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- Apr 4, 2017
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Those of you with younger kids, or have raised kids since the early 2000s have to be living under a rock if you’re not familiar with Dora The Explorer, the Nickelodeon based TV show that started airing in 2000. It’s run 19 years, 178 episodes has been aimed at little kids in hope of inspiring them into becoming scientists, explorers, and generally teaching good behavior. In a sea of absolute garbage like Bratz, Monster High and other insipid entertainment, Dora stands out as being cutesy fair that is generally appealing to parents of all moral walks of life and has been the mainstay of young children animation for the 21st century. However, the show is coming to an end and with that comes the desire to movie studios to branch out and “modernize” or “spruce up” the show and create a live action adaptation.
I will fully admit that I went into Dora and the Lost City of Gold expecting to HAAAAAATE it. I was a bit too old even in my last few years of teenager hood to be the target demographic for Dora the Explorer, but I have enough young relatives in my life that I was subjected to many a year of hearing that theme song play across my family’s TV. The trailer for this live action film looked like a cringe worthy affair, and I was fully expecting to see an epic abortion of the original show. However, the movie is really light hearted and fun, targeting a VERY so slightly older demographic (it looks like it’s aiming directly at those who are just outgrowing the TV show right now), and having a little tongue and cheek fun at the shows expense, while still reflecting the show’s core values to that pre-teen market.
Dora (Madelyn Miranda as a child, Isabela Merced as teenager) lives in the rain forest with her professor parents, Cole (Michael Pena) and Elena (Eva Longoria), where she’s homeschooled and raised with a sense of adventure. However, she has an even bigger adventure ahead of her in the form of Highschool. Sent to the states to go to a traditional school, Dora is not prepared for the incredible culture shock of living in a big city where you don’t wear your heart on your sleeve. Poor Dora becomes ostracized by the brutal teenagers, despite her best efforts to just be cheerful and friendly to everyone. Even her cousin Diego (Jeff Wahlberg….yes, related to THOSE Wahlbergs) has grown up and assimilated into teenage culture.
I was actually surprised by Dora and the Lost City of Gold. It stays true to the roots of the TV show, while appealing to a generation that is just growing out of it (due to it finishing). The movie is a bit kiddy for my tastes, but it seems to hit that proper amount of adventure for kids without being too ridiculous. The cast is just having an absolute blast together, which really helps with the organic feeling of the adventure flick. It may not be for adults, but it deals with the subjects of peer pressure, bullying, and being hoonest with yourself while still having fun and danger mixed in. Definitely aimed at pre-teens, but rather enjoyable for what it is
Rated PG for action and some impolite humor
• Deleted and Extended Scenes – Journey deeper into the jungle to find the "lost" scenes not shown in theaters.
• All About Dora – Discover how Isabela Moner transformed Dora into a jungle-savvy teenage adventurer for a new generation.
• Can You Say Pelicula? – Unlock the mystery of underwater stunts and surviving quicksand with Eugenio Derbez.
• Dora In Flower Vision – Explore the movie's playful animated sequence, a treasure trove of nods to Dora's cartoon origins.
• Dora's Jungle House – The adventure continues with this behind-the-scenes tour of Dora's jungle house, part museum, part laboratory, and always a place for family.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold is an old fashioned adventure movie for pre teens. I fully admit that this wasn’t aimed at my demographic, but the cast is having such a lot of fun, and the enthusiasm for the source material is palpable. Every one of my nieces and nephews had a blast at the theater, meaning it hit the mark for which it was aiming, and did so quite well. The fairly lavish production values (for a Dora the Explorer film) brought one of the most prolific animated kids shows to the big screen for the first time, and actually translated better into live action than I was expecting. The Blu-ray from Paramount Pictures is nothing short of stunning, with very good extras and amazing audio/video specs.
Starring: Isabela Merced (Moner), Benicio Del Toro, Danny Trejo, Eva Longoria, Michael Pena, Jeff Wahlberg
Directed by: James Bobin
Written by: Nicholas Stoller, Matthew Robinson
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 AVC
Audio: English: Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Core), French, Spanish DD 5.1
Sugtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
Runtime: 103 minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: November 19th 2019
Recommendation: Decent Watch For the Kids