December 10, 2023

FSM Media

by Dianna Ranere

Review | Clifford The Big Red Dog

Izaac Wang, Darby Camp and Jack Whitehall in CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG from Paramount Pictures. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

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I grew up in the 70s and if you did too then you remember the Scholastic book fairs. This is where I was introduced to Clifford The Big Red Dog. I ordered my first Clifford The Big Red Dog book and I was hooked, I was in love with this big red dog and of course, wanted a dog just like him!

So when I heard that they were making a movie about Clifford, I was excited but also worried about how it was gonna work. How would they capture Clifford for the big screen? What would he look like? Would he be the Clifford that I knew from the books and show? I was able to watch a screening of the movie and all those questions were answered.

In Clifford the Big Red Dog we get a glimpse right off the bat of where Clifford comes from and how he ends up with Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp). It doesn’t really follow the original story from Norman Bridwell, although Mr. Bridwell plays a prominent role in the film. It does follow one thing, that Emily’s love makes Clifford grow. I was already teary-eyed at the beginning of the film and then midway was full-on tears, so be prepared as a fan of Clifford and dogs in general.

John Cleese and Jack Whitehall in CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG from Paramount Pictures. Photo Credit: KC Bailey.

Emily’s Uncle Casey, Jack Whitehall, a consummate screw-up is in charge of Emily while her mother is away. He takes her to school one morning and they come across an animal rescue tent helmed by the eccentric Mr. Bridwell (John Cleese) where they meet Clifford. Uncle Casey tells her that she can’t have a dog after much pleading on her part, and they go their way only for Emily to find Clifford in her backpack when she gets home later that day.

Darby Camp stars in CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG from Paramount Pictures. Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Pictures.

At this point, Clifford was still tiny, this is until Emily makes a wish before going to bed that finds him huge in the morning. This starts the fun. Once Emily has Clifford, the whole city seems to be after him! Her landlord, Mr. Packard (David Alan Grier) discovers her secret as does the whole entire neighborhood, as well as a nefarious owner of Lifegrow, a genetics company played masterfully by Tony Hale.

The chase is then on for Clifford, some want to save him and some want him for devious reasons. It’s a fun romp through the city as we meet the rest of the awesome cast like Emily’s friend Owen Yu, (Izaac Wang ), Sanchez (Paul Rodriguez) the bodega owner, Kenan Thompson as Clifford’s veterinarian, and Rosie Perez as Lucille

Again, there are a couple of scenes that will tear your heart out. If you love animals in any way shape or form, seeing the expression in Clifford’s face which they manage to do really nicely, is gonna pull at your heartstrings. Have some tissues ready.

Jack Whitehall in CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG from Paramount Pictures. Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Pictures.

Overall this movie is super cute and does Clifford justice. From the impeccable CGI to the storyline, I felt like I could be reading this story in my little Clifford the Big Red Dog storybooks. You will definitely fall in love with Clifford all over again.

Celebrate the movie with these fun Clifford the Big Red Dog printables.

Experience Clifford the Big Red Dog in theaters and on Paramount+ (Try it FREE) on November 10th.

When middle-schooler Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) meets a magical animal rescuer (John Cleese) who gifts her a little, red puppy, she never anticipated waking up to find a giant ten-foot hound in her small New York City apartment. While her single mom (Sienna Guillory) is away for business, Emily and her fun but impulsive uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) set out on an adventure that will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat as our heroes take a bite out of the Big Apple. Based on the beloved Scholastic book character, Clifford will teach the world how to love big! Rated PG

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