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Dora the Explorer

From left to right: Swiper (in background), Dora, and Boots
Genre Animated series
Created by Chris Gifford
Valerie Walsh
Eric Weiner
Directed by George S. Chialtas
Gary Conrad
Sherie Pollack
Arnie Wong
Starring (See article)
Theme music composer Billy Straus
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
Executive producer(s) Chris Gifford
Editor(s) Gayle McIntyre
Karyn Finley Powell
David Wigforss
Running time 30 min.
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run August 14, 2000 – present
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary
Common rating
Australia G
Canada C
Great Britain U
Japan R
United States TV-Y

Dora the Explorer is an animated television series that is carried on the Nickelodeon cable television network. A pilot episode for the series aired in 1999, and Dora the Explorer became a regular series in 2000. The show was created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner. The series also airs on Noggin. The show had aired on CBS until September of 2006. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Image of Dora the Explorer and her sidekick Boots. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Gary Conrad is an animation director, who has worked on shows like The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the TV channel. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Television content rating systems are a method of giving television viewers an idea of the suitability of a television program for children and/or adults. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... This article is about the TV channel. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... Noggin is a cable television network in both the United States and United Kingdom. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ...

Dora the Explorer has been extremely successful, including $1 billion in sales in 2004 alone. [1]




In every episode, Dora goes on an exploring trip to find something or help somebody, like her Abuela. Dora always asks the viewers at home to help her find new ways to get to the places with the help of Map.

Dora also enjoys sports as she was on a baseball team with her best friend Boots and her other friends and was coached by her father (his employment status was never changed after that). She loves soccer and is very good at it. Dora also speaks Spanish, teaching small words to her viewers. This article is about the sport. ... In baseball, a number of coaches assist in the smooth functioning of a team. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ...

The character is voiced by Kathleen Herles. Dora the Explorer is an animated series for preschool-age children that is broadcast on Nickelodeon in the United States. ...


Boots the Monkey is Dora's best friend on the show. He is voiced by Harrison Chad in the original English version. Boots is friendly and enthusiastic, and usually wears nothing but his beloved red boots, hence his name, Boots. He is purple with a yellow stomach. Approximate worldwide distribution of monkeys. ... For other senses of this word, see boot (disambiguation). ...

Boots is present with Dora on her adventures, and he helps Dora to solve clues and puzzles. He also loves baseball and is on a team with Dora as shown in one episode. He loves to ride Rojo the fire truck. Boots also seems to "love" many things. In one episode, he would say many times "I love riddles. Call me 'Mr. Riddles'" or "I love nuts, I love chocolate, and I love, love, love bananas!" This article is about the sport. ... Engine 4 - City of Chico, CA A Fire Engine is one of many specialized fire suppression apparatuses. ... A riddle is a statement or question having a double or veiled meaning, put forth as a puzzle to be solved. ... For other uses, see Nut (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Chocolate (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Swiper is a sneaky fox in a blue mask and gloves, who appears in nearly every episode. He is voiced by Marc Weiner. As his name implies, Swiper steals or attempts to steal key items that help Dora on her adventures. Clever as he is, Swiper never manages to take Dora completely by surprise; an ominous "whisking" sound is always audible just prior to his appearances. This article is about the animal. ... For other uses, see Blue (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Mask (disambiguation). ... // Leather gloves A glove (Middle English from Old English glof) is a type of garment (and more specifically a fashion accessory) which covers the hand of a human. ... Marc Weiner (born August 7, 1952 in Queens County, New York) is a comedian, clown, puppeteer, and television producer. ...

To prevent Swiper from success, Dora must repeat the phrase, "Swiper, no swiping!" three times. Usually she prevails, and Swiper slinks away, snapping his fingers and saying, "Oh, maaannn!"; sometimes, however, Swiper gets to the item before Dora has a chance to repeat the phrase. He then gloats, "You're too late!" (and frequently "You'll never find it now! Ha, ha, ha!!").

Swiper's motive for theft is patently childish; he never seems actually to want the object he takes, since he almost immediately throws it away to hide it from Dora (prompting her to ask the audience to help her find it). Until recently, it was unclear if he swipes merely for the joy of swiping, or from a desire to annoy and frustrate Dora. Compounding the confusion is the fact that, given the right reason — e.g., that the item in question is a present for Dora's puppy — he'll return items he has taken, no matter how much effort he went through to get them. It is also shown that he rarely knows the full importance of what he's taken; e.g. he had no idea the aforementioned gift was for Dora's puppy. In the episode "Dora Saves the Mermaids", he revealed that he "liked swiping." He has some kind of New York accent, and lives in a burrow on top of Blueberry Hill (no relation to the song). Kleptomania (Greek: κλέπτειν, kleptein, to steal, μανία, mania) is an inability or great difficulty in resisting impulses of stealing. ... a Great Pyrenees pup A puppy is a juvenile dog, generally less than one year of age that has not reached the equivalent of dog puberty yet. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... A burrow is a hole or tunnel dug into the ground by an animal to create a space suitable for habitation, temporary refuge, or as a byproduct of locomotion. ... Blueberry Hill is a popular song published in 1940. ...

Swiper is very fast and agile, and something of a master of disguise. He seems to have a great deal of technical knowledge, as he's built a variety of vehicles and gadgets (including a remote-controlled robot butterfly) to help him swipe things. Most of the time, however, he simply relies on his natural stalking abilities — sometimes with the aid of a costume — to sneak up on Dora. In the early episodes he often "hid" by curling up into a ball, which neither Dora nor Boots ever recognized as Swiper; he apparently doesn't do this anymore. For other uses, see Remote control (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see robot (disambiguation). ... Superfamilies and families Superfamily Hedyloidea: Hedylidae Superfamily Hesperioidea: Hesperiidae Superfamily Papilionoidea: Papilionidae Pieridae Nymphalidae Lycaenidae Riodinidae A butterfly is an insect of the order Lepidoptera. ...

He has only been seen once without his mask, when the robot butterfly he built to swipe from Dora and Boots (in the episode "Dora's Got a Puppy") apparently malfunctioned; after they stopped it, it swiped his mask and gloves and kept them from him for a few humorous seconds.

None of Swiper's relatives has ever been seen, but his grandmother has been mentioned in two episodes: "A Letter For Swiper" and "Swiper the Explorer."

Over the course of the series, it's shown that there's more to Swiper's character than an urge to swipe things. In one episode it was revealed that Swiper has a soft spot for puppies, and in another that he likes Cowboy cookies. In a few episodes, he expresses feelings of joy with a fox-like cry of, "Yip-yip-yippee!" In the episode "A Letter For Swiper," Dora filled in for a delivery bird whose glasses were broken; Dora delivered stickers to Swiper (which were sent by his grandmother), and he thanked her for it without trying to swipe anything. In the episode "Swiper the Explorer," Swiper helps Dora on her quest to help Baby Fox find its mommy, and Swiper carries the baby fox almost all through the episode. Also in this episode, it's revealed that Swiper doesn't speak Spanish, and wishes that he did. A pair of modern glasses Glasses, also called eyeglasses or spectacles are frames, bearing lenses worn in front of the eyes normally for vision correction, eye protection, or for protection from UV rays. ...

The interaction between Dora and the antagonistic fox also reveals the kindness and grace of Dora's character. In one unusual episode, "Dora's Dance to the Rescue," Swiper took pity on a Dancing Elf who was caught in a magic bottle, similar to a genie. The elf tricked the sympathetic Swiper into removing the bottle's cork, thereby releasing the elf and his talking cane. Unfortunately, the wily fox was thereby entrapped in his place. Stuck and desperate, Swiper called out to Dora and Boots. The remainder of the episode chronicled an epic adventure involving most of the land's creatures, eventually ending with the release of Swiper after a dance contest. The episode was atypical as it involved many dances and songs, demonstrated a close, unconflicted relationship between Swiper and the other creatures, and had Dora refer to the elf in an uncharacteristically judgmental way ("mean Elf").

In this and several other episodes, Swiper finds himself captured, trapped, or in some sort of trouble. Despite his history of mean-spiritedness toward Dora, she demonstrates that the fox is her friend (which he doesn't find out until "Dora's World Adventure") and will always unquestioningly help Swiper just as she would her other friends, Benny, Isa, Boots, and Tico. If Dora needs his help he will come to her aid in the same manner.

Swiper is far from being unable to feel guilty for his actions. In "A Present For Santa", Swiper returns the present that he swiped, upon discovering that it was for Santa. In "Dora's World Adventure," Swiper helps Dora return the friendship bracelets he had swiped all over the world, and was shown to feel guilty once he discovered the magnitude of what he'd done and what he had stolen. During this time Swiper gets a taste of his own medicine, so to speak, as each country they visit has its own "Swiper," only of different species, who tries to steal the bracelets: Fifi the skunk in France, Sami the hyena in Tanzania, Fomkah the bear in Russia, and Ying Yang the weasel in China. All of them act and dress nearly identically to Swiper and are stopped in the same way he is: by saying their name, followed by "no swiping" three times. Then they run off, saying Swiper's catch phrase, "Ohh, maann" (their only line) in the local language. Their entrances are also preluded by a sound, only with local music; e.g. Ying Yang has a chau gong playing. A typical depiction of Santa Claus. ... Friendship bracelets are special, usually self-made, bracelets given from one friend to another as a symbol of their friendship. ... Polecat redirects here. ... Subfamilies and Genera Hyaeninae Crocuta Hyaena Parahyaena Protelinae Proteles Hyenas or Hyænas are moderately large terrestrial carnivores native to Africa, Arabia, Asia and the Indian subcontinent. ... For other uses, see Bear (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Weasel (disambiguation). ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... A gong is one of a wide variety of metal percussion instruments. ...

Fiesta Trio

Whenever Dora and Boots are successful in a given portion of their quest (quests are usually divided into three portions), the Fiesta Trio appears from seemingly nowhere to congratulate Dora and celebrate for a brief few seconds with music. The Fiesta Trio is a group of three small animals: a grasshopper, a snail, and a frog. For other uses, see Grasshopper (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Snail (disambiguation). ... Distribution of frogs (in black) Suborders Archaeobatrachia Mesobatrachia Neobatrachia - List of Anuran families The frogness babe is an amphibian in the order Anura (meaning tail-less from Greek an-, without + oura, tail), formerly referred to as Salientia (Latin saltare, to jump). ...


Dora's purple Backpack (voiced by Sasha Tora) provides whatever Dora needs to complete her quests. The backpack is a magic satchel, which has been known to produce large items, including multiple ladders, two complete space suits — one each for Dora and Boots — and other items that simply could not fit inside it. Backpack seems to have much too much space within her fabric to be held in such a small area. It was given to Dora as a present by her mother and father. To make the Backpack open up, Dora asks the viewers at home to say "Backpack". The Backpack then sings a little introduction and asks the viewers at home to choose what Dora needs from among the Backpack's contents. Afterwards, the remaining contents go back into Backpack, who says, "Yum yum yum yum yum, ¡delicioso!" ("Delicious!") A backpack A backpack is, in its simplest form, a cloth sack carried on ones back and secured with two straps that go over the shoulders (called shoulder straps) and below the armpits. ... Magic satchel is a term often used in reference to computer role-playing games. ... For other uses, see Ladder (disambiguation). ... Apollo 15 space suit A spacesuit is a complex system of garments, equipment, and environmental systems designed to keep a person alive and comfortable in the harsh environment of outer space. ...


The Map (voiced by Marc Weiner) provides travel guidance and advice. When not being consulted, the rolled-up Map resides in a side pocket on the Backpack; to make the Map come out, Dora asks the viewers at home to say "Map." This is the Map's cue to introduce himself to the audience with a repetitive song, which is short in some episodes and longer in others, and describe the path Dora has to take on her quest. For other uses, see Map (disambiguation). ... Marc Weiner (born August 7, 1952 in Queens County, New York) is a comedian, clown, puppeteer, and television producer. ...

Usually the Map doesn't do anything more than the actions described above, but in a few episodes he plays a more active role, especially in the episode "Super Map"; the Map finds a small red cape that gives him Superman-like powers, and he uses them to help Dora on her current quest. For other uses, see Cape (disambiguation). ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ...

Other characters

The Grumpy Old Troll lives under a bridge and requires Dora and Boots to solve a riddle to cross it.

Other recurring human characters include: Image File history File links Image of the Grumpy Old Troll, obtained by cropping a screenshot of a Dora the Explorer episode. ... Image File history File links Image of the Grumpy Old Troll, obtained by cropping a screenshot of a Dora the Explorer episode. ...

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  • Señor Tucán, this character only speaks Spanish.
  • Isa the Iguana (voiced by Ashley Flemming), who seems to have a crush on Boots. She loves to ride in a rocket ship.
  • Benny the Bull (voiced by Jake Burbage), who lives in a barn, loves to eat, and often rides in a hot air balloon.
  • The Big Red Chicken.
  • Pirate Parrot.
  • Baby Blue Bird.
  • Baby Jaguar, who doesn't speak (in this series) but seems to be just as intelligent as the other characters.
  • Tico the Squirrel (who's been voiced by Muhammed Cunningham and Jose Zelaya), who only speaks Spanish (although there was one occasion when he said you're welcome in English), wears a colorful striped vest, and is usually seen driving his little yellow car.
  • The Grumpy Old Troll (pictured).
  • Baby Crab, also Cangrejito.
  • Mama Bugga Bugga
  • Wizzle, a cute creature who loves wishes.
  • Leon the Circus Lion.
  • Baby Dino the dinosaur
  • Little Monster
  • Baby Bear
  • Baby Pingüino
  • Little Lamb
  • Pinto The Pony
  • El Coquí
  • Baby Red Fish
  • Pirate Pig, he has an eyepatch and a hat.
  • Squishy Squid, he loves music and also playing bongos.
  • Friendly Bear
  • Baby Fox
  • Val the Octopus
  • Little Kitten
  • Friendly Dragon
  • Sleeping Sloth
  • Mountain Goat
  • Banana Bird

Additionally, the show features a number of anthropomorphic objects, such as locomotives, boats, and automobiles with speaking roles. In addition, some episodes include talking trees, gates and walls. Examples are: For other uses, see Toucan (disambiguation). ... For other members of the family Iguanidae, see Iguanidae. ... For general information about the genus, including other species of cattle, see Bos. ... Currently, Jake Burbage is running his own production company Down We Fall Productions, that works in association with his writing troupe Aqualung Entertainment. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about hot air balloons themselves. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Systematics (but see below) Family Cacatuidae (cockatoos) Subfamily Microglossinae (Palm Cockatoo) Subfamily Calyptorhynchinae (dark cockatoos) Subfamily Cacatuinae (white cockatoos) Family Psittacidae (true parrots) Subfamily Loriinae (lories and lorikeets) Subfamily Psittacinae (typical parrots and allies) Tribe Arini (American psittacines) Tribe Cyclopsitticini (fig parrots) Tribe Micropsittini (pygmy parrots) Tribe Nestorini (kakas and... For other uses, see Blue (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Bird (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Jaguar (disambiguation). ... This article is about the animal. ... VEST (Very Efficient Substitution Transposition) ciphers are a set of families of general-purpose hardware-dedicated ciphers that support single pass authenticated encryption and can operate as collision-resistant hash functions. ... “Car” and “Cars” redirect here. ... For other uses, see Troll (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Crab (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Lion (disambiguation). ... Orders & Suborders Saurischia Sauropodomorpha Theropoda Ornithischia Thyreophora Ornithopoda Marginocephalia Dinosaurs were vertebrate animals that dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for over 160 million years, first appearing approximately 230 million years ago. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Bear (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that Lambing be merged into this article or section. ... A Shetland Pony A pony is any of several horse breeds with a specific conformation and temperament. ... For other uses, see Fish (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Pig (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Squid (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Bear (disambiguation). ... This article is about the animal. ... For other uses, see Octopus (disambiguation). ... Kitten at six weeks. ... For other uses, see Dragon (disambiguation). ... This article is about the South American mammal. ... This article is about the domestic species. ... For other uses, see Bird (disambiguation). ... 7th millennium BC anthropomorphized rocks, with slits for eyes, found in modern-day Israel. ... Great Western Railway No. ... For other uses, see Boat (disambiguation). ... “Car” and “Cars” redirect here. ... The coniferous Coast Redwood, the tallest tree species on earth. ... A gate is a point of entry to a space enclosed by walls, or an opening in a fence. ... A brick wall A wall is a usually solid structure that defines and sometimes protects an area. ...

Newer episodes feature flying stars, which Dora and Boots catch and put into the star pocket on Backpack. The stars are always excited about going into the star pocket, which was shown in one episode to have much more space inside that one would think, similar to Backpack herself. Normally among these stars are one or more Explorer Stars, which have special powers that Dora uses to overcome obstacles. For other uses, see Blue (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Train (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Truck (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Chocolate (disambiguation). ... The coniferous Coast Redwood, the tallest tree species on earth. ... For other uses, see Flower (disambiguation). ... Jack-o-lanterns may be carved with a friendly face, above, a menacing sawtooth scowl, or any look in between. ... A classic snowman. ... For other uses, see robot (disambiguation). ... This article is about the astronomical object. ... For other uses, see Truck (disambiguation). ... A Caterpillar D10N bulldozer at work A bulldozer is a very powerful crawler (caterpillar tracked tractor) equipped with a blade. ... Crane or Cranes may refer to any of the following: A crane is a piece of industrial machinery used for hoisting and handling materials, working on tall buildings, excavation with a clam bucket or dragline, pile driving, or loading and unloading cargo/containers onto and off of ships/rail cars. ... Missing image Ice cream is often served on a stick Boxes of ice cream are often found in stores in a display freezer. ... For other uses, see Truck (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Truck (disambiguation). ...

Explorer Stars:

  • Disco Star — Seen only in "Super Star." Apparently only has party capabilities.
  • Glowy — Illuminates dark places and can melt goo with her hot rays.
  • Hero Star — Has super strength.
  • Mega — When helped by Ultra and Supra, the stars have super strength.
  • Noisy Star — A loud star. Can wake most things up.
  • Pointer Star — In the game "Super Star." Stops children from getting lost.
  • Saltador — A star that can carry an object and have it jump the same height.
  • Spy Star — Can video-record what someone is doing, and play it back on a small TV-like screen on its face. Wears a black hat and sunglasses.
  • Supra — When helped by Ultra and Mega, the stars have super strength.
  • Switchy — Can change shape (i.e., star, circle, square, etc.)
  • Tool Star — A star equipped with many tools. Apparently, it gave Backpack less screen time.
  • Ultra — When helped by Supra and Mega, the stars have super strength.
  • Woo-Hoo — A baby star with no apparent powers.
  • Baseball Star - A star that can turn into a baseball.

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Voices listed below are for the English language version.

Jake Burbage
Harrison Chad
Felipe Dieppa
Elaine Del Valle
Ashley Fleming
Eileen Galindo
Chris Gifford
Kathleen Herles
John Leguizamo
Cheech Marin
Ricardo Montalban
Esai Morales
Amy Principe
Irwin Reese
Chita Rivera
Antonia Rey
Paul Rodriguez
K.J. Sanchez
Adam Sietz
Sasha Toro
Leslie Valdes
Marc Weiner
Jose Zelaya

Explorer Stars voices
Christiana Anbri
Henry Gifford
Katie Gifford
Aisha Shickler Currently, Jake Burbage is running his own production company Down We Fall Productions, that works in association with his writing troupe Aqualung Entertainment. ... Dora the Explorer is an animated series for preschool-age children that is broadcast on Nickelodeon in the United States. ... John Leguizamo (born July 22, 1964) is an Emmy-winning and Golden Globe Award-nominated American comedian, actor and producer. ... “Richard Marin” redirects here. ... Ricardo Montalban (born November 25, 1920 in Mexico City) is a television and film actor. ... Esai Morales Esai Morales (born October 1, 1962) is an actor who most recently starred as Lt. ... The Dancers Life poster Chita Rivera (born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero on January 23, 1933 in Washington, D.C.) is a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical actress dancer, and singer best known for her musical theater roles. ... Antonia Rey (born in 1928 in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban actress. ... Paul Rodriguez at a United Service Organizations (USO) show aboard USS Nimitz, June 19, 2003 Paul Rodriguez (born January 19, 1955 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico) Raised in East Los Angeles, California, USA, he later served in the military where he was stationed in Iceland, Duluth, Minnesota and elsewhere. ... Marc Weiner (born August 7, 1952 in Queens County, New York) is a comedian, clown, puppeteer, and television producer. ... José Santos Zelaya López (November 1, 1853 - May 17, 1919) was president of Nicaragua from 1893 to 1909. ...

Episode list

The following is an episode list for the Nickelodeon animated television series Dora the Explorer. ...


The episodes of Dora the Explorer almost always follow a regular pattern, breaking the fourth wall: The fourth wall is the imaginary invisible wall at the front of the stage in a proscenium theater, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play. ...

  • Dora has something she wants to do or somewhere she needs to go.
  • Dora has three places to go, with the third place as the destination.
  • Dora and Boots meet Swiper somewhere along the way, sometimes succeed at saying 'Swiper no Swiping' three times; sometimes Swiper successfully swipes Dora's item and hides it. Dora and Boots always find the hidden item.
  • Dora will meet one of her friends at each of the locations detailed by the Map.
  • Dora always succeeds in passing the obstacles.
  • In the English version, Dora will ask the viewers to help her by giving advice (jump, run etc.), locating items (especially those stolen by Swiper) and often shouting commands to the characters in Spanish (especially Tico and Sr. Tucan, who can only speak Spanish).
  • Every character that appeared on the episode sings 'We did it' at the end except for Swiper (unless Swiper has taken some positive role in the episode, such as the episode where he rescues a lost baby fox).
  • Dora asks viewers what their favorite part was. She (and usually Boots) then proceed to tell the viewer which part of the adventure she most enjoyed. Any other major character can also be included in this section.
  • During the closing Credits, viewers are either asked to find a character, hiding in a location, or follow instructions to achieve an objective.

As with many animated series made in the U.S., Dora the Explorer has been dubbed into many languages all over the world. The simplicity and repetitious nature of the episodes make this series especially well-suited for learning important phrases in a foreign language.

  • Chinese In the Chinese language version Dora the characters speak mainly Mandarin with limited English. It is broadcast on Yo-yo TV in Taiwan (Channel 25).
  • Danish In the Danish language version Dora is similarly to Swedish listed by Nickolodeon as Dora- utforskaren although this title is actually incorrect use of Danish. Translated it would be Udforskeren Dora (or, Udforskerinden Dora to emphasize the female gender). There are commands and expressions in English. It is broadcast on Nick Jr. in the subscription of Canal Digital and Viasat.
  • French. In the French language version, Dora l'exploratrice, broadcast on TF1 in France and VRAK.TV in Canada, the bilingualism is Anglo-French, with Dora and Boots (called Babouche) speaking French and other protagonists speaking and answering in English.
  • German. In the German language version, broadcast on the recently restarted German branch of Nickelodeon, the bilingualism is Anglo-German, analogous to the French and Japanese Version.
  • Greek. In the Greek version called "Ντόρα η μικρή εξερευνήτρια" (or Dora the Little Explorer), broadcast on Channel 9, the bilingualism is Greek-English. Dora and Boots (called Botas) speak Greek and other protagonists speak and answer in English.
  • Hebrew. In the Hebrew version, broadcast on HOP channel, the bilingualism is Hebrew-English. The series is called מגלים עם דורה (or Megalim Im Dora--English: Discovering with Dora).
  • Irish. In the Irish language version, broadcast on the Irish Language station TG4, the bilingualism is Irish-Spanish, with Dora and Boots speaking in Irish and some other characters speaking Spanish as in the original. This is generally uncommon, as most foreign language versions of Dora have bilingualism between the local language and English.
  • Italian. In the Italian language version, broadcast on Italia 1, 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 together with Italian.
  • Japanese. In the Japanese language version, broadcast on Nick Japan, the bilingualism is Anglo-Japanese, with Dora and Boots speaking Japanese and other protagonists speaking and answering in English.
  • Portuguese. In the Portuguese language versions, Dora a Exploradora, broadcast on RTP2 and Nickelodeon Portugal. At Nickelodeon Brasil, Dora and Boots (called Boots in the Portuguese version and called Botas in the Brazilian version) speak Portuguese and the other protagonists speak and answer in English. Some Portuguese episodes are available on DVD.
  • Russian. In the Russian language version, broadcast 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. In the Serbian language version, broadcast on B92, the bilingualism is Serbian-Spanish. The series is called Dora istražuje.
  • Spanish. In the Spanish language version, Dora la Exploradora, broadcast on Nickelodeon in Latin America (and until September of 2006 on Telemundo in the USA), 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 & Señor Tucan (called Mr. Toucan) only speak English.
  • Swedish In the Swedish language version Dora- utforskaren the characters speak mainly Swedish but will have commands and expressions in English. It is broadcast on Nickelodeon and TV4.
  • Tamil In the Tamil language version Dora The Explorer, the characters all speak Tamil, with some accented English interspersed. It is broadcast on a local kids programming channel Chutti TV, a channel run by the Sun Network
  • Turkish In the Turkish language version Dora the characters speak mainly Turkish, Spanish and English but will have commands and expressions in Turkish. It is broadcast on Nickelodeon and CNBC-e.

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Stage adaptations

Two stage versions of Dora the Explorer toured North America, the first being "City of Lost Toys," and the second being "Dora's Pirate Adventure." Produced by Nickelodeon and LiveNation, these productions featured live actors portraying the roles of Dora and her friends, including Boots, Diego, Isa, and the Fiesta Trio. Many of the characters wore elaborate foam costumes designed to resemble the Dora characters. Each production featured a structure similar to an episode of the television series. Live Nation NYSE: LYV is a live events company based in Beverly Hills, California. ...

City of Lost Toys featured Christina Bianco as Dora, while Dora's Pirate Adventure featured Danay Ferrer in the role, a former member of the all female American pop band innosense. Both productions featured a version of the popular Gloria Estefan song "Get On Your Feet" as the final number of the show. Danay Ferrer was one of the members of the girl-pop group Innosense. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Gloria Estefan (born Gloria María Fajardo on September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning Cuban American singer and songwriter. ...

Both productions were conceived by Chris Gifford, creator of the television show, and directed by Gip Hoppe.

There have been three Dora touring companies. The "City of Lost Toys" company and the "Pirate Adventure" company featured actors and crew that were members of Actor's Equity and IATSE, respectively, the unions for professional actors and stagehands in the United States. The third company performs a reduced version of "Pirate Adventure" and does not employ union personnel. This production is currently touring North America, and scheduled to travel to the United Kingdom and France. The Actors Equity Association (AEA), commonly referred to as Actors Equity, is an American labor union. ... The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, or I.A.T.S.E., (Full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada) is a labor union. ...

Dora the Explorer merchandise

  • Currently in Canada, Cheerios is offering free Dora the Explorer the Game CD-ROMs in specially marked packages. However, packages sold in Quebec will only have the French version. Also, there are many action figures and playsets available in many markets, along with DVDs, toys, ride-ons, books, plush, apparel, handbags, play tents, play kitchens and more.
  • Dora the Explorer: Journey to the Purple Planet is a video game released for the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube.

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Recently, many Dora the Explorer toys have been recalled due to lead paint being used. These toys were manufactured by Mattel. Dora the Explorer creators have come under fire for not making any statements on this issue. Mattel headquarters in El Segundo Mattel Inc. ...


  • Dora the Explorer became the first Hispanic character in the 79th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 24, 2005.
  • Years before this cartoon, in 1971, English group Stackridge released a single entitled Dora the Female Explorer.
  • Ricardo Montalbán was the voice of El Encantador in the episode The Missing Piece.
  • Although Tico the Squirrel mainly speaks Spanish, he can be heard speaking English in some episodes.
  • In "Shy Rainbow" the rainbow colors are not in the correct order. Blue is shown next to red, whereas the bluish colors are on the opposide side of the spectrum.
  • There is a remix to the "Dora The Explorer" Theme song[citation needed]

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References in Other Media/Parodies

  • Dora the Explorer appears in the Robot Chicken episode "Werewolf VS Unicorn" voiced by Mila Kunis. Border Patrol found her exploring near the border to California during Arnold Schwarzenegger's Public Service Announcement about Mexican Illegal Aliens. Border Patrol also dealt with Boots by breaking his neck.
  • Rap artist Ludacris made a few references to Dora in the song "Number One Spot"; the lyric goes, "Explora Like Dora, those swipers can't swipe me."
  • In Drake & Josh, there is one episode, The Storm, where Crazy Steve is watching Dora.
  • The show The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy makes reference to Dora in episode 66: "A Grim Day/Pandora's Lunch Box", where a character bearing a suspicious resemblance and the same name as Dora tries to convince people to open her lunch box.
  • This show was parodied on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, when Eduardo was watching a show named "Lauren is Explorin".
  • This show was also parodied on Saturday Night Live in a TV Funhouse sketch entitled "Maraka", created by Robert Smigel. The Dora-like character is called Maraka, while the Boots-like character is called "Mittens". The sketch made fun of the pauses in the show for the child viewer to react, the translations from Spanish to English (and Chinese, German, Portuguese, Hebrew, Swahili, Xhosa, Korean and Russian.) in Maraka's sentences and had many sporadic events. Maraka was voiced by Becca Lish, who imitated Kathleen Herles' voice for Dora.
  • Saturday Night Live also featured a Dora reference in their MTV 4 sketch. A rapper (played by Zach Braff) talks about his Dora the Explorer tattoo. He mentioned he likes calling her, "Explora". When asked why he got the tattoo, he said he had a lot in common with Dora as they both, "grew up on the streets". Another character mentions he grew up in the suburbs. "Yeah, but they had streets", the rapper replies.
  • In another episode of Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey accuses Dora of being a "rug muncher" in response to the alleged homosexuality of Spongebob Squarepants.

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External links

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Hispanic Magazine.com - September 2003 - Feature - A Girl Named Dora (1189 words)
When Nickelodeon execs decided to put Dora the Explorer on the air in August of 2000, they were trying to make their programming more appealing to kids with a multicultural background.
Dora the Explorer, the animated cartoon where 7-year-old Dora, a Latina heroine, conquers new adventures every day in English and Spanish, is now in its fourth season.
Dora the Explorer Live!—a musical stage show based on the cartoon, kicked off a national tour April 4 at the Palace Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, had a 10-day stop at New York City’s famous Radio City Music Hall later that month and is touring the country.
www.nicksplat.com - Dora the Explorer (93 words)
Dora the Explorer is an animated series starring a 7-year-old girl and her friends.
Dora the Explorer teaches children how to observe situations and solve problems as they explore Dora's world with her.
The show is highly interactive, and Dora's young viewers are encouraged throughout the show to respond to Dora and to actively participate in the adventure through physical movement.
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