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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Dora often speaks in Spanish before translating to English, and the show's repetitive format means kids will surely pick up some of the common words and phrases.
The show, which centers on a young Latina girl who embarks on adventures with her good friend, demonstrates the benefits of thoughtful problem-solving and the rewards of helping others.
Positive Role Models
Dora's positive attitude helps her work out solutions to all sorts of problems, and she's quick to call on her friends' help when she needs it.
Products & Purchases
The Dora franchise boasts a decade's worth of marketing, resulting in a recognizable brand name and a bunch of toys, books, games, videos, and clothing. The movie frequently makes references to some of Dora's previous adventures, so young fans may be inspired to see episodes or specials that they've missed.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this anniversary special is identical in style to the popular, now 10-year-old series, so existing fans are sure to enjoy the festivities. Dora's bilingual style introduces kids to common Spanish words and phrases, and the show's use of repetition ensures that viewers will retain at least some of what's said. The Dora franchise boasts a marketing conglomerate that includes books, videos, games, and toys, so tuning in might pique kids' interest in similar add-ons. What's more, the movie includes flashback clips of Dora's past specials, so young fans may want to fill in the blanks of their own Dora repertoire after seeing these virtual commercials. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Ten years have done little to tarnish the appeal of this TV superstar, and DORA'S BIG BIRTHDAY ADVENTURE is a seamless fit into the vast archive of this popular series. The spunky Latina heroine has taught countless preschoolers basic Spanish words and phrases with her engaging style over the past decade. This movie's reflective style -- which includes numerous flashbacks to previous episodes and references standout characters like Benny, Isa, and the Big Red Chicken -- is a worthy celebration of its own accomplishments, and happily works well as a stand-alone story for newcomers to Dora's adventures.
If a fault can be found, it's in the unavoidable relationship between the movie and the marketing giant who takes center stage. Dora's face graces everything from snack food to pajamas, so young fans might develop a new partiality to these items. If you can see past that, however, you'll find a spunky Latina heroine who reminds kids that helping others and solving problems are important qualities to being a friend.
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