Dora and Friends: Into the City!
|Dora and Friends: Into the City!|
|Narrated by||Jenna Iacono|
|Country of origin||
|Original language(s)||English and Spanish|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||38 (list of episodes)|
|Production company(s)||Nickelodeon Animation Studio|
|Picture format||HDTV (1080i)|
August 8, 2011 (pilot)|
August 18, 2014 – present
|Preceded by||Dora the Explorer|
|Related shows||Go, Diego, Go!|
Dora and Friends: Into the City! (also called Dora and Friends) is an American/Canadian interactive educational CGI animated television series. A spin-off on the original Dora the Explorer series, it 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.
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.
In this series, Dora, who is older than she was in the original Dora the Explorer series, 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 featured 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 returning 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 also 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.
- Dora Márquez (voiced by Fátima Ptacek)
- Pablo (voiced by Eduardo Aristizabal and Mateo Lizcano in Season 2)
- Naiya (voiced by Alexandria Suarez)
- Alana (voiced by Ashley Earnest)
- Emma (voiced by Kayta Thomas)
- Kate (voiced by Isabela Moner)
- Map App/Map (voiced by Marc Weiner)
- Mami (voiced by Eileen Galindo)
Dora and Friends: Into the City! premiered on Treehouse TV in Canada on September 6, 2014 and on Nick Jr. in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand on November 3. 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. It is also airing on Nick Jr. in the Middle East and Africa.
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