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Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog is a Norman Bridwell’s children’s book series first published in 1963.

Who Is Clifford The Big Red Dog?

Clifford is a character named after the imaginary friend of Norman Bridwell’s wife. Clifford is a huge dog, over 25 feet tall. He has a mother, two sisters, and two brothers. Clifford’s owner and best friend is an 8-year-old girl Emily Elizabeth. 

The publisher of the original book series was Scholastic. These children’s book series launched them among the top publishing companies. Since then, Clifford the Big Red Dog serves as the official mascot of Scholastic.

Later Adaptations

In the mid-1980-s, Karl-Lorimar Home Video released the video Clifford’s Sing-Along Adventure. A few years later, in 1988, Scholastic Studios released a videotape series. Brent Titcomb, a musician, was the voice of Clifford, while actress Alyson Court was the voice of the 8-year-old Emily Elizabeth.

From September 2000 to February 2003, PBS Kids aired 65-episodes of the Clifford The Big Red Dog TV educational, animated series produced by Scholastic Media. John Ritter, the actor was the voice of Clifford, while an American voice actress, singer, and comedian Grey DeLisle was the voice of Emily Elizabeth. During that time, a theatrical film was released as the show’s finale. Unfortunately, after the death of John Ritter, the project stopped.

In 2012, there were widespread rumors that Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are planning to make an animated feature film based on the Clifford The Big Red Dog Book. However, they have dropped the project. 

In the meantime, Paramount Pictures have acquired the rights for the film. Although Paramount announced that the film premiere would be on November 13, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed back the premier to November 5, 2021.

However, kids were able to see their favorite dog on Amazon Prime Video and PBS Kids. This time, Adam Sanders was the voice of Clifford, while Hannah Levinson was the voice of Emily Elizabeth.

Clifford, A Great Friend, And A Teacher

Clifford The Big Red Dog has been one of the favorite children’s characters. Norman Bridwell and his wife have created an evergreen character that will continue to amuse, inspire, but also educate generations to come.