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