Dora The Explorer grows up

Dora The Explorer grows up
Creator and Executive Producer of the popular children's television series, Dora the Explorer, Chris Gifford.

Do not be surprised to see a slightly older and more mature-looking Dora Marquez on Nickelodeon this August.

A pre-teen version of Dora from the hit preschool series Dora The Explorer is set to appear in the spin-off Dora And Friends: Into The City, on the American cable television network later this year in the United States.

Viewers here can catch Dora And Friends when it premieres on Nickelodeon Asia next year, says Mr Chris Gifford, 55, the co-creator and executive producer of the Dora franchise.

While the popular children's animated series Dora The Explorer has the seven- year-old Latina heroine embarking on adventures and quests with her best friend Boots the Monkey, the new series places her as a 10-year-old living in the city, alongside her new human peers Alana, Emma, Naiya, Kate and Pablo.

"We wanted to try putting Dora in a city environment with friends her own age, as opposed to just animals," says Mr Gifford.

He is confident viewers will take to a more grown-up Dora. The upcoming series will showcase the tween using the latest gadgets with her friends.

The producer is here to attend the premiere of Dora The Explorer Live! Dora's Pirate Adventure (above), a two-act interactive song and dance show, which opens at Resorts World Sentosa today.

In the show, Dora and her animal friends such as Boots, Isa the Iguana and Tico the Squirrel embark on a journey to Treasure Island in pursuit of Pirate Piggies who have stolen her treasure chest.

This is the second stage adaptation of Dora The Explorer, the first being Dora The Explorer Live! Search For The City Of Lost Toys. The musical, which came here in 2012, has sold more than two million tickets in the United Kingdom, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.

Dora, who speaks English and Spanish, has been embraced in more than 150 countries and territories since the original TV series premiered in 2002. It is now distributed in over 20 countries in Asia.

Now in its eighth season, it has received 15 Daytime Emmy nominations and many industry awards.

Known for its interactive and educational format, every episode of Dora The Explorer features Dora inviting her young viewers to help her solve problems and overcome obstacles she faces along her journey.

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