YMMV / Clifford the Big Red Dog

  • Broken Base: The movie, which has a villain that tried to and succeeded in taking Clifford away from Emily Elizabeth, and an large heaping dose of Mood Whiplash thanks to Jody Gray's contribution that is an extremely depressing soundtrack. Part of the fanbase loved the emotional roller coaster. Part of the fanbase (which wanted a happy romp around Birdwell Island and nothing more) thinks it sucked because of being put through emotional roller coaster.
  • Ear Worm:
  • First Installment Wins:
    • You'd be hard pressed to find anybody who watched or even remembers there being a spinoff. The fact that it was put on a once-a-week time slot probably did not help.
    • Inverted with the 1980s direct-to-video releases. It's only remembered by the more hardcore fans of the franchise.
  • Fridge Horror: A lot of people had this when considering the results of Clifford marking his territory. Thank goodness for the Nobody Poops trope.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One episode has Emily Elizabeth recalling that on a Picture Day, her bangs were too short. Grey DeLisle voiced another character who sliced her own bangs off during her Villainous Breakdown.
    • There was an episode that featured the backstory and how Clifford went from being a tiny puppy to a giant dog ("Little Clifford"). Then came an entire show based on this concept.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: One episode of the series has T-Bone's old friend Hamburger visiting Birdwell Island. Hamburger is voiced by Kenan Thompson.
  • Older Than They Think: Quick show of hands, how many people even knew there was an Animated Adaptation prior to the 2000 TV series before reading the page description?
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Tear Jerker:
    • "Friends Forever", where a young T-Bone has to deal with the fact that his friend, Hamburger, is moving away. Their goodbye is sad enough as is, even if you didn't grow up watching their voice actors.
    • Some of the songs in "Clifford's Really Big Movie" are pretty sad.
    • In real life, the death of Norman Bridwell, the creator of Clifford.
  • Uncanny Valley: Everyone in the movie has normal eyes. Some find it well suited, given that Clifford was the only one without Black Bead Eyes. Others find it a bit creepy.
    • One episode has a flashback where Emily is forced to cut off her bangs completely after gum gets stuck in them. The episode itself lampshades how off she looks without them.