Dora and Friends: Into the City!

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Dora and Friends: Into the City!
Dora and Friends logo.png
Genre Children
Adventure
Created by

Chris Gifford

Valerie Walsh Valdes
Directed by George Chialtas
Allan Jacobsen
Elizabeth Kwan
Presented by Vince Corazza
Voices of
Theme music composer Matthew Gerrard
Opening theme "Dora and Friends, Into The City"
Ending theme Dora and Friends, Into The City" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Peter Lurye
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English and Spanish
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 40 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Julie Kinman
Producer(s) Dana Chan
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Nick Jr.
Treehouse TV
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release August 8, 2011 (pilot)
August 18, 2014 – present
Chronology
Preceded by Dora the Explorer
Related shows Go, Diego, Go!
External links
Website www.nickjr.com/dora-and-friends/

Dora and Friends: Into the City! (also called Dora and Friends) is an American educational animated television series. A sequel to the original Dora the Explorer series, this series premiered on August 18, 2014 on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. in the United States, followed by its Canadian premiere on September 6, 2014 on Treehouse TV.

Production history[edit]

A pilot episode titled Dora's Explorer Girls: Our First Concert aired on August 7, 2011 on Nick Jr. in the United States. One month later, it aired on Treehouse TV in Canada. Following the 2011 release of Dora's Explorer Girls: Our First Concert, in 2013, Nickelodeon announced that it would produce a spin-off to Dora the Explorer titled as Dora and Friends: Into the City! It will star the heroine Dora as a 10-year-old who goes on city adventures with a group of new friends. The series has been picked up for 20 episodes and had its prime-time premiere on Nickelodeon on August 18, 2014.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

On October 9, 2014, Nickelodeon renewed the series for a 20-episode second season.[7]

Plot[edit]

Dora, who is now a ten-year-old,[8] attends school and lives in the city of Playa Verde. She has five friends: Kate, who loves art, Emma, who loves music, Alana, who is tomboyish and loves animals, Naiya, who is smart and enjoys reading, and Pablo, who enjoys playing soccer. Together, Dora and her friends work together and go on adventures while discovering the secrets of their city. Dora has a magical charm bracelet and a smartphone, complete with an app version of the previous series' map to aid her.

The characters are all bilingual and speak Spanish in addition to English. However, the Spanish curriculum on Dora and Friends has been expanded to using simple phrases and commands as opposed to solely the single Spanish words used on the previous Dora the Explorer show.

Season 2 features the return of characters from original series, such as Boots, Benny the Bull, Isa the Iguana, Tico the Squirrel, Swiper the Fox, and Big Red Chicken who appear as guest stars in certain episodes such as the reunion special "Return to the Rainforest", which involves Dora's return to the Rainforest from Dora the Explorer to rescue Map and Backpack after they are swiped from Boots by Swiper, only to be carried off by a strong wind. At the end of that episode, Backpack is repaired and redesigned by Kate after Backpack is torn apart by a cliff on Tall Mountain. The special also introduces a young flower named Bud who lives in Isa's garden and had heard all about Dora's adventures from her. Bud ends up getting sewed up as part Backpack by Kate, though he is perfectly fine with it as he gets to go on adventures with Dora and her friends. Bud helps Backpack find and retrieve objects stored inside her for Dora. In addition to Backpack and Bud, Map returns in the Season 2 following the events of "Return to the Rainforest", effectively replacing Dora's map app. In "For the Birds", older versions of Diego, Alicia, Baby Jaguar (who now goes by just "Jaguar"), and the Bobo Brothers from Go, Diego, Go! appear as well. The series had a few guest stars, such as Megan Hilty and Christina Milian.

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 20 August 18, 2014 (2014-08-18) February 5, 2016 (2016-02-05)
2 20 September 10, 2015 (2015-09-10) February 5, 2017 (2017-02-05)

Broadcast[edit]

Dora and Friends: Into the City! premiered on Treehouse TV in Canada on September 6, 2014[9] and on Nick Jr. in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand on November 3.[10][11] In Southeast Asia, the series debuted on March 16, 2015 on Nickelodeon in Singapore and Malaysia, on March 23 on Nick Jr. in all regions, and on March 30 on Nickelodeon in the Philippines, and also aired on Global TV in Indonesia.[12][13] It is also airing on Nick Jr. in the Middle East and Africa.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nickelodeon Unveils New Generation Of Content For New Generation Of Kids At Annual Upfront Presentation" (Press release). Reuters. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Villaneda, Rebecca (28 February 2013). "'Dora and Friends': New Spin-off Will Star the Little Latina Heroine". Hispanic Business. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Nickelodeon "Dora And Friends: In The City" TV Show". Nickutopia. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Peel, Sarah (11 March 2013). "Nickelodeon Announces Dora and Friends: Into the City". BSC Kids. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.nickjr.com/video/?videoid=122704>
  6. ^ http://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/dora-and-friends-premieres-august-18/
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 9, 2014). "'Dora and Friends: Into the City' Renewed for Second Season by Nickelodeon". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ Day, Patrick Kevin (15 August 2014). "'Dora and Friends: Into the City' review: Dora grows up". Los Angeles Times. 
  9. ^ "Treehouse Takes World's Most Beloved Explorer on Her Biggest Adventure Yet with Brand-New Series Dora and Friends: Into the City! Debuting on Saturday, September 6". Corus Entertainment (Press release). September 2, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ Knox, David (October 21, 2014). "Airdate: Dora and Friends: Into the City!". TV Tonight. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Vamanos! Dora and Friends: Into the City! to Premiere on Monday 3rd November". Viacom UK & Ireland Press (Press release). London: Viacom International Media Networks. October 20, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Dora sets off on her greatest adventure yet". Philstar. Manila. March 16, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Nick Jr. Takes the World's Most Loved Explorer, Dora, on Her Greatest Adventure Yet with the New Pre-School Series "Dora and Friends: Into the City!"". VIMN Asia Press (Press release). Singapore: Viacom International Media Networks. February 27, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  14. ^ Ferreira, Thinus (September 23, 2014). "BET and two new channels coming to DStv". Channel 24. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  15. ^ Fisher, Daniela (December 18, 2014). "Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels launch in the Middle East". Kidscreen. Retrieved September 2, 2015.