'Clifford The Big Red Dog': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about the live-action adaptation

While many were anticipating the release of the movie, when the First Look dropped, Paramount Picture was trolled for the CGI version of the beloved red dog


                            'Clifford The Big Red Dog': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about the live-action adaptation
(Paramount Pictures)

Paramount has dropped a trailer for the 2021 live-action adaption of 'Clifford The Big Red Dog' right before Thanksgiving. “This holiday season, we’re thankful for the pets whose love got us through the year. But next year, get ready to love even bigger," revealed the trailer. The 'Clifford' book was authored by Norman Bridwell in 1963 and has since become a staple in children's libraries. Here is all you need to know about the upcoming release. 

Release date

There is no official release date for the movie as of yet and Paramount Pictures has revealed that it will hit theatres in 2021.

Plot

'Clifford The Big Red Dog' (Paramount Pictures)

The official synopsis reads, "When middle-schooler Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) meets a magical animal rescuer, Mr Bridwell (John Cleese) who gifts her a little, red puppy, she never anticipated waking up to find a giant ten-foot hound in her small New York City apartment.

While her single mom (Sienna Guillory) is away for business, Emily and her fun but impulsive uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) set out on an adventure that will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat as our heroes take a bite out of the Big Apple. Based on the beloved Scholastic book character, Clifford will teach the world how to love big!"

Cast

Darby Camp as Emily Elizabeth

Darby Camp attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California (Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Camp is known for her roles as Chloe Mackenzie in 'Big Little Lies' (2017-2019), Kate in 'The Christmas Chronicles' (2018), Frankie in 'Benji' (2018), and Erin Miller in 'Grey's Anatomy'. This year she was nominated for a Young Entertainer Award for Best Young Actress 10-11 for 'Bach 'n' Roll' (2019) and was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for 'Big Little Lies' which she shared with her castmates.

John Cleese as Mr Bridwell

John Cleese attends the 23rd annual German Comedy Awards at Studio in Köln Mühlheim on October 02, 2019, in Cologne, Germany (Joshua Sammer/Getty Images)

Cleese is known for his roles as Archie Leach in 'A Fish Called Wanda' (1988), Grizzled Sergeant in 'Around the World in 80 days' (2004), Dr. Simon Finch-Royce in 'Cheers' for which he won a Primetime Emmy in 1987 for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series, and Basil Fawlty 'Fawlty Towers' for which he won a BAFTA TV Award in 1980 for Best Light Entertainment Performance.

Sienna Guillory as Emily's mom

Sienna Guillory attends the High-Rise Screening, during the BFI London Film Festival, at Odeon Leicester Square on October 9, 2015, in London, England (John Phillips/Getty Images)

Guillory is known for her roles in 'Love Actually' (2003), as Arya in 'Eragon' (2006), Jill Valentine in 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse' (2004) and 'Resident Evil: Afterlife' (2010). She was nominated for a Phoenix Film Critics Society Award in 2004 for Best Ensemble Acting for 'Love Actually' which she shared with her castmates and was also nominated for a British Independent Film Award in 2014 for Best Supporting Actress for 'The Goob' (2014) where she played the role of Janet.

Jack Whitehall as Uncle Casey

Jack Whitehall attends The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020, in London, England (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Whitehall is known for his roles as Alfie Wickers in 'The Bad Education Movie' (2015), J.P. in 'Fresh Meat' (2011-2016), and Zack in 'Mothers' Day' (2016). In 2012 he won a British Comedy Award for King/Queen of Comedy, and was nominated for the same award in 2011 for Best TV Comedy Actor for 'Fresh Meat'. 

Creators

The movie is directed by Walt Becker, with David Ronn, Jay Scherick, Ellen Rapoport, Blaise Hemingway, Norman Bridwell and Justin Malen serving as writers. Lisa Crnic, Bradley J Fischer, Caitlin Friedman and Brian Oliver serve as executive producers.

Trailer

You can watch the newly released first look of the upcoming movie below.



 

Pre Buzz

While many were anticipating the release of the movie, when the First Look dropped, Paramount Picture was trolled for the CGI version of the beloved red dog. "Clifford the big red dog looking like a scary movie don’t think ima be letting my lil bro watch that sh*t :/," wrote one user. Another added, "Clifford looks like he just got done devouring his family and rolling around in their blood."

Others focused on the CGI, with one user tweeting, "Hol up. Is he CGI or y'all just paint a dog red without his consent?" Yet another user added, "tto say that I find this attempt at portraying Clifford despicable would be an understatement. what Paramount has done to this dog is unjust, it is unfair, and it is frankly insulting"



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

Where to watch

When 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' releases in 2021, it will do so in theatres.

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