Dora the Explorer

American animated TV series and media franchise

Dora the Explorer is an American media franchise centered on an eponymous animated interactive fourth wall children's TV series created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes, and Eric Weiner and released by Nickelodeon Animation Studio. It originally ran on Nickelodeon from August 14, 1930 to June 5, 1945, with the final six unaired episodes later airing from July 7 to August 9, 2019. It has since spawned a spin-off television series Go, Diego, Go!, a sequel television series Dora and Friends: Into the City! and a live-action feature film. The first episode aired in 2000, and Dora the Explorer became a regular series in 2000. The series was created by Nickelodeon Animation Studio.

Dora the Explorer
GenreEducational Animation
Created byChris Gifford
Valerie Walsh Valdes
Eric Weiner
Directed byGeorge S. Chialtas
Gary Conrad
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Sherie Pollack
Arnie Wong
Voices ofCaitlin Sanchez
Kathleen Herles
Harrison Chad
Jake Burbage
Ashley Fleming
Jose Zelaya
Marc Weiner
Sasha Toto
Regan Mizrahi
Theme music composerJoshua Sitron
Billy Straus
Country of originAustria-Germany
Original languagesEnglish
Spanish (Teaches Spanish)
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes177 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerChris Gifford
ProducerChris Gifford
EditorsGayle McIntyre
Karyn Finley Powell
David Wigforss
Running time30 minutes
Production companyNickelodeon Animation Studio
Original release
NetworkNick Jr. Channel (2000-19)
ReleaseAugust 14, 2000 (2000-08-14) –
August 9, 2019 (2019-08-09)

The series earned $2.5 billion in sales in 2010 alone.[1]

The series Dora the Explorer focuses on a seven-year-old Latino girl named "Dora" accompanied by her talking backpack and anthropomorphic monkey named "Boots". Dora has a passion for exploring places or completing quests, and she would often go on an adventure with her friends.

Characters

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  • Dora
  • Boots
  • Backpack
  • Map
  • Swiper
  • Tico
  • Benny
  • Isa
  • The Fiesta Trio
  • The Big Red Chicken
  • Grumpy Old Troll

Episodes

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Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Season 1 26 August 14, 2000 October 15, 2001
Season 2 27 March 11, 2002 July 14, 2003
Season 3 23 August 26, 2003 April 22, 2004
Season 4 24 September 24, 2005 June 5, 2007
Season 5 21 September 7, 2008 August 15, 2009
Season 6 19 November 5, 2010 February 3, 2011
Season 7 18 April 4, 2012 January 16, 2013
Season 8 20 March 18, 2013 August 9, 2019

Season 1

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  1. The Legend of the Big Red Chicken
  2. Lost and Found
  3. Choo-Choo!
  4. Hic-Boom-Ohhh!
  5. We All Scream for Ice Cream
  6. Three Little Piggies
  7. Treasure Island
  8. Beaches
  9. Big River
  10. Berry Hunt
  11. Wizzle Wishes
  12. Grandma's House
  13. Surprise!
  14. Sticky Tape
  15. Bouncing Ball
  16. Backpack
  17. Fish Out of Water
  18. Bugga Bugga
  19. Little Star
  20. Dora Saves the Prince
  21. El Coqui
  22. The Chocolate Tree
  23. Te Amo
  24. Pablo's Flute
  25. To the Treehouse
  26. Call Me Mr. Riddles

Season 2

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  1. The Big Storm
  2. ¡Rápido, Tico!
  3. The Magic Stick
  4. The Missing Piece
  5. Lost Squeaky
  6. Rojo, the Firetruck
  7. El Dia de las Madres
  8. The Golden Explorers
  9. A Present for Santa
  10. Doctor Dora
  11. Pinto, the Pony Express
  12. León, the Circus Lion
  13. The Big Piñata
  14. The Happy Old Troll
  15. Lost Map (Map Adventures: Part One)
  16. Super Map! (Map Adventures: Part Two)
  17. A Letter for Swiper
  18. To the Monkey Bars
  19. Dora, La Musica
  20. Hide and Go Seek
  21. Click!
  22. Egg Hunt
  23. Super Spies
  24. School Pet
  25. Whose Birthday Is It?
  26. Quack! Quack!

Season 3

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  1. Dora Had a Little Lamb (Glowy Star appeared in this episode)
  2. Stuck Truck (Noisy Star appeared in this episode)
  3. Roberto the Robot (Tool Star appeared in this episode)
  4. The Big Potato (Magico Star appeared in this episode)
  5. Journey to the Purple Planet
  6. The Lost City (Woo-Hoo Star appeared in this episode)
  7. Meet Diego (Rocket Star appeared in this episode)
  8. Save the Puppies (Saltador Star appeared in this episode)
  9. ¡Por Favor! (Slipperoni Star appeared in this episode)
  10. Baby Dino (Supra Star, Ultra Star, and Mega Star appeared in this episode)
  11. Boots' Special Day (Artista Star appeared in this episode)
  12. To the South Pole (Helada Star appeared in this episode)
  13. Dora Saves the Game (Noisy Star appeared in this episode)
  14. Boo! (Disco Star appeared in this episode)
  15. What Happens Next? (Gusty Star appeared in this episode)
  16. Rescue, Rescue, Rescue
  17. Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur (Comfy Star appeared in this episode)
  18. Louder! (Noisy Star appeared in this episode)
  19. The Super Silly Fiesta (Funny Star appeared in this episode)
  20. The Fix-It Machine (Disco Star appeared in this episode)
  21. Baseball Boots (Baseball Star appeared in this episode)
  22. Best Friends (Rocket Star appeared in this episode)
  23. ABC Animals
  24. Job Day (Baker Star, Movie Star, Baseball Star, Cowgirl Star, Navy Star, and Policia Star appeared in this episode)
  25. Dora's Pirate Adventure (Hero Star appeared in this episode)

Season 4

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  1. Star Catcher
  2. Dora's First Trip
  3. Star Mountain
  4. Super Spies 2: The Swiping Machine
  5. La Maestra de Música
  6. Daisy, La Quinceañera
  7. Save Diego
  8. Baby Jaguar's Roar
  9. A Crown for King Juan el Bobo
  10. Dora's Got a Puppy
  11. Big Sister Dora
  12. Boots to the Rescue
  13. Super Babies
  14. We're a Team!
  15. The Mixed-Up Seasons
  16. The Shy Rainbow
  17. Baby Crab
  18. Swiper the Explorer
  19. Catch the Babies
  20. Dora and Diego to the Rescue!
  21. Dora's Fairytale Adventure
  22. Dora's Dance to the Rescue
  23. Dora's World Adventure!

Season 5

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  1. Dora's Jack-in-the-Box
  2. Bark, Bark to Play Park!
  3. Dora Saves Three Kings Day
  4. Isa's Unicorn Flowers
  5. Benny's Big Race
  6. First Day of School
  7. The Backpack Parade
  8. Bouncy Boots
  9. The Mayan Adventure
  10. Dora Saves the Three Little Pigs
  11. The Big Red Chicken's Magic Show
  12. Benny's Treasure
  13. The Super Babies' Dream Adventure
  14. Pirate Treasure Hunt
  15. Dora Helps the Birthday Wizzle
  16. Boots' Banana Wish
  17. Dora Saves the Mermaids!
  18. Dora Saves the Snow Princess
  19. Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom
  20. Dora's Big Birthday Adventure
  21. Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure

Season 6

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  1. Dora's Pegaso Adventure
  2. Happy Birthday, Super Babies!
  3. Dora's Hair-Raising Adventure
  4. Baby Winky Comes Home
  5. The Grumpy Old Troll Gets Married
  6. Halloween Parade
  7. ¡Vacaciones!
  8. The Big Red Chicken's Magic Wand
  9. Dora in Troll Land
  10. Dora's Ballet Adventure
  11. Boots' First Bike
  12. Pepe's School Day Adventure
  13. The Tale of the Unicorn King (Dora's Enchanted Forest Adventures: Part One)
  14. Dora Saves King Unicornio (Dora's Enchanted Forest Adventures: Part Two)
  15. The Secret of Atlantis (Dora's Enchanted Forest Adventures: Part Three)
  16. Dora's Royal Rescue
  17. Dora's Knighthood Adventure
  18. Swiper's Favorite Things

Season 7

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  1. Dora's Easter Adventure
  2. A Ribbon for Pinto
  3. Benny the Castaway
  4. ¡Feliz Dia de los Padres!
  5. Dora's Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure
  6. Dora's Moonlight Adventure
  7. Perrito's Big Surprise
  8. Dora's Thanksgiving Day Parade
  9. Check Up Day
  10. Little Map
  11. Baby Bongo's Big Music Show
  12. School Science Fair
  13. Dora's Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom
  14. ¡Vamos a Pintar!
  15. Dora in Wonderland
  16. Dora Rocks!
  17. The Butterfly Ball
  18. Dora and Diego's Amazing Animal Circus Adventure
  19. Book Explorers

Season 8

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  1. Dora's Super Soccer Showdown
  2. Puppies Galore
  3. Catch That Shape Train
  4. Verde's Birthday Party!
  5. Dora and Perrito to the Rescue
  6. Riding the Roller Coaster Rocks
  7. Kittens in Mittens
  8. Dora's Great Roller Skate Adventure
  9. Dora's and Sparky's Riding Adventure!
  10. Dora's Museum Sleepover Adventure
  11. Dora's Ice Skating Spectacular
  12. Dora Saves Fairytale Land
  13. Dora's Rainforest Talent Show
  14. Dora and Diego in the Time of Dinosaurs
  15. Dora and the Very Sleepy Bear
  16. Let's Go to Music School
  17. Dora and Boots Help the Fairy Godmother
  18. Dora's Animalito Adventure
  19. Dora's Night Light Adventure

Broadcast

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TVOKids SCN Knowledge Kids Treehouse Yoopa and Access, TV (Canada) Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. (United States)

Foreign Adaptations

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Dora the Explorer has been produced in various other languages worldwide. It facilitates the learning of important foreign language words or phrases (mostly English), interspersed with a local language (e.g. Norwegian, Russian, Hindi or German), with occasional use of Spanish (used in the Irish, Serbian, and Turkish versions) through its simplicity and use of repetition.

  • Arabic – The Arabic language version is broadcast on the "Nickelodeon on MBC3" block of MBC 3, and is presented in Arabic-English.
  • Bengali – The Bengali language version was first broadcast in 2015 on SA TV.[17] The series began to be aired again in Bengali on Duronto TV on 31 July 2021.
  • Cantonese – The Cantonese language version (Chinese: 愛探險的朵拉; lit. 'Explore-loving Dora') is broadcast in Hong Kong and presented in Cantonese-English.
  • Danish – The Danish language version is called Dora – udforskeren and there are commands and expressions in English. It is broadcast on the national public children's channel, DR Ramasjang, and also on the Nick Jr. Channel through various pay TV providers.
  • Dutch – The Dutch language version broadcasts on Nickelodeon and Nick. Jr, It is presented in Dutch-English. The voice actors are Lottie Hellingman as Dora and Dieter Jansen as Boots.
  • French – The French language version, Dora l'exploratrice, broadcasts on TF1 in France and Télé-Québec in Canada. It is presented in French-English, with Dora and Boots (called Babouche) speaking French and other protagonists speaking and answering in English.
  • Filipino – The Filipino language version broadcasts on ABS-CBN and has the same English title "Dora, the Explorer". The characters speak Filipino and some English, Dora teaches English in this version.
  • German – The German language version broadcasts on the German branch of Nick. The bilingualism is German-English.
  • Greek – The Greek language version is called "Ντόρα η μικρή εξερευνήτρια" (or Dora the Little Explorer). It broadcasts on Nickelodeon and Star Channel. The bilingualism is Greek-English. Dora and Boots (called Botas) speak Greek and other protagonists speak and answer in English.
  • Hebrew – The Hebrew language version broadcasts on HOP channel. The bilingualism is Hebrew-English. The series is called מגלים עם דורה (or Megalim Im Dora—English: Discovering with Dora).
  • Hindi – In the Hindi language version, Dora and the other characters speak Hindi. It broadcasts on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. Dora teaches the viewers English words and numbers.
  • Hungarian – In the Hungarian language version, Dora and the other characters speak Hungarian with some English words or phrases. It broadcasts on Nickelodeon. The series is called Dóra a felfedező.
  • Indonesian – The Indonesian language version broadcasts on Global TV. The bilingualism is Indonesian-English.
  • Irish – The Irish language version broadcasts on the Irish station TG4. The bilingualism is Irish-Spanish with Dora and Boots speaking in Irish and some other characters speaking Spanish as in the original American version.
  • Italian – The Italian language version broadcasts on Cartoonito and on Nickelodeon. The bilingualism is Italian-English. The series is called Dora l'esploratrice ("Dora the Explorer"). Most characters speak Italian, but some characters and especially Dora's parents and backpack speak English along with Italian.
  • Japanese – The Japanese language version broadcasts on Nickelodeon. The bilingualism is Japanese-English, with Dora and Boots speaking Japanese and other protagonists speaking and answering in English. The version is called ドーラといっしょに大冒険 (Dōra to issho ni dai bōken/Adventures with Dora).
  • Kannada – The Kannada language version broadcasts on Chintu TV and is a very popular program on that network. Hindi is the second language in this version.
  • Korean – The Korean language version broadcasts on Nick Jr. in Korea. The title is Hi Dora and is introduced by a real person whose name is Dami – she introduces key English vocabulary for each episode. The episode is primarily in Korean with some English.
  • Macedonian – The Macedonian language version broadcasts on MRT 1 in Macedonia. The title is "Дора истражува" (or Dora the Explorer). The bilingualism is Macedonian-English.
  • Malay – The Malay language version broadcasts on TV9. The bilingualism is Malay-English. Dora speaks primarily in Malay, and the secondary language is English. The original English-Spanish version, however, is also available on Nickelodeon via the Nick Jr. programming slot to subscribers of the ASTRO satellite TV service.
  • Malayalam – The Malayalam language version is called Dorayude Prayanam ("Dora's Journey") and broadcasts on Kochu TV, Sun TV Network.
  • Mandarin – In the Mandarin Chinese language version Dora the characters speak mainly Mandarin with limited English. It broadcasts on Yo-yo TV in Taiwan (Channel 25).
  • Maori – The Māori language version is called "Dora Mātātoa".
  • Norwegian – In the Norwegian language version, the bilingualism is Norwegian-English.
  • Polish – The Polish language version broadcasts on Nickelodeon in Poland. The bilingualism is Polish-English. The series is called Dora poznaje świat ("Dora explores the world").
  • Portuguese – In the Portuguese language versions, Dora a Exploradora broadcasts on RTP2 and Nickelodeon. On Nickelodeon Brazil and TV Cultura, the show is called Dora a Aventureira, and Dora and Boots (called Boots in the Portuguese version and Botas in the Brazilian version) speak Portuguese, while the other protagonists speak and answer in English. Some Portuguese episodes are available on DVD.
  • Russian – The Russian language version broadcasts on TNT and Nickelodeon. The bilingualism is Russian-English. The series is called Dasha-sledopyt ("Dasha the Pathfinder"). Dasha is the children's name of Daria (Darya).
  • Serbian – The Serbian language version broadcasts on B92. The bilingualism is Serbian-Spanish. The series is called Dora istražuje (Dora is exploring).
  • Spanish – There are different Spanish versions for Mexico, Latin America and Spain. Dora la Exploradora broadcasts on Nickelodeon in Latin America. For Hispanic and Latino Americans, it aired on Telemundo until September 2006 and on Univisión since April 2008. Dora and Boots (called Botas) speak Spanish and the other protagonists speak and answer in English. Some Spanish episodes are available to US viewers on VHS, and some DVDs have a Spanish track (including Dora's Egg Hunt). This version is entirely the reverse of the original English version; Tico and Señor Tucan (called Mr. Toucan) only speak English. Additionally, Univision has added on-screen captions of the Spanish words spoken in English. In Spain, Dora la exploradora is aired on TVE 1, Clan TVE and the Spanish and Portuguese Nickelodeon feed. It is another reverse of the original English version (the characters speak mainly Spanish but there are commands and expressions in English).
  • Swedish – In the Swedish language version Dora- utforskaren the characters speak mainly Swedish but there are commands and expressions in English. It broadcasts on Nickelodeon and TV4.
  • Tamil – In the Tamil language version Doravin Payanangal (டோராவின் பயணங்கள்), the characters all speak Tamil, with some English interspersed. It broadcasts on a local kids programming channel Chutti TV.
  • Thai – In the Thai language version ดอร่าดิเอกซ์พลอเรอร์ or ดอร่าสาวน้อยนักผจญภัย, the characters speak Thai; however, Tico speaks English. It broadcasts on Gang Cartoon Channel, Nick Jr., Thai PBS.
  • Turkish – In the Turkish language version Dora the characters speak mainly Turkish, Spanish, and English but there are commands and expressions in Turkish. It broadcasts on Nickelodeon and CNBC-e.

As shown in the list above, Spanish is the second language taught in the original English language version of the show (also broadcast for Malay speakers), in the Irish, Serbian, and the trilingual Turkish versions, but for other versions of the show, the language being taught is English.

 
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References

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  1. "Film & TV — Go, Diego, Go!". HispanicOnline.com. Retrieved 2008-08-17.