Clifford, Futurama Fetch Disc Debuts

Following a moderately successful, limited-release theatrical run, Clifford’s Really Big Movie arrives today on DVD and VHS courtesy of Warner Home Video. The pic will share shelves with Vol. 4 of Matt Groening’s and David X. Cohen’s brilliant-but-cancelled toon series, Futurama.

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). Animated by Scholastic Ent., the G-rated film is based on the popular 40-year-old book series by Norman Bridwell and runs 73-minutes.

Clifford’s DVD extras include a read-along, a “Big Time” music video and sing-along, a craft tutorial on making Clifford puppets and a behind-the-scenes featurette titled Inside the Dog House. The disc lists for $26.98.

From Fox Home Entertainment comes Futurama: Volume 4, a four-disc set containing 18 episodes from the fourth season. Bonus materials include tons of commentary by Matt Groening and producer David X. Cohen, as well as deleted scenes, animatics and storyboards. Look for Easter eggs including an audio track of a table read, 11 segments of 3D models from rough drafts with narration, two “how to draw characters” galleries of Bender and Professor Farnsworth, a still gallery and nine pencil-test segments. The release carries a suggested retail price of $49.98.