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''Clifford the Big Red Dog''. If you're from North America, you've most probably heard of this series of picture books, although you probably didn't know that the first book was originally published in 1963. Since then, many, many more books have been published, as well as an animated adaptation.

The books, which were written by Norman Bridwell, star the adventures of the eponymous Clifford, a giant of a dog, and his owner, Emily Elizabeth Howard. Clifford originally started out as the runt of the litter, but Emily Elizabeth's love made him grow—and grow, and grow, and grow, ad infinitum. Well, not quite—he stopped growing once he was about twenty-five feet high, although his height isn't set in stone; it varies, depending on the story. He was way too big for the Howards to properly take care of Clifford in the city at this point, so they moved to Birdwell Island, where he could have more room to move around.

In the 80s, 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 Brent Titcomb, 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).

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, with two new characters added to the leading cast, these being T-Bone (Kel Mitchell) and Cleo (Creator/CreeSummer). 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 being printed, along with merchandise.

In May 2012, it was [[http://news.moviefone.com/2012/05/09/clifford-the-big-red-dog-movie_n_1502519.html?_r=true announced]] that Illumination and Universal were working together to create a new ''Clifford'' movie, which would be based on the original book, but wouldn't have anything to do with the television series. However, the film went into DevelopmentHell and Universal ended up moving on to other projects, causing the rights to expire. [[http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/699611-paramount-adopts-clifford-the-big-red-dog-movie The rights were then picked up by]] Creator/{{Paramount}}, and Justin Malen (who penned the upcoming ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' movie) was attached as screenwriter.

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]].

!!''Clifford the Big Red Dog'' contains examples of:

* AesopAmnesia: You'd think all the lessons Jetta learns about friendship would start to sink in at some point.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Many of the animals have nonstandard fur color like bright red and purple. Some, like T-Bone's yellow and Max's blue, can be interpreted as exaggerations of colors like blonde and grey, but then there are ones like Cleo, the purple poodle.
* AnimatedAdaptation
* ArtEvolution: The movie, titled ''Clifford's Really Big Movie'', actually had a budget. So the animators decided to play around with cell shading. It worked ok for Clifford and the other animals. Unfortunately Emily-Elizabeth and the other regular human characters got dumped somewhere in the UncannyValley.
** Also, there's a major art shift between the 80s specials (which were much more faithful to Norman Bridwell's illustrations) and the 2000s TV series.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: On ''Clifford's Puppy Days'', it is typically possible for one of the puppies to [[ExploitedTrope end a conversation they don't want to have]] by simply asking "Are we going to talk about X all day, or are we going to play?", which prompts an excited response of "Play, play, play!" At least for a little while.
* AttentionWhore: Jetta, especially in "And Baby Makes Four", when she spends the entire episode trying to get attention away from her new baby brother at his arrival party.
* BalloonBelly:
** Clifford, T-Bone, and Cleo after eating a lot of dog treats in "Tummy Trouble".
** Frankie the chihuahua in "Little Big Pup".
-->'''Frankie:''' Oh sure, I feel bigger, [[LampshadeHanging in my tummy.]]
* BigFriendlyDog: Clifford of course - extra emphasis on ''big''. He may not be the TropeNamer but he is certainly one of the strongest examples of this trope. He is literally as big as a house and is a such a lovable sweetheart.
* BlackBeadEyes: Except for the giant version of Clifford, [[NonstandardCharacterDesign who is the only character to have normal eyes]].
** Not in the movie! Or ''Clifford's Puppy Days''
* CanisMajor: Again, when they say "big", they aren't kidding.
* CanonForeigner: All the characters except Emily, Clifford, and Emily's parents were created specifically for the show.
* CannotTellAJoke: T-Bone.
* CatchPhrase: Cleo's "Have I ever steered you wrong?"
* CharacterNarrator: All of the books are narrated by Emily Elizabeth.
* ConeOfShame: Cleo got to wear one in the episode "Cleo Gets A Cone".
* ContinuityReboot: Between the Nelvana videos and the Scholastic self-produced TV series. The former made no mention of Birdwell Island and/or any of Clifford's or Emily's friends that the latter is much more commonly known for.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover of the Warner Home Video live action movie had a black girl hugging Clifford. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but fans are used to seeing Emily Elizabeth hugging Clifford and not some random kid. Hence said fans were understandably worried that Warner had given Emily Elizabeth a RaceLift.
* CryingWolf: "The Dog Who Cried Woof" has Cleo repeatedly telling the others a ghost [[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.
* CulturalTranslation: In the U.K., the show was redubbed with British actors with Tom Eastwood being the voice of Clifford.
** According to Ben Small, he played a character named George in "Clifford's Puppy Days", which is probably Jorge.
* CuteGiant: Clifford himself, of course.
* CutenessProximity: On ''Clifford's Puppy Days'', Clifford is extremely small, extremely cute, and tends to evoke this reaction, particularly in anyone seeming him for the first time.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The books and cartoon are about a dog named Clifford who is big and red.
* 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.
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* {{Flashback}}: The books are told by Emily Elizabeth as a flashback to a past event.
* GentleGiant: Clifford, emphasis on ''giant.''
* GiganticAdultsTinyBabies: It's because he was so tiny as a pup that Emily Elizabeth wished he would grow bigger.
* AGirlAndHerX: A Girl and her Big Red Dog.
* HandicappedBadass: K.C. is a dog with only three legs, but he is perfectly capable of doing sports and fun things despite this.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Emily Elizabeth: young, blonde, with enough love to overcome basic biology.
* ICantHearYou: In "Clifford's Field Trip" from ''Clifford's Puppy Days'', the group encounters a group of noisy birds during a trip to a rainforest exhibit.
-->'''Emily Elizabeth''': These birds sure are loud.
-->'''Shun''': (''holding his hand to his ear'') Sorry. Can't hear ya'. These birds are too loud. (''Clifford barks from inside Emily Elizabeth's backpack.'')
-->'''Emily Elizabeth''': Did you hear that? It sounded like a dog!
-->'''Shun''': A frog?!
* ImpliedLoveInterest: Mimi and T-Bone
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mr. Horace Bleakman, Jetta, Cleo, and Mac.
* KarmaHoudini: In one episode, Cleo gets a new playground assembled in her backyard and Mac insists on being the first to play on it, spending the episode conning his way onto it at the expense of T-Bone and Clifford. Eventually Cleo sprains her paw while playing and Mac doesn't care enough to help her inside, leaving her to fend for herself. Cleo realizes his deceit, but Mac is never forced to answer for it in any meaningful way.
* TheKiddieRide: The infamous [[http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/849/cfdrider.jpg Clifford ride]] made by Jolly Rogers of the UK. They're actually pretty common worldwide, you may have seen one at your local mall.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Cleo and Mac in "Cleo Gets a Cone". While they don't say it to her face, they do talk about how "ridiculous" a dog wearing a cone looks, and are soon forced to wear one themselves. Clifford and T-Bone, who don't make such remarks, are completely fine.
* {{Licensed Game}}s / {{Edutainment Game}}s / {{iOS Games}}: About a dozen or so titles for PC/Macs. One for the iPhone (with a separate, [[BlatantLies HD version]] for the iPad, and an iPad-exclusive title). Also one title for the Leapfrog Leapster console. And that's not counting the platforms that are technically not gaming devices!
* LimitedWardrobe: Everyone in the show wears the exact same outfit on a daily basis.
* LovableAlphaBitch: Jetta might be a snotty RichBitch in training, but she's still part of the [[TrueCompanions group]] (and [[LickedByTheDog Clifford likes her]]). Machiavelli is a rare male example.
* LyricalDissonance: The Really Big Tribute CD. Jody Gray loves this trope. They got Jody Gray to write the score and lyrics to the CD. Cue Emily singing about how great Clifford is- to a tune that sounded bitter. This also happens to some extent in the movie, who's music and lyrics are, unsurprisingly, scored and written by Jody Gray. Although the movie leans towards MoodWhiplash instead.
* MerchandiseDriven: Of course!
* MoodWhiplash: The music from the movie. For something that's supposed to be fun, they have extremely depressing songs about how you gotta hit the lows before you can find the highs.
* TheMovie: Both ''Clifford's Really Big Movie'' and an announced live-action/animated movie that doesn't have anything to do with the 2000 TV series.
* OpaqueNerdGlasses: Mr. Bleakman doesn't have pupils from his glasses, though averted in the movie when he's given the same eyes as everyone.
* NiceGuy: Clifford is so sweet, helpful, and lovable its hard to not fall in love with him. Even though he is large and can cause trouble because of this...admit it, you wish you had a dog as wonderful as Clifford
* NiceGirl: Emily Elizabeth is a very kind and sweet little girl who is very responsible of Clifford and loves him oh so deeply.
* NoAntagonist: Unless you count George Wolfsbottom from ''Clifford's Really Big Movie'', the wealthy CEO of Tummy Yummies who kidnaps Clifford for his spoiled daughter Madison.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Clifford is the only character without BlackBeadEyes until the movie. Or ''Clifford's Puppy Days'', if you count that.
* 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...
* 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...''
* RichBitch: Jetta.
* RedIsHeroic: Clifford has red fur and is a nice dog.
* ShoutOut: In the ''Clifford's Puppy Days'' book ''The Little Red Sled'', Clifford's sled is named "[[Film/CitizenKane Rosebud]]."
* SmallNameBigEgo: Jetta Handover, who is constantly seeking to be the center of attention. Prominent examples include when she [[AttentionWhore initially tried to hog the spotlight at her baby brother's own arrival party]] and when she nominated ''herself'' for Islander of the Year. Suffice to say, her efforts usually leave her humbled in some way.
* SmellySkunk: "The Dog Who Cried Woof" had Cleo taunting the other dogs with ghost stories about a giant ghost skunk named 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.
-->'''Cleo''': Aww, man! P.U.!!! That is definitely ''not'' a ghost skunk! That is the ''real thing!''
* SupportingProtagonist: For being the main character, Clifford isn't the focus a ton in the 2000 animated series.
* SpinoffBabies: ''Clifford's Puppy Days''.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: 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.
* TalkingInYourSleep: In "Paw Print Picasso" from ''Clifford's Puppy Days'', after Clifford gets paint paw prints all over Emily Elizabeth's painting and his friends suggest he tell her the next day, Daffodil discovers him alone the next morning on Emily Elizabeth's bed, tossing and turning in his sleep and muttering "It's my fault, it's my fault..."
* ThemeTuneCameo: Very much so for the animated series, so much in fact, that almost any in-universe sing-song is sung to the tune of the theme song, such as Emily Elizabeth's father's song about raking leaves, or Cleo's mocking love-song about T-Bone and Mimi.
* 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.
* ThreeShorts: The animated series ran like this on PBS with two 11 minuted shorts divided by a story segment featuring Emily and Clifford.
* TitleThemeTune: For the original PBS television animated series, though not the ''Clifford's Puppy Days'' spin-off, which manages to avoid it. * "Clifford's so much fun, he's a friend to us all! I love ''Clifford the Big Red Dog''! (''woof!'')"
* {{Tomboy}}: Cleo is the only girl of the dogs and while she may look girly she actually hates getting her fur done and jumps in the mud immediately after it's over. She also gets along great with Clifford and his other friends.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Cleo, usually due to her overconfidence. Often lampshaded when she utters her catchphrase "Have I ever steered you wrong?", to which Clifford and T-Bone will often say yes.
* WakingNonSequitur: In "Helping Paws" from ''Clifford's Puppy Days'', Clifford shouts "not it!" upon being woken up by Daffodil after she relives him from babysitting so he can take a nap, as if he thought they were playing tag.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Emily Elizabeth wears a pair of stripey stockings.