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YMMV / Clifford the Big Red Dog

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  • Adaptation Displacement:
    • Fans are more apt to remember the 2000s animated series than the original books.
    • A more blatant case is the 2000s series superseding the direct-to-video entries from the late '80s.
  • Ass Pull: A particularly egregious one occurs when Charley and Emily use Samuel's ice cream dispenser to serve customers on the dock while he's away, only for the machine to jam and unload a flood of ice cream across the entire dock. After exhausting every other option, including having Clifford push the lever to no avail, what is the trick Samuel shows them? Simply lifting the lever up a bit before pressing down.
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  • Broken Base: The movie, which has a villain that tried to and succeeded in taking Clifford away from Emily Elizabeth, and a 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 said emotional roller coaster.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: "Clifford Cleans His Doghouse" tries to teach a lesson that something that looks like garbage or useless trash to someone else`s treasure, with Clifford refusing to throw anything away that has the slightest trace of a happy memory. However, from another perspective Clifford seems to come off as having a hoarding disorder, an issue that has become more known in the decade following the episodes original airing.
  • 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 present in most PBS Kids shows at the time.
    • The theme song states that Emily Elizabeth's love for Clifford turned him into a giant and forced the Howards to move to Birdwell Island. In the Clifford's Puppy Days spinoff, it's revealed that Emily Elizabeth had another pet besides Clifford, Daffodil. Daffodil isn't seen or mentioned in Clifford the Big Red Dog, leaving the viewer to assume that Clifford squished her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One episode has Emily Elizabeth recalling that on a Picture Day, her bangs were too short after she got bubble gum stuck in them and had to get them cut off. In Avatar: The Last Airbender, 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Mr. Bleakman is presented as a grumpy old man who easily gets annoyed at Clifford some of the time, with his mere presence being a pet peeve. However, considering some of the stuff Clifford does (trespassing into his neighbors property and/or making a mess to it, licking the man and making him take a hard fall, ect.), it can be hard not to see he`s in the right for some points of the series.
  • 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:
    • In an episode, Clifford missing Emily Elizabeth and howling is really tear-jerking.
    • "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.
    • Especially sad was the sudden death of Clifford's voice actor, John Ritter, which is believed to be part of the reason for the series' cancellation.
  • 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.
  • What an Idiot!: Emily Elizabeth's class puts on their own version of Jack and the Beanstalk.......And forgot to build the beanstalk before opening night. Unsurprisingly, it takes Clifford's intervention to get them out of this jam, substituting the missing stalk with his tail.

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