Dora: Then and Now


Dora the Explorer” features the adventures of young Dora, her monkey Boots, Backpack and other animated friends. In each episode, viewers join Dora on an adventure in an animated world set inside a computer. The titular character seeks viewers’ help in solving a puzzle or mystery she faces in each episode. Common rituals may involve Dora’s encounters with Swiper, a masked thieving fox. To stop Swiper, Dora must say “Swiper no swiping” three times. When ‘lost’, Dora finds the right path to follow from Map. The episode always ends with Dora successfully reaching the locale, singing the “We Did It!” song with Boots in triumph.
First episode date: August 14, 2000
Final episode date: June 5, 2014
Honestly, my kids watched Dora by default.  It was often sandwiched between more desired shows. Yet even when it filled that transitional ‘void’, my kids were never engaged. No particular reason. It’s quite random what attracts the attention of children (and adults, for that matter). Dora had a good run. Fourteen years is quite an accomplishment for any television show — especially a cartoon.  Thankfully, we purchased very few novelty show-based items. Birthday presents from classmates or friends who actually watched the show were inevitable, though.


During that long running stint, Dora never really ‘aged’.  That changed. In the short three to four year period after the show ended, she made up for lost time, baby.  Now, she’s 24 and has her share of issues.

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Fortunately, Dora still has her trusty companions.  However, after watching and episode or two, I wonder if that is really the best thing for our heroine.*

  • Boots – resembles the unfortunate result of too much recreational dispensary visits.
  • backpack – Dora should’ve upgraded long ago. That damn backpack has been through a lot.
  • map – a global trajectory update is needed here as well. From what I’ve viewed, Map has misdirected Dora more than once on her road to adulthood.
  • Swiper – has’t graduated from Petty Theft to Grand Larceny. Yet. He is still quite the sly fox.  Though, his swiping now requires more damage control than ever before.

*I probs should’ve reconsidered my word choice, considering some of Dora’s NEW adventures.

Ironically enough, my daughter found this by default. YouTube ‘recommended’ the video because she is such a huge Big Mouth fan. While we appreciate the concept, we’re not fond of Dora The Grown Up. Alas, I’ve decided to save my commentary for the next post.  Like cling wrap, there’s a few ‘after thoughts’ I’d like to mention. Don’t be concerned – I promise NOT to break out into song with Boots. But, I have successfully reached my locale.

“We Did It!”

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