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Clifford's Really Big Movie Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    The latest example of a distressing wave of undistinguished theatrical versions of Saturday-morning kid shows.

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  • 70

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    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Will provide preschoolers with comfort and amusement, though not rapture or enchantment.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 4+

Charming and harmless. Nap while your kid enjoys.

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.

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Brief looks at life in a carnival and the differences between rural island life and city life.  

  • message true1

    Messages: Misunderstandings can happen and sometimes cause problems. It's better to talk things over than to jump to conclusions. Lying, even about little things, is never a good idea. 

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Clifford and his friends always have good intentions but make mistakes (even lie when they pretend to be strays) as they set out to win a contest and help Clifford's family. Everyone in the story, even the most selfish and/or resentful characters, learns a valuable lesson. Most grown-ups and parental figures are portrayed positively. There's ethnic diversity throughout. 

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: Some cartoon action, pratfalls, and close calls: a cow loses her balance on a tightrope; a smoking runaway car careens down a hillside; Clifford is captured and taken away; guards with nets and lasers chase the heroes through an amusement park. Several falls and bonks -- no one is injured.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Clifford the Big Red Dog is a popular toy and programming franchise.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue