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Dora the Explorer
File:Dora the Explorer logo.svg
GenreChildren's adventure
Creautit biChris Gifford
Valerie Walsh Valdes
Eric Weiner
Directit biGeorge S. Chialtas
Gary Conrad
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Sherie Pollack
Arnie Wong
Jyllian Gunther (Voice)
Vyces o
Theme muisic componer
  • Joshua Sitron
  • Billy Straus
Appenin themeDora the Explorer Theme
Endin themevarious closing themes
Kintra o oreeginUnitit States
Oreeginal leid(s)
  • Inglis
  • Spaingie
No. o series8
No. o episodes172 (aired) (leet o episodes)
Executive producer(s)Chris Gifford
Producer(s)Valerie Walsh Valdes
  • Gayle McIntyre
  • Karyn Finley Powell
  • David Wigforss
Lenth22 meenits approx., 45 meenits (specials)
Production company(s)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Oreeginal networkNickelodeon
Pictur format
Oreeginal release14 August 2000 (2000-08-14) – 5 Juin 2014 (2014-06-05)
Follaed biDora and Friends: Into the City!
Related shawsGo, Diego, Go!
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Dora the Explorer is an American educational animated TV series creatit bi Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, an Eric Weiner. Dora the Explorer became a regular series in 2000. The shaw is carried on the Nickelodeon cable television network, includin the associated Nick Jr. channel. It aired on CBS until September 2006. A Spaingie-dubbed version first aired as pairt o a Nick en español block on NBC Universal-owned Telemundo throu September 2006; syne Apryle 2008, this version o the program haes been carried on Univision as pairt o the Planeta U block. The series is co-produced bi Nickelodeon Productions an Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Dora the Explorer is ane o the langest-running shaws o Nick Jr. Durin the saxt series, the shaw became the Nick Jr. series wi the maist episodes, surpassin Blue's Clues wi 143 episodes, haein 144 efter it haed completit broadcasting on television. It wan a Peabody Award in 2003 "for outstanding efforts in making learning a pleasurable experience for pre-schoolers." It ended on Juin 5, 2014 efter 8 series an 172 episodes.[1]

Plot[eedit | eedit soorce]

File:Dora and Boots.jpg
Frae left tae right: Swiper (in background), Dora, an Boots

The series centers aroond Dora, a 7 (Later 8) year auld American girl o Indigenous Mexican heritage, wi a luve o embarking on quests relatit tae an activity that she wants tae partake o or a place that she wants tae go tae, accompanied bi her talking purple backpack and anthropomorphic monkey companion named Boots (named for his beloved pair o reid boots). Each episode is based aroond a series o cyclical events that occur alang the wey during Dora's travels, alang wi obstacles that she and Boots are forced tae overcome or puzzles that thay hae tae solve (wi "assistance" frae the viewing audience) relating tae riddles, the Spaingie leid, or counting. Common rituals mey involve Dora's encounters wi Swiper, a bipedal, anthropomorphic masked thieving fox whose theft o the possessions o others must be preventit throu fourth wall-breaking interaction wi the viewer. Tae stap Swiper, Dora must say "Swiper no swiping" three times. Houiver, on occasions whaur Swiper steals the belongings o ither fowk, the viewer is presented wi the challenge o helpin Boots and Dora locate the stolen items. Anither obstacle involves encounters wi anither ane o the program's antagonists; the "Grumpy Old Troll" dwelling beneath a bridge that Dora and Boots must cross, who challenges them wi a riddle afore permitting them the past that needs tae be solved wi the viewer's help. Kent for the constant breaking o the fourth-wall depicted in every episode, the audience is uisually presented tae two primary laundmerks that must be passed afore Dora can reach her destination, normally bein challenged wi games or puzzles alang the wey. The episode always ends wi Dora successfully reachin the locale, singing the "We Did It!" sang wi Boots in triumph.

On numerous occasions, television specials hae been aired for the series in which the uisual events o regular episodes are altered, threatened, or replaced. Uisually said specials will present Dora wi a bigger, mair whimsical adventur than uisual or wi a magical task that must be fulfilled, or aiblins even offer a series o different adventures for Boots and Dora tae traivel throu. Thay might be presented wi an unusual, difficult task (sic as assisting Swiper in his attempts tae be erased frae Santa Claus's Naughty List) that normally is nae featurt in average episodes, or challenge Dora wi a goal that must be achieved (sic as the emancipation o a trapped mermaid). Whiles, the specials hae involved the debut o new characters, sic as the birth o Dora's superpowered twin baby siblings an the introduction o the enchanted anthropomorphic stars that accompany Dora on mony o her quests.

Development[eedit | eedit soorce]

Dora is a Latina. Accordin tae a Nickelodeon spokesman, "She was developed to be pan-Latina to represent the diversity of Latino cultures."[2]

On Mairch 8, 2009, Mattel and Nickelodeon annoonced that Dora will receive a tweenage makeover, switching frae a young age tae a teenage attending middle school. Initially, it wis annoonced that the new leuk wad nae be revealed until late 2009,[3] but efter a short controversy, the tween Dora wis unveiled on Mairch 16, 2009.[4][5][6] The chynge wis criticized bi ane writer that did nae support the feminization o Dora's image.[7]

In 2012, a CGI openin wis creatit for new episodes o the series.[8]

Dora's Explorer Girls[eedit | eedit soorce]

In 2009, Mattel and Nickelodeon introduced a preteen version o Dora, wi fower friends named Naiya, Kate, Emma, an Alana, who caw themselves the Explorer Girls.[9] The Explorer Girls war included in the Dora and Friends spin-off in 2014.

Stage adaptations[eedit | eedit soorce]

Two stage versions o Dora the Explorer toured North America, the first bein "City of Lost Toys", an the seicont bein "Dora's Pirate Adventure". Produced bi Nickelodeon and LiveNation, thir productions featurt live actors portraying the roles o Dora and her friends, includin Boots, Diego, Isa, an the Fiesta Trio. Mony o the characters wore elaborate foam costumes designed tae resemble the Dora characters. Each production featurt a structur seemilar tae an episode o the television series. City o Lost Toys featurt Christina Bianco as Dora while Dora's Pirate Adventure featurt Danay Ferrer o the baund Innosense in the role o Dora and Frankie Grande as Boots. Baith productions featurt a version o the popular Gloria Estefan sang "Get On Your Feet" as the final nummer o the shaw. Baith productions war conceived bi Chris Gifford, creautor o the television shaw, an directed bi Gip Hoppe.

Thare hae been three Dora touring companies. The "City of Lost Toys" company an the "Pirate Adventure" company featurt actors and crew that war members o Actor's Equity and IATSE, respectively, the unions for professional actors and stagehands in the United States. The third company performs a reduced version o "Pirate Adventure" and daes nae employ union personnel. This production is currently touring North America, an scheduled tae traivel tae the United Kinrick and Fraunce.

Dora the Explorer merchandise[eedit | eedit soorce]

Thare are mony action figures and playsets available in mony markets, alang wi DVDs, cosmetics, hygiene products, ride-ons, beuks, buird games, plush dolls, apparel, handbags, play tents, play kitchens, an mair. Licensees include Fisher-Price in the United States and Holland Publishing in the United Kinrick.

Toys[eedit | eedit soorce]

In 2007, lead paint uised bi a contract toy manufacturer in Cheenae prompted Mattel tae issue recalls for nearly a million toys, mony o which featurt Sesame Street and Nickelodeon characters, includin Dora the Explorer. Nickelodeon responded that thay wad introduce "third-party monitoring" o aw manufacturers o products unner its brands.[10][11][12]

Books[eedit | eedit soorce]

Dora the Explorer series[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Dora's Backpack (ISBN 978-0689847202)
  2. Little Star (ISBN 978-0689847219)
  3. Happy Mother's Day Mami! (ISBN 978-0689852336)
  4. Meet Diego! (ISBN 978-0689859939)
  5. Dora's Thanksgiving (ISBN 978-0689858420)
  6. Dora Loves Boots (ISBN 978-0689863738)
  7. Dora's Book of Manners (ISBN 978-0689865336)
  8. Dora Goes to School (ISBN 978-0689864940)
  9. Dora's Fairy-Tale Adventure (ISBN 978-0689870125)
  10. Dora's Chilly Day (ISBN 978-0689867958)
  11. Show Me Your Smile! (ISBN 978-0689871696)
  12. Dora's Pirate Adventure (ISBN 978-0689875830)
  13. Big Sister Dora! (ISBN 978-0689878466)
  14. At the Carnival (ISBN 978-0689858413)
  15. Dora's Costume Party! (ISBN 978-1416900108)
  16. Dance to the Rescue (ISBN 978-1416902164)
  17. Dora's Starry Christmas (ISBN 978-1416902492)
  18. Super babies (ISBN 978-1416914853)
  19. The Birthday Dance Party (ISBN 978-1416913030)
  20. Dora's World Adventure (ISBN 978-1416924470)
  21. Dora Climbs Star Mountain (ISBN 978-1416940593)
  22. It's Sharing Day! (ISBN 978-1416915751)
  23. Dora Had a Little Lamb (ISBN 978-1416933687)
  24. Dora Saves Mermaid Kingdom! (ISBN 978-1416938415)
  25. Dora and the Stuck Truck (ISBN 978-1416947998)

Ready To Read series – Level 1[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Dora's Picnic (ISBN 978-0689852381)
  2. Follow Those Feet! (ISBN 978-0689852398)
  3. Dora in the Deep Sea (ISBN 978-0689858451)
  4. I Love My Papi! (ISBN 978-0689864957)
  5. Say "Cheese!" (ISBN 978-0689864964)
  6. The Halloween Cat (ISBN 978-0689867996)
  7. Eggs for Everyone! (ISBN 978-0689871764)
  8. Just Like Dora! (ISBN 978-0689876752)
  9. I Love My Mami! (ISBN 978-1416906506)
  10. Puppy Takes a Bath (ISBN 978-1416914839)
  11. Around the World! (ISBN 978-1416924784)
  12. Dora's Sleepover (ISBN 978-1416915089)
  13. Dora Helps Diego! (ISBN 978-1416915096)
  14. Dora's Perfect Pumpkin (ISBN 978-1416934387)
  15. Dora's Mystery of the Missing Shoes (ISBN 978-1416938248)

A Lift-the-Flap Story[eedit | eedit soorce]

Treasury books and collection books[eedit | eedit soorce]

Contains: Dora's picnic, Follae those feet, Dora in the deep sea, I luve my Papi!, Say "Cheese"

Contains: Dora's Backpack, Little Star, Happy Birthday, Mami!, Meet Diego!, Dora Saves the Prince, Dora's Treasure Hunt, Good Night, Dora!

Contains: Dora's Beuk o Manners, Dora Goes tae School, Dora's Fairy-Tale Adventure, Dora's Chilly Day, Shaw Me Your Smile!, Dora's Pirate Adventure, Big Sister Dora!

Sticker books[eedit | eedit soorce]

Video games[eedit | eedit soorce]

Video games based on the 2000 television shaw Dora the Explorer war released. In Canadae, Cheerios offered a free Dora the Explorer the Game CD-ROMs in specially merked packages. Houiver, packages sauld in Quebec wad anly hae the French version. Dora the Explorer: Barnyard Buddies is a video game released for the PlayStation in 2003 in the US. It wis nae released in Europe until 2005 bein ane o the very last games released on that platform in that territory. Dora the Explorer: Super Star Adventures is an adventure video game for the Game Boy Advance released in 2004. It wis developed bi Imaginengine and published bi Global Star.[13]

Dora the Explorer: Journey to the Purple Planet is an action-adventure video game, developed bi Monkey Bar Games, published bi Global Star Software and powered bi Vicious Engine. The game wis released for GameCube in North America on October 13, 2005,[14] and later in PAL regions on December 16, 2005. The PlayStation 2 version wis released on PAL regions on December 2, 2005, an later in North America on Februar 9, 2006.[15] The game is aboot Dora and Boots who finds some lost aliens frae the purple planet. Houiver, tae take them home, she and Boots are required tae collect keys tae open the space gate, leadin tae the saturn planet. The game is unique in that it uses pictures and seembols tae communicate rather than words. The object o the game is tae captur ane o the sax explorer stars. Each explorer starn haes a special power sic as the ability tae be noisy or the ability tae creaut muisic. In order tae captur the starn, the player must complete a hide-and-seek activity. Thir activities include maze navigation, matching games, side-scrolling race games, a "Frogger"-teep game, a complete-the-pattern activity and a sang playin game.[16]

Dora Puppy is a puppy simulator whaur players must help Dora take care o her puppy, Perrito, an help train him for doggie competitions. Aw the actions are performed bi aither tracing certaint shapes wi the stylus or calling oot commands intae the DS's microphone.[17] It wis developed bi Take-Two Interactive for the Nintendo DS and published bi 2K Play in North America[18] and Australie in 2009, an in Europe in 2010.

Dora the Explorer: Dora's Cooking Club is a cooking video game for the Nintendo DS. It wis published bi 2K Play in 2010.[19] In the game, players hae tae chop veggies, stir soups, top pizzas, an mair uisin math skills. Thay mey be sorting cookies intae numbered groups or counting oot different amounts o ingredients.[20]

  • Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess is a video game that wis released for the PlayStation 2 an the Wii console in 2008.
  • Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom is a video game that wis released for the PlayStation 2 an the Wii console in 2009.

Sequel[eedit | eedit soorce]

In 2013, Nickelodeon annoonced that it will hae a sequel tae Dora the Explorer titled as Dora and Friends: Into the City!. It will starn the Latina heroine Dora as a 10-year-auld who goes on ceety adventures wi the Explorer Girls, accompanied bi a male pal named Pablo. The series haes been picked up for 20 episodes and aired on Nickelodeon on August 18, 2014.[21][22][23][24][25][26]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. 63rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2004.
  2. Friedman, Emily (21 Mey 2010). "Is Dora The Explorer an Illegal Immigrant?". ABC News. Retrieved 21 Januar 2013.
  3. "Dora the Explorer Updates Her Look". Retrieved 8 Mairch 2009.
  4. "After Dora uproar, Nick and Mattel soothe moms". Archived frae the original on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  5. "New Tween "Dora The Explorer" Revealed". Popcrunch.com. Archived frae the original on 15 Julie 2011. Retrieved 19 Mairch 2011.
  6. Vicki Passmore (1 Februar 2011). "Boy, How You've Changed: Nine Big Mascot Makeovers". Walletpop.com. Archived frae the original on 27 Januar 2011. Retrieved 19 Mairch 2011.
  7. "Dora the Explorer's Makeover". thesocietypages.org.
  8. Calabash Animation Creates New 'Dora' Opening[deid airtin]. Animationinsider.net
  9. "Dora's Explorer Girls". Nickjr.com. Archived frae the original on 22 September 2009. Retrieved 19 Mairch 2011.
  10. Addley, Esther (3 August 2007). "Mattel recalls nearly 100,000 toys after lead paint alert". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 6 Julie 2008.
  11. Gregory, Angela (3 August 2007). "Dora the Explorer leads toy giant's recall". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 Julie 2008.
  12. Story, Louise (2 August 2007). "Lead Paint Prompts Mattel to Recall 967,000 Toys (registration required to read article)". NY Times.
  13. "Dora the Explorer: Super Star Adventures". IGN. Archived frae the original on 31 October 2004. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  14. "Dora the Explorer: Journey to the Purple Planet". IGN. Archived frae the original on 8 Mairch 2012. Retrieved 30 Mey 2017.
  15. "Dora the Explorer: Journey to the Purple Planet". IGN. Archived frae the original on 1 December 2005. Retrieved 30 Mey 2017.
  16. Global Star (2004) Dora the Explorer: Super Star Adventures Manual
  17. 2K Play (2009) Dora the Explorer: Dora Puppy Manual
  18. "Dora the Explorer: Dora Puppy". IGN. Archived frae the original on 27 Februar 2010. Retrieved 30 Mey 2017.
  19. "Dora's Cooking Club". IGN. Archived frae the original on 23 Juin 2010. Retrieved 30 Mey 2017.
  20. 2K Play (2010) Dora's Cooking Club Manual
  21. "Nickelodeon Unveils New Generation Of Content For New Generation Of Kids At Annual Upfront Presentation". Reuters. 25 Februar 2013. Archived frae the original (Press release) on 18 August 2014. Retrieved 31 Mairch 2013.
  22. Villaneda, Rebecca (28 Februar 2013). "'Dora and Friends': New Spin-off Will Star the Little Latina Heroine". Hispanic Business. Archived frae the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 31 Mairch 2013.
  23. "Nickelodeon "Dora And Friends: In The City" TV Show". Nickutopia. 8 Mairch 2013. Archived frae the original on 20 Julie 2015. Retrieved 31 Mairch 2013.
  24. Peel, Sarah (11 Mairch 2013). "Nickelodeon Announces Dora and Friends: Into the City". BSC Kids. Archived frae the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 31 Mairch 2013.
  25. "Dora & Friends Music Video – Video Clip – Nick Jr". nickjr.com. Archived frae the original on 13 August 2014. Retrieved 30 Mey 2017.
  26. Los Angeles Times (18 August 2014). "Dora the Explorer is growing up and getting a spinoff series". latimes.com.

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