Paramount Pictures released the first look at the adaptation of Scholastic’s popular children’s book Clifford the Big Red Dog, and the big dog looked very red … or something close by. As soon as the teaser trailer was dropped, Twitter erupted with reactions – and not many of them were good.
Just search for “Clifford” on Twitter and you will read the many reactions that range from creepy to funny. But the only thing was the dog’s appearance. Many commented on how strange the dog looked – but mostly in the color red.
“I was trying to figure out what Clifford’s color reminded me of and I found out: a blonde person who did the Kool-Aid hair dye,” tweeted BuzzFeed reporter Caroline Haskins.
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In the meantime, many people have just buried themselves in the dog’s appearance and not clung to the ridiculousness.
“If this is what Clifford looks like, what will Stitch look like?” tweeted YouTuber Kingsley.
“The CGI Clifford doesn’t look like Martin Short,” said actor James Urbaniak, referring to the 1994 comedy of the same name.
Timeless actor Malcolm Barrett cut in: “I know you think I’m kidding, but when I auditioned, I really wanted the villain role in Clifford … I really gave it my all.”
Others found the Big Red Dog’s ridiculousness just unnecessary. The author Preeti Chhibber wrote, “I can’t believe you are all cyber-bullying Clifford.”
“More people are upset about the appearance of the new Clifford the Big Red Dog than about Michael Flynn’s pardon,” tweeted RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Nina West.
The negative review for Clifford is deja vu for Paramount as they went through the same thing the first time you looked at Sonic the Hedgehog. Fans of the video game character immediately freaked out on Twitter when they saw his teeth, calling them “creepy” and “nightmarish”. This primarily caused the release to be delayed so that production can continue working on the redesign of the characters. This could well be the same situation for Clifford.
Directed by Walt Becker, Clifford plays The Big Red Dog Darby Camp as Emily Elizabeth, a middle school student Emily who meets a magical animal rescuer (John Cleese) who gives her a little red puppy. She never thought of waking up to find a giant ten-foot dog in her small apartment in New York City. While her single mother (Sienna Guillory) is out on business, Emily and her funny but impulsive Uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) embark on an adventure on the edge of your seat.
Read more reaction tweets about first sight of the Big Red Dog.
I was trying to figure out what Clifford’s color reminded me of and I found out: a blonde person who did the Kool-Aid hair dye https://t.co/KxKqdA3gTH
– Caroline Haskins (@ caro1inehaskins) November 25, 2020
I am…. If this is what Clifford looks like, what will Stitch look like? pic.twitter.com/p1588PvFla
– Kingsley (@kingsleyyy) November 25, 2020
I know you think I’m kidding, but when I auditioned, I really wanted to play the villain in Clifford.
… Like, I really gave it my all.
– Verbal The Rapper✊🏾 (@malcolmbarrett) November 25, 2020
The CGI Clifford doesn’t look like Martin Short.
– James Urbaniak (@JamesUrbaniak) November 25, 2020
I can’t believe you are all cyber bullying Clifford
– Preeti Chhibber says we win in GA! (@runwithskizzers) November 25, 2020
More people are upset about the appearance of the new Clifford the Big Red Dog than 45 pardoning Michael Flynn … pic.twitter.com/xglYHjpOQ3
– STREAM QUARANTINE DREAM 🎄 Nina West (@NinaWest) November 25, 2020
I don’t know whether or not to be shocked that adult men get mad at what Clifford The Big Red Dog – a movie for preschoolers – looks like.
– Josh Fairhurst (@LimitedRunJosh) November 25, 2020
Me: All dogs are adorable.
The makers of CLIFFORD: Hold our water bowl. pic.twitter.com/wszu4h9d1N
– Jenelle Riley (@jenelleriley) November 25, 2020
“They’ll all laugh at you,” Clifford 😳 pic.twitter.com/Y1upVXG5bq
– Chloe Condon @ (@ChloeCondon) November 26, 2020
Clifford just doesn’t look right to me … studios keep making the same mistakes. pic.twitter.com/paDuqLaj8u
– Jordan VanDina (@JordanVanDina) November 26, 2020
So is the new Clifford! pic.twitter.com/SW9aAm9N4C
– 63 years young (@ByYourLogic) November 25, 2020
Clifford the giant communist dog
– Ianabramson (@ianabramson) November 25, 2020
I think we can all agree that Clifford should look like this: pic.twitter.com/oixO174YMK
– @ 𝗯𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘀 (@ TimBarnes451) November 25, 2020
I never read Clifford the Big Red Dog, the title says too much.
– Sean Thomason (@TheThomason) November 25, 2020
The new Clifford looks insane pic.twitter.com/fmElqT4bd6
– Steven Castillo (@STEEEZUSCHRIST) November 25, 2020