Clifford's Puppy Days

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Clifford's Puppy Days
A smiling red puppy, Clifford, sits above a rectangle containing the name of the series in stylized text.
GenreChildren's
Created byNorman Bridwell (characters)
Based on
Clifford the Big Red Dog
by
  • Norman Bridwell
Directed byBob Doucette (Season 1)
Joey Ahlbum (Season 2)
Voices ofLara Jill Miller
Grey DeLisle
Cam Clarke
Kath Soucie
Masiela Lusha
Orlando Brown
LaTonya Holmes
Ogie Banks
Jess Harnell
Lauren Tom
Henry Winkler
Candi Milo
Theme music composerJared Faber
Emily Kapnek[1]
Opening theme"Love Makes Little Things Grow" by Freedom Bremner
Ending theme"Love Makes Little Things Grow" (Instrumental)
ComposerJared Faber[1]
Country of originUnited States
United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes39 (78 segments)
Production
Running time25 minutes
Production companiesScholastic Entertainment
Mike Young Productions (Season 1 only)
Animation services:
Sunwoo Entertainment (Season 1 only)
Yeson Animation Studios
DistributorScholastic Entertainment (United States)
TV-Loonland AG (Europe)[2]
Release
Original networkPBS Kids
Picture formatNTSC (Season 1)
HDTV 720p (Season 2)
Original releaseSeptember 20, 2003 (2003-09-20) –
February 25, 2006 (2006-02-25)
Chronology
Preceded byClifford the Big Red Dog (2000)
Related showsClifford the Big Red Dog (2019)

Clifford's Puppy Days is an animated children's television series that originally aired on PBS Kids from September 20, 2003 to February 25, 2006.[3] The prequel to the 2000–2003 series Clifford the Big Red Dog, it features the adventures of Clifford during his puppy days before he became a big red dog and before moving to Birdwell Island.[4]

The series ended in February 2006 after two seasons and 39 episodes. Since then, occasional reruns continue to air, typically on holidays such as Halloween and Christmas.

In the United Kingdom, the series aired on CBeebies until early 2011 and like the original series, the prequel was dubbed with British voice actors, replacing the original American soundtrack.

The show featured Henry Winkler as the voice of Norville; Winkler was nominated for 2 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for his work on the series and he won in 2005.[5]

Setting[edit]

Set two years (1998) before the events of Clifford the Big Red Dog, the series focuses on when Clifford was a tiny red puppy, the runt of the litter in a litter of puppies given birth to by the pet dog of Emily Elizabeth's neighbor, Mr. Bradley (who appeared in an episode of the first cartoon series, "Little Clifford"), after he had been adopted by Emily Elizabeth before he grew up into a giant red adult dog, forcing the Howard family to move to Birdwell Island so Clifford would be able to live comfortably. The series shows Clifford and Emily Elizabeth's life and friends before they moved from New York City to Birdwell Island and all of their adventures to make room magic.[4]

Format[edit]

The series followed the same format as its predecessor, Clifford the Big Red Dog.

  • The opening theme is followed by one central story, which is sometimes about Clifford and his friends.
  • Storytime with Speckle – Between the first and second story, Emily Elizabeth reads Clifford a Speckle Story, a short 60-second (approximately) time filler about a fictional dog (Speckle) and his animal friends Darnell, Reba, Ravi, and Luna.
  • This is followed by another central story, sometimes about Emily Elizabeth and her friends.
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow On – Before the credits, another 30-second short takes place called Clifford's Idea to Grow On. The short is basically an animation of an etiquette, a proverb, or basic truth such as "Play Fair", "Help Others", etc., with narration by Emily Elizabeth. This short was called Clifford's Big Idea in the previous series.
  • Live action segments with real kids and their dogs.

Like the original series, on UK airings, only one story is shown, with either the Storytime with Speckle or the Clifford's Idea to Grow On segments at the end, shortening the show to about 15 minutes.

Characters[edit]

Humans[edit]

  • Emily Elizabeth Howard (voiced by Grey DeLisle; Joanna Ruiz in the British version) – 6-year-old owner of Clifford and Daffodil.
  • Nina Flores (voiced by Masiela Lusha) – owner of Jorge.
  • Evan Thomas Taylor (voiced by Orlando Brown) – A boy who looks a few years older than Emily Elizabeth.
  • Shun (voiced by Lauren Tom; Ben Small in the British version) – A young Japanese-American boy.
  • Mr. Solomon (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) – A wheelchair-bound writer. Flo and Zo are his two pet kittens. In the episodes "The Big, Big Present/Hanukkah Plunder Blunder," it is revealed that he, Flo, and Zo are Jewish.
  • Mrs. Z (voiced by Russi Taylor) – An elderly Italian woman who was once in the circus, and owner of Trixie.[citation needed]
  • Jenny (voiced by Dionne Quan) – A blind girl and owner of Bibi[citation needed]
  • Vanessa (voiced by LaTonya Holmes) - A girl who first appears in the first season episode Keeping Cool. She also appeared in the second season episode Celebrating Spring.

Animals[edit]

  • Clifford (voiced by Lara Jill Miller; Lizzie Waterworth in the British version) – A small red puppy. His owner is Emily Elizabeth Howard and the younger adoptive brother of Daffodil.
  • Daffodil (voiced by Kath Soucie) – A Holland Lop. In the first half of the series she was originally pink but her fur was changed to white in the second half she is also the adoptive big sister of Clifford.
  • Flo and Zo (voiced by LaTonya Holmes and Ogie Banks, respectively) – Kittens who are brother and sister, They are owned by Mr. Solomon. In the episodes "The Big, Big Present/Hanukkah Plunder Blunder," it is revealed that they and Mr. Solomon are Jewish.
  • The Sidarskis – A family of mice who live in the laundromat. They have five children, Lucy, Lewis, Sophie, Sid, and a new baby.
  • Jorge/George (UK) (voiced by Jess Harnell; Benjamin Small in the British version) – A brown dachshund whose owner is Nina.
  • Bebe (voiced by Jill Talley) – A Golden Retriever Seeing-eye dog, She belongs to a blind girl named Jenny.
  • Tricksie (voiced by Russi Taylor) – An elderly dog who once performed in the circus with her owner, Mrs. Z.
  • Norville (voiced by Henry Winkler; Tom Eastwood in the British version) – A parrot.
  • Chereath (voiced by LaTonya Holmes) - A golden retriever puppy in the episode Your Secret Valentine. This was her first and only appearance.
  • Teacup (voiced by Lucy Liu) - A miniature, adult poodle who has spent most of her life in the pound, as shown in her only appearance,"Adopt a Pup." She eventually gets adopted by an elderly woman who had always wanted a dog, but never had enough room in her apartment for a normal-sized one, which made Teacup a perfect choice for her.
  • Bobby (voiced by Philip Hayes) - A giant puppy of a really big breed that plays roughly.
  • Jack (voiced by Tara Strong) - A competitive puppy in a sandcastle contest, as he competes against Clifford and Jorge.

Episodes[edit]

Each half-hour episode was divided into 2 stories.[6]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
125September 20, 2003 (2003-09-20)February 19, 2005 (2005-02-19)
216September 12, 2005 (2005-09-12)December 23, 2006 (2006-12-23)

Season 1 (2003–2005)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboard byOriginal air date
1101"Keeping Cool"
"Socks & Snooze"
Bob DoucetteFrederick Stroppel
Suzanne Collins
Dan Kuenster
Jeff Gordon
September 1, 2003 (2003-09-01)
2102"The Monster in 3B"
"Cat-tastrophe"
Bob DoucetteSuzanne Collins
Barry "Baz" Hawkins
Cynthia Petrovic
Curtis Cim
September 1, 2003 (2003-09-01)
3103"Jorge and the Dog Run"
"Clifford's Clubhouse"
Bob DoucetteJeff Borkin
James Ponti
Dave Cunningham and Dan Kuenster
Cynthia Petrovic
September 17, 2003 (2003-09-17)
4104"Paw Print Picasso"
"Hup Hup"
Bob DoucetteTish Rabe
Peter Bakalian
Michael Kim
Anna Burns
October 15, 2003 (2003-10-15)
5105"Sock It to Me"
"My Toy"
Bob DoucetteDev Ross
Alan Goodman
Lenord Robinson
Curt Walstead
October 1, 2003 (2003-10-01)
6106"Friends of All Ages"
"Clifford's Super Sleepover"
Bob DoucetteDev Ross
Tish Rabe
Dan Kuenster
Tim George
October 8, 2003 (2003-10-08)
7107"Clifford's Field Trip"
"Helping Paws"
Bob DoucetteSindy McKay
Dev Ross
Kevin Frank
Tim George
December 10, 2003 (2003-12-10)
8108"Nina's Perfect Party"
"Just the Right Size"
Bob DoucetteFrederick Stroppel
Jeff Borkin
Lenord Robinson
Byron Vaughns
December 17, 2003 (2003-12-17)
9109"Something Special"
"Shun Gets in the Game"
Bob DoucetteJames Ponti
Tish Rabe
Roy Meurin
Gloria Jenkins
October 29, 2003 (2003-10-29)
10110"Clifford's Winter Spirit"
"Flo-Motion"
Bob DoucetteJeff Borkin
Frederick Stroppel
Holly Boruck
Trevor Wall
November 5, 2003 (2003-11-05)
11111"No Small Parts"
"Fine Feather Friend"
Bob DoucetteJeff Borkin
Peter Bakalian
Stephen Sandoval
Kevin Frank
February 16, 2004 (2004-02-16)
12112"Sing-a-Song Norville"
"Tell Me a Tale"
Bob DoucetteBarry "Baz" Hawkins
Sindy McKay
Byron Vaughns
Tim George
February 17, 2004 (2004-02-17)
13113"Hoop Dreams"
"Doggie Duds"
Bob DoucetteFrederick Stroppel
Dev Ross
Roy Meurin
Gloria Jenkins
February 18, 2004 (2004-02-18)
14114"Best Nest"
"Practice Makes Perfect"
Bob DoucetteDennis Haley and Marcy Brown
James Ponti
Trevor Wall
Ralph Zondag
February 19, 2004 (2004-02-19)
15115"Your Secret Valentine"
"Perfect Pet"
Bob DoucetteBarry "Baz" Hawkins
James Ponti
Ken Laramay
Gloria Jenkins
February 20, 2004 (2004-02-20)
16116"My Blanky"
"With Friends Like You"
Bob DoucettePeter Bakalian
Barry "Baz" Hawkins
John Howley
Stephen Sandoval and Jeff Gordon
September 5, 2004 (2004-09-05)
17117"Time Out"
"Sniff, Sniff"
Bob DoucetteDennis Haley and Marcy Brown
Alan Goodman
Rafael Rosaro
Tim George
September 8, 2004 (2004-09-08)
18118"A Promise Is a Promise"
"Share and Share Alike"
Bob DoucetteSindy McKay
Tish Rabe
Roy Meurin
Gloria Jenkins
September 12, 2004 (2004-09-12)
19119"Fall Feast"
"Norville's New Game"
Bob DoucetteBarry "Baz" Hawkins
Jeff Borkin
Trevor Wall
Diane Kredensor
September 15, 2004 (2004-09-15)
20120"Oh, Brother"
"Up, Up, & Oops!"
Bob DoucetteSindy McKay
Dev Ross
Kathy Carr
John Howley
September 19, 2004 (2004-09-19)
21121"Moving On"
"Fair Is Fair"
Bob DoucetteFrederick Stroppel
James Ponti
Kevin Frank
Tim George
September 22, 2004 (2004-09-22)
22122"Grooming Gloom"
"The Letter"
Bob DoucetteSindy McKay
Alan Goodman
Roy Meurin
Gloria Jenkins
September 26, 2004 (2004-09-26)
23123"Adopt-a-Pup"
"Jokes on You"
Bob DoucetteSuzanne Collins
Barry "Baz" Hawkins
Diane Kredensor
Kathy Carr
February 15, 2005 (2005-02-15)
24124"Lights, Camera, Action"
"Basketball Babysitter"
Bob DoucetteJames Ponti
Deborah Forte and Frederick Stroppel
John Howley
Dan Kuenster and Tim George
February 16, 2005 (2005-02-16)
25125"The Halloween Bandit"
"An Honest Spin"
Bob DoucettePeter Bakalian
Dennis Haley and Marcy Brown
Diane Kredensor
Roy Meurin
February 17, 2005 (2005-02-17)

Specials (2004–2005)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
"Smooches & Pooches"February 9, 2004 (2004-02-09)
One-hour Valentine's special that includes three stories from Clifford the Big Red Dog ("Clifford's Big Heart," "Big Hearted T-Bone" and "Cleo's Valentine Surprise") and one story from Clifford's Puppy Days ("Your Secret Valentine").[7]
"Clifford's Heart-y Party"February 14, 2005 (2005-02-14)
One-hour Valentine's Special that includes two stories from Clifford the Big Red Dog ("T-Bone, Dog About Town" and "Mimi's Back in Town") and from Clifford's Puppy Days ("Valentines Schmalentines" and "Sweetheart's Dance").

Season 2 (2005–2006)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboard byOriginal air date
26201"Small Packages"
"Clifford's Magic Lamp"
Joey AhlbumFrederick Stroppel
Sindy McKay
Scott Cooper and Jason McDonald
Jennifer Batinich and Mike Wisniewski
September 12, 2005 (2005-09-12)
27202"Finders Keepers"
"You're Famous"
Joey AhlbumPeter BakalianJennifer Batinich and Mike Wisniewski
Scott Cooper and Frank Detrano
September 13, 2005 (2005-09-13)
28203"Puppy Dog Power"
"Extra! Extra!"
Joey AhlbumDev Ross
Sindy McKay
Jennifer Batinich and Mike Wisniewski
Scott Cooper
September 14, 2005 (2005-09-14)
29204"Sandcastle Hassle"
"School Daze"
Joey AhlbumJeff Borkin
Suzanne Collins
Jennifer Batinich and Mike Wisniewski
Scott Cooper and Frank Detrano
September 15, 2005 (2005-09-15)
30205"Celebrating Spring"
"Garden Delights"
Joey AhlbumDennis Haley and Marcy Brown
Dev Ross
Mike Wisniewski and Frank Detrano
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
September 16, 2005 (2005-09-16)
31206"Clifford the Scary Puppy"
"Things That Go Bump"
Joey AhlbumFrederick Stroppel
James Ponti
Mike Wisniewski and Frank Detrano
Mike Wisniewski, Jennifer Batinich and Frank Detrano
October 26, 2005 (2005-10-26)
32207"The Big, Big Present"
"Hanukah Plunder Blunder"
Joey AhlbumDev Ross
Baz Hawkins
Dan Haskett and Frank Detrano
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
December 21, 2005 (2005-12-21)
33214"Valentines Schmalentines"
"Sweetheart's Dance"
Joey AhlbumJeff Borkin
James Ponti
Mike Wisniewski, Ian Freedman and Frank Detrano
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
February 14, 2006 (2006-02-14)
34208"The Big Surprise"
"Be My Guest"
Joey AhlbumFrederick Stroppel
Baz Hawkins
John Holmquist
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
February 15, 2006 (2006-02-15)
35210"Clifford's Little Friend"
"Tricky Business"
Joey AhlbumFrederick Stroppel
Sindy McKay
Mike Wisniewski and Frank Detrano
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
February 16, 2006 (2006-02-16)
36209"But I Really, Really Saw It!"
"The Perfect Pancake"
Joey AhlbumPeter Bakalian
Dennis Haley and Marcy Brown
Mike Wisniewski and Frank Detrano
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
February 17, 2006 (2006-02-17)
37211"Show and Tell"
"What a Story"
Joey AhlbumPeter Bakalian
Dennis Haley and Marcy Brown
Ian Freedman and Frank Detrano
Mike Wisniewski, Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
February 20, 2006 (2006-02-20)
38213"Lost and Found"
"Basketball Blunders"
Joey AhlbumDev Ross
Dennis Haley and Marcy Brown
Ian Freedman and Frank Detrano
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
February 22, 2006 (2006-02-22)
39212"Heroes and Friends"
"The Cookie Crumbles"
Joey AhlbumSindy McKay
Frederick Stroppel
Dan Haskett and Frank Detrano
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
February 22, 2006 (2006-02-22)

Opening theme[edit]

The opening theme, "Love Makes Little Things Grow", was composed by Jared Faber and Emily Kapnek (creator of Nickelodeon's As Told by Ginger) and performed by Freedom Bremner.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Clifford's Puppy Days™ Theme Song". PBS Kids. Archived from the original on November 1, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  2. ^ Grant, Jules (February 27, 2007). "Spanish networks reach for Skyland". C21Media.
  3. ^ "Clifford's Puppy Days Volume 3". Amazon.com. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 203–204. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  5. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 128–129. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  6. ^ "Clifford's Puppy Days Episodes". PBS Kids. Archived from the original on October 15, 2008. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "Clifford's Valentine's Day Special: Smooches & Pooches". Idaho Public Television. Retrieved August 27, 2019.

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