History Literature / CliffordTheBigRedDog

3rd Sep '17 11:29:08 PM JMQwilleran
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* ShoutOut: In the ''Clifford's Puppy Days'' book ''The Little Red Sled'', Clifford's sled is named "[[Film/CitizenKane Rosebud]]."
22nd Aug '17 7:58:35 AM GrammarNavi
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In the 80s, {{Nelvana}} picked up the rights to the series and spun off six half-hour direct to video specials with it. Starring Creator/AlysonCourt opposite BrentTitcomb, each special featured a typical slice-of-life storyline peppered with two songs, and was animated with NoFourthWall, allowing Emily and Clifford to "converse" directly with the viewers, but strangely Emily and Clifford could never converse among themselves in English, as to leverage on Scholastic's then-recent study that children learned better through participation rather than through repetition. After that, the franchise reverted to books (unless you count in the discontinuity that is the live-action mixed footage direct to video special by Warner Home Video that was released in the early 90s).

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In the 80s, {{Nelvana}} Creator/{{Nelvana}} picked up the rights to the series and spun off six half-hour direct to video specials with it. Starring Creator/AlysonCourt opposite BrentTitcomb, each special featured a typical slice-of-life storyline peppered with two songs, and was animated with NoFourthWall, allowing Emily and Clifford to "converse" directly with the viewers, but strangely Emily and Clifford could never converse among themselves in English, as to leverage on Scholastic's then-recent study that children learned better through participation rather than through repetition. After that, the franchise reverted to books (unless you count in the discontinuity that is the live-action mixed footage direct to video special by Warner Home Video that was released in the early 90s).
21st Aug '17 6:08:17 PM TotemicHero
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This went on until the year 2000. Scholastic wanted to do another animated adaptation. Throwing away the old format and rebooting the continuity, it now featured Music/GreyDeLisle as Emily Elizabeth, opposite Creator/JohnRitter as Clifford. The new version was such a phenomenal success that it ran for two seasons, spun off [[TheMovie a movie]], and even resulted in a licensed [[TheKiddieRide kiddie ride]]. Things weren't so rosy after the movie, however. John Ritter passed on shortly after of a heart attack on the set of ''Series/EightSimpleRules''. While Scholastic had been pondering upon the idea of a sequel for a while, the death of Mr. Ritter cemented the decision on a spinoff, titled ''Clifford's Puppy Days''. Two seasons were made before Scholastic decided to take a break from making a series out of the franchise again, while maintaining the series franchise. The books are still coming, as are merchandise.

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This went on until the year 2000. Scholastic wanted to do another animated adaptation. Throwing away the old format and rebooting the continuity, it now featured Music/GreyDeLisle as Emily Elizabeth, opposite Creator/JohnRitter as Clifford. The new version was such a phenomenal success that it ran for two seasons, spun off [[TheMovie a movie]], and even resulted in a licensed [[TheKiddieRide kiddie ride]]. Things weren't so rosy after the movie, however. John Ritter passed on shortly after of a heart attack on the set of ''Series/EightSimpleRules''. While Scholastic had been pondering upon the idea of a sequel for a while, the death of Mr. Ritter cemented the decision on a spinoff, titled ''Clifford's Puppy Days''. Two seasons were made before Scholastic decided to take a break from making a series out of the franchise again, while maintaining the series franchise. The books are still coming, as are being printed, along with merchandise.


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Norman Bridwell passed away in December of 2014. Two more books were released after his death, but it seems that [[AuthorExistenceFailure the series has come to a final end following that]].
19th Aug '17 2:32:39 PM TotemicHero
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->''"I '''hate''' Clifford the Big Red Dog! I hate him. There's fifty books about Clifford the Big Red Dog. Fifty books. There’s '''seven''' books about [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]], that cover the birth and death of a nation, and mice with swords, and a lion who's a god. They did it in seven books. '''Fifty''' books about Clifford the Big Red Dog, and they all tell the exact same story: 'Look how big this dog is.' That's it! That's it. 'Look how big this dog is.' That's the whole book."''
-->-- '''Creator/LouisCK'''
23rd Jun '17 2:01:01 AM meanmetalmario
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->''"I ''hate'' Clifford the Big Red Dog! I hate him. There's fifty books about Clifford the Big Red Dog. Fifty books. There’s ''seven'' books about [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]], that cover the birth and death of a nation, and mice with swords, and a lion who's a god. They did it in seven books. ''Fifty'' books about Clifford the Big Red Dog and they all tell the exact same story: 'Look how big this dog is.' That's it! That's it. 'Look how big this dog is.' That's the whole book."''

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->''"I ''hate'' '''hate''' Clifford the Big Red Dog! I hate him. There's fifty books about Clifford the Big Red Dog. Fifty books. There’s ''seven'' '''seven''' books about [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]], that cover the birth and death of a nation, and mice with swords, and a lion who's a god. They did it in seven books. ''Fifty'' '''Fifty''' books about Clifford the Big Red Dog Dog, and they all tell the exact same story: 'Look how big this dog is.' That's it! That's it. 'Look how big this dog is.' That's the whole book."''
22nd Jun '17 12:42:22 PM legoking831
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* ExactWords: Becomes a plot point in "Doggie Garden"; the kids state that "almost anything grows on Birdwell Island", and Cleo takes the "anything" part a bit ''too'' literally, opting to grow a garden full of dog toys. Needless to say, it doesn't work out.
15th Apr '17 9:02:22 PM Nutster
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In the 80s, {{Nelvana}} picked up the rights to the series and spun off six half-hour direct to video specials with it. Starring Creator/AlysonCourt opposite BrentTitcomb, each specials featured a typical slice-of-life storyline peppered with two songs, and was animated with NoFourthWall, allowing Emily and Clifford to "converse" directly with the viewers, but strangely Emily and Clifford could never converse among themselves in English, as to leverage on Scholastic's then-recent study that children learned better through participation rather than through repetition. After that, the franchise reverted to books (unless you count in the discontinuity that is the live-action mixed footage direct to video special by Warner Home Video that was released in the early 90s).

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In the 80s, {{Nelvana}} picked up the rights to the series and spun off six half-hour direct to video specials with it. Starring Creator/AlysonCourt opposite BrentTitcomb, each specials special featured a typical slice-of-life storyline peppered with two songs, and was animated with NoFourthWall, allowing Emily and Clifford to "converse" directly with the viewers, but strangely Emily and Clifford could never converse among themselves in English, as to leverage on Scholastic's then-recent study that children learned better through participation rather than through repetition. After that, the franchise reverted to books (unless you count in the discontinuity that is the live-action mixed footage direct to video special by Warner Home Video that was released in the early 90s).
30th Mar '17 7:43:55 AM SpaceHunterDrakeRedcrest
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* LimitedWardrobe

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* LimitedWardrobeLimitedWardrobe: Everyone in the show wears the exact same outfit on a daily basis.


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* OneHundredPercentAdorationRating: Pretty much everyone on Birdwell Island loves Clifford. Even the Bleakmans have moments where they admit they care about Clifford and like him. The 80s theme song even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.
-->''Here comes Clifford, everyone loves Clifford...''
19th Mar '17 10:48:31 AM Dewiop
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* CryingWolf: "The Dog Who Cried Woof" has Cleo repeatedly telling the others a ghost skunk named Wiffy, who she'd told ghost stories about, was after her as a prank. When she gets in trouble with a ''real'' [[SmellySkunk skunk]], they don't listen to her due to her pranking and she gets sprayed.

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* CryingWolf: "The Dog Who Cried Woof" has Cleo repeatedly telling the others a ghost skunk [[SmellySkunk skunk]] named Wiffy, who she'd told ghost stories about, was after her as a prank. When she gets in trouble with a ''real'' [[SmellySkunk skunk]], they don't listen to her due to her pranking and she gets sprayed.



* SmellySkunk: "The Dog Who Cried Woof" had Cleo taunting the other dogs with ghost stories about a giant ghost skunk named Wippy. [[CryingWolf She kept pranking them by saying he was after her]], and they finally got fed up with it. Then a ''real'' skunk shows up and she scares it. The others, while out looking for her, smell that she got sprayed.

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* SmellySkunk: "The Dog Who Cried Woof" had Cleo taunting the other dogs with ghost stories about a giant ghost skunk named Wippy.Wiffy. [[CryingWolf She kept pranking them by saying he was after her]], and they finally got fed up with it. Then a ''real'' skunk shows up and she scares it. The others, while out looking for her, smell that she got sprayed.
10th Mar '17 9:43:49 AM JMQwilleran
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* ThickLineAnimation: This is the standard for both ''Clifford the Big Red Dog'' and ''Clifford's Puppy Days'' - thick black lines with generally bright coloring inside.
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