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Clifford's Puppy Days.
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Created by: Norman Bridwell (characters)
Voices of: Lara Jill Miller

Grey DeLisle
Cam Clarke
Kath Soucie
Masiela Lusha
Orlando Brown
LaTonya Holmes
Ogie Banks
Jess Harnell
Lauren Tom
Henry Winkler
Candi Milo

Theme music composer Jared Faber
Emily Kapnek
Opening theme "Love Makes Little Things Grow" by: Freedom Brenner
Ending theme "Love Makes Little Things Grow" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Emily Kapnek
Country of origin United States

United Kingdom (CBeebies DUB)

Original language(s): English
No. of seasons: 1
No. of episodes: 39
Production
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Scholastic
Release
Original network PBS
Original release: September 15, 2003 – February 22, 2006
Chronology
Preceded by Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford's Puppy Days is an animated children's television series that originally aired on both PBS and PBS Kids from September 15, 2003 to February 14, 2006. A prequel to the original Clifford the Big Red Dog, it features the adventures of Clifford during his puppyhood before he became a big red dog and before moving to Birdwell Island.

Unfortunately, the series was cancelled in 2006 due to low ratings. Reruns aired regularly following the cancellation, though they were halted in 2006. Since then, occasional reruns continue to air, typically on holidays.

In the UK the show aired on CBeebies from 2004 to early 2011 and like the original series, the show was dubbed with British voice actors, replacing the original American soundtrack.

Setting

The series takes place during Clifford's puppyhood, the runt of the litter in a litter of puppies given birth to by the pet dog of Emily Elizabeth's neighbor, Mr. Bradley (who appeared in an episode of the first cartoon series, "Little Clifford") and after he had been adopted by Emily Elizabeth and before he grew up into a giant red adult dog, forcing the Howards to move to Birdwell Island so Clifford would have plenty of room. The series shows Clifford and Emily Elizabeth's life and friends before they moved from the city to Birdwell Island and all of their adventures.

Format

The show followed the same format as its predecessor, Clifford the Big Red Dog.

  • The opening theme is followed by the first central story, which is about the dogs, and a problem they face.
  • Storytime with Speckle - Between the first and second story, Emily Elizabeth reads Clifford the Speckle Story, a small 60 seconds (approximately) time filler about a fictional dog (Speckle), and his animal friends.
  • This is followed by another central story, about Emily Elizabeth and her friends.
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow On - Before the credits, another 30-second short takes place called Clifford's Idea to Grow On. The short is basically an animation of an etiquette, a proverb, or basic truth such as "Play Fair", "Help Others", etc., with narration by Emily Elizabeth. This short was called Clifford's Big Idea in the previous series.
  • This is the first Clifford the dog title not to feature T-Bone,Cleo or KC and the Second Clifford the dog title not to feature Clifford's Big Dog Size or Mac
  • This is the 2nd TV Series to feature Emily's mom and dad

Characters

  • Clifford (voiced by Lara Jill Miller as a puppy) - Pet number 2 (but dog number 1) of Emily Elizabeth. An ironically small puppy who is highly playful and always looks forward to meet new friends. He loves to play with his toys, eat dog treats, and like Daffodil, he loves to take naps. His best friends are Jorge and his older sister Daffodil (who is a rabbit), who cares very deeply for him.
  • Emily Elizabeth Howard (voiced by Grey DeLisle) - The affectionate owner of Clifford and Daffodil. Her best friend is Nina.
  • Daffodil (voiced by Kath Soucie) - A Holland Lop, pet number 1 of Emily Elizabeth, and also Clifford's helper, protector, and sister. She is portrayed as a very neat rabbit. She loves to take walks, take naps, eat carrots, and play with Clifford and her toys. Her catchphrase is "sure I'm sure". She sometimes gets annoyed by Clifford, but whenever Clifford is crying, scared, needs help, or just feels alone, she is always there for him. In the first half of the series she was originally pink but her fur was changed to white in the second half.
  • Nina (voiced by Masiela Lusha) - is the sweet and enthusiastic owner of Jorge. Her best friend is Emily Elizabeth. Sometimes, however, Nina is shown to be insensitive to others' feelings, which causes rifts between her and her friends, although they always make up in the end.
  • Evan Thomas Taylor (voiced by Orlando Brown) - One of the best friends of Emily Elizabeth. He loves to play basketball, and tries to be a good friend to Emily Elizabeth.
  • Shun (voiced by Lauren Tom) - A young Japanese-American boy who is quiet, intelligent, and very proud of his Japanese heritage. Although he is not good at sports, he is always willing to give new things a try.
  • Flo and Zo (voiced by LaTonya Holmes and Ogie Banks) - Brother and sister, but twins of kittens who are very playful. They usually love to play with each other or play with their other friends. They are owned by Mr. Solomon. In the episodes "The Big, Big Present/Hanukkah Plunder Blunder," it is revealed that they and Mr. Solomon are Jewish.
  • Jorge (voiced by Jess Harnell) - A brown dachshund who loves to have fun with his best friend, Clifford. His owner is Nina.
  • Norville (voiced by Henry Winkler) - A bird who always has problems. He often calls Clifford "little red" or "pup".
  • Mr. Solomon (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) - A wheelchair-bound writer. Flo and Zo are his two pet kittens. In the episodes "The Big, Big Present/Hanukkah Plunder Blunder," it is revealed that he, Flo, and Zo are Jewish.
  • The Sidarsky's - A family of mice who live in the laundromat. They have five playful children, Lucy, Lewis, Sophie, Sid, and a new baby.
  • Bebe (voiced by Jill Talley) - A Golden Retriever Seeing-eye dog, who joins in on Clifford and his friends' fun whenever she can spare the time. She belongs to a blind girl named Jenny.
  • Jenny (voiced by Dionne Quan) - A blind girl and Bebe's owner. While she was blind, Jenny has unusually high situational awareness, being able to tell where things are without even touching them. She demonstrates expertise in botany and gardening, helping the kids to plant a willow tree. Note: Dionne Quan is blind in real life.
  • Mrs. Z (voiced by Russi Taylor) - An Italian, retired circus performer who recently moves in during her debut, "Friends of All Ages." It is shown there that her full name is Isabel Zabione.
  • Tricksie (also voiced by Russi Taylor) - Her shaggy dog. She teaches certain old tricks to Clifford and Jorge, but never participates herself.
  • Teacup (voiced by Lucy Liu) - A miniature, adult poodle who has spent most of her life in the pound, as shown in her only appearance, "Adopt a Pup." She eventually gets adopted by an elderly woman who has always wanted a dog, but never had any room in her apartment for a normal-sized one, thus making Teacup suitable.
  • Bobby (voiced by Philip Hayes) - A giant puppy of a big breed who plays roughly.
  • Jack (voiced by Tara Strong) - A competitive puppy in a sandcastle contest, as he competes against Clifford and Jorge.

Stories

Each half-hour episode was divided into 2 stories.

Season 1

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season

Title Directed by Written by Storyboard by Original air date Speckle story/Clifford's Idea to Grow on used
1 101 Keeping Cool
Socks & Snooze
Bob Doucette Frederick Stroppel
Suzanne Collins
Dan Kuenster
Jeff Gordon
September 1, 2003
  • Speckle Story: Speckle and the Pen Pals
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Believe in Yourself
2 102 The Monster in 3-B
Cat-tastrophe
Bob Doucette Suzanne Collins
Barry "Baz" Hawkins
Cynthia Petrovic
Curtis Cim
September 1, 2003
  • Speckle Story: Speckle and the Terrific Tour
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Share
3 103 Jorge and the Dog Run
Clifford's Clubhouse
Bob Doucette Jeff Borkin
James Ponti
Dave Cunningham and Dan Kuenster
Cynthia Petrovic
September 17, 2003
  • Speckle Story: Speckle and the Homemade Toys
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Respect
4 104 Paw Print Picasso
Hup Hup
Bob Doucette Tish Rabe
Peter Bakalian
Michael Kim
Anna Burns
October 15, 2003
  • Speckle Story: Speckle and the Made-Up Rules
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Play Fair
5 105 Sock It to Me
My Toy
Bob Doucette Dev Ross
Alan Goodman
Lenord Robinson
Curt Walstead
October 1, 2003
  • Speckle Story: Speckle and the Fairy Tale
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Respect
6 106 Friends of All Ages
Clifford's Super Sleepover
Bob Doucette Dev Ross
Tish Rabe
Dan Kuenster
Tim George
October 8, 2003
  • Speckle Story: Speckle Gets Well
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Work Together
7 107 Clifford's Field Trip
Helping Paws
Bob Doucette Sindy McKay
Dev Ross
Kevin Frank
Tim George
December 10, 2003
  • Speckle Story: Speckle and the Terrific Tour
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Be Truthful
8 108 Nina's Perfect Party
Just the Right Size
Bob Doucette Frederick Stroppel
Jeff Borkin
Lenord Robinson
Byron Vaughns
December 17, 2003
  • Speckle Story: Speckle and the Cure for Hiccups
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Help Others
9 109 Something Special
Shun Gets in the Game
Bob Doucette James Ponti
Tish Rabe
Roy Meurin
Gloria Jenkins
October 29, 2003
  • Speckle Story: Speckle and the Brand New Toy
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Be Truthful
10 110 Clifford's Winter Spirit
Flo-Motion
Bob Doucette Jeff Borkin
Frederick Stroppel
Holly Boruck
Trevor Wall
November 5, 2003
  • Speckle Story: Speckle and the Holiday for Everyone
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Be Kind
11 111 No Small Parts
Fine Feather Friend
Bob Doucette Jeff Borkin
Peter Bakalian
Stephen Sandoval
Kevin Frank
February 16, 2004
  • Speckle Story: Speckle and the Pen Pals
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Good Friend
12 112 Sing-a-Song Norville
Tell Me a Tale
Bob Doucette Barry "Baz" Hawkins
Sindy McKay
Byron Vaughns
Tim George
February 17, 2004
  • Speckle Story: Speckle and the Terrific Tour
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Be Truthful
13 113 Hoop Dreams
Doggie Duds
Bob Doucette Frederick Stroppel
Dev Ross
Roy Meurin
Gloria Jenkins
February 18, 2004
  • Speckle Story: Speckle and the Made-Up Rules
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Good Friend
14 114 Best Nest
Practice Makes Perfect
Bob Doucette Dennis Haley and Marcy Brown
James Ponti
Trevor Wall
Ralph Zondag
February 19, 2004
  • Speckle Story: Speckle and the Homemade Toys
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Work Together
15 115 Your Secret Valentine
Perfect Pet
Bob Doucette Barry "Baz" Hawkins
James Ponti
Ken Laramay
Gloria Jenkins
February 20, 2004
  • Speckle Story: Speckle and the Surprising Story
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Work Together
16 116 My Blanky
With Friends Like You
Bob Doucette Peter Bakalian
Barry "Baz" Hawkins
John Howley
Stephen Sandoval and Jeff Gordon
September 5, 2004
17 117 Time Out
Sniff, Sniff
Bob Doucette Dennis Haley and Marcy Brown
Alan Goodman
Rafael Rosaro
Tim George
September 8, 2004
18 118 A Promise Is a Promise
Share and Share Alike
Bob Doucette Sindy McKay
Tish Rabe
Roy Meurin
Gloria Jenkins
September 12, 2004
19 119 "Fall Feast"
"Norville's New Game"
Bob Doucette Barry "Baz" Hawkins
Jeff Borkin
Trevor Wall
Diane Kredensor
September 15, 2004
20 120 Oh, Brother
Up, Up, & Oops!
Bob Doucette Sindy McKay
Dev Ross
Kathy Carr
John Howley
September 19, 2004
21 121 Moving On
Fair Is Fair
Bob Doucette Frederick Stroppel
James Ponti
Kevin Frank
Tim George
September 22, 2004
22 122 Grooming Gloom
The Letter
Bob Doucette Sindy McKay
Alan Goodman
Roy Meurin
Gloria Jenkins
September 26, 2004
23 123 Adopt-a-Pup
Jokes on You
Bob Doucette Suzanne Collins
Barry "Baz" Hawkins
Diane Kredensor
Kathy Carr
February 15, 2005
24 124 Lights, Camera, Action
Basketball Babysitter
Bob Doucette James Ponti
Deborah Forte and Frederick Stroppel
John Howley
Dan Kuenster and Tim George
February 16, 2005
25 125 The Halloween Bandit
An Honest Spin
Bob Doucette Peter Bakalian
Dennis Haley and Marcy Brown
Diane Kredensor
Roy Meurin
February 17, 2005
  • Speckle Story: Speckle and the Pen Pals
  • Clifford's Idea to Grow on: Be Responsible

Season 2

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Title Directed by Written by Storyboard by Original air date
26 201 Small Packages
Clifford's Magic Lamp
Joey Ahlbum Frederick Stroppel
Sindy McKay
Scott Cooper and Jason McDonald
Jennifer Batinich and Mike Wisniewski
September 12, 2005
27 202 Finders Keepers
You're Famous
Joey Ahlbum Peter Bakalian Jennifer Batinich and Mike Wisniewski
Scott Cooper and Frank Detrano
September 13, 2005
28 203 Puppy Dog Power
Extra! Extra!
Joey Ahlbum Dev Ross
Sindy McKay
Jennifer Batinich and Mike Wisniewski
Scott Cooper
September 14, 2005
29 204 Sandcastle Hassle
School Daze
Joey Ahlbum Jeff Borkin
Suzanne Collins
Jennifer Batinich and Mike Wisniewski
Scott Cooper and Frank Detrano
September 15, 2005
30 205 Celebrating Spring
Garden Delights
Joey Ahlbum Dennis Haley and Marcy Brown
Dev Ross
Mike Wisniewski and Frank Detrano
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
September 16, 2005
31 206 Clifford the Scary Puppy
Things That Go Bump
Joey Ahlbum Frederick Stroppel
James Ponti
Mike Wisniewski and Frank Detrano
Mike Wisniewski, Jennifer Batinich and Frank Detrano
October 26, 2005
32 207 The Big, Big Present
Hanukah Plunder Blunder
Joey Ahlbum Dev Ross
Baz Hawkins
Dan Haskett and Frank Detrano
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
December 21, 2005
33 214 Valentines Schmalentines
Sweetheart's Dance
Joey Ahlbum Jeff Borkin
James Ponti
Mike Wisniewski, Ian Freedman and Frank Detrano
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
February 14, 2006
34 208 The Big Surprise
Be My Guest
Joey Ahlbum Frederick Stroppel
Baz Hawkins
John Holmquist
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
February 15, 2006
35 210 Clifford's Little Friend
Tricky Business
Joey Ahlbum Frederick Stroppel
Sindy McKay
Mike Wisniewski and Frank Detrano
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
February 16, 2006
36 209 But I Really, Really Saw It!
The Perfect Pancake
Joey Ahlbum Peter Bakalian
Dennis Haley and Marcy Brown
Mike Wisniewski and Frank Detrano
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
February 17, 2006
37 211 Show and Tell
What a Story
Joey Ahlbum Peter Bakalian
Dennis Haley and Marcy Brown
Ian Freedman and Frank Detrano
Mike Wisniewski, Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
February 20, 2006
38 213 Lost and Found
Basketball Blunders
Joey Ahlbum Dev Ross
Dennis Haley and Marcy Brown
Ian Freedman and Frank Detrano
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
February 22, 2006
39 212 Heroes and Friends
The Cookie Crumbles
Joey Ahlbum Sindy McKay
Frederick Stroppel
Dan Haskett and Frank Detrano
Jennifer Batinich and Scott Cooper
February 22, 2006

Cancellation

The show was ultimately short-lived, and hasn't aired since final reruns aired in 2006. However, PBS aired the Halloween episode of Clifford's Puppy Days during October 2010; this serves as the show's final national original-run airing. In mid-December 2010, Georgia Public Broadcasting started airing reruns of the show on the GPB Kids station, and they now continue to run occasionally. WGTE Family and KQEH Kids still air reruns of the show as well.

This is the second TV series to have Emily's mom and dad appear in the cartoon. Caroline seems to have her pants redesigned to light green. However, in this TV series they are not blue at all, but her light green pants appear in some of the cartoon series. Her blue pants are in either the wardrobe or in the laundry.

KC, T-Bone, Cleo and Mac are some dog characters who do not appear in this series but from the 2000 cartoon.

Opening theme

The opening theme, "Love Makes Little Things Grow", was composed by Jared Faber and Emily Kapnek and performed by Freedom Bremner.

Trivia

  • This is the first Clifford The Big Red Dog show to be shot in 16:9 widescreen high-definition, unlike the 1988 cartoon and the 2000 cartoon that were both shot in 4:3 full screen standard-definition. But it was only seen on Netflix.
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