Clifford's Really Big Movie (2004)
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Because of a misunderstanding on his part, Clifford the Dog thinks his huge appetite threatens his owners' financial well-being--so Clifford and his three canine pals join a traveling carnival. Their goal is to enter a contest that will guarantee Clifford a lifetime supply of his favorite doggy snacks.
Apr 23, 2004 Limited
Aug 24, 2004
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site
Emily Elizabeth Howa...
Gary Leroi Gray
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When clapping broke out close to the end of Clifford's Really Big Movie -- the clapping of little hands, I might add, and not big ones -- it felt as spontaneous and as heartfelt an expression of youthful joy as I have heard in a long time.
A slightly distended version of the television program, here voiced by some of the best actors in the animation business, including the late, great John Ritter in the title role.
Though not exactly a gripping experience for adults, parents have reason to be grateful for a movie that has been so carefully tailored to preschool to first-grade sensibilities.
Unlike television cartoons that sell their souls to make the leap to the big screen, this animated G-rated film is faithful to Norman Bridwell's beloved book series about the big red dog.
So, how big is Clifford's Really Big Movie? Maybe too big for a toddler's britches.
Some children might find Clifford's tale on the tame side, but at least as many parents will be happily surprised by the warm and cuddly tone.
Clifford's Really Big Movie is easily consumed and disposed of entertainment for the small fry...
The animation has cheap-and-fast written all over it. It's so chintzy, the characters look as if they've come straight from a box of Colorforms.
Modest in the best sense of the word, this traditional animated film adheres closely to the gentle, easygoing tone of the hugely popular PBS series.
The messages are honest and not slathered. The characters are kind, amusing and, by now, quite familiar (author Norman Birdwell created Clifford and friends some 40 years ago).
Despite the movie's rather unoriginal story -- that age-old plot about running off to the join the circus -- at least the filmmakers have created something which, though a little bland, is never crass or vulgar.
Should delight most four-year-olds and won't torture parents (much) in the process.
The limited animation style looks static on the big screen and the movie is too long for its age group even at 75 minutes. (It was too long for my age group, too.)
A really big yawn...No one whose age is into double digits will find much to enjoy in this gentle, innocuous and very dull feature.
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