Dora the Explorer

Dora the Explorer is a bilingual heroine who lives in a computer and loves exploring with Backpack, Map and her best friend, Boots. She uses simple Spanish words and phrases as she engages pre-schoolers in a play-along adventure. She is a great role model for kids, as she is always ready to help those in need and doesn't give up when faced with obstacles.

Meet the Characters

Dora, the lovable explorer, goes on quests with the help of her friends and pre-schoolers. Her adventures always involve an exploring trip to help someone or find something. She asks pre-schoolers to help as she goes along and Map is always on hand to show her the way. When Boots and Dora bump into Swiper, the naughty fox, they have to say, 'Swiper, no swiping,' three times to stop him taking things. (But if he succeeds, Dora and Boots always end up finding the objects again.)

Boots, the monkey, is Dora's best friend. He's friendly and enthusiastic and wears red boots (hence his name). He loves helping Dora on her explorations, solving clues and puzzles along the way.

Backpack was given to Dora by her Mami and Papi. He provides Dora with anything she needs to get through a quest, from ladders to spacesuits!

Map lives in Backpack's side pocket. He always knows where to go and the best way to get there.

Swiper is a sneaky fox who tries to take things that Dora needs to complete her adventures. He hides the things he's swiped, but Dora and Boots always find them again. He can be stopped by saying, 'Swiper, no swiping!' three times. Dora never holds a grudge against Swiper for the items he's swiped from her.

Diego is Dora's cousin and sometimes joins her on adventures. He helps his parents at the Animal Rescue Centre and spends his time rescuing animals in trouble.

The Fiesta Trio, a grasshopper, snail and frog congratulate Dora when she completes a quest.

Isa the Iguana is good friends with Boots and Dora and is good at problem solving.


Dora the Explorer was created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh and Eric Weiner and first aired on Nickelodeon in 1999. Dora is a bilingual heroine, who lives in a computer and loves exploring with Backpack, Map and her best friend, Boots. She engages pre-schoolers in a play-along adventure, with the children solving problems to help her complete her quests.

Dora teaches children basic Spanish words and phrases, simple maths and music as well as the importance of observation and problem solving. She uses words or phrases in conversational Spanish, which children pick up as they go through the adventures with her. She's often heard saying '¡Vamonos!' meaning, 'Let's go!' and '¡Lo hicimos!' meaning, 'We did it!'

Dora goes to the Movies!

Nickelodeon is planning a made-for-television movie based on the series. Dora will be an actual ten-year-old girl with the other characters being animated. It is expected to be released in 2010.

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