Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Dora and Friends: So Where the Hell is Boots?

So last summer, my youngest daughter (age 5) began seeing previews for a new Dora show called Dora and Friends: Into the City! Gone was the babyish, lame Dora with her ill-fitting tee shirt (that clearly needs to be like 2 inches longer). She's been replaced with the new, cooler, older Dora. With longer hair! And snazzy clothes! And a cell phone! And a gang of friends to run around the city with!

For the next few weeks, I listened to a rather tedious stream of: "MOMMY, I HAVE TO WATCH THE NEW DORA. IS IT ON YET? WHEN IS IT ON? CAN WE GET IT ON DEMAND? NEW DORA NEW DORA NEW DORA NEW DORA."

Then we actually watched it. Here's a quick run-down/review of the new Dora show.


She's older ("elementary school age" according to Nickelodeon) and she now lives in the city. Instead of traipsing through crocodile-infested streams and little blue hills, she now runs around the city with a gaggle of friends, no parents in sight and cell phone in hand. I feel I should also mention that they pretty much sing the entire time. You really should know that.

Occasionally you see her (now older) twin brother and sister, who appear to be pre-schoolers. Her parents, per usual, are rarely seen and remain committed to their laissez-faire, free-range philosophy of child-rearing.

Some of you may think it's strange that the show would depict a group of 3rd graders hanging out in a big city by themselves, texting strangers, and putting on street performances. I would tell you to think again. This is Dora we're talking about. She spent her preschool years as an explorer of both the natural world (jungles, oceans, the antarctic) and occasionally the supernatural world (mermaids, evil sorcerers, unicorns, etc). She did so largely unsupervised and in the company of self-aware, articulate, multi-lingual animals. You think she can't handle herself alone at night in a city park with her little blonde friend? She's fine.

There's a good chance your child will pick up some phrases or words en Espanol. There's also a chance that frequent watching will cause your child to think she understands Spanish, thereby empowering her to start literally babbling nonsense sounds to people that she perceives to be native Spanish speakers but are in fact from Israel and not amused to find a 5 year old screaming "HOLA! ABAJO!" at them in Starbucks.

But here's the big news: Boots? Gone. Backpack? Gone. Swiper? Who the hell is that? Not only are all of the supporting cast of characters gone - there is no mention of them. It's like they never even existed. I was like - what do I tell my kid when she asks? And also, as you know, I get a little weird about the backstory of kids' TV shows.

So I checked the Nickelodeon website. Here's what it says:
Where are Dora's friends from Dora the Explorer?
As always, your kids can catch Swiper, Backpack, Map and all of Dora’s other friends by watching Dora the Explorer every day on Nick Jr. and weekdays on Nickelodeon.  
In Dora and Friends, Dora is joined by a diverse new group of friends who are also her peers and serve as role models for your preschooler. Her new friends have many talents and skills and interests, which they share with each other. And using their special talents, Dora and her friends work together to get every job done! ¡Todos juntos!
Dude. They didn't even mention Boots. What in the helling HELL is that about? Did they fire him? Did Dora "outgrow" him and refuse to work with him again? They were supposed to love each other like family and be BEST FRIENDS and now he's gone and they don't even use his name? I don't think she ever really cared about him at all. And he knows it now. He knows that his career is over because Dora dumped him.

I imagine he's at a bar right now, on the outskirts of some jungle town, drinking and bitterly slurring his words about how he's going to write a tell-all. The he starts drunk tweeting about how much he misses her:
actual twitter account: https://twitter.com/WhatAboutBoots
Isa and Benny the Bull are there, too and they're trying to talk some sense into him but they get it, man. They gave that girl the best years of their lives and now no one at Nick Jr will even return their phone calls. Diego stops by the bar and orders a drink. He's not happy either. He didn't get a spot on the new show and they basically replaced him with a "Diego-type" named Pablo who Dora's not related to (if you get my drift).

As it gets later, they start to put a plan together. Swiper has underworld connections and a certain moral ambiguity that makes him useful to know. Besides, he's unemployed with a criminal record. He has nothing to lose. By dawn, the plan is set. They're ready for their sequel - Dora and Friends 2: Boots' Revenge.

Or maybe my imagination just ran away with me. Or maybe Boots and all the other animals were just in Dora's imagination and they were never actually real. Maybe they were just stuffed animals in the 100 Acre Wood and she was their Christopher Robin.

I really have no idea and I'm already tired of thinking about this and my caffeine levels are starting to drop so let's wrap this up.

Overall review: C+ 
It's just as irritating (for adults) as the old show but with older kids, more music, and fewer talking animals. Your kids will love every second of it.

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44 comments:

  1. In the new show, do they still yell everything at each other as if everything that happens is a life-altering emergency? Yes? Then, never mind. Back to NOT watching Dora.

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  2. This is exactly why I love this blog!

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  3. Next up, Dora the EMOra: the high school years and Dora the Whora: the college years.

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    1. Well, I'm guessing that red wine up the nose isn't *that* bad for me, right?

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    2. they need to come out with a new boots so he will have his own show and replace dora with a girl named Laura

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  4. I would SO watch Dora and Friends 2: Boots' Revenge. I've always wondered why Swiper started swiping. What led him to his life of crime?

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  5. There was a Dora and Friends special out a few years ago. This was the first one of this new little series. I think it was like a 1 hour special. Dora and her little friends were trying to get to the Shakira concert. How do I know this all in such detail you may ask? I was forced to listen to it and have it playing on the tv for months until it "accidently" got deleted................. But anyway at the end Boots did show up and I think they sang a little song. He apparently lives in the tree outside her window LOL - so happy we are out of the Dora stage - now how to keep my younger daughter from finding out about it..............................

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  6. Sigh. I loathe Dora. In all forms. Can't convince the husband to stop letting our daughter watch it though. He claims it's better than Team Umizoomi. At least I've managed to obtain a "No Dora when Mommy is home" ruling.

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  7. Oh my gosh! This killed me! Hilarious! BTW, Swiper scared the sh*t out of baby Jack.

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  8. Sounds like we need a prequel. What caused Swiper to turn to kleptomania? What happened to Boots' family - and just where did he get those boots, anyway? Did someone bewitch the Map and why? So. many. questions.

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  9. Far as I can tell, Dora stands out in its awfulness only through its pervasiveness. The current crop of kids shows is so awful that its makes it a lot easier to be committed to "no TV/no movies". At just over 2.5, mine still hasn't seen TV or movies. And given what's available, I might just keep it that way until she's old enough to watch Firefly, Star Trek, and Buffy with me.

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  10. No matter what nonsense the Dora people say, I'm going to believe that all the missing characters died of rabies.

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  11. OMG this post is.so.awesome.

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  12. Dora moved to city,swiper got old,backpack got thrown out , and Dora stays in touch with friends calling from her cell phone

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  13. naw Dora's parents are harry and Hermione. she lives half way around the world from them because she is the product of an affair and they don't want the weasley's to know about it. She looks Spanish because the used a potion to be Spanish for the affair.

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  14. This is so funny! I joke around that Boots in rehab. I used to wish little Dora would go away until she did and the new version took over. Be careful what you wish for. Little Dora was annoying, this one is intolerable. Omg the constant singing with the corniest lyrics about the most insignificant things. I swear one of these days they're all going to sing about Dora wanting to fart. And the plot! It looks like it was thought out the night before and the whole show put together that very morning. And for that one shitty show they take forever to come up with a new one so in the meantime you gotta watch and try your hardest to tune out the reruns because for some unexplainable reason your kid likes this shit. Yea, i miss Dora. I'd give anything for Swiper to resurface and swipe this new Dora out of existence.

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  15. This is so funny! I joke around that Boots' in rehab. I used to wish little Dora to go away until this new version took over. The little one was annoying but this one is just intolerable. Oh the constant singing with the corniest lyrics about the most insignificant things. I swear one of these days I wouldn't be surprise if they start singing about Dora's wanting to fart. And the plot! It looks like it was thought out the night before and the whole show was put together that very morning. And for that it takes them forever to come up with one new show so in the meantime you have to endure and try your hardest to tune out the same reruns over and over because for some unexplainable reason your kid likes this shit.

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  16. In regards to Dora, I have never trusted Map. He seems so friendly but answer me this "If Dora's world is so big how does Swiper always find them? who tips him off, who know exactly where they are going."

    Also why does Map always send them through the Muddy Mud and the noisy forest? He never sends Dora around them straight to her destination

    I don't trust him and Dora is wise to replace him with an App

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    1. I'm the app I'm the app I'm the APP!!

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  17. This is sooo funny. I am a Dora fan when I was a kid, and now my little daughter loves her too.

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  18. Everything about this new Dora, is about using magic, putting spells on people, witchcraft; wizard, spells, party musics and dance moves. Where are they taking our children to?

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  19. Ikr I was litterally was like "What the flying FLUCK happend to Boots?" Did him and the fricking other 5 nights at Freddy forgottens form an alliance or somethin?

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  20. Dora the Explorer airer is an outdoor girl who constantly likes discovering the outside. Dora seems to be on the Nickelodeon satellite tv system that started in 1999.

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  21. I like to believe that Boots has grown up into a gorilla and now lives behind a cage in the zoo. I think that Dora sold him out to get money to move to the city. Maybe they'll do an episode where Dora and friends go and visit him.

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  22. i love dora the explorer and dora and friends into the city and dora and boots still like etch other doras parents probably had to move to the city for some resen and of corse dora had to go too

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  23. Here you can se what happened to Boots.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bVCz-NlvX4

    Please make sure you DO NOT show this to your children. :o)

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  24. Too much singing in this show. Whats with this singing , it gets annoying after a point. Moreover the channel is Nick Jr, juniors dont understand Dora and friends in the city. Not all kids love singing or dancing. Good shows are not there now, for eg Team Umizoomi,.My son loves Math Numbers. He dislikes nick jr now. Switched over to Sprout or Channel 13 now a days. Almost every show has singing and little educational value.

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  25. I just googled "Dora in the city review" and stumbled upon your blog. How have I not seen this before? Love it! I am fairly certain I have seen even more Dora than you have. I have theories about how Isa has a thing for Boots. So here's my question about Dora in the City - why do they keep depicting Pablo as a self-obsorbed, clueless blowhole? He is very unlikeable and the other girls get on his case sometimes about his selfishness and laziness.... But Dora always comes to his rescue and forgives him, and makes everyone else feel like they have to make allowances for hum, too. What the actual hell? Why is the one male character a jerk? What are they trying to tell our daughters?

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  26. I have no idea.Dora has a lot of plot holes that we are trying to figure out.Also,who writes these songs?How do they get accepted in?How long does it take to make one of these songs?I might as well look in the credits or Google it.Dora wasn't the show my brother liked the most when he was young.He preferred Diego.I wonder if he'll ever get another show where he's older.If so let's hope it's not as poorly written as Dora:Into the City.

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  27. Dora is a fucking trader.She fucking dumped him.Hi Dora why you dump boots he was your fucking BEST FRIEND, what the hell happened!!!!!!! Dora is making little kids piss becouse we dont get to see Boots anymore.She is a fricking ASSSHOLE.This what I told my friends that Diseny, Nick, and Cartoon network have change over time it has change they need to bring back the old shows all of us used to watch when we were little.Becouse the FUCKING planet is no longer how it used to be.But my point is that they need to bring back FUCKING BOOTS!!!!!!!

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  28. Dora needs to bring FUCKING BOOTS BACK!!!

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  29. Thank you all for an entertaining read. My 4.5yera old is obsessed with Dora and is convinced she can speak Spanish. I have 2 7month old girls that are follow in her footsteps so I'm pretty sure Dora is here to stay for at least a few years. Glad to hear we all feel the same way about the missing links. Cheers ;)

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  30. New episode on demand WOW! Cable... DORA AND FRIENDS: BACK TO THE RAINFOREST

    does not explain why she left the rainforest, but does solve the whole dora dump boots theory.

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    1. THANK YOU sooooo much i was sooooooo worried about Boots

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  31. I may be 16 but you just saved my life omg

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  32. I may be 16 but you just saved my life omg thank you

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  33. Maybe boots died? and she didn't want to mention him. :(

    Dora and Friends 3: Zombie Boots return

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  34. Dora killed boots and took his money that's why he's not on the show and she killed all her friends too: swiper is now a scarf, she ate big red hen, killed Benny because she said that he was living horse meat and Lisa well...

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  35. Ugh i miss boots,backpack,map,all those fun times!! As i was younger,i abosoultly loved Dora,but i look at it now and think,what has this world become??? Who gave her a phone?!! What happened to the loving dora?!!! If there is a Boots' revenge i like to see it!! Lol��������

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