‘Dora the Explorer’ Goes Prime Time to Celebrate a Decade of Adventures

'Dora the Explorer' (Photo: Nickelodeon)

'Dora the Explorer' (Photo: Nickelodeon)

On Sunday, March 21st, Nickelodeon’s prime-time 10th anniversary special entitled ‘Swiper the Explorer’ will usher in a whole new decade of ‘Dora the Explorer.’
No, you don’t have to be a parent to be familiar with this effervescent adventuress – seeing as how her face has been routinely emblazoned upon any and all logo-receptive surfaces in the modern world. But, as is often the case, kids can often find the magic in an otherwise mundane or manipulative (and merchandise-heavy) world.

To the untrained eye (counter-intuitively, this usually means an adult one), Dora might appear to be a case of a minor who too often escapes the confines of parental supervision, and with some questionable companions in tow. There’s the monkey with the footwear fixation, a kleptomaniacal fox, and a trio of traveling musicians who lurch into scenes with a certain manic abandon in their tiny beady eyes. Ah, but we jaded adults tend to dwell in the land of surface appearances and sarcasm. As we roll our eyes over the ramblings of a certain loquacious piece of luggage strapped to the wee wanderer’s back, it’s easy to overlook the earnest efforts of this merry band of travelers.


Dora is forever questing to offer aid to those in need and return lost things to their rightful owners. While en route, she builds a bridge toward multi-lingualism by teaching tots some Spanish along the way. There’s no shortage of catchy tunes, either – little ditties penned solely to implant with ease into the memory banks of both young, and innocent adult bystanders, alike. (Heck, who can’t memorize lyrics like, “I’m the map, I’m the map, I’m the map, I’m the map, I’m the MAP!” on the first go-around? Admittedly, this imparts a huge sense of accomplishment to any who attempt and succeed here.) And, to be fair, while Dora’s crew might seem a bit motley at first glance, there’s not a mean bone in their respective bodies. Er….except for maybe Swiper’s.

As for the fox who seems to routinely escape charges of larceny, who says crime doesn’t pay? The 10th anniversary special gives Swiper a chance to take center stage (would that be literally?) and shine – perhaps even redeem himself – as he helps Dora return a missing baby fox back to its mother.

Surely there are worse ways for kids to spend time than learning another language, and how to be helpful……no matter how mildly irksome it may be for us parents to have to hear the “We did it!” song for the five-hundred thousandth time in the process.

So round up your preschool posse and catch full episodes of ‘Dora The Explorer‘ here on Fancast. Then be sure to tune-in to ‘Swiper the Explorer,’ premiering Sunday, March 21st at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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