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'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Movie Finds Director

Landon Abernathy | PopWrapped Author

Landon Abernathy

Staff Writer
09/30/2017 10:31 pm
PopWrapped | Books
'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Movie Finds Director | Clifford The Big Red Dog
Media Courtesy of Scholastic

Another cartoon classic is hitting the big screen

Hey, guys, do you remember Clifford the Big Red Dog? Did you know that they have been trying to make a movie version of him for years? And why not? I mean, we’ve had Where the Wild Things Are (2009), Captain Underpants (2017), Paddington (2014), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and so on and so on, so why stop there? Well, it seems that we’ve come a little closer to seeing the big dog center stage, as according to Variety, Walt Becker, director of such classics as Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015), is helming the doggone story.

To be fair, Walt Becker has also directed films like Wild Hogs (2007) and Old Dogs (2009), which are by no means award-winning movies, but they are still fun and entertaining romps, so we’ll think optimistic thoughts. And actually, throwing Clifford into the mix you’ve got three titles from that director that rhyme! Becker obviously has experience working with live-action and CGI combos with his recent chipmunk movie, which this upcoming 25-foot red dog story will surely utilize.

The Clifford the Big Red Dog book series by Norman Bridwell began in 1963 and lasted all the way until 2015. Scholastic created an animated television series based on the books that ran on screens from 2000 to 2003, but this upcoming film will be the first live action interpretation. Ellen Rapoport (The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (2002-07)) is currently writing the script.

We think a Clifford is a great idea

Many people including myself grew up with these books so hopefully the movie does the source material justice, making a film not just great for kids, but great for adults as well (what a concept). No release date has yet to be announced, but we here at PopWrapped will keep you posted. After this, I think we need a Franklin the Turtle live-action movie.


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