Clifford the Big Red Dog (TV series)
|Clifford the Big Red Dog|
Animated television series
|Created by||Norman Bridwell (characters)|
|Voices of||John Ritter
|Country of origin||
United States (PBS)United Kingdom (BBC)
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||65 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||92 Minutes
30 Minutes (15 Minutes per segment) (approx. per episode)
|Original channel||PBS Kids (US)
BBC One and Tiny Pop (UK)
|Original airing||September 4, 2000- February 25, 2003|
|Followed by||Clifford's Puppy Days|
Clifford the Big Red Dog was an American-British animated children's television series, based upon Norman Bridwell's famous children's book series of the same name. Produced by Scholastic Studios, it originally aired on PBS Kids from September 4, 2000 to February 25, 2003.
Clifford was the runt of the litter, and was chosen by a city child named Emily Elizabeth Howard as her birthday present. No one expected Clifford to grow, but Emily Elizabeth's love for her tiny red puppy changed Clifford dramatically. Clifford became a very big dog he was over 25 feet (7.6 m) tall. He was so large that it forced the Howard family to leave the city and move to the open spaces of Birdwell Island.
Clifford the Big Red Dog was one of many Kids shows designed to teach children a number of life lessons. Two 15-minute stories made up each half-hour cartoon. Usually one story featured Clifford and his canine friends, T-Bone and Cleo among them; the other story would focus on Emily Elizabeth and friends her age. One principle was kept religiously: the dogs talked only when humans were not present; otherwise, they only barked.
Veteran actor John Ritter voiced Clifford in all episodes. This was originally done by Brent Titcomb in the series that debuted in 1988 and ran into the early 1990s. Generally speaking, his schedule dictated the production of Clifford the Big Red Dog. By the time the last of the 68 half-hour cartoons and the movie were completed, Ritter was back on ABC's prime-time schedule, starring in 8 Simple Rules. Ritter's death on September 11, 2003 came less than a week before PBS debuted Clifford's Puppy Days, a function of keeping Clifford's legacy going.
While no new Clifford episodes have been released since Ritter's death in 2003, voice actors for the main characters have reprised some of their roles for the Ready to Learn
The film Clifford's Really Big Movie serves as the series finale due to Ritter's death, as no new episodes were made to continue where it left off.
- Clifford the Big Red Dog (voiced by John Ritter): He is based on a giant Vizsla. He is friendly, outgoing and helpful. He sometimes gets into trouble because of his size, or is tempted into trouble by his friends and those he meets. The depiction of Clifford's size is inconsistent; he is often shown as being about 25 feet tall from paws to head, but can appear far larger. In one episode he removes the top of the lighthouse and swims out with it to guide the ferry through the fog to the dock. The character is based on the imaginary friend of creator Norman Bridwell's wife. Clifford's owner is, of course, Emily Elizabeth, to whom he is devoted.
- Cleo (voiced by Cree Summer): An energetic, selfish, trouble-making purple Poodle who sometimes doesn't tell the truth, but remains loyal to her friends. Her catchphrase is "Have I ever steered you wrong?", which she inadvertently does immediately after. In one of the make-believe games with Clifford and T-Bone, she portrays "the evil Fluffy-Face." She is one of Clifford's best friends. Her owner is Mrs. Diller.nd
- T-Bone (voiced by Kel Mitchell): A male yellow Bulldog with a large appetite. He is often shy, clumsy and cautious, but has shown moments of bravery. In one of the make-believe games with Clifford and Cleo, he likes to pretend he is Super T-Bone, a caped hero. He is one of Clifford's best friends. His owner is Sherriff Lewis. T-Bone had a best friend named Cheeseburger (voiced by Kel Mitchell's longtime co-star Kenan Thompson) before Clifford arrived.
- "'Mac'"(voiced by Cam Clarke): A male blue Greyhound with an inflated sense of his own importance, who shifts between aloofness awanting to be part of Clifford, Cleo, and T-Bone's circle of friends. Mac competes in dog shows. His owner is Jetta. He can be vain, bossy and selfish and often thinks he should be boss. Sadly, he does not appear in the movie, but only mentioned.
- Emilyh Howard (voiced by Grey DeLisle): Clifford's owner. A friendly, curious, and helpful eight-year-old girl. The best skater on the island, and also very good at soccer. Emily Elizabeth adopted Clifford when he was a very small puppy, and her love caused him to grow enormous, thus starting their new lives on Birdwell Island. Emily was named for creator Norman Bridwell's daughter and based on the imaginary adventures of Bridwell's wife.
- Charley (voiced by Gary LeRoi Gray): Emily Elizabeth's best friend and the best soccer player on the Birdwell Birds (the school soccer team). He lives on a houseboat with his father, who owns a restaurant.
- Jetta (voiced by Kath Soucie): Mac's owner. She is a wealthy, self-centered friend of Emily Elizabeth who is often oblivious to others' feelings. She is often shown leading parades and competing in talent shows as a majorette. Jetta often claims her accomplishments are bigger or better than others', and finds herself humbled when she aims too high. Her mother owns one of the island stores and seems somewhat oblivious to Jetta's behavior. She has an infant brother named Cosmo (voiced by Debi Derryberry) first seen in And Baby Makes 4. She often appears to dislike Clifford and criticizes him for minor accidents caused by his size, but certain episodes show that she really does like him and on the whole she is very friendly and seldom actually means to be insensitive.
- Vaz (voiced by Ulises Cuadra): Somewhat clumsy, shy, and unlucky boy who is friends with Emily Elizabeth and Charley. Performs magic tricks for a talent show in Stage Struck.
- Dan (voiced by Susan Blu): One of the children.
- Mary (voiced by Kath Soucie): Child who is in a wheelchair. She is occasionally depicted as being unsure of herself, but is usually encouraged by the other children, particularly Emily Elizabeth. Wins first prize in a talent show for her singing and piano playing (Stage Struck).
- Caroline and Mark Howard (voiced by Grey DeLisle and Cam Clarke): Emily Elizabeth's parents.
- Samuel (voiced by Terrence 'T.C.' Carson): Charley's father and the Jamaican owner of Samuel's Fish and Chips.
- Sheriff Lewis (voiced by Nick Jameson): T-Bone's human. The island's sheriff and the soccer coach.
- Deputy Brown: Hamburger's owner who left the island shortly before Clifford arrived.
- Mrs. Diller (voiced by Cree Summer): Cleo's owner.
- Horace and Violet Bleakman (voiced by Earl Boen and Edie McClurg): The Howards' neighbors. Mr. Bleakman is often grumpy about the noise or mess Clifford inadvertently causes, but Violet is a little more patient.
This series was produced by Mendelson-Melendez Productions with Nelvana, Wang Film Productions, Family Home Entertainment and Scholastic Studios. The Nelvana logo has a gradient background and it came from the famous Peanuts cartoon team of Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson, giving them a look similar to the Peanuts cartoons on this direct-to-video series. Clifford was voiced by Brent Titcomb. Emily Elizabeth was voiced by Alyson Court. Each video had a 'Clifford's Fun With...' injected at the start of the title.
|VHS No.||Title||Year Produced|
|1||Clifford's Fun With Letters||1988|
|2||Clifford's Fun With Numbers||1988|
|3||Clifford's Fun With Shapes And Colors||1989|
|4||Clifford's Fun With Rhymes||1990|
|5||Clifford's Fun With Opposites||1990|
This series was only produced by Mike Young Productions and Scholastic Studios. John Ritter voices Clifford on this series before his death in 2003. Grey DeLisle voices Emily Elizabeth. She would reprise this role in the spin-off Clifford's Puppy Days.
|Season 1: 2000-2001||40||2000-2001||September 4, 2000||December 5, 2001|
|Season 2: 2002-2003||25||2002-2003||February 12, 2002||February 25, 2002|
Season 1 (2000-2001)
101 - 9/4/2000: My Best Friend; Cleo's Fair Share
102 - 9/5/2000: Special Delivery; Ferry Tale
103 - 9/6/2000: And Birdy Makes 3; Homes Is Where the Fun Is
104 - 9/7/2000: Clifford's Carnival; Clifford's Doggy Reunion
105 - 9/8/2000: Great Race; Tummy Trouble
106 - 9/11/2000: Cleo Comes to Town; False Friends
107 - 9/12/2000: Clifford and the Beanstalk; Itchy Patch
108 - 9/13/2000: A New Friend; Stormy Weather
109 - 9/14/2000: Circus Stars; Limelight Fright
110 - 9/15/2000: To Catch a Bird; The Best Party Ever
111 - 9/18/2000: Come Back, Mac; Boo!
112 - 9/19/2000: Little Clifford; Welcome to Birdwell Island
113 - 9/20/2000: Doing the Right Thing; The Dog Who Cried Woof!
114 - 9/21/2000: Leaf of Absence; Nobody's Perfect
115 - 9/22/2000: Teacher's Pet; Islander of the Year
116 - 9/25/2000: Clifford's Big Surprise; The Ears Have It
117 - 9/26/2000: Tough Enough; Stars in Your Eyes
118 - 9/27/2000: Mac's Secret Dog Club; The Dog Park
119 - 9/28/2000: Fluffed Up Cleo; Team Spirit
120 - 9/29/2000: Clifford on Parade; Follow the Leader
121 - 1/18/2001: Good-Bye T-Bone; The Truth About Cats & Dogs
122 - 1/19/2001: The Big Sleepover; Dog for a Day
123 - 1/22/2001: T-Bone, Dog About Town; Clifford's Big Heart
124 - 1/23/2001: Who Me, Jealous?; A Bunny In A Haystack
125 - 1/24/2001: Clothes Don't Make the Dog; Short-Changed
126 - 1/25/2001: The Kibble Crook; Screaming for Ice-Cream
127 - 1/26/2001: New Dog in Town; Get Well
128 - 1/29/2001: Babysitter Blues; Saturday Morning
129 - 1/30/2001: Best Paw Forward; Then Came Bob
130 - 1/31/2001: Friends, Morning, Noon, & Night; Mr. Bleakman's Special Day
131 - 10/10/2001: Welcome to the Doghouse; Promises, Promises
132 - 10/17/2001: Clifford's Hiccups; It's My Party
133 - 10/24/2001: Clifford Cleans His Room; And Baby Makes Four
134 - 10/31/2001: Jetta's Tall Tale; The Big Fetch
135 - 11/7/2001: Potluck Party Pooper; The Best Gift
136 - 11/14/2001: Two's Company; Fair Weather Friend
137 - 10/3/2001: Doggie Garden; Captain Birdwell's Treasure
138 - 11/21/2001: Topsy Turvy Day; Clifford's Charm School
139 - 11/28/2001: Forgive and Forget; Mimi's Back in Town
140 - 12/5/2001: Blanket Blues; Dino Clifford
Season 2 (2002-2003)
201 - 2/12/2002: That's Snow Lie; A Friend in Need
202 - 2/13/2002: Fan Mail; Hooray for Cleo
203 - 2/14/2002: Nothing to Fur...; Jetta's Project
204 - 2/15/2002: Stinky Friends; He's Wonderful Mr. Bleakman
205 - 2/18/2002: Magic in the Air; Everyone Loves Clifford
206 - 2/19/2002: Clifford Grows Up; Jetta's Sweater
207 - 2/20/2002: Big Hearted T-Bone; Cleo's Valentine Surprise
208 - 2/21/2002: Embarrassing Moments; Lucky Charm
209 - 2/25/2003: Little Big Pup; Getting to Know You
210 - 9/18/2002 : Fishing Lessons; No Baths for Cleo
211 - 10/30/2002: Another Fine Mess; King Mac
212 - 10/9/2002: When I Grow Up; Not Now, I'm Busy
213 - 10/16/2002: Special T-Bone; Jetta's Sneak Peek
214 - 10/23/2002: Vaz Goes Down The Tube; Cyber Puppy Problems
215 - 10/2/2002: Cleo Gets a Cone; A Job Well Read
216 - 11/6/2002: Who Moved My Bone; Clifford the Pirate King
217 - 11/13/2002: Clifford's Cookie Craving; Jetta's Friend
218 - 2/20/2003: Food for Thought; Friends Forever
219 - 2/17/2003: Flood of Imagination; Lights Out
220 - 2/18/2003: A Big Help; The Trouble with Kittens
221 - 2/19/2003: Led Astray; Wedding Bell Blues
222 - 9/25/2002: Doggie Detectives; Camping It Up
223 - 2/21/2003: Tie Dyed Clifford; Stage Struck
224 - 2/24/2003: Doghouse Rock; Guess Who's Coming to Birdwell Island
225 - 2/25/2003: Princess Cleo; Basketball Stories
In 2004, Warner Bros. made a feature length animated film as the series finale. It was titled Clifford's Really Big Movie. It was about Clifford, Cleo, T-Bone, and Emily Elizibeth joining a circus to win a lifetime supply of dog food to provide for Clifford. This was one of John Ritter's last films as he had died on September 11, 2003, after completing voice work for the film as Clifford. The film was dedicated to his memory. The movie also stars Wayne Brady as Shackleford the Ferret, John Goodman as J.T Wolfsbottom, and Jenna Elfman as Daisy the Cow.
- Clifford's Reading
- Clifford's Thinking Games
- Cliffords' Learning Activities
- Cliffords' Music
- Cliffords' Phonics
- Cliffords' Big Puzzle Game (A Wendy's Kids' Meal DVD game, available for a limited time only)
^ Media and Culture, 5th ed., Richard Campbell, Christopher R. Martin and Bettina Fabos.
- Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Internet Movie Database
- Official site of book series
- Clifford the Big Red Dog at TV.com
- Good article about Clifford's creation