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Clifford’s Really Big Movie

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Kids (especially pre-schoolers)
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Featuring: John Ritter, Wayne Brady, Kath Soucie, Cree Summer, Cam Clarke
Director: Robert Ramirez
Producer: Deborah Forte
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Copyright, Scholastic and Warner Brothers
Copyright, Scholastic and Warner Brothers
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Copyright, Scholastic and Warner Brothers

“Nothing can replace friendship.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: Clifford hits the road with Cleo and T-Bone in a thrilling big screen adventure! They become stars in a traveling carnival show and meet amazing new friends on their journey. Will Clifford find his way back to Emily Elizabeth and Birdwell Island? A Scholastic production.

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Positive—This movie is a great movie for children. I highly recommend it. It is not exactly like the TV show, so don’t think it is a longer episode. Very Good Movie!
My Ratings: [Excellent!/5]
—Janet, age 35
Positive—I took my almost 4-year-old to see Clifford’s Big Movie and she loved it! While the animation isn’t high-dollar quality, it is a sweet story and the preschool Clifford fans will find it enjoyable. One objectionable thing is that the dogs tell a lie to get into the circus… which they never endure any consequences for. It isn’t a major focus of the movie, but may leave parents with some explaining to do. Overall, I thought it was a good film and would take my daughter to see it again.
My Ratings: [Good/3]
—Alison, age 29
Neutral—I feel that Cliffords Really Big Movie is not suitable for young children. I saw this with my son, age 4, and I thought it was somewhat offensive. I know that it is hard to think that Clifford could be offensive but, there were some sexual references that were “hidden.” Children most likely would not catch these but, I still do not want my child hearing them. Also, my four year old was scared after he saw this movie because of the “villains.” I would only recommend this movie if you feel your kids can handle some scary action and if you feel comfortable allowing your children to hear some “hidden” sexual references.
My Ratings: [Average/3]
—Greg Johnson, age 36
Movie Critics
…will provide preschoolers with comfort and amusement, though not rapture or enchantment…
—A.O. Scott, New York Times
…offers a positive, fun experience for young children… positive message about the importance of family… conveys that even those with special needs… are important to the people who love them… also explores the concept of individuality and acceptance… Another positive message of the film is that we can be tricked by our desire for fame and fortune…
—Annabelle Robertson, Crosswalk
…low-budget animated feature …the latest example of a distressing wave of undistinguished theatrical versions of Saturday-morning kid shows… formulaic storytelling and lackluster animation…
—Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
…Refreshingly free of offensive material…
—Mary Draughon, Preview Family Movie and TV Review
…It’s too bad that the characterizations are so one-dimensional, given the potential for some real fun here… As far as animated flicks go, “Clifford’s Really Big Movie” is third-string Disney…
—Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
…it’s a really slight movie, providing a little diversion for small fry and precious little for adults…
—Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger