The New Dora: Is Nothing Sacred?

dora_the_explorer_31709-200x316       dorathe-explorerposters

I promised my kids I would not swear anymore, and that’s a good thing, but if I hadn’t made that promise, I would be all over this thing like a Sailor on Leave. Dudes. What have they DONE to sweet little Dora??

Abby is kind of shaped like the first-edition Dora-  football headed, adventure seeking, sneaker wearing, sensible shorts, trusty backpack wearing Dora is a staple in our domicile. I mean, it’s Dora. She has adventures. She is a little girl.

What is that other exotic creature in ballet-flats going to do when Swiper steals Boots? What will she do when they have to cross the muddy river and climb blueberry mountain? Are those shoes going to cut it? And where is Backpack, Backpack? Those ridiculous ties on her shirt are going get snagged in some jungle vine and cause her to fall in quicksand.

What happened to her eyes? They went from nice brown eyes to oddly glistening anime orbs. Her ears are pierced, her lips are glossy pink, and… and…At least we are spared the Bratz lipliner- but it’s a push on the rest. Her skin is ever so slightly lighter, (this really bothers me) and her hair is highlighted. What have they done to Dora?

Is Swiper going to show up with grill and pager? Has Backpack morphed into a Louis Vuitton bag? And what of Boots? What of the monkey? Does Fancy New Dora hang with a primate? Or did she donate him to the zoo when he started to… go all Marcel?

The end is near. The President chose Leno over Letterman, Target has failed me, and Dora’s poppin’ Xenadrine.  Or… Am I just getting old?

24 thoughts on “The New Dora: Is Nothing Sacred?

  1. I think she would be a perfect Dora to market to TWEENS. Unfortunately, they are marketing her to 5-8 year-olds, and I believe 5-8 year-olds are too young to be fussing about fashion, hair and makeup.

  2. Yeah… the article I read said that they were hoping that the new Dora would appeal to older girls… thus extending the demographic and, of course, making more money. Always about the bottom line, eh?

  3. My kids would be confused by this change not acceptable to it. Why not just create a totally different spin off show with Dora’s older cousin like the Go,Diego,Go? Very strange. I guess something had to come along now that Bratz are finally gone to bully our girls into believing they are not worthy without perfect clothes and hair. This reiterates why Nickelodeon is not allowed in my house.

  4. oy. Whatever happened to the Jetsons? Yup I’m *that* old.

    I was the “PBS mom” back in the day because I couldn’t stand Gygantor and Skeletor, or Barbie. Back before it was “presumed” Bert and Ernie were anything but friends, and Snuffy was still an imaginary pal.

    Why do we have to train them to fight and argue, and/or to be “glamorous”and “fabulous”? Why do we have have to teach them via a cartoon anyway? I mean seriously, think of *your* favourite cartoon… I bet it was along the line of Rainbow Brite or Scooby Do. Mindless toddler entertainment. Age appropriate time wasting fun.

    What happened to letting kids be little for a freakin’ while?

  5. By the pictures I figured they were trying to extend the interest ages a bit, thanks for the info Melissa. I love it when I’m right.
    I just don’t understand why a preschool program can’t be a preschool program. The body shape, the clothing, simple lines, shapes, and primary colors in the animation…this new Dora is complicated and fussy and looks like every other big kid thing out there, no longer a special character preschoolers can easily relate to. I’m a big fan of “if it ain’t broke…”. Being too lazy to create a new character for older kids and instead just butchering a beloved, recognized, preschool friend…tsk tsk

  6. I haven’t seen Dora in a while. Is the new one a different show? Different adventures? Or is it the same type of show but with a different persona?

  7. I’m not sure what they’re gonna do with her- but they unveiled her this week and Dora 2.0

    Like 2x, I wish they would have just made her an older cousin or somthing- leave well enough alone.

    I’m just not cutting-edge anymore.

    Gettin’ old.

    Looney Tunes and Disney movies were my childhood cartoons…

  8. The new Dora is a huge improvement over Bratz or even Barbie–but it does send the message that when a little girl becomes a tween she abandons the sneakers and backpack–and even the habit of keeping both feet on the ground. Now what would be awesome would be the new Dora being strong and adventurous and able to solve her own problems, even though she’s cute–now THAT would be a good message for girls.

  9. I had not heard this atrocity until reading it here – that is just outrageous! What happened to our dear sweet Dora??? Why do all of the kids shows have to try to make them want to grow up faster? I think it is terrible but I also think it will flop in their faces and the new Dora will be history before they know it.

  10. It’s like when they pimped out Blue’s Clues, and made Blue talk and stuff, and then the clues drew themselves, and suddenly something really special turned into just another kid show with cartoons and a puppet. It’s just sad.

    Now Dora, something special that little kids can relate too, now looks like just every other tween show on Disney. In fact, she looks a lot like Vanessa Hudgens from HSM2, no? Not that I have anything against Vanessa Hudgens, she’s just not exactly running a show for 2 year olds.

  11. Oh no, it’s true?! Another mom told me about this change at the park the other day. BOO to the new Dora!

  12. My older daughter jokes that old Dora’s eyes are freaky because she never blinks. But I think it is because she loved Dora so much as a toddler she has to find some way to break free of her Dora love. My other kids haven’t been quite so into Dora so I wasn’t up on this latest happening.

    I’m sorry to say that just like Bratz, this new Dora will likely never cross our threshold, or TV screen, whatever. I’m just not into the glam for my girls.

  13. LOL, when I pulled up your page Donovan was standing behind me and said, “They’re changing Dora to that thing?” “Is her name still gonna be Dora?” When he was alot younger he was a big Dora fan before they came out with Go, Diego, Go. Now Rinoa is a big Dora fan. I will be keeping all the old episodes for her to watch.
    They should have just made a new character all together.
    R.I.P. my egg-headed Dora.

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