Ok I’ll admit it, I used to watch an episode or two of Dora the Explorer when it first hit Nick Jr back in 1999, as it was kind of interesting to see how kid shows were changing from the shows I grew up with to ones such as this and Blue’s Clues. It only took twenty years, but she finally made to it to the big screen in Dora And The Lost City Of Gold. Now she’s back on the smaller screen via a home video release for family members young and old to enjoy.
Our own editor Ethan Brehm had a good time at the movies with this one, and you can check out his review for the plot details and his take on the film while I go onto mine here. I’ll be honest and say I didn’t think I’d have as good of a time as I did here, but something about the movie just kept me watching. Perhaps it was the tongue-in-cheek humor of poking at the kids show and breaking the fourth wall, or the strange way Boots and Swiper the Fox looked. Whatever the case may be, I enjoyed it as did some of my family that watched it with me.
I was sent a Blu-ray review copy, and the visuals and audio are great. Everything is colorful and detailed as the sounds roar through loud and clear. There’s also a surprising amount of special features to sort through, like “All About Dora” where some of the cast and crew go over Dora from both the movie and TV series and how she’s changed over the past two decades, “Can You Say Pelicula?” focuses on actor Eugenio Derbez as the cast talks about working with him.
“Dora in Flower Vision” is a real fun one that goes over the funny scene from the movie where everything turns into the classic animated show. Here the cast and crew discuss how it was filming that part and how it came about, “Dora’s Jungle House” is a fun tour of Dora’s family house and how it was made, and lastly there’s some fun and funny bloopers as well as deleted and extended scenes to check out.
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold is a good time for all that families are sure to love. It pokes fun at the classic series while still being respectful and true to it at the same time which isn’t an easy feat to pull off. This film does it in style though and will have you feeling “muy bien” in no time.