Clifford's Really Big Movie
|Clifford's Really Big Movie|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Robert C. Ramirez|
|Produced by||Deborah Forte|
|Screenplay by||Robert C. Ramirez
|Based on||Clifford the Big Red Dog
by Norman Bridwell
|Music by||Jody Gray|
|Editing by||Monte Bramer|
Big Red Dog Productions
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release dates||February 20, 2004|
|Running time||73 minutes|
Clifford's Really Big Movie is a 2004 American animated film based on the PBS Kids Tv series drawn and written by Norman Bridwell. This film was directed by Robert C. Ramirez, produced by Scholastic Corporation's film division, Scholastic Films in association with Big Red Dog Productions, and originally released to theaters by Warner Bros. on February 20, 2004. This was John Ritter's film as he had sadly died on September 11, 2003, after completing voice work for the film as Clifford. The film was dedicated to his memory and also serves as the series finale to the show.
When Clifford hears Mr. Bleakman say that feeding him must cost a lot of money, he realizes that his size is costing the Howards a fortune and decides to do something about it. A carnival act called "Larry's Amazing Animals" has just been in town, and the animals in the show told Clifford about an animal contest with a prize of a lifetime supply of Tummy Yummies. So he decides to run away along with Cleo and T-Bone, join the carnival act, win the contest, and bring the food back home, so Emily Elizabeth can keep him. There, they meet Dorothy the Cow, Shackleford the Ferret, Rodrigo the Chihuahua, Dirk the Dachshund Dog, and the Amazing Larry. Soon Clifford is the star of the show, and Shackleford the Ferret, who'd always been the star, gets jealous. Meanwhile, George Wolfsbottom, the CEO of the Tummy Yummy corporation wants Clifford for his spoiled daughter, Madison. So it looks like getting home may be more difficult for Clifford than he thought.
- John Ritter - Clifford the Big Red Dog
- Wayne Brady - Shackelford
- Grey DeLisle - Emily Elizabeth
- Jenna Elfman - Dorothy the Cow
- John Goodman - George Wolfsbottom
- Judge Reinhold - The Amazing Larry
- Jess Harnell - Dirk
- Kel Mitchell - T-Bone
- Kath Soucie - Mrs. Caroline Howard/Jetta/Madison
- Cree Summer - Cleo, Mrs. Diller
- Wilmer Valderrama - Rodrigo
- Earl Boen - Mr. Horace Bleakman
- Cam Clarke - Mr. Mark Howard/Marcus
- Teresa Ganzel - Liza
- Ernie Hudson - P.T.
- Nick Jameson - Sheriff Lewis
- Oren Williams - Charley
It was released on DVD and video on August 24, 2004.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, including a 53% rating from Rotten Tomatoes and a 49% rating from Metacritic.
It was produced on a very low budget of $70,000 and was a failure at the box office domestically within the United States due to the reason of the film opening at only 471 American theaters nationwide.
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