Taking Clifford to the Big Screen

Sydney Scholze, Sophomore, Staff Writer

Clifford The Big Red Dog was a really good movie that I think you should watch. Clifford The Big Red Dog is about a girl named Emily, whose mother goes out of town and she gets babysat by her uncle. While being babysat by her uncle, she happens across a rescuer who gives her a little red puppy. When she finds out that they are going to be separated she cries a tear upon him and goes to sleep, when she awakens the dog is huge and she has to go on an adventure to make him small again so she can keep him. I think that this movie is perfect for any age group and that we need to have the same strength and courage as Emily does. 

It is an interesting movie with a good plot that grabs your attention from the very beginning. The jokes throughout the movie are perfect for every age group and easy to understand. The movie is put together and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I like the plot of the movie, and the dog is so cute and looks so real. Children nowadays need to learn standards and believe in themselves and that’s what Emily did. She felt as though she was alone until she met Clifford and the joy and love that emitted off of both of them at first sight, was surreal, so she fought to keep someone who made her feel special and loved. 

This movie is based on a classic. Clifford The Big Red Dog started as a children’s book. Did you know there are more than 75 Clifford books that have been published since the original first hit bookstores in 1963 and there are more than 129 million copies in print in 13 different languages? Clifford books start for younger children, teaching counting and manners, and ABCs. They slowly work up to older ages showing little adventures that they have, like Clifford going to Hollywood, and Clifford celebrating Halloween and Birthdays.

Clifford in the movie was a red exoskeleton controlled by two puppeteers named Rowan Magee and Jon Riddleberger. They wore matching red shoes and knee-length shorts to camouflage as they carried the exoskeleton around New York City. The front weighed about 75 pounds, so they took turns switching between the front and back. They had to learn how to act like a dog while holding the heavy frame over their heads hours at a time. They took the exoskeleton into editing and CGI’d (computer-generated imagery) the exoskeleton to make it become Clifford.