Although one may be hesitant to watch Dora and the Lost City of Gold, it does an amazing job of referencing and honoring the original, beloved television show that some watched as children.
The premise of the movie is that Dora moves out of the jungle into a high school. However, she soon discovers that her parents have gone missing, and eventually gets kidnapped. She, her cousin Diego, and her new high school friends travel through the forest to save her parents and discover Parapata, the City of Gold. They have to overcome challenges, come to peace with their enemies, and fight bad guys along the way. Laine Solheim offers her opinion on the movie, stating, “I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’ve heard good things! I watched Dora as a child and it makes me happy that a new generation gets to enjoy characters that I grew up with.”
While this movie may seem to be targeting a younger audience with juvenile jokes, it is also an entertaining movie for those who watched the original television show. Besides Dora, the movie includes classic characters like Diego, Boots, Swiper, Backpack, Map, and more. It even pays homage to the cartoon version, showcasing a scene where the characters turn into their animated counterparts in a fantasy world where the show took place. Kate Erbland, a Rotten Tomatoes critic, states, ”If only every big screen adaptation of a beloved existing property could feel this funny and fresh, there’d be less to fear about an industry besieged by recycled material that never takes a risk.” Also, an anonymous student who watched the movie says, “The Dora movie is an iconic and elegant crossover between the perfect, complex comedy and the sweet childhood nostalgia that we all dearly miss.”
In conclusion, the Dora movie is a film that both children and teens alike will enjoy. Both today’s children and children of the past can appreciate Dora and the lessons she teaches. Dora and the Lost City of Gold not only honors our childhood, but also provides a link between generations.