Clifford the Big Red Dog

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For the television show, see Clifford the Big Red Dog (TV series).
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog logo.svg
Author Norman Bridwell
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children
Publisher Scholastic Books
Published 1963–present
Norman Bridwell, the creator and author of the Clifford the Big Red Dog book series, in 2011.

Clifford the Big Red Dog is an eponymously titled American children's book series about a giant red dog named Clifford. It was first published in 1963 and was written by Norman Bridwell (1928–2014). The series helped establish Scholastic Books as a premier publishing company,[1] and Clifford himself is Scholastic's official mascot.[2]


The White House 2003 Christmas decoration of Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Clifford: a male red dog whose appearance, disposition, and behavior are based on a giant "all-around" dog.[3] Clifford is shy, gentle, friendly, loyal, lovable, clumsy, well-meaning and helpful. He sometimes gets into trouble because of his size or is tempted into trouble by his friends and those he meets. His size, like giants in medieval legends, is inconsistent—he is often shown as being about 25 feet tall from paws to head, but can appear far larger: For example, in one episode of the show, he removes the top of a lighthouse and swims out with it to guide a ferry through the fog to the dock. The character's name is based on the imaginary childhood friend of creator Norman Bridwell's wife.[4] He originally wanted to name him "Tiny", but his wife persuaded him otherwise.[5] His owner is Emily Elizabeth, to whom he is devoted. He has a mother, two brothers, and two sisters. His character was created when an editor at Harper & Row advised Bridwell to write a story to go along with one of his pictures. She picked out his sketch of a baby girl and a horse-sized bloodhound and casually said, "There might be a story in this," Bridwell remembers.[3]
  • Emily Elizabeth: Clifford's owner. A friendly, curious, and helpful eight-year-old[5] girl. She is frequently portrayed riding on his bare back. She is the best skater on the island, and is also very good at soccer. She was named for creator Norman Bridwell's daughter and based on the imaginary adventures of Bridwell's wife.[4] The TV series adaptation gives her a surname, Emily Elizabeth Howard, and changes the background, with her receiving Clifford as a surprise present on her 6th birthday instead of picking him out as a Christmas present.

List of books[edit]

Title Year Notes
1. Clifford, the Big Red Dog 1963
2. Clifford Gets a Job 1965
3. Clifford Takes a Trip 1966
4. Clifford's Halloween 1966
5. Clifford's Tricks 1969
6. Clifford, the Small Red Puppy 1972
7. Clifford's Riddles 1974
8. Clifford's Good Deeds 1975
9. Clifford at the Circus 1977
10. Clifford Goes to Hollywood 1980 Reissued in 2010 under the title: Clifford is a Star
11. Clifford's ABC 1983
12. Clifford's Christmas 1984
13. Clifford's Family 1984
14. Clifford's Kitten 1984
15. Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbors 1985
16. Clifford's Pals 1985 Reissued in 2010 under the title: Clifford's Best Pals
17. Clifford's Manners 1987
18. Count on Clifford 1987
19. Clifford's Birthday Party 1988
20. Clifford's Puppy Days 1989
21. Where is Clifford? 1989
22. Clifford's Happy Days: A Pop-Up Book 1990 Pop up book
23. Clifford's Word Book 1990
24. Clifford, We Love You 1991
25. Clifford's Animal Sounds 1991
26. Clifford's Bathtime 1991
27. Clifford's Bedtime 1991
28. Clifford's Peekaboo 1991
29. Clifford Counts Bubbles 1992
30. Clifford Follows His Nose 1992
31. Clifford's Happy Easter 1992
32. Clifford's Noisy Day 1992
33. Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit 1993
34. Clifford I Love You 1994 Pop-Up
35. Clifford the Firehouse Dog 1994
36. Clifford's First Christmas 1994
37. Clifford and the Big Storm 1995
38. Clifford's First Easter 1995
39. Clifford's First Halloween 1995
40. Clifford's Sports Day 1996
41. Clifford's First Autumn 1997
42. Clifford's Spring Clean-Up 1997
43. Clifford's First Valentine's Day 1997
44. Clifford's Peek-And-Seek Animal Riddles 1997
45. Clifford and the Big Parade 1998
46. Clifford Counts 1 2 3 1998
47. Clifford Makes a Friend 1998
48. Clifford: Where is the Big Red Doggie? 1998
49. Clifford's First Snow Day 1998
50. Oops, Clifford! 1998
51. Clifford and the Halloween Parade 1999
52. Clifford Grows Up 1999
53. Clifford Keeps Cool 1999
54. Clifford's Best Friend: A Story about Emily Elizabeth 1999
55. Clifford's Big Book of Things to Know 1999
56. Clifford's First School Day 1999
57. Clifford Barks! 2000
58. Clifford to the Rescue 2000
59. Clifford Visits the Hospital 2000
60. Clifford's Opposites 2000
61. Clifford's Schoolhouse 2000
62. Clifford's Big Red Reader 2001
63. Clifford's Furry Friends 2001
64. Clifford's Happy Mother's Day 2001
65. Clifford's Puppy Fun: A Lift-The-Flap Board Book With Stickers 2001
66. Clifford's Valentines 2001
67. Clifford Runs to Story Time 2001
68. Clifford's Busy Week 2002
69. Clifford Goes to Dog School 2002
70. Clifford's Neighborhood: Lots to Learn All Around Town 2002
71. Clifford Loves Me! 2003
72. Clifford's Class Trip 2003
73. Clifford's Day with Dad 2003
74. Clifford's First Sleepover 2004
75. Clifford Goes to Washington 2005
76. Clifford's Puppy Days: Christmas Angel 2005
77. Clifford the Champion 2009
78. Clifford Makes the Team 2011
79. Clifford Goes to Kindergarten 2015 [6]
80. Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah 2015 [6]


Clifford The Big Red Dog with Laura Bush and many children at the White House Easter Egg Roll, 2007.


In 1988, Scholastic Studios, Mendelson-Melendez Productions, Nelvana, Wang Film Productions, and Family Home Entertainment released "Clifford's Fun with...", a videotape series with the theme song by Phillip Namanworth and Benjamin Goldstein. Brent Titcomb voiced Clifford and Emily Elizabeth was voiced by Alyson Court. Lorimar Productions released the video "Clifford's Sing Along Adventure" around the same time. Warner Home Video re-released it in the mid-1990s.


Scholastic Studios produced a 65-episode television adaptation shown on PBS Kids, which aired from September 2000 to February 2003. Clifford was voiced by actor John Ritter, and Emily Elizabeth was voiced by Grey DeLisle. There was also a 39-episode prequel series that ran September 2003 to October 2004. During that time, a 76-minute film was released February 2004.

Live-action film adaptation[edit]

In May 2012, it was reported that Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment would make a live-action/animated feature film based on the book. Matt Lopez had been hired to write the script, while Chris Meledandri and Deborah Forte would produce the film.[7] In July 2013, it was reported that Illumination Entertainment had dropped the project.[8] Two months later, it was reported that the film was still in development at Universal Pictures and that David Bowers was in talks to direct the film.[9] Like the 2011 film Hop, the titular dog character will be animated while the other characters will be live-action.[9] On August 1, 2014, Universal Pictures scheduled the film for a release on April 8, 2016.[10] In the beginning of 2015, the film's release date was taken over by another Universal film, The Boss.[11] On June 30, 2016, it was reported by that Paramount Pictures has picked up the rights for the film. According to the report, "Forte decided to take the material in a new direction," and "Universal let the option lapse." It was further announced that Office Christmas Party writer Justin Malen was hired to write the screenplay.[12]

Video games[edit]

Original series

  • Clifford's Reading
  • Clifford's Thinking Games

Modern series

  • Clifford's Learning Activities
  • Clifford's Musical Memory Games
  • Clifford's Phonics
  • Clifford's Big Puzzle Game (A Wendy's Kids' Meal DVD game, available for a limited time only)

See also[edit]


^ Media and Culture, 5th ed., Richard Campbell, Christopher R. Martin and Bettina Fabos.

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  2. ^ "Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell |". Scholastic Teachers. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  3. ^ a b Noble, Barnes &. "Clifford the Big Red Dog". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  4. ^ a b "Clifford the Big Red Dog – Don Markstein's Toonopedia". 2004-02-20. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  5. ^ a b Fashingbauer Cooper, Gael (December 17, 2014). "Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, dies at 86". Today. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Weber, Bruce (December 16, 2014). "Norman Bridwell, Creator of 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' Books, Dies at 86". The New York Times. Retrieved December 20, 2014. Two additional Clifford books, “Clifford Goes to Kindergarten” and “Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah,” are scheduled for publication by Scholastic in 2015. 
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (May 8, 2012). "Illumination and Universal Adapting 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ Debruge, Peter (July 17, 2013). "Illumination Chief Chris Meledandri Lines Up Originals for Universal". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2013. At the same time, Illumination has scrapped a number of planned movie ideas. “Waldo” and a Tim Burton-helmed, stop-motion “The Addams Family” are dead. The company abandoned a Woody Woodpecker pic, and couldn’t crack “Clifford the Big Red Dog.” 
  9. ^ a b Shaw, Lucas (September 13, 2013). "David Bowers in Talks to Direct 'Clifford the Big Red Dog'; Illumination Drops Off (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Clifford the Big Red Dog Movie is Coming in 2016". August 1, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (January 5, 2015). "Melissa McCarthy's 'Michelle Darnelle' to Replace 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' for April 8, 2016". Variety. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (June 30, 2016). "'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Movie Unleashed At Paramount With Scribe Justin Malen". Deadline. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 

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