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Dora and the Lost City of Gold review – live-action romp for the teen explorer

Isabela Moner brings the animated character to exuberant life as she heads into the jungle to find her missing mom and pop

Paramount’s long-planned live-action Dora the Explorer movie proves an appreciably peppy entertainment. James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller, the writer/director pairing behind The Muppets (2011), reframe the wide-eyed, song-prone heroine of Nickelodeon’s educative teatime treat much as Enchanted (2007) did decades of Disney princesses, pitching a picture-book avatar into something like reality. At first we’re encouraged to laugh at an in-every-sense curious figure, then nudged towards an acknowledgement that this open-minded, forward-looking Latin Pollyanna might still teach civilisation a thing or two. It’s the only family film on release to broach the issue of how to escape quicksand intact.

The first act is slightly more subversive than what follows. When her parents (Michael Peña and Eva Longoria) set off in search of Eldorado, the now teenage
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Dora and the Lost City of Gold Review

  • HeyUGuys
The original Dora the Explorer was synonymous with learning by repetition. We’ll begin with a hat tip to that educational cartoon – the inspiration for this fabulous family film – and say, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is estupendo! Can you say estupendo?!

Young Dora (Madelyn Miranda), her vivid imagination and her cousin Diego have enjoyed an idyllic (and mildly treacherous) childhood roaming free in the Peruvian jungle surrounding their isolated home. When Diego’s parents relocate to the city Dora’s imaginary talking map, backpack and monkey friend Boots fill the hole her companion has left in her life. And help her evade Swiper the light-fingered fox.

As Dora grows, so does her appetite for adventure. Ten years pass and her indulgent parents become increasingly concerned about the risks she takes (and her tendency to narrate). A thrilling discovery leads them to make a tough decision about her future.
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‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Review: An Exuberant, Tongue-in-Cheek Adventure for Everyone

‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Review: An Exuberant, Tongue-in-Cheek Adventure for Everyone
Put under a microscope, any kids’ show is at least a little bit weird. The long-running animated “Dora the Explorer” is no exception, hinging on fourth wall-crashing moments in which the plucky eponymous heroine stops to help teach her audience basic Spanish, while often adventuring through a jungle filled with solvable puzzles, talking backpacks, and a sweet monkey who frequently wears rainboots. Fortunately, everyone involved with the live-action spin on the Nickelodeon series, “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” is well-aware of that fact, happily marrying the odder elements of the animated series and a fizzy “real world” adventure to delightful effect.

Tellingly, James Bobin’s film opens with a glimpse at what a faithful live-action take on the nearly two decade-old series might look like: a pair of grinning kids trundling through the jungle, aided by anthropomorphic hiking supplies and animal pals, eagerly teaching conversational Spanish along the way.
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Dora and the Lost City of Gold Review: A Faithful Adaptation of the Beloved Explorer

  • MovieWeb
Dora the Explorer, Nickelodeon's hit cartoon about an adventurous young Latina and her trusty monkey Boots, grows up slightly for the film adaptation. Dora and the Lost City of Gold has our cheerful heroine as a teenager. No worries folks, she still has her backpack, trademark bangs, and ability to break the fourth wall. Every element that makes Dora a beloved character makes it to the big screen. The plot is geared towards younger children with a few absurd chuckles for adults. It's completely nonsensical, but the silly antics does put a smile on your face.

In the Amazon jungle, Dora (Isabela Moner) lives happily with her archaeologist parents. She spends her days exploring. Singing happy songs with her CGI, anthropomorphized monkey sidekick (Danny Trejo) in tow. Dora's life changes drastically when her parents discover a clue to the location of a fabled Incan city. They decide the trip
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Movie Review – Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)

Dora and the Lost City of Gold, 2019.

Directed by James Bobin.

Starring Isabela Moner, Jeff Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Eugenio Derbez, Madeleine Madden, Nicholas Coombe, Benicio del Toro and Danny Trejo.

Synopsis:

After growing up in the jungle with her explorer parents, Dora must take on being a high school student, at least until she’s kidnapped and dumped straight back into the Amazon.

It would be easy to be sniffy about the very notion of a Dora the Explorer movie. The animated series has been around since 2000, teaching kids Spanish through the colourful world of the titular adventurer and her various allies – a talking backpack, a monkey in red boots, etc – as they try to evade kleptomaniac fox Swiper. It doesn’t exactly scream big screen in and of itself, but that ignores the incredible ability of James Bobin – director of 2012’s terrific Muppets reboot – and his regular collaborator Nicholas Stoller,
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‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Film Review: Old-School Family Adventure Strikes It Rich

  • The Wrap
‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Film Review: Old-School Family Adventure Strikes It Rich
When “Dora the Explorer” made her debut on Nickelodeon in 2000, she not only became the first animated Latina character in a leading role but also birthed what would become the longest-running American TV show that featured characters speaking Spanish. (The show is still running on Nickelodeon with new episodes).

Nineteen years later, Dora gets the live-action treatment in “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” and despite an awkward first act, the film harkens back to the family-adventure genre that today’s parents can recall from their own childhoods.

Dora and her parents (Michael Peña and Eva Longoria) have lived in the jungles of South America for all of Dora’s life. The jungle is her home, her school and her playground, and like many young teenagers she runs through her life documenting everything with a GoPro strapped on, speaking to an invisible audience about the wonders of exploring the rain forest.
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Film Review: ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’
Dora the Explorer was seven years old when audiences met her on television, a sing-songy polymath who traveled the map seeking answers and solving puzzles, accompanied by a big-mouthed backpack and equally loquacious monkey, Boots. Nearly 20 years have passed since the adventure show first aired (enough to cultivate a massive global awareness), but only 10 in Dora’s world, which means her live-action debut, director James Bobin’s “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” gives audiences of all ages the chance to see the character — whose unquenchable thirst for education knew no bounds — face the ultimate test: adjusting to an American high school.

If that sounds like a pretext for a snappy, self-parodying TV-to-film adaptation — something in the vein of “21 Jump Street” or “The Dukes of Hazzard,” perhaps — think again. Yes, the movie is postmodern enough to acknowledge that there’s something odd about Dora’s penchant for breaking
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The depiction of student carelessness in Neighbors

Neighbors’ is a 2014 comedy film directed by Nicholas Stoller. The plot revolves around the life of a couple whose life gets disrupted by the their new neighbors who happen to be fraternity members. As a result, conflict between the neighbors arises.

This movie is a great example of what college life is really like, especially when a university has fraternal organizations. The connotations of fraternities differ depending on the particular school in question. Such companionships are created based on the same academic, religious, political or social interests. What is more, fraternities are often a representation of a secret society at college. A lot of film and television school projects focus on the problem of carelessness and violence that exist in fraternities. To become a member, a student is asked to complete a series of tasks to prove their loyalty to the club. Some of those tasks are brutal and insulting to others.
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New ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Trailer and Poster Tease Danny Trejo as a Monkey

Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for Dora and the Lost City of Gold, the live-action film based on Nickelodeon's long-running animated series, Dora the Explorer. James Bobin (Alice Through the Looking Glass) directs a script by Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Matthew Robinson (The Invention of Lying), with Transformers: The Last Knight star Isabela Moner swinging into the title role. This movie is decidedly not for me, but I'm sure kids and those who grew up on Dora the Explorer will get a kick out of it. Most notably, it doesn't appear …
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New ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Trailer Ends on Fart Jokes (Video)

Paramount Pictures released a new trailer for upcoming movie “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” on Tuesday. It’s no cartoon and it’s not for preschoolers, but the fart jokes at the end of the new preview promise that the feature film adaptation is not for a Much more mature audience.

After spending most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents (Eva Longoria and Michael Peña), Dora (Isabela Moner) sets out on her most dangerous adventure ever — high school.

Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots, Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a ragtag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.

Also Read: 'Dora and the Lost City of Gold' Trailer Shows the Explorer Facing the Jungle of High School (Video)

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Here’s The Brand New Trailer For ‘Dora And The Lost City Of Gold’

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures has just dropped the new trailer for Dora and the Lost City Of Gold, the upcoming family adventure hitting screens this summer. The trailer dives deep into the jungle as Dora leads her and her friends through action-packed obstacles and captures the amazing adventure audiences can anticipate when the film hits cinemas. As the jungle expert, Dora proves she is “Queen of the jungle,” and nothing will stand in her way to lead her family and friends to safety and maybe even find The Lost City of Gold.

Here’s the official synopsis: 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, Diego (Jeff Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a
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The Batman Wants Chloe Grace Moretz as Catwoman?

The Batman Wants Chloe Grace Moretz as Catwoman?
We all know Twilight and Remeber Me actor Robert Pattinson will be taking on the role of Bruce Wayne / Batman in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Cloverfield director Matt Reeves' The Batman. Now we can all start wondering who will be taking on the previously announced role of Catwoman.

And that's just what we're going to be doing here today, as this morning we got word that the powers that be behind the scenes of this new Batman movie are looking to cast Kick-Ass and Let Me In actress Chloe Moretz as Selina Kyle.

Parks and Recreation and recent Child's Play remake star Aubrey Plaza recently threw her metaphorical hat into the ring for the role, going to "audition" as Catwoman over on Stephen Colbert. But considering that Reeves' upcoming take on The Dark Knight is said to be set in the very early years of the Caped Crusader's life,
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Dora and the Lost City of Gold Trailer Takes the Explorer on a New Adventure

Dora and the Lost City of Gold Trailer Takes the Explorer on a New Adventure
We have the first trailer for Dora and the Lost City of Gold. This is a project that has been in the works for some time. We first learned about it back in October 2015, before it really picked up heat two years later in October 2017. The wait is finally over, be it for young adults who are feeling nostalgic about a significant piece of their childhood, or for younger viewers who are interested in the character at present. Dora the Explorer is here for her first big screen, live-action adventure.

Isabela Moner is at the center of the project as Dora. The actress is best known for her roles in Transformers: The Last Knight and Sicario: Day of the Soldado, This is, naturally, aiming for a slightly different audience, but she certainly looks the part. Eva Longoria, formerly of Desperate Housewives fame, is on board as her mother, with Ant-Man
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See Thrilling First Trailer for Live-Action ‘Dora the Explorer’ Movie

See Thrilling First Trailer for Live-Action ‘Dora the Explorer’ Movie
The first trailer for Dora and the Lost City of Gold, the live-action Dora the Explorer movie, has been revealed.

The trailer features Dora adjusting to a regular high school following her life in the jungle. But soon she and her classmates are kidnapped, and Dora is enlisted to help criminals find the City of Gold, which her parents are searching for too.

“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,” the film’s synopsis states.
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Dora Leaps Into New Adventure in First ‘Dora And The Lost City Of Gold’ Trailer

  • Deadline
Paramount Pictures released the first trailer Saturday for Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

The live-action film is based on the popular Nickelodeon animated series, Dora the Explorer, and stars Eva Longoria, Michael Peña, and Isabela Moner in the title role.

After spending most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, Dora prepares to leap into her most challenging adventure yet – high school. Always the explorer, she quickly finds herself leading Boots, 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 and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.

The film is directed by James Bobin, with Julia Pistor, John G. Scottiserving, and Derbez serving as executive producers. The screenplay is written by Nicholas Stoller and Matthew Robinson, from a story by Tom Wheeler.

Check out the trailer above.
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‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Trailer Shows the Explorer Facing the Jungle of High School (Video)

Dora the Explorer faces one of the most unruly jungles ever — the modern big-city high school — in the first trailer for Paramount’s “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” which was released Saturday.

Isabela Moner, who was last seen in “Instant Family” and “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” stars as a teenage version of the cartoon Nickelodeon hero. She’s out to save her parents and discover the secret of a lost city of gold in a new adventure — along with her trusty backpack and blue monkey pal Boots.

After spending most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents (Eva Longoria and Michael Peña), Dora (Moner) sets out on her most dangerous adventure ever — high school.

Also Read: 'Dora the Explorer' Discovers El Dorado as New Poster Unveils Title for Live-Action Film

Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots, Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a
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‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Trailer Takes You on a Treasure Hunt

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Dora and the Lost City of Gold, the live-action film based on Nickelodeon's long-running animated series, Dora the Explorer. James Bobin (Alice Through the Looking Glass) directs a script by Nicholas Stoller (Night School), with Transformers: The Last Knight star Isabela Moner swinging into the title role. This actually looks like a ton of fun for any kids out there still just a bit too young for Raiders of the Lost Ark or the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies. Plus, for the parents, Michael Peña is a constant treasure …
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Danny Trejo Is Boots the Monkey in Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Danny Trejo Is Boots the Monkey in Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Have you ever wanted to hear Danny Trejo as Boots telling Benicio Del Toro's Swiper, "Swiper no swiping?" You're in luck if you said yes because Trejo has just revealed that he is providing the voice of Boots the Monkey in Dora and the Lost City of Gold. This seems a bit puzzling, but we should get some clarification as to what we're about to see when the first trailer drops this weekend during the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards.

After the Dora and the Lost City of Gold posters were released this morning, Danny Trejo announced the great news. The Machete actor posted, "The rumors are true, I finally can tell you I am a monkey... Boots!!!" Fans noticed right away that Boots isn't wearing any boots in the posters. However, this may change at some point during the course of the movie, which might also explain how much
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‘Dora the Explorer’ Discovers El Dorado as New Poster Unveils Title for Live-Action Film

‘Dora the Explorer’ Discovers El Dorado as New Poster Unveils Title for Live-Action Film
Say “Backpack” kids, because it’s time for some exploring!

The live-action “Dora the Explorer” movie has a pair of new posters that have also revealed the new title for the film, “Dora and the Lost City of Gold.” And we’ve also got a first look at Dora’s pal monkey Boots and her trusty Backpack.

Isabela Moner, who was last seen in “Instant Family” and “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” stars as a teenage version of the cartoon Nickelodeon hero. She’s out to save her parents and discover the secret of a lost city of gold in a new adventure. Here’s the full synopsis:

Also Read: Benicio del Toro to Voice Swiper the Fox in 'Dora the Explorer' Live-Action Film

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.
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Bummer: Friends From College Will Not Return to Netflix For Season 3

  • Popsugar
Bummer: Friends From College Will Not Return to Netflix For Season 3
Apparently, Friends From College has been canceled by Netflix, meaning it won't be returning for a third season anytime soon. Womp, womp.

The dark comedy follows a seriously f*cked up group of adult friends as they navigate life together in New York City. Although the characters are ones you love to hate, rather than straight-up love, the news that we won't get resolutions to relationships between Ethan (Keegan-Michael Key) and Sam (Annie Parisse), as well as Ethan and Lisa (Cobie Smulders), the latter of whom appears to be pregnant with her ex-husband's baby in the season two finale, "The Wedding," is a bummer. The last episode of the second season is full of other cliffhangers regarding the fate of Lisa and Nick's relationship, as well as whether or not Ethan will return to Sam after ditching her and their romantic trip to Paris so he can accompany Lisa to the gynecologist.
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