4:18am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
'Clifford the Big Red Dog' Set for Reboot at Amazon, PBS Kids
Clifford the Big Red Dog is getting a reboot.
Amazon Prime Video and PBS Kids are set to launch a "reimagined" version of the animated show, inspired by the Scholastic Entertainment book series by Norman Bridwell, in 2019.
The animated show — which follows Clifford, an oversize red dog, and his best friend, Emily Elizabeth — is currently in production for 39 episodes.
Clifford the Big Red Dog has been a staple on PBS Kids since it first premiered in 2000. (John Ritter was the voice of Clifford in the series, which ran through 2003.)
The new version, while still set on Birdwell Island, will feature new locations and new designs for Clifford and Emily Elizabeth, along with original songs and new characters.
In addition, Scholastic Entertainment is developing a global publishing, broadcast, merchandise and licensing program to help further extend the positive messages of the brand to children and families around the globe.
The rebooted show will also have a strong emphasis on social-emotional skills such as empathy, along with a solid curriculum designed to boost early literacy and encourage imaginative play.
Clifford the Big Red Dog is produced by Scholastic Entertainment. 100 Chickens and 9 Story/Brown Bag Films also are on board.
The previous version has aired in 110 countries around the globe and spawned a spinoff, Clifford's Puppy Days.
Scholastic published the first Clifford the Big Red Dog title in 1963, and there are now more than 133 million Clifford books in print in 16 different languages.