Go, Diego, Go!

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Go Diego Go!
Go, Diego, Go! (logo).svg
Created by Chris Gifford
Valerie Walsh
Voices of
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 75
Production
Executive producer(s) Chris Gifford
Valerie Walsh
Producer(s) Catherine Galeota
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s) Stinky Hawk Productions
Nick Jr Productions (season 1 - 3) Nickelodeon Prouductions (season 3 - present)
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release September 6, 2005 (2005-09-06) – May 13, 2011 (2011-05-13)
Chronology
Related shows Dora the Explorer

Go, Diego, Go! is an American animated educational interactive children's television program that originally aired on the Nickelodeon children's cable network in the United States and produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Created and executive produced by Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh, the series is a spin-off of Dora the Explorer and follows Dora's cousin Diego, an 8-year-old boy whose adventures frequently involve rescuing animals and protecting their environment.[1][2]

The series, which aired for five seasons, consisting of 75 episodes, premiered at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 and concluded on Friday, May 13, 2011.[2][3] During the series' lifespan, the program also aired on the CBS broadcast network as part of its Saturday morning Nick Jr. on CBS children's programming block in 2006, until the block's shut down on September 9 of that year.[4][5]

The series received favorable reviews from critics and garnered particular acclaim for its portrayal of a bilingual Latino lead character, earning a total of four NAACP Image Award nominations for "Outstanding Children's Program" from 2008–2012,[6][7][8][9] as well as earning Imagen Award and Young Artist Award nominations for Jake T. Austin for his role as the voice of Diego.[10][11]

Setting[edit]

Diego and Baby Jaguar

The show features an eight-year-old Latino boy named Diego (voiced by Jake T. Austin, seasons 1–3;[12] Matt Hunter, season 4;[13] Brandy Zambrano, season 5[14]) who rescues animals around the world. His cousin is Dora (Kathleen Herles) from Dora the Explorer, as revealed in multiple shows, usually without Boots by her side. Diego was first introduced in an episode of Dora the Explorer entitled "Meet Diego!" (originally voiced by brothers Andres and Felipe Dieppa). Diego has a jaguar companion named Baby Jaguar (voiced by Thomas Sharkey) who assists him in rescuing the animals. Baby Jaguar also appears in Dora the Explorer but inconsistently; on Go, Diego, Go! he takes a more active role, which includes being able to speak.

Diego is Dora's cousin; Dora appears in some episodes in the series, usually without Boots. Diego's older sister, Alicia (voiced by Constanza Sperakis; Serena Kerrigan; Gabrielle Aisenberg), is a computer whiz and also bilingual; she directs the animal rescue calls that come into the center. She also assists Diego in helping the animals they love. Alicia is responsible and kind-hearted and always kind to her little brother.

Diego's parents are described as animal scientists; they appear in several episodes, but their names are never given. There is also one other older sister, Daisy, voiced by Iliana Friedson-Trujillo (which makes Alicia a middle child), who only appears in "The Bobo's Mother's Day!" with Diego stating that she is home from college. Daisy celebrated her 15th birthday in "Dora the Explorer" Season 4, Episode 2 "Daisy, La Quinceañera," which aired on Oct. 1, 2004. Diego states that Daisy is home from college in "Go, Diego, Go!" Season 3, Episode 4 "The Bobo's Mother's Day," which aired on May 9, 2008. That would make Daisy 18. Daisy appears in three "Dora the Explorer" episodes: "Dora Saves the Game," as a cameo in "Dora's Pirate Adventure," and "Daisy, La Quinceanera." This makes Diego the youngest child and the only son to his parents.

In most episodes, Diego hears an animal's moan for help at his rainforest Animal Rescue Center. With help from his friends, gadgets, and viewers at home, he sets out to rescue the animal (To save and help the animal).

Other characters include Click (voiced by Rosie Perez), a camera that locates the animal calling for help; Rescue Pack (voiced by Keeler Sandhaus), a messenger bag Diego wears that can transform into any object; and two troublesome spider monkeys named the Bobo Brothers (voiced by Jose Zelaya), who can be stopped by shouting "Freeze, Bobos!" and Diego often encourages viewers to help him stop them by shouting it. While they might be compared to Swiper from Dora, they don't cause trouble for Diego on purpose and apologize after doing so.

There are a few recurring animal friends that are normally rescued by Diego in their first appearance but appear later to return the favor and help Diego out. The most common of these is Linda the Llama (voiced by Laura Abreu), who has appeared prominently in four episodes and made a cameo appearance in "Three Little Condors." Just like Dora the Explorer, the show teaches preschool-age children the Spanish language. However, the show takes a lesser approach to this and focuses more on the teaching of various animals.

Kelly Ripa, and her son, Michael Consuelos both guest star as Mommy Maned Wolf and her Pup.

In each episode of Go, Diego, Go! there are several songs and uses of Spanish vocabulary.

Whenever a carnivorous predator (anacondas) is featured on the show, its diet is not mentioned, unlike when herbivores are shown (such as marmosets). Notable exceptions to this is when an octopus helping Diego is explicitly shown and discussed eating live crabs (the crabs, however, are not anthropomorphised in the same way that other creatures typically are in the series), when a baby river dolphin who had tickled Diego in "Diego Saves Baby River Dolphin eats the crabs heading toward a waterfall, Sea Turtle Tuga eats jellyfish and Jorge the Little Hawk eats grasshoppers. Whenever a featured animal is threatened by a predator, the prey is described as being "afraid" of the predator.

Characters[edit]

  • Diego Marquez: An eight-year-old boy who speaks English and Spanish as well as the language of animals and rescues those that are in trouble. Along with his older sister, Alicia, he discovers the wildlife.
  • Alicia Marquez: The eleven-year-old sister of Diego who helps him in any campaign. She frequently uses her laptop computer to discover interesting things about these animals.
  • Baby Jaguar: A jaguar and a friend of Diego. Baby Jaguar met Diego when he came to his aid. He is bold, daring and always ready to help.
  • Click: A camera that is mischievous and cheeky. She is able to identify animals and their location by hearing their voices. She is always happy to help Diego find animals that are in trouble.
  • Rescue Pack: An orange backpack that can provide any object that Diego needs. Diego uses his backpack to overcome obstacles while rescuing animals.
  • Bobo Brothers: Two mischievous spider monkeys that always cause trouble. In each episode, Diego tries to stop them misbehaving. In turn, they always ask for forgiveness for their actions.
  • Linda: Linda the llama is fluent in Spanish, noble, hardworking and is always helpful when Diego needs help. She, like the jaguar cubs, met Diego when he came to her aid.
  • Dora: Diego's cousin who sometimes helps with rescue operations. Dora loves to solve mysteries and to investigate.
  • Boots: A monkey who's Dora's best friend. Boots is always enthusiastic and usually does not wear clothes, with the exception of a pair of red boots.

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 20 September 6, 2005 (2005-09-06) September 13, 2006 (2006-09-13)
2 18 October 2, 2006 (2006-10-02) February 1, 2008 (2008-02-01)
3 19 February 2, 2008 (2008-02-02) September 18, 2009 (2009-09-18)
4 12 September 1, 2009 (2009-09-01) August 24, 2010 (2010-08-24)
5 6 December 5, 2010 (2010-12-05) May 13, 2011 (2011-05-13)

Season 1 (2005–2006)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date Prod.
code
1 1 "Rescue of the Red-Eyed Tree Frogs" September 6, 2005 (2005-09-06) 101
2 2 "Diego Saves the Mommy and Baby Sloth" September 7, 2005 (2005-09-07) 102
3 3 "Chinta the Baby Chinchilla" September 8, 2005 (2005-09-08) 103
4 4 "Diego Saves Baby Humpback Whale" September 9, 2005 (2005-09-09) 104
5 5 "Three Little Condors" September 12, 2005 (2005-09-12) 105
6 6 "Pepito's Penguin School" September 13, 2005 (2005-09-13) 106
7 7 "The Mommy Macaw" September 14, 2005 (2005-09-14) 107
8 8 "Journey to Jaguar Mountain" September 15, 2005 (2005-09-15) 108
9 9 "Rainforest Race" September 16, 2005 (2005-09-16) 109
10 10 "Linda the Llama Saves Carnaval" March 11, 2006 (2006-03-11) 110
11 11 "Linda the Librarian" January 23, 2006 (2006-01-23) 111
12 12 "A Booboo on the Pygmy Marmoset" January 24, 2006 (2006-01-24) 112
13 13 "A Blue Morpho Butterfly is Born" January 25, 2006 (2006-01-25) 113
14 14 "Cool Water for Ana the Anaconda" February 26, 2006 (2006-02-26) 114
15 15 "Chito and Rita the Spectacled Bears" February 27, 2006 (2006-02-27) 115
16 16 "Diego's Great Dinosaur Rescue – Part 1" March 7, 2006 (2006-03-07) 116
17 17 "Diego's Great Dinosaur Rescue – Part 2" March 7, 2006 (2006-03-07) 117
18 18 "Diego's Wolf-Pup Rescue" June 10, 2006 (2006-06-10) 118
19 19 "Baby Jaguar to the Rescue" August 12, 2006 (2006-08-12) 119
20 20 "Save the Sea Turtles" September 13, 2006 (2006-09-13) 120

Season 2 (2006–2008)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date Prod.
code
21 1 "Little Kinkajou is in Beehive Trouble" October 2, 2006 (2006-10-02) 201
22 2 "Diego Saves Baby River Dolphin" October 3, 2006 (2006-10-03) 202
23 3 "Diego and Baby Humpback to the Rescue" October 4, 2006 (2006-10-04) 203
24 4 "Macky the Macaroni Penguin" October 5, 2006 (2006-10-05) 204
25 5 "The Iguana Sing Along" October 17, 2006 (2006-10-17) 205
26 6 "Panchita the Prairie Dog" December 3, 2006 (2006-12-03) 206
27 7 "Diego Saves Christmas" December 8, 2006 (2006-12-08) 207
28 8 "The Great Jaguar Rescue" January 15, 2007 (2007-01-15) 208
29 9 "Diego the Hero" February 5, 2007 (2007-02-05) 209
30 10 "Sammy's Valentine" February 14, 2007 (2007-02-14) 210
31 11 "The Great Roadrunner Race" March 26, 2007 (2007-03-26) 211
32 12 "The Tapir's Trip Home" March 6, 2007 (2007-03-06) 212
33 13 "Jorge the Little Hawk Learns to Migrate!" March 7, 2007 (2007-03-07) 213
34 14 "Giant Octopus to the Rescue" March 8, 2007 (2007-03-08) 214
35 15 "An Underwater Mystery" June 26, 2007 (2007-06-26) 215
36 16 "Diego's African Safari Rescue" October 15, 2007 (2007-10-15) 119
37 17 "Diego and Alicia Save the Otters!" October 16, 2007 (2007-10-16) 217
38 18 "Alicia Saves the Crocodile" February 1, 2008 (2008-02-01) 218

Season 3 (2008–2009)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date Prod.
code
39 1 "Green Iguana Helps Abuelito Plant a New Strawberry Farm" February 5, 2008 (2008-02-05) 307
40 2 "Kicho's Magic Flute" February 2, 2008 (2008-02-02) 305
41 3 "Rainforest Rhapsody" March 3, 2008 (2008-03-03) 301
42 4 "Gorilla Fun" March 4, 2008 (2008-03-04) 302
43 5 "Rhea Is an Animal Rescuer" March 7, 2008 (2008-03-07) 220
44 6 "Tuga Helps the Moon" March 18, 2008 (2008-03-18) 303
45 7 "Willie the Whistling Duck Finds a Friend" April 21, 2008 (2008-04-21) 304
46 8 "Super Flying Squirrel to the Rescue" April 28, 2008 (2008-04-28) 308
47 9 "Diego and Porcupine Save the Pinata!" May 2, 2008 (2008-05-02) 306
48 10 "The Bobo's Mother's Day!" May 9, 2008 (2008-05-09) 317
49 11 "It's a Bug's World!" May 12, 2008 (2008-05-12) 312
50 12 "Diego and Dora help Baby Monarch Get to the Festival" May 16, 2008 (2008-05-16) 309
51 13 "Diego and Dora save the Giant Tortoises"
"Save the Giant Tortoises"
May 19, 2008 (2008-05-19) 310
52 14 "Alicia and Whitetail to the Rescue" June 6, 2008 (2008-06-06) 311
53 15 "Manatee's Mermaid Rescue!" August 20, 2008 (2008-08-20) 316
54 16 "Freddie the Fruit Bat Saves Halloween!" October 27, 2008 (2008-10-27) 313
55 17 "Egyptian Camel Adventure" December 27, 2008 (2008-12-27) 314
56 18 "A New Flamingo Mommy" July 5, 2009 (2009-07-05) 315
57 19 "The Great Polar Bear Rescue" September 18, 2009 (2009-09-18) 318

Season 4 (2009–2010)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date Prod.
code
58 1 "Diego Reunites Hippo and Oxpecker" September 28, 2009 (2009-09-28) 401
59 2 "Diego's Orangutan Rescue" September 29, 2009 (2009-09-29) 402
60 3 "Where is Okapi's Brother?" September 30, 2009 (2009-09-30) 403
61 4 "Puffin Fish Adventure" September 1, 2009 (2009-09-01) 404
62 5 "Diego's Ringed Seal Rescue" February 19, 2010 (2010-02-19) 406
63 6 "All Aboard the Giant Panda Express!" March 15, 2010 (2010-03-15) 405
64 7 "Bengal Tiger Makes a Wish" March 16, 2010 (2010-03-16) 407
65 8 "Leaping Lemurs" March 17, 2010 (2010-03-17) 408
66 9 "Diego Saves the Beavers" March 18, 2010 (2010-03-18) 409
67 10 "Ocean Animal Rescuer" April 22, 2010 (2010-04-22) 410
68 11 "Welcome Home, Lion Cub!" June 18, 2010 (2010-06-18) 411
69 12 "Diego's International Rescue League" August 24, 2010 (2010-08-24) 412

Season 5 (2010–2011)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date Prod.
code
70 1 "Diego Rescues Prince Vicuna" December 5, 2010 (2010-12-05) 501
71 2 "Koala's Birthday Hug" January 7, 2011 (2011-01-07) 502
72 3 "To Babysit a Bobo" February 8, 2011 (2011-02-08) 503
73 4 "Pampas Cat and Friends Help the Rescue Center" March 9, 2011 (2011-03-09) 504
74 5 "Cotton-Top Tamarin Cave Rescue" April 10, 2011 (2011-04-10) 505
75 6 "Diego's Fiercest Animals" May 13, 2011 (2011-05-13) 506

Home media[edit]

The list of Diego's DVD Programming
Program DVD Name Episodes
Go, Diego, Go! The Great Dinosaur Rescue
  • "The Great Dinosaur Rescue"
  • "Diego Saves Baby Humpback Whale"
  • "Rescue of the Red-Eyed Tree Frogs"
Go, Diego, Go! Wolf Pup Rescue
  • "Diego's Wolf Pup Rescue"
  • "A Booboo on the Pygmy Marmoset"
  • "Diego Saves Mommy and Baby Sloth"
  • "Three Little Condors"
Go, Diego, Go!; The Wonder Pets! The Diego/Wonder Pets Special
  • Diego episode: "Baby Jaguar To The Rescue"
  • Diego episode: "An Underwater Mystery"
  • Wonder Pets episode: "Save the Chameleon"
  • Wonder Pets episode: "Save the Dragon"
Go, Diego, Go! Diego Saves Christmas
  • "Diego Saves Christmas"
  • "Pepito's Penguin School"
  • "A Blue Morpho Butterfly is Born"
  • "Save the Sea Turtles"
Go, Diego, Go! The Great Jaguar Rescue
  • "The Great Jaguar Rescue!"
  • "Little Kinkajou Is in Beehive Trouble!"
  • "The Mommy Macaw"
  • "Chinta the Baby Chinchilla"
Go, Diego, Go! Underwater Mystery
  • "An Underwater Mystery"
  • "Diego Saves Baby River Dolphin"
  • "Journey to Jaguar Mountain"
  • "Chito and Rita the Spectacled Bears"
Go, Diego, Go! The Iguana Sing Along
  • "The Iguana Sing Along"
  • "Diego and Alicia Save the Otters"
  • "Linda the Librarian"
  • "Cool Water for Ana the Anaconda"
Go, Diego, Go! Ready Set Go!
  • "Rainforest Race"
  • "The Great Roadrunner Race"
  • "The Tapir's Trip Home"
  • "Baby Jaguar To The Rescue"
Go, Diego, Go! Safari Rescue
  • "Diego's Safari Rescue"
  • "Panchita the Prairie Dog"
  • "Jorge The Little Hawk Learns To Migrate"
Go, Diego, Go! Diego's Magical Missions
  • "Kicho's Magic Flute!"
  • "Green Iguana Helps Abuelito Plant a New Strawberry Farm!"
  • "Diego and Baby Humpback to the Rescue!"
  • "Giant Octopus to the Rescue!"
Go, Diego, Go! Moonlight Rescue
  • "Tuga Helps the Moon"
  • "Rainforest Rhapsody"
  • "Rhea is an Animal Rescuer"
Go, Diego, Go! Great Gorilla!
  • "Gorilla Fun"
  • "Save the Giant Tortoises!"
  • "Egyptian Camel Adventure"
  • "Super Flying Squirrel to the Rescue!"
Go, Diego, Go! Diego's Halloween
  • "Freddie the Fruit Bat Saves Halloween!"
  • "Diego and Dora Help Baby Monarch Get to the Festival"
  • "Alicia Saves the Crocodile!"
  • "Manatee's Mermaid Rescue!"
Go, Diego, Go! Rainforest Fiesta!
  • "Diego and Porcupine Save the Pinata!"
  • "Macky the Macaroni Penguin"
  • "A New Flamingo Mami"
  • "Linda the Llama Saves Carnaval"
Go, Diego, Go! Diego's Arctic Rescue
  • "The Great Polar Bear Rescue!"
  • "Puffin Fishing Adventure"
  • "Where is Okapi's Brother"
Go, Diego, Go! Lion Cub Rescue
  • "Welcome Home, Lion Cub"
  • "Diego's Ringed Seal Rescue"
  • "Diego Reunites Hippo & Oxpecker"
  • "Diego's Orangutan Rescue"
Go, Diego, Go! The Great Panda Adventure
  • "All Aboard the Giant Panda Express!"
  • "Leaping Lemurs"
  • "Diego Saves the Beavers"
  • "Koala's Birthday Hug"
Go, Diego, Go! It's a Bug's World
  • "It's a Bug's World!"
  • "Diego the Hero!"
  • "Alicia and Whitetail to the Rescue!"
  • "Whistling Willie Finds a Buddy"
Go, Diego, Go! Diego's Ultimate Rescue League
  • "Diego's International Rescue League"
  • "Ocean Animal Rescuer"
  • "Diego Rescues Prince Vicuña"
Go, Diego, Go! Diego Saves the World
  • "Diego the Hero!"
  • "Cotton-top Tamarin Cave Rescue"
  • "Bengal Tiger Makes a Wish"
  • "Diego Saves Baby Humpback Whale"
  • "Jorge the Little Hawk Learns to Migrate"
  • "Egyptian Camel Adventure"
Go, Diego, Go! Fiercest Animal Rescues!
  • "Fiercest Animals!"
  • "Cotton-top Tamarin Cave Rescue"
  • "Pampas and Friends Help The Rescue Center"

Broadcast[edit]

Go, Diego, Go aired in the US on CBS, Nickelodeon, and Nick Jr.. In the UK, the show aired on Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nick Jr. 2, and Tiny Pop. It was shown in Australia on Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Nine Network, and Toon Disney. In India, it was shown on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.. In Canada, the show was shown on Nickelodeon and Treehouse TV.

Diego is featured in a one-hour episode titled "The Great Dinosaur Rescue" where he, Alicia, Dora, and Baby Jaguar go back in time to save a dinosaur; Nick Jr. did not show this episode in the United States until 2012. However, it was featured on Nick Jr. Australia in August 2007 and has had several re-runs as half-hour segments. Two additional one-hour episodes are in production.

Live shows[edit]

A live show called "The Great Jaguar Rescue" tells the story of Diego saving Baby Jaguar. This is also the premise of an episode of the show that aired on January 15, 2007, and was released on DVD on January 16, 2007. A touring live version of the series was staged in 2007, starring Richard J. Portela in the role of Diego.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Go Diego Go! - Nick Jr.". Nick Jr. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Jeanne Spreier (September 5, 2005). "Dora's cousin, Diego, takes stage on Tuesday". Knight Ridder. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Go, Diego, Go! Episodes". TV Guide. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "CBS, DIC team on Sat. morning block". The Hollywood Reporter. January 19, 2006. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Nick Jr on CBS". Nick Jr. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "List of NAACP Image Awards Winners". NAACP. February 14, 2008. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ N'neka Hite (January 7, 2009). "‘Bees’ flies high at Image Awards". Variety. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Nominees for 41st NAACP Image Awards Announced". NAACP. January 6, 2010. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "'The Help' Tops NAACP Image Award Nominations". Reuters. January 19, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Child Actor Competes for Top Prize at Imagen Awards". Hispanic Business. July 25, 2007. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2007. 
  11. ^ "27th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. March 25, 2006. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Meet the Voice of Diego". Nick Jr. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  13. ^ Jonathan Muñoz (August 13, 2013). "Matt Hunter, the 'Latino Justin Bieber,' Looks For Mainstream Success In U.S.". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Go, Diego, Go! Cast and Details". TV Guide. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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