On December 14, PBS Kids will premiere the animated film Clifford Really Big Movie to celebrate Clifford’s 50th Anniversary. Warner Brothers originally released the film in 2004. It featured John Ritter as the voice of Clifford as well as Wayne Brady, Jenna Elfman, and John Goodman. The new animated film by Scholastic Entertainment will feature the original cast as well as Grey Delisle, Jess Harnell, Kel Mitchell, Judge Reinhold, Kath Soucie, Cree Summer, and Wilmer Valderrama. The new movie takes viewers on Clifford’s cross-country adventure with characters such as Cleo, T-Bone, and an entirely new cast of characters.
2012-2013 School Year Celebration Includes New Publishing, Apps, Live Classroom Event, Birthday Card Campaign, National Sweepstakes, Broadcast Event, New Products, and Promotional Partners
Scholastic Media, a division of Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing, education and media company, announced that it will kick off the 50th anniversary celebration of Clifford the Big Red Dog on September 24th– in conjunction with the publication of Norman Bridwell’s Clifford Collection and the “Biggest Birthday Party Ever” at Scholastic headquarters in New York City, a live event that will be streamed to classrooms nationwide.
The campaign will span the school year and include the launch of new publishing, a birthday card campaign, and a national sweepstakes leading up to Clifford’s official birthday on February 14. Since the first Clifford book was published in 1963, the property has expanded to include 126 million books in print and an Emmy Award-winning television series, currently in its twelfth consecutive season on PBS Kids in the U.S.; the show has been sold to 30 countries in 12 languages worldwide.
Highlights of the Clifford 50th Anniversary year include:
“Biggest Birthday Party Ever” Kick Off Event/Live Classroom Webcast
On September 24 at 10:00 a.m., Scholastic will host Clifford’s Biggest Birthday Party Ever—a live celebration at Scholastic’s New York City headquarters and webcast to classrooms nationwide. Hundreds of children will gather to sing Happy Birthday to Clifford, and Norman Bridwell will be on hand for a big reveal on the façade of the company’s SoHo building.