Clifford's Really Big Movie

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Released 2004

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Director:
Robert C Ramirez
Released:
2004
Rating:
G

Clifford's Really Big Movie is a 2004 animated feature adaptation based on the beloved children books and the PBS Kids and BBC TV series, Clifford the Big Red Dog. Produced by Scholastic Entertainment in association with Big Red Dog Productions, the well-received family movie stars the voice of John Ritter as Clifford, the big red dog himself! The film tells the story of Clifford running off to join a failing carnival act, �Larry�s Amazing Animals,� in order to help his much loved human family pay for his care and feeding. In joining the circus, he hopes to help them win an animal contest for a lifetime�s supply of dog food called Tummy Yummies. With the help of loyal pals Cleo (Cree Summer) and T-Bone (Kel Mitchell), Clifford�s big heart enables him to help his new animal friends to overcome their fears, save the carnival, and even find his way back home to Emily Elizabeth and his true family. Along the way, he encounters a colorful cast of characters (voiced by an comparably colorful cast of actors) that include George C. Wolfsbottom (John Goodman), Shackelford (Wayne Brady), Dorothy (Jenna Elfman), Rodrigo (Wilmer Valderrama), and Larry (Judge Reinhold). First published more than fifty years ago, Clifford the Big Red Dog was written by Norman Bridwell based on a giant Vizsla�and helped Scholastic Books establish itself as a major book publishing company. From 2000-2003, Scholastic Studios produced a TV adaptation on PBS Kids, which eventually inspired Clifford�s Really Big Movie.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Will provide preschoolers with comfort and amusement, though not rapture or enchantment.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Though not exactly a gripping experience for adults, parents have reason to be grateful for a movie that has been so carefully tailored to preschool to first-grade sensibilities.

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Harmless tale of the giant pooch helping out some itinerant performing animals while longing for home will go down smoothly with the preschool faithful, but anyone over 5 will feel...

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Preschoolers, Grade Schoolers, Family Dramas