meets Jetta and her dog Mac (or Machiavelli as Jetta introduces him.) Jetta goes on about Mac, saying that he's the fastest, bravest dog on the island. Then Emily Elizabeth asks if Jetta wants to meet her dog, Clifford. Suddnely, Mac isn't so brave. He cowers in the presence of Clifford. Clifford likcs Jetta, getting slobber all over her. Jetta comments that such a large dog doesn't belong on "our island." Emily Elizabeth heads home, comforting Clifford. She tells him that he does belong on the island and that she just wishes people would take the time to get to know him better. Sometime in the future, Emily Elizabeth is playing frisbee in the park with Clifford, using a garbage-can lid as the frisbee. As he bounds along chasing it, Mr. and Mrs. Bleakman make disparaging comments about him and Jetta comments that he also slobbers. Then a firetruck comes speeding into the park. There's a fire in the park. It seems that someone didn't do a good job of putting out their campfire. The firecrew starts doing their best to put it out, but it's a large fire and they don't have a lot of water. They enlist the help of the people in the park, who start a row of buckets to transfer water from the park in the pond. This, however, seems to be very ineffective, as their little splashes from the bucket are immediately neutralized by the burgeoning fire. Emily Elizabeth sees what's going on and asks if she can help. She's told that she can't, but Clifford has other ideas. He starts sucking up water from the pond. This annoys Mr. Bleakman, who thinks Clifford is drinking the water, leaving them without any to fight the fire with. To their surprise, however, Clifford instead turns towards the fire and begins spraying it with a huge blast of water. This is much more effective than the firemens' spray and it puts out the fire pretty quickly. Suddenly, everyone's not so down on Clifford. They introduce themselves to him and call him a good dog. They realize that he never really was a problem. Back from the flashback, Charley comments that everyone learned a lesson. They learned not to judge someone before you get to know them.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Ritter

    Clifford

  • Ulysses Cuadra

    Vaz

  • Cree Summer

    Cleo

  • Kath Soucie

    Jetta Handover

  • Cam Clarke

    Machiavelli and Mr. Mark Howard

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Firechief Campbell: I'll be doggone. That big dog put out the fire.

    • Firechief Campbell: Looks like somebody didn't put out their campfire very well. I just hope we have enough water to stop it.

    • Mr. Bleakman: That mammoth mutt is going to be nothing but trouble.

    • Jetta: Your dog is too big. I don't think he belongs on our island.

    • Jetta: His name is Machiavelli. He's the biggest, bravest, fastest dog on the island.

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    Notes (7)

    • Clifford executive producer and creator/developer Deborah Forte stated that PBS/Scholastic received a lot of positive mail about "Little Clifford" and that it was one of two episodes which led to the spinoff Clifford's Puppy Days.

    • "Welcome to Birdwell Island" also appears in some online listings as "Welcome to Birdwell."

    • Emily Elizabeth's Mom's first name is mentioned several times in these episodes. It's Caroline.

    • Neither T-Bone nor Cleo have speaking parts in "Little Clifford" or "Welcome to Birdwell Island" and their voice actors are not credited. Mac has no speaking roles, other than a bit of barking, yet his voice actor Cam Clarke is credited for Mac, rather than his role as Mr. Mark Howard in these episodes. Clifford has no speaking parts in "Little Clifford," but does speak "Welcome to Birdwell Island." Tony Plana is credited for the character "Victor Pedro," although Victor and Pedro are actually two separate characters in "Welcome to Birdwell Island."

    • Barry Hawkins is credited as Baz Hawkins.

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    Trivia (2)

    • In "Welcome to Birdwell Island," when Emily Elizabeth calls Clifford to meet Mr. and Mrs. Bleakman for the first time, Clifford comes bounding out of his doghouse. This is directly contradictory to the events of "Welcome to the Doghouse," which shows Mr. and Mrs. Bleakman (among many others) helping to build Clifford his doghouse in honor of all the great things he's done around the island.

    • In "Little Clifford," Mr. Howard comments that if Clifford keeps growing, he'll have to buy a new collar for him. In fact, Clifford does keep growing, yet his collar seems to grow with him, since at no point does Clifford ever get a new collar.

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