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Clifford The Big Red Dog | Walter Becker And Jordan Kerner On The Challenges In Bringing Clifford To Life [Exclusive Interivew]

Clifford the Big Red Dog

In the vast world of books, we can imagine all kinds of worlds and creatures. There isn’t really a limit to where the pages of a good book can take us. Sometimes these characters can captivate readers enough to be able to be passed down from one generation to the next. Such is the case of Clifford the Big Red Dog. He has been around since the early 60s. Now this week, he will be making his feature big-screen debut.

But bringing Clifford the Big Red Dog to the big screen could be quite the challenge. First of all, the dog is traditionally bright red. Next up, is the size of the dog. Its giant larger than life appearance makes it a challenge to put in any live-action environment. For this feature film from Paramount Pictures, they created a giant puppy that will hopefully satisfy audiences as they are introduced to Clifford in a live-action setting.

Kenan Thompson, Director Walt Becker, Jack Whitehall, and Producer Jordan Kerner on the set of CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG from Paramount Pictures. Photo Credit: KC Bailey.


With the release of Clifford the Big Red Dog this week, LRM Online’s Emmanuel Gomez spoke with Walter Becker and Jordan Kerner. Becker is the director of the film and Kerner is the producer. During our conversation, we talk about some of the creative decisions in bringing Clifford to life for example the red that was used. But they also talk about the importance of creating a puppy that behaved authentically. You can check it out down below!

Here is the 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!

Paramount Pictures’ Clifford the Big Red Dog is now playing in theaters everywhere. It will also be available on Paramount+.

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