‘Dora the Explorer’ Trailer: Why People Are Freaking Out About ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’

Dora the Explorer is growing up! The Dora and the Lost City of Gold trailer was recently released and people have a lot of questions about the live-action spin on the old Nickelodeon favorite.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold trailer released at 2019 Kids Choice Awards
Dora and the Lost City of Gold trailer announced at Kids’ Choice Awards | VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

Dora is a teenager now

Those who were expecting the live-action Dora the Explorer movie to be exactly like the TV series might have been a bit surprised that this isn’t about the character as they remembered.

The Dora and the Lost City of Gold trailer, which dropped during the Kids’ Choice Awards, shows a new chapter for the character. Not only is she grown up, but she’s about to embark on a huge new adventure: leaving the jungle and going to high school in the city.

Ah, high school, the ultimate adventure.

Who is playing Dora the Explorer?

Isabela Moner, who stars as Dora the Explorer, isn’t a newcomer to the scene. You might have also seen Moner as CJ Martin on the Nickelodeon television series 100 Things to Do Before High School or in the Nickelodeon Original Movies Splitting Adam or Legends of the Hidden Temple.

She’s also appeared in the movies Transformers: The Last Knight, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, and most recently in the 2018 film Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne.

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Diego and Boots are part of the adventure

No worries, Dora will have a friend in high school — her cousin, Diego. As you know, Dora had her trusty sidekick Boots along for all of her travels on the animated series and he makes an appearance as well.

Boots will be voiced by Danny Trejo, of Machete Kills fame, though in the trailer the monkey doesn’t speak. Everyone is super interested in how Trejo’s voice is going to fit the slightly creepy CGI Boots. Trejo tweeted ahead of the trailer’s release: “The rumors are true, I finally can tell you I am a monkey... Boots!!!”

The exploring definitely kicks it up a notch

People are comparing Dora to Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft and Indiana Jones and with good reason — she’s thrown into a situation that is filled with excitement and she’s definitely prepared for the journey, with her quirky purple backpack containing all the tools and weapons she’ll need to survive.

The synopses for Dora and the Lost City of Gold explains:

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.

Where’s Swiper?

One of the constants of the Dora the Explorer animated series was Swiper, a villainous fox who would sneakily steal or try to steal items from Dora. She thwarted his attempts by saying “Swiper, no swiping” three times, which somehow did the trick… with the fox snapping his fingers and, defeated, muttering, “oh, man!”

If she didn’t get to the third chant of “Swiper, no swiping,” he would swipe the item and tell her “you’re too late, you’l never find it now.”

Those watching the Dora and the Lost City of Gold trailer were surprised that Swiper wasn’t shown, but fear not — Swiper will be in the movie. In a surprising casting twist, the character will be voiced by Benicio del Toro.

People are freaking out about this tiny detail

After watching the trailer, people understandably had some questions, with many people noticing one small detail that’s missing: Boots isn’t wearing his signature red boots!

While that’s all enough to make people lose their minds a bit, there have also been questions swirling about the absence of Dora’s singing map and why her backpack doesn’t talk.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold lands in theaters on August 2.