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Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Adventure has never been bigger.Nov. 10, 2021United States, Canada, United Kingdom97 Min.PG
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When Maggie Howard ( Sienna Guillory ) has to be away on business, she enlists her brother Casey ( Jack Whitehall ) to babysit their 12-year-old daughter, Emily Elizabeth ( Darby Camp ). Although he is the epitome of unreliability, he doesn’t get anything right in his life. But for now, that will have to suffice. As the two travel, they meet the mysterious Mr. Bridwell ( John Cleese) who takes care of runaway or otherwise lost animals – including a cute little red puppy. Casey, in a rare sense of responsibility, forbids his niece from taking him with her. A short time later, however, the dog mysteriously turns up in their apartment, where Emily baptizes him, Clifford. The surprise is even greater when the cute puppy has grown into a huge dog the next morning. This not only messes up the everyday life of the two. The entrepreneur Zack Tieran ( Tony Hale ), who is unsuccessfully researching a growth agent, also becomes aware of Clifford and wants to get his hands on the miracle animal, no matter what the cost …

In the USA, Clifford the Big Red Dog is a real institution. Since the book of the same name was published in 1963, Norman Bridwell’s series has grown to an impressive 80 volumes, the last of which appeared in 2015. There have also been a few smaller adaptations, including an animated series. However, the planned cinema film was not under a good star. As early as 2012 it was said that the animation studio Illumination ( Despicable Me) was working on a live-action/CGI hybrid. The plans were changed several times in the following years, those originally responsible withdrew, a new studio took over the rights, and the director was replaced. In the end, the corona pandemic interfered with the film, and the big world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2021 was canceled at short notice.

Clifford the Big Red Dog” accompanies a 12-year-old who suddenly has a huge dog by her side and is causing a lot of chaos with it. The adaptation of the children’s book series is quite nice but stands out more because of a playful Jack Whitehall than because of the moderately animated computer dog. In terms of content, there is a lot of mixed up anyway, the well-intentioned statements are just as little developed as the characters.

Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Original title Clifford the Big Red Dog
IMDb Rating 6 5,771 votes
TMDb Rating 7.5 593 votes


Walt Becker


Darby Camp isEmily Elizabeth
Emily Elizabeth
Izaac Wang isOwen Yu
Owen Yu
John Cleese isMr. Bridwell
Mr. Bridwell
Tony Hale isZack Tieran
Zack Tieran

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