What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in this full-length animated movie meant for very young kids, there are a few incidents in which misunderstanding, jealousy, and lying result in mild suspense and jeopardy to the main characters. Little kids may feel sad when Clifford the Big Red Dog and his buddies leave home, when Emily Elizabeth realizes that Clifford is missing, and when Clifford is captured and taken away. But worrisome events resolve quickly; the film has a happy ending; and characters who've misbehaved learn important lessons.
- Families can talk about how Clifford got the wrong idea by hearing only part of what Emily Elizabeth's parents said about him. What should he have done instead of leaving?
- How do you think the animated movie version of Clifford compares with the picture book and TV versions of Clifford stories?
- Is it ever OK to lie or to leave home without talking to your family about what's wrong.