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Clifford the Big Red Dog pulled from TIFF lineup

The release of Clifford the Big Red Dog has been postponed in Canada and distributors say the family adventure will also no longer screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Distributor delaying release in United States, Canada due to concerns around COVID-19 Delta variant

Darby Camp, left, and Jack Whitehall star in Clifford the Big Red Dog from Paramount Pictures are shown in this handout image. The release of Clifford the Big Red Dog has been postponed in Canada and distributors say the family adventure will no longer be in the Toronto International Film Festival. (Paramount Pictures/The Canadian Press)

The release of Clifford the Big Red Dog has been postponed in Canada and distributors say the family adventure will also no longer screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The announcement from eOne comes less than a week after Paramount said it's postponing the release of Clifford in the United States amid concerns about the COVID-19 Delta variant.

The Walt Becker-directed comedy was originally set to hit theatres across Canada on Sept. 17, the same day as the U.S. release.

Last month, the adaptation of the Norman Bridwell children's book series was also announced for TIFF, which runs Sept. 9 to 18.

WATCH | Clifford the Big Red Dog trailer: 

David Alan Grier voices the pooch protagonist in the Canada/U.S./United Kingdom co-production, about a 12-year-old girl who adopts a small puppy that grows into a giant.

Other cast members include John Cleese, Russell Peters, Tony Hale and Rosie Perez.

TIFF tweeted Wednesday that it's disappointed the film won't be at the festival but values its long-standing relationships with eOne and Paramount.

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