History Literature / CliffordTheBigRedDog

28th Apr '16 8:11:13 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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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). 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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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).

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.
26th Mar '16 10:30:44 AM ngh93
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* NoAntagonist: Unless you count George Wolfsbottom the movie. This wealthy jerkass who gets all his money from being the head of a Tummy Yummies dog biscuits, wants to steal Clifford for his spoiled daughter Madison.

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* NoAntagonist: Unless you count George Wolfsbottom from the movie. This wealthy jerkass who gets all his money from being the head of a Tummy Yummies dog biscuits, wants to steal Clifford for his spoiled daughter Madison.
17th Mar '16 8:13:26 AM ngh93
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* NoAntagonist: Unless you count the movie.

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* NoAntagonist: Unless you count George Wolfsbottom the movie.movie. This wealthy jerkass who gets all his money from being the head of a Tummy Yummies dog biscuits, wants to steal Clifford for his spoiled daughter Madison.
16th Mar '16 1:20:58 PM margdean56
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* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Shreiff Lewis doesn't seem to do any police work. It would seem that Birdwell Island is a peaceful, law-abiding place and there are no crooks or crime. There's even an empty jail cell.

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* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Shreiff Sheriff Lewis doesn't seem to do any police work. It would seem that Birdwell Island is a peaceful, law-abiding place and there are no crooks or crime. There's even an empty jail cell.
7th Mar '16 12:41:48 PM ngh93
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* NobodyPoops: If you google "Where does Clifford poop?" you'll get some highly disturbing results. That said, the very idea pretty much cements this trope..here does

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* NobodyPoops: If you google "Where does Clifford poop?" you'll get some highly disturbing results. That said, the very idea pretty much cements this trope..here doestrope...
6th Mar '16 4:58:39 PM ngh93
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mr. Bleakman, Jetta, Cleo, and Mac.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mr. Horace Bleakman, Jetta, Cleo, and Mac.



* NobodyPoops: If you google "Where does Clifford poop?" you'll get some highly disturbing results. That said, the very idea pretty much cements this trope..

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* NobodyPoops: If you google "Where does Clifford poop?" you'll get some highly disturbing results. That said, the very idea pretty much cements this trope..here does
5th Mar '16 3:46:13 PM ngh93
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-->'''Cleo''': Aww, man! P.U.!!! That is definitely ''not'' a ghost skunk! That is the ''real thing!''
25th Feb '16 11:40:06 PM oofgnileud
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->''“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. There’s 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!"''
-->--'''Creator/LouisCK''' on why he hates reading the Clifford books to his daughters

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->''“There’s seven ->''"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]] Narnia]], that cover the birth and death of a nation, and mice with swords swords, and a lion who’s who's a god. They did it in seven books. There’s FIFTY ''Fifty'' books about Clifford the Big Red Dog and they all tell the exact same story: '''Look 'Look how big this dog is.''' ' That's it!"''
-->--'''Creator/LouisCK''' on why he hates reading
it! That's it. 'Look how big this dog is.' That's the Clifford books to his daughters
whole book."''
-->-- '''Creator/LouisCK'''
29th Jan '16 6:30:01 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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* SupportingProtagonist: For being the main character, Clifford isn't the focus a ton in the 2000 animated series.
31st Dec '15 12:23:53 PM Doug86
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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: One episode of the series has T-Bone's old friend [[PunnyName Hamburger]] visiting Birdwell Island. Hamburger is voiced by [[Series/AllThat Kenan]] [[KenanAndKel Thompson]].

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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: One episode of the series has T-Bone's old friend [[PunnyName Hamburger]] visiting Birdwell Island. Hamburger is voiced by [[Series/AllThat Kenan]] [[KenanAndKel [[Series/KenanAndKel Thompson]].
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