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.
Created by Norman Bridwell (characters)
Voices of Lara 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 composer Jared Faber
Emily Kapnek
Opening theme "Love Makes Little Things Grow" by Freedom Brenner
Ending theme "Love Makes Little Things Grow" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Emily Kapnek
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 39
Production
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Scholastic
Release
Original network PBS
Original release September 15, 2003 (2003-09-15) – December 30, 2004 (2004-12-30)
Chronology
Preceded by Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford's Puppy Days is an animated children's television series that originally aired on both PBS and PBS Kids from September 15, 2003 to October 13, 2004. A prequel to the original 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.

The series was cancelled in 2004 following low ratings.[citation needed] Reruns aired regularly following the cancellation, though they were halted in 2006. Since then, occasional reruns continue to air.

In the UK the show aired on CBeebies from 2004 to early 2011 and like the original series, the show was dubbed with British voice actors, replacing the original American soundtrack.

Setting[edit]

The series focuses on when Clifford is 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") and after he had been adopted by Emily Elizabeth and before he grew up into a giant red adult dog, forcing the Howards to move to Birdwell Island so Clifford would have plenty of room, so the series shows Clifford and Emily Elizabeth's life and friends before they moved from the city to Birdwell Island and all of their adventures.

Format[edit]

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

  • The opening theme is followed by the first central story, which is about the dogs, and a problem they face.
  • Storytime with Speckle - Between the first and second story, Emily Elizabeth reads Clifford the Speckle Story, a small 60 seconds (approximately) time filler about a fictional dog (Speckle), and his animal friends.
  • This is followed by another central story, 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.

Characters[edit]

  • Clifford (voiced by Lara Jill Miller as a puppy) - Pet number 2 (but dog number 1) of Emily Elizabeth. An ironically small puppy who is highly playful and always looks forward to meet new friends. He loves to play with his toys, eat dog treats, and like Daffodil he loves to take naps. His best friend is Jorge and his older sister is Daffodil (who is a rabbit), who cares very deeply for him.
  • Emily Elizabeth Howard (voiced by Grey DeLisle) - The affectionate owner of Clifford and Daffodil. Her best friend is Nina.
  • Daffodil (voiced by Kath Soucie) - A Holland Lop, pet number 1 of Emily Elizabeth, and also Clifford's helper, protector, and sister. She is portrayed as a very neat rabbit. She loves to take walks, take naps, eat carrots, and play with Clifford and her toys. Her catchphrase is "sure I'm sure". She sometimes gets annoyed by Clifford, but whenever Clifford is crying, scared, needs help, or just feels alone, she is always there for him. In the first half of the series she was originally pink but her fur was changed to white in the second half.
  • Nina (voiced by Masiela Lusha) - is the sweet and enthusiastic owner of Jorge. Her best friend is Emily Elizabeth. Sometimes, however, Nina is shown to be insensitive to others' feelings, which causes rifts between her and her friends, although they always make up in the end.
  • Evan Thomas Taylor (voiced by Orlando Brown) - One of the best friends of Emily Elizabeth. He loves to play basketball, and tries to be a good friend to Emily Elizabeth.
  • Shun (voiced by Lauren Tom) - A young Japanese-American boy who is quiet, intelligent, and very proud of his Japanese heritage. Although he is not good at sports, he is always willing to give new things a try.
  • Flo and Zo (voiced by LaTonya Holmes and Ogie Banks) - Brother and sister, but twins of kittens who are very playful. They usually love to play with each other or play with their other friends. 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.
  • Jorge (voiced by Jess Harnell) - A brown dachshund who loves to have fun with his best friend, Clifford. His owner is Nina.
  • Norville (voiced by Henry Winkler) - A bird who always has problems. He often calls Clifford "little red" or "pup".
  • 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.
  • The Sidarskis - A family of mice who live in the laundromat. They have five playful children, Lucy, Lewis, Sophie, Sid, and a new baby.
  • Bebe (voiced by Jill Talley) - A Golden Retriever Seeing-eye dog, who joins in on Clifford and his friends' fun whenever she can spare the time.

Stories[edit]

Each half-hour episode was divided into 2 stories.

  1. Keeping Cool
  2. Socks & Snooze
  3. The Monster in 3-B
  4. Cat-tastrophe
  5. Jorge and the Dog Run
  6. Clifford's Clubhouse
  7. Paw Print Picasso
  8. Hup Hup
  9. Sock It to Me
  10. My Toy
  11. Friends of All Ages
  12. Clifford's Super Sleepover
  13. Clifford's Field Trip
  14. Helping Paws
  15. Nina's Perfect Party
  16. Just the Right Size
  17. Something Special
  18. Shun Gets in the Game
  19. Clifford's Winter Spirit
  20. Flo-Motion
  21. No Small Parts, Only Small Puppies
  22. Fine Feather Friend
  23. Sing-a-Song Norville
  24. Tell Me a Tale
  25. Hoop Dreams
  26. Doggie Duds
  27. The Best Nest
  28. Practice Makes Perfect
  29. Your Secret Valentine
  30. Perfect Pet
  31. My Blanky
  32. With Friends Like You
  33. Time Out
  34. Sniff, Sniff
  35. A Promise Is a Promise
  36. Share and Share Alike
  37. Fall Feast
  38. Norville's New Game
  39. Oh, Brother
  40. Up, Up, & Oops!
  41. Moving On
  42. Fair Is Fair
  43. Grooming Gloom
  44. The Letter
  45. Adopt-a-Pup
  46. Jokes on You
  47. Lights, Camera, Action
  48. Basketball Babysitter
  49. The Halloween Bandit
  50. An Honest Spin
  51. Puppy Dog Power
  52. Extra! Extra!
  53. Small Packages
  54. Clifford's Magic Lamp
  55. Finders Keepers
  56. You're Famous
  57. Sandcastle Hassle
  58. School Daze
  59. Celebrating Spring
  60. Garden Delights
  61. Clifford the Scary Puppy
  62. Things That Go Bump
  63. The Big Surprise
  64. Be My Guest
  65. But I Really, Really Saw It!
  66. The Perfect Pancake
  67. Clifford's Little Friend
  68. Tricky Business
  69. The Big, Big Present
  70. Hanukkah Plunder Blunder
  71. Show and Tell
  72. What a Story
  73. Heroes and Friends
  74. The Cookie Crumbles
  75. Lost and Found
  76. Basketball Blunders
  77. Valentine Schmalentine
  78. Sweethearts Dance

Cancellation[edit]

The show was ultimately short-lived, and hasn't aired since final reruns aired in 2006. However, PBS aired the Halloween episode of Clifford's Puppy Days during October 2011; this serves as the show's final national original-run airing. In mid-December 2011, Georgia Public Broadcasting started airing reruns of the show on the GPB Kids station, and they now continue to run occasionally. WGTE Family and KQEH Kids still air reruns of the show as well.

Opening theme[edit]

The opening theme, "Love Makes Little Things Grow", was composed by Jared Faber & Emily Kapnek and performed by Freedom Bremner.[1]

References[edit]

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