Reviewed byshrinkingman06Vote: 9/10/10
After Norman Bridwell's books and the PBS TV series came this movieabout a huge red canine. As in the TV series, animals communicate witheach other but humans can't understand them (though the animals canunderstand human speech, as when Clifford overhears the next doorneighbor asking Emily Elizabeth's family why they were spending so muchmoney on dog food). Here, Clifford and his dog pals T-Bone and Cleodecide to join a traveling carnival show of "Larry's Amazing Animals".Clifford feels bad that his family does have to spend so much money onfood for him, so he runs away from home.
First when Clifford and pals arrive in the big city, they cause a panicas he strides down the streets. But he finds the carnival and they goacross country to compete in a contest for a lifetime supply of food;as it turns out, a dogfood bigwig really wants Clifford to be a big petfor his daughter.
As the film moves on, Clifford is torn between continuing with theAmazing Animals or returning to Emily Elizabeth. Other than a jealousferret named Shackleford, the animals take a liking to the huge pooch.He has to decide whether to seek fame and food, or return to the familythat loves him. But Larry's Amazing Animals are a bit of a family, too.
The characters here seem more rounded and real than their flat TVcounterparts. Bright colors, good use of light and shadow, and funcharacters. Even an adult like me (admittedly a fan of cartoons and"giant and tiny" animals) appreciated this film. Young kids shouldenjoy it mostly, and it has some good positive messages.
Reviewed byabarel13Vote: 8/10/10
My 2-year old daughter loves watching Clifford on TV and when we showedher this movie she fell in love instantly. She loves dogs in generalbut the bright red fur of Clifford and the music make her happy and thelessons that Clifford and his friends teach make us happy. It's anadorable movie that anyone should show their preschooler. If you likeClifford or animated dogs, this movie should definitely be in yourcollection. There's comedy, thrills, and an infinite amount of fun inthis movie. It is very child friendly, there are no uncomfortablescenes that could make a parent question the value of this movie andthe lesson of not judging people based on looks is one of the unspokencentral themes of both the show and the movie.
Reviewed byMark JulianoVote: 7/10/10
I liked the movie, and so did my 2.5 year old son. It was his first movieand managed to hold his attention for the entire time. He's been talkingabout it ever since. A caveat though, we're both Clifford fans to beginwith.
The movie is near perfect for its target audience of preschoolers. Thereareno scary parts, the story is linear and clear, there's no violence, and ithas a happy ending. The plot lacks the complexity of many other of theanimated movies marketed toward older children. It is straightforwardstorywith little development of the character's motivation except for a few keythings important to the story. The main characters are consistent andentertaining, and the Big Red Dog is well presented in proportion to therest of the normal sized world. Some of the most comical sequences arewhenthose unfamiliar with Clifford see him for the first time. Kids seem tolovethe idea of a HUGE friendly dog, and it's played up to good effect in thefilm.
The basic story is classic Clifford. He means well and is trying to do theright thing, but his efforts don't always work out as planned. Except forClifford's family and friends, not everybody understands that Clifford'sheart is as big as the rest of him. Clifford's size is as much ahinderanceas an asset, but in the end people love him because he's a great dog, andnot just big.
For those that that have seen the TV show and/or videos, the movie playslike an extended episode of the show. Same characters (Many of the minorones don't get a part in the movie), mostly the same voices, and the samelook and feel, though the animation is of a higher quality than on theshow. There's even some attempt at 3-D animation going on, although thebackgrounds are for the most part flat. The soundtrack is better than theshow too :). Characters are consistent from the movie to the show, and aseveral of the running gags from the show are incorporated into the movie.
Whoever made this movie took the best of the show and successfully turneditinto a feature length film.
The movie is dedicated to John Ritter, and I believe it is the last filmhedid.
Clifford overhears Mr. Bleakman say that feeding him must cost a lot of money. 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. Soon Clifford is the star of the show, and Shackleford the ferret, who'd always been the star, gets jealous. Clifford just wants to help and win the contest -- but getting back home to Emily Elizabeth may not be as easy as he thinks, even after the contest is over.