Clifford Wags into Theaters

Warner Bros. today takes Scholastic’s hit animated TV series Clifford the Big Red Dog to the big-screen. Following test openings in several markets, Clifford’s Really Big Movie is rolling out in 471 theaters across the U.S. with the intention of rustling some of the family audience away from Disney’s Home on the Range.

Directed by Robert C. Ramirez (Joseph, King of Dreams, The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue), Clifford’s Really Big Movie has the big red dog run away to join a carnival in hopes of winning a lifetime supply of Tummy Yummies. The late John Ritter lends his voice to the title role, leading a cast that includes Jenna Elfman (Looney Tunes: Back in Action), John Goodman (The Emperor’s New Groove), Wayne Brady (The Wayne Brady Show), Wilmer Valdarrama (That ’70s Show), Judge Reinhold (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) and Kel Mitchell (The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle). The G-rated film runs 73-minutes.

Based on the popular 40-year-old book series by Norman Bridwell, Clifford the Big Red Dog airs on PBS. A line of home video titles is also available through Artisan Home Entertainment.

The film with the highest theater count this weekend is the Sony/Revolution Studios comedy 13 Going on 30, starring Jennifer Garner (Daredevil, TV’s Alias) as a 13-year-old girl who wakes up in the body of 30-year-old woman. Also opening in wide release is Twentieth Century Fox’s remake of Man on Fire, starring Denzel Washington as a former marine out for revenge when something happens to the family he was paid to protect.