A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Dora and her pals model lessons in bravery, kindness, and helping.
Products & Purchases
There are ads for other Nickelodeon shows plus the video game (Wii and DS) based on this movie. You can also buy various dolls based on this movie.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is fine entertainment for preschoolers and kindergartners and follows the same formula as the Nickelodeon TV series on which it's based. Songs and dialog are performed in English and Spanish, though English is the predominant language. A mean witch is mild enough for most kids, and the "threatening" polar bear and sea snake smile and are easily dispatched by Dora and her friends. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's a reason preschoolers and their parents admire Dora and her magic backpack. The story is simple enough for youngest kids to follow along, and in her characteristic fashion Dora stops the action to invite viewers to participate in the fun. Whether she and Boots (Regan Mizrahi) are exhorting kids to lean left and right to help them guide a sled, or asking them to shout out "Swiper No Swiping!" when they see a sly fox, the show's creators do what they can to provide an interactive viewing experience.
The effortless switch between English and Spanish will also be appreciated in bilingual households and those trying to support young foreign language learners. And in both the main story and the two shorter features, good behaviors like cooperating and being kind are reinforced.
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