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24th Mar 2019

The Dora The Explorer live action trailer looks… surprisingly epic

Wil Jones

From the director of Da Ali G Show

If you are too old to have watched it growing up, or don’t have kids/younger siblings, Dora The Explorer is an incredibly successful animated show that ran on Nick Jr between 2000 and 2014. It focused on the titular globetrotting seven-year-old and her pet monkey Boots, and had a strong educational bent teaching kids about the world, as well as fourth-wall breaking challenges that Dora would need the audience’s ‘help’ to solve.

Dora The Explorer went on to become Nick Jr’s longest running show, running eight series and becoming a merchandising juggernaut.

A live action movie version of Dora – entitled Dora and The Lost City of Gold – was announced in 2017, for which the trailer has just dropped. And it actually looks surprisingly epic – like Tomb Raider meets Spy Kids or something.

Dora The Explorer was also notable for bringing a Latina hero to kids TV, and the film’s cast includes some big name Latin-American talent, including Michael Pena, Danny Trejo, Eva Longoria and Benicio Del Toro.

It is helmed by British director James Bobin – who has somehow gone from Da Ali G Show to this, via Flight of the Conchords and The Muppets.

The official synopsis reads:

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.

The film is due in cinemas August 2nd.