It’s no surprise the movie trailer feels like it was engineered in the same lab that, presumably, is going to attempt to dognap Clifford at some point. A live-action and CGI hybrid adaptation of Clifford the Big Red Dog has been in the works since 2012, starting as a Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment project before switching hands (and filmmakers) a few times, landing at Paramount Pictures in 2016 with another new director and a rewritten script. Given it’s been almost a decade in the works, it’s no surprise it feels like a relic of kids movies past. But I’m a parent now, and children love watching silly stuff like this so I’m going to have to get used to it at some point. If I have to suffer through it, so do all of you.

You’re welcome.
Gif: Paramount Pictures

Clifford the Big Red Dog arrives in theaters on September 17.

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