'CLIFFORD: THE BIG RED DOG’ – A CLASSIC CHILDREN’S STORY. A REVIEW OF THE 2021 ADAPTATION OF THE CLASSIC STORY WITH JACK WHITEHALL. TEXT © RISSI JC

‘CLIFFORD: THE BIG RED DOG’ – A CLASSIC CHILDREN’S STORY

May 17, 2022 1 Comment

The titular name of this is probably no stranger to some people who grew up learning with him. But did you know that Paramount made a live action film all about Clifford: the Big Red Dog? If not, you may enjoy this 2022 adaptation – adult or not.

Clifford: the Big Red Dog (2021) Film Review

Sometimes when you aren’t looking, something or someone you didn’t realize you need finds you. At least this is what the curious Mr. Bridwell (John Cleese) tells young Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) when she and her uncle, Casey (Jack Whitehall) when they wander into his curious animal tent. There Emily meets Clifford. A curious animal indeed with his bright red fur, the little puppy instantly snags Emily’s heart. But trying to be responsible and not disappoint his sister (again) who entrusted him with Emily for the weekend, Casey says no.

After a really bad day at school and feeling as though she’ll never fit in, Emily finds Clifford is a stowaway in her backpack. That night, with the friend she desperately needs tucked next to her, Emily makes a wish to be big and brave and strong, little realizing the impact her words could have.

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I say this, often, but sometimes I need something silly and in this case, childish. Watching this was one of those times and I cannot say I regret it. Because this was produced in 2021, the film does have some of the overt messaging that secular culture pushes, but because it’s something with a young age range, it’s not terrible or obnoxious in the way adult productions are. Beyond this, the film is sweet.

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There’s hijinks and mischief along with a dash of mystery that is just cute. The animation isn’t the best and this I say as a layman meaning just to my eye it doesn’t look perfect. I’m not sure if it’s the type of animation they use or if that’s just as close to “real” as it can be, but either way, there’s never a question as to whether or not Clifford is a real or animated puppy.

Nonetheless, he’s still a cute character who viewers will fall in love with, root for and want to protect. He’s cute with the energy of a puppy but has the ability to help nudge Emily to be braver. That’s a really nice aspect. The rest of the cast is good though most I’ve not seen in much. There’s a good ragtag group that turn out to be allies and just as protective of Emily and Clifford as her family is. All in all, the film is just a nice story with some heroic moments that almost anyone who likes these types of films should enjoy.

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You can find, to purchase Clifford: the Big Red Dog digitally on Amazon Video; or with an Epix or Paramount+ add on.

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'CLIFFORD: THE BIG RED DOG’ – A CLASSIC CHILDREN’S STORY. A REVIEW OF THE 2021 ADAPTATION OF THE CLASSIC STORY WITH JACK WHITEHALL. TEXT © RISSI JC

Content: nothing much to note. There’s mischief and some fibbing in an effort to keep plans or Clifford hidden.

Photos: Paramount

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