Monday, May 20, 2024

Paramount Changes Chiefs and “Clifford the Big Red Dog” Gets His Bite Back for a November Release


You may recall the live action version of “Clifford the Big Red Dog” was supposed to a gala presentation at the Toronto Film Festival. It was set to open by Paramount right after that, on September 17th.

Then Paramount pulled the kid friendly film from their schedule and said it was because of COVID. They said they didn’t want to hurt kids. But they still released “PAW Patrol” for kids onAugust 20th, which has done pretty well. So nothing really made sense.

Well, then Viacom fired studio chief Jim Gianopolous and replaced him with Brian Robbins, who comes from the Nickelodeon division. Now “Clifford” is back on the schedule, for November 10th, in theaters and on Paramount Plus.

Is this the case of the tail wagging the dog? Obviously, Gianopolous didn’t like the film or was really nervous about kids getting COVID. Was that what made Paramount send him to the pound? Anyway, Robbins is pro-“Clifford,” and who isn’t? Time to get him out of the dog house and up on the screen!

Will we start to see more Paramount releases soon? Or this just a bone Robbins is throwing us? We’ll have to chew on that.

And let’s have a sense of humor about all this, kids. We don’t often get such golden (retriever) opportunities for puns!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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