Headscratchers: Dora the Explorer

  • Why are parents going insane over a teaser silhouette for the "new" Dora?
    • Here's the picture. It doesn't look overtly sexual to me, but parents have already made the comparison between new Dora and Bratz.
    • Apparently older and prettier = WHORE. *facepalm* I'd hate to see how these parents would react when their daughters hit puberty.
    • And here's the new design in full. THAT HARLOT, SHE'S SHOWING HER ANKLES!
    • In their defence, this is the generation of parents that has seen their kids grow up with Bratz. I can't blame them for being paranoid.
    • What about Diego? Will he grow up too?
    • I read that they went insane over the design because they thought it is Out of Character for Dora to like fashion instead of adventuring. They said that Dora would rather spend her life adventuring and helping people than shopping for new clothes.
    • It is out of character for her, horribly so. There's nothing that says Dora can't grow up to be pretty and still love adventuring. Dress her for the outdoors, a nice pair of hiking boots and more mature backpack—maybe one that doesn't talk—and voilĂ . Role model.
    • Isn't she technically still an adventurer (as in she solves mysteries now)? Also, she lost all her old friends for a bunch of human ones, which made the fans mad.
    • This parent thinks the original Dora is cuter, and the new one is entirely forgettable. 'nuff said.
    • This will seem off for this troper, because he never watched this bizzare show, but its possible that what's pissing everyone off is, like another troper here said, the new Dora seems to be more into fashion than exploration, implying that you HAVE to get into fashion when you get older. 'Cause God forbid a girl will want to reject fashion in exchange for good old-fashion adventure with mundane, comfortable adventuring clothes.
    • I think what everyone needs to remember is that although she's older now, she is still a kid. She's around 10-12 years old. She's getting close to middle school if she's not there already. That's the age range where kids begin to notice fads and fashion trends. I doubt we'll get a teenage Dora, but plenty of tweens and teens go through phrases of exploring new things. That doesn't mean they stick. In short, she may be interested in fashion now, but it could be short-lived and she'll drop it later.
    • I don't think the new Dora is sexualized, but she is "prettified" in a sickeningly cutesy, Disney heroine kind of way. I don't have anything against Disney characters, but we have enough Disney princess stereotypes out there. It's totally fine to be into fashion and looks, but the problem is really that girls aren't getting many role models that show them it's completely fine to be not that into fashion and looks, too. They're all fine individually, but when all these pretty-princess-as-ideal-teen-girl portrayals add up, they unfortunately create an atmosphere where girls are constantly given the message that being pretty (and in a way that's defined by the society as feminine) is almost a requisite of being a socially acceptable female.

  • Why are we getting a new Dora?
    • You'd think after ten years Dora would fade into oblivion, but no, now she's going to be aged by five years or so. Nobody's going to watch it, the kids who used to watch Dora have outgrown her, and I doubt she'll appeal to little kids.
      • Speak for yourself. The new Dora has a line of toys and a website featuring her now. She might never be as popular as the original Dora, but she's got a fanbase.

  • Why did they get rid of Dora's animal friends and give her a group of friends that has unusual diversity for Mexico? I can't fathom where they thought it was a good thing.
    • Mexico is actually a very diverse country

  • Why did Diego get his own series?
  • Dora is a Greek name! Unfortunately it's mine, you can imagine the suffering I've had to deal with since middle school and that wretched show started.
    • This Troper always believed her name was a pun on the Spanish word "exploradora."
      • It is. They even sing that in the theme tune.
      • Huh, I always thought it was short for Computadora, since the show takes place in a computer game with No Fourth Wall.
    • It's also a Spanish name. I know more than one Dora here in Spain. It can be short for female names like Teodora or Adoracion, although I admit neither of them is very common nowadays.

  • I just watched the episode where they had to get to the south pole. They apparently took a magical airplane from South America (I presume that's where they live), to the ice pack. They had to get over water filled with icebergs, then a huge snowy mountain. Why the fuck didn't they just fly the plane the whole way?
    • It's Dora. This is the girl who can't see a mountain three feet in front of her!

  • I'm watching the series in the original English audio track for the first time, thanks to the wonders of digital TV and its multiple audio channels, and there is something that bugs me a little. If Dora is suposed to be Mexican or Mexican/American, why she has an English accent when she speaks Spanish but no Spanish accent when she speaks English? Other hispanic characters in the show, like Tico, have a correct Mexican accent when they speak Spanish, but Dora Herself has a clear English accent, and when she tries to sound more Spanish, overdoes it with an exagerated strong "r" sound ("Grrrasias"). They couldn't hire a real hispanic voice actress for the role?
    • This Troper was born and raised Hispanic. She was also raised in America. Ergo, she completely lost her accent and it was replaced by a Californian one, which heavily sept into her Spanish.
    • And note that some other characters don't understand English and Dora exhorts the audience to call out to them in Spanish. Dora speaks both English and Spanish, but with an English accent. This does seem to mean she is of a Hispanic background, raised in the English speaking world, now living in Mexico. Makes a lot of sense - and this troper only realized it now after a couple of years of watching Dora with his son. Cue a future Dora The Movie expanding on this background? (This change added May 24, 2010. Noting the date to see if the prediction proves correct!)
  • During the Fairytale Dora special thingy, Dora must wake Boots up before all the leaves fall off this wall. What happens when that happens? They never say. I assume Boots will be put in a permanent sleep.
    • Maybe that's why Dora lost her animal friends and grew up...
  • They never get rainbows right. Never. Most of the time, they only have four or five bands of color, and the order is completely random - red-green-orange-blue-yellow or the like. Not the sort of thing one wants to see in an educational show.
  • Dora has gotten older and In "Dora's Christmas Carol adventure" when she appeared older, Boots appeared older too (mostly just a outfit change and maybe a few inches taller but it was something. Reason I bring this up is because last night they aired the first episode/special of "Dora's Explorer Girls" and Boots DOES INDEED show up but he hasn't aged a day even though Dora looks older...of course he only showed up at the very end but still, what exactly happened?
    • The older Dora and Boots from the Christmas special were from an alternate future. Dora stopped that future when she reformed Swiper, so that future never happened. The Dora and Boots from Explorer girls are from a different future, so look different.
  • Why can't Swiper just put in earmuffs, or earplugs to stop himself from hearing the words "Swiper no Swiping"?
  • The new Dora show. Dora was aimed at both genders before but Dora's Explorer Girls is clearly aimed at girls. Why not, say, make it into an action show and put it on Nickelodeon?
  • Why does Swiper seem to freeze whenever Dora and Boots say, "Swiper, no swiping"? Like, really? He's a frickin' FOX! A fox against a human girl and her pet monkey? Oh, gee, I wonder who is gonna win that one?
    • It's the mask. He's shocked that they managed to recognize him depsite the disguise and his mind is screaming "Abort! Abort!"
  • Why is everything in Dora the Explorer sentient?
    • Due to horrible scientific experiments, no doubt.
  • How does Dora put on her shirt without the neck being stretched into uselessness?
  • Swiper. You'd think he'd get the hint that Dora and Boots don't want him snatching their items, so why is he trying? And why isn't Dora and Boots contacting a pest control center on Swiper?