Clifford the Big Red Dog (film)

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Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford 2021 Movie Logo.jpg
Directed byWalt Becker
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Jay Scherick
  • David Ronn
  • Blaise Hemingway
Story by
  • Justin Malen
  • Ellen Rapoport
Based onClifford the Big Red Dog
by Norman Bridwell
Music byJohn Debney
CinematographyPeter Lyons Collister
Edited bySabrina Plisco
Distributed byParamount Pictures (United States)[1]
Entertainment One (Canada)[1]
Release date
  • November 5, 2021 (2021-11-05) (United States)
  • United States
  • Canada

Clifford the Big Red Dog is an upcoming live-action/computer-animated family adventure comedy film directed by Walt Becker from a screenplay by Jay Scherick, David Ronn and Blaise Hemingway, and a story by Justin Malen and Ellen Rapoport, based on the children's book series of the same name by Norman Bridwell.[2][3] The film stars Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall, Kenan Thompson, Paul Rodriguez, Tony Hale, Russell Peters, Rosie Perez, and John Cleese, with David Alan Grier as the voice of the title character.[4]

The film is set to be released theatrically in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema and IMAX on November 5, 2021, by Paramount Pictures.


As middle schooler Emily Elizabeth struggles to fit in at home and at school, she discovers a small red puppy who is destined to become her best friend from a magical animal rescuer. When Clifford becomes a gigantic red dog in her New York City apartment and attracts the attention of a genetics company who wish to supersize animals, Emily and her clueless Uncle Casey have to fight the forces of greed as they go on the run across New York City and take a bite out of the Big Apple. Along the way, Clifford affects the lives of everyone around him and teaches Emily and her uncle the true meaning of acceptance and unconditional love. Based on the beloved Scholastic character, Clifford will teach the world how to love big.




In May 2012, it was reported that Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment would produce a live-action/animated film based on the book. Matt Lopez was hired to write the script while Chris Meledandri and Deborah Forte were to produce,[8] but in July 2013, it was reported that Illumination cancelled the project.[9] On September 13, 2013, it was reported that the film was still in development at Universal Pictures with David Bowers in talks to direct the film.[10] Like the 2011 film Hop, the titular dog character will be animated while the other characters will be live-action.[10]

In 2016, Paramount Pictures had purchased the rights to develop a live-action and animated hybrid film.[11] On September 25, 2017, it was reported that Walt Becker had been hired to direct from a script being re-written by Ellen Rapoport, and from the original written by Justin Malen, which would be produced by Forte through her Silvertongue Films banner.[12]

On June 20, 2019, Paramount closed a deal with Entertainment One co-finance the film. Under the deal, Entertainment One Films would distribute the film in Canada and the United Kingdom excluding TV broadcast rights for the latter country, while Paramount would distribute in all other territories including the United States.[13]

On December 25, 2019, a photo from the film was leaked, revealing the computer-generated form of Clifford in the live-action scenery.[14][15]


In May 2019, Darby Camp and Jack Whitehall signed on to star in the film.[16] In June 2019, John Cleese, Sienna Guillory, Izaac Wang, Kenan Thompson, Rosie Perez, David Alan Grier, Keith Ewell, Bear Allen Blaine, and Lynn Cohen joined the cast.[17][18]


Principal photography began on June 10, 2019, in New York City.[19][20][21][22] Filming wrapped on August 23, 2019.[23]


On November 18, 2020, it was announced that John Debney would compose the film's score.[24]


Clifford the Big Red Dog is scheduled for release on November 5, 2021 by Paramount Pictures in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, and IMAX.[25][26] It was initially scheduled for November 13, 2020, before being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[27] Prior to that, Universal Pictures initially slated the film for April 8, 2016 and then pushed back to December 31, 2016.[28][29]

A 20-second teaser was released on YouTube on November 25, 2020.[2][3]


Comic writer Georgia Ball and illustrator Chi Ngo adapted the film into a graphic novel entitled Clifford the Big Red Dog: The Movie Graphic Novel, which will be published on August 23, 2021, less than three months before the film's release.[30]


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  30. ^ Ball, Georgia (October 6, 2020). 'Clifford the Big Red Dog: The Movie Graphic Novel' by Georgia Ball. ISBN 978-1338665109.

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