Dora the Explorer and the Destiny Medallion began as a CollegeHumor parody of a live-action Dora the Explorer movie starring Ariel Winter. Reaction to the trailer was so popular that it became a live-action miniseries, consisting of three episodes.
Dora and Boots are recruited by her cousin, Diego, to help solve a mystery that has archaeologists baffled to this day—the location of the famed Destiny Medallion, guarded by the Grumpy Old Troll. With the nefarious Swiper in hot pursuit of the artifact, Dora will have to use her map, backpack, and observational skills to find it before he does—but all is not as it seems...
This miniseries is not to be confused with Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Nickelodeon's official live-action Dora movie.
This web series contains examples of:
- Actionized Adaptation: Dora and Swiper use guns with copious amounts of Stuff Blowing Up, while the original cartoon was made for preschoolers and had little to no violence.
- Adaptational Badass: Swiper in the cartoon was about as harmless a villain as you could get, and even when he did steal things Dora always found them again. Here he's a Bad Boss who successfully captures Dora and has schemes that threaten the world.
- Adaptation Species Change: Map, Benny the Bull and Swiper are portrayed as humans, instead of the inanimate objects and animals they were in the cartoon.
- Affectionate Parody: Of Dora, obviously, and the Indiana Jones movies.
- Aside Glance: Dora frequently pauses to talk to the audience a la the original cartoon.
- The Dreaded: One of Swiper's mooks is so terrified of the Grumpy Old Troll he tries to run immediately.
- Hotter and Sexier: Diego is played by the very shirtless Adrian Gonzalez.
- Real Trailer, Fake Movie: The original trailer, Dora the Explorer and the Search for the Infinity Orb, began as this.