Clifford the Big Red Dog

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Clifford the Big Red Dog is an educational animated children's television series, based upon Norman Bridwell's children's book series of the same name. Produced by Scholastic Productions, it originally aired on PBS Kids from September 4, 2000 to February 25, 2003. 

On December 7, 2019, a reboot of Clifford premiered on PBS and Prime Video.

Plot

Clifford is a 20-foot-tall red dog who loves to play and stories. His owner, Emily Elizabeth, reads him stories about a dog named Speckle. Clifford, Emily and his best friends, Cleo and T-Bone, all live on Birdwell Island and practice good citizenship.

Why It Rocks

  1. The show stays 100% faithful to the book series.
  2. Nice animation that fits the drawing style of the book.
  3. It teaches children valuable lessons about friendship and how being different can be a good thing.
  4. Nice voice-acting, especially John Ritter as Clifford, Cree Summer as Cleo and Kel Mitchell as T-Bone.
  5. Catchy theme song.
  6. Several likable characters, such as Clifford, Emily Elizabeth, T-Bone, etc.

Trivia

  • The composer for this show is Josh Mancell, who also composed the soundtrack for the Naughty Dog era Crash Bandicoot games, as well as the Jak & Daxter series (also created by Naughty Dog).
  • The show, along with the spin-off "Clifford's Puppy Days", was said to have a UK dub when it was shown in the UK, but in the original show, Clifford and his friends celebrated "Independence Day" in the episode "The Ears Have It" when it's an American holiday, and "Clifford's Puppy Days" was set somewhere in New York City, so it seemed a bit pointless to make a British dub for a show that is supposedly set in the United States.
  • John Ritter's death from an aortic dissection in September 2003 killed any hopes of a third season being made.

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