The Official Trailer For “Clifford The Big Red Dog” is Here

What does a family do when their new dog becomes monstrously big? If you’re Emily Elizabeth and her uncle Casey, you adapt—or try to—to your new circumstances. This is the premise of director Walt Becker’s Clifford the Big Red Dog, based on the beloved Scholastic cartoon character. If you live in New York City, there’s the added pleasure of imagining trying to share your limited space (unless you’re rich) with a Great Dane, let alone a dog the size of a bus.

The new trailer shows just some of the trials and tribulations that every dog owner goes through—puppy exuberance, the destruction of private and public property, slobber—only times whatever the precise size Clifford is. At one point, the happy (and very red) giant puppy swallows another dog, whole. Don’t worry, he spits that pup out without a scratch on him, but that still had to be traumatic. (Michael Packard, the lobster diver who was very nearly swallowed by a humpback whale recently, could probably relate.) At another point, some folks trying to have a good time rolling around inside inflatable balls in Central Park are treated to the horrifying spectacle of being chased around by Clifford, who believes he’s playing fetch.

The cast includes Darby Camp as Emily, the young lady who takes on Clifford, and Jack Whitehall as her uncle Casey. John Cleese plays Mr. Bridwell, the magical animal rescuer who sets the entire plot into motion. You’ll also see comedy stars like Kenan Thompson, playing a veterinarian, and Tony Hale.

Check out the trailer for Clifford the Big Red Dog below. This family-friendly film opens in theaters on September 17. (In some feel-good news, Paramount announced for every share #CliffordMovie trailer gets, they’ll donate $1 to Best Friends Animal Society, up to $20,000.)

Here’s the official synopsis for Clifford The Big Red Dog:

When middle-schooler Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) meets a magical animal rescuer (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!

For more films coming out from Paramount, check out these stories:

“A Quiet Place Part II” Composer Marco Beltrami on Making a Menacing Score

How The “A Quiet Place Part II” Sound Team Turns the Viewer Into Prey

First Look at Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho” Revealed

Review Roundup: “A Quiet Place Part II” Joyously Shreds Your Nerves

Featured image: Darby Camp and Jack Whitehall star in CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG from Paramount Pictures. Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Pictures.


The Credits

The Credits is an online magazine that tells the story behind the story to celebrate our large and diverse creative community. Focusing on profiles of below-the-line filmmakers, The Credits celebrates the often uncelebrated individuals who are indispensable to the films and TV shows we love.