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  • Adored by the Network: As of 2020, several PBS affiliates (for example, Fresno, CA affiliate KVPT) are still airing the 2000 series, even after other affiliates started airing the 2019 series.
  • Author Existence Failure: The reason the animated series was spun off to Clifford's Puppy Days instead of the third season materializing was because of John Ritter's untimely passing of an aortic dissection on the set of 8 Simple Rules.
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  • Banned Episode: The 2019 reboot episode "The Big Red Tomato / Dogbot" was banned from Alabama Public Television for a little while because the latter segment introduced Samantha's lesbian mothers. However, it got unbanned on October 28, 2020.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Having T-Bone's friend Hamburger being specifically voiced by Kenan Thompson. Also their fast-food inspired names are a Shout-Out to the Good Burger sketches seen on All That.
    • In the 2019 reboot, Alyson Court serves as the voice director for the show. She was Emily Elizabeth in the 1988 direct-to-video specials and also hosted Get Set For Life, the programming block that aired the 2000 animated series in Canada.
  • Channel Hop: The Movie based on the TV series was released in theaters by Warner Bros.. When the film rights to the property were picked up by Universal, Scholastic licensed them the distribution rights to the animated feature as well, reissuing it on a Vanilla Edition DVD. The rights to make a live-action Clifford film eventually ended up with Paramount, as mentioned below.
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  • Content Leak: The live-action film's designs were revealed via a leaked Carl's Jr. promotion.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: As mentioned above, Lara Jill Miller is Clifford as a puppy.
  • The Danza: Frankie from "Little Big Pup" is voiced by Frankie Muniz.
  • Development Hell: Universal and Illumination Entertainment were planning to do a film based off Clifford for a 2016 release, but nothing came out after the announcement. By the time said year came around, it was clear Universal no longer wanted anything to do with the film anymore, as it was revealed their rights had expired and the project moved to Paramount with a planned November 2021 release date.
  • Dueling Dubs: The 2000s series (as well as its spin-off), had a Same Language Dub in the UK with British actors.
  • He Also Did:
    • The music composer for the show, Josh Mancell, is also well-known for his work on the Crash Bandicoot games.
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  • 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.
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  • No Budget: The 2000's animated series was pretty obviously made on a low budget, as if the heavy usage of Talking to Himself for the voice actors, with some exceptions such as John Ritter as the titular character, and the music score, which is comprised solely of synthesizers and an emulated clavinet, wasn't a big enough hint.
  • No Export for You: The iPhone and iPad game are this to South America and Asia, as are the releases on the Leapfrog consoles. Most of the toys, however, are North America only, especially those that are not made by Scholastic themselves.
    • The 2019 series is at the moment not available over the Prime Video Global service. The reason for this is unknown.
  • The Other Darrin: They did not replace any of the characters on the show in the strictest sense, but in the original 1980s specials, Emily Elizabeth was voiced by Alyson Court. On the 2000s series, she was voiced by Grey DeLisle. Possibly also Lampshaded by the fact that both had a vastly different narrative structure and art style from each other.
  • Outlived Its Creator: Norman Bridwell passed away on December 12th, 2014, although two books were published posthumously and an animated reboot premiered in December 2019. The movie, which had originally been announced for 2016, is now slated for 2021.
  • The Pete Best: Before John Ritter in the 2000 Animated Adaptation, Clifford was voiced by Brent Titcomb in the '80s videos.
  • Production Posse: Cam Clarke, a frequent voice in the show (mainly as Mac), would later go on to voice the titular character of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002); that show was also a Mike Young production.
  • Queer Character, Queer Actor: In the reboot, one of Samantha's moms, Dr. Mulberry, is voiced by Maggie Cassella, an openly lesbian actress.
  • Recursive Adaptation:
    • Inevitable. Books that were based on the TV show were published once the show became popular. Given that the show is based on books in the first place, yeah.
    • The Paramount film is set to have a graphic novel based on it released a month before the film itself premieres. The graphic novel is a book based on a film based on a book series.
  • Release Date Change: The live-action movie originally targeted a November 13th, 2020 release, but as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic it was pushed back to November 5th, 2021.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Co-ownership issues between Nelvana and Scholastic is a likely reason why the 80s series has remained out of print.
  • Screwed by the Network: Compared to the original 2000 series' treatment, this is happening to the 2019 reboot on PBS, likely because the show is an Amazon Studios original and it only airs periodically to entice viewers to get Prime to watch the rest of the show, similar to how they air Esme & Roy on the 24/7 channel. It doesn't help that PBS premiered another new animated series, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, around the same time as the Clifford reboot that they promoted more.
    • Even Amazon is doing a poor job offering the show, as it's only available on Prime Video in certain countries and isn't even on Prime Video Global.
  • Talking to Herself:
    • Grey DeLisle is Emily Elizabeth, her mother Caroline, and her teacher Ms. Carrington.
    • Cree Summer voices not only Cleo but also her owner Mrs. Diller.
    • Cam Clarke, is Emily Elizabeth's father Mark and Jetta's dog Machiavelli aka Mac.
    • Kath Soucie voices both Jetta and her mother.
  • Viewers Like You: The funding credits. "Clifford is funded in part by a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. And by contributions to your PBS station from viewers like you. Thank you."
  • What Could Have Been:
    • If John Ritter didn't have his fatal aortic dissection, Norman Bridwell stated that he would've ended the series with Clifford getting married and having big red puppies.
    • In Clifford's Really Big Movie, Shackleford was originally going to play James Brown's "I Feel Good" on the stereo when the the group arrives at the penthouse, but it was replaced with an original song called "Party Time", probably to avoid paying royalties.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Clifford the Big Red Dog Wiki. Interestingly, they give the pets their owners' surnames.


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