Children’s favorite adventure-seeker from the early 2000’s is getting a live-action reboot.
Paramount Pictures’ Dora and the Lost City of Gold gives life to the backpack-toting, map-wielding Nickelodeon cartoon character Dora The Explorer, whose exploits have delighted parents and children alike.
Directed by James Bobin (2011’s The Muppets), Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a high-stakes adventure with enough mysteries, suspense, thrills, and laughs to entertain the entire family.
“After 20 years, Dora has gone beyond being a TV character,” says Bobin. “She’s a cultural icon with a global appeal.”
Bobin, who watched the series for years with his own children and thought it would be fun to give it a new twist for fans of the original animated series. “It’s very small and simple, and aimed very clearly at young kids. I thought, what a fun idea to take that character, but make it play for everyone, from the people who watched it when they were four and are now 24 to today’s little ones and their parents and grandparents. It’s ultimately a film for a family audience that I can watch with my kids, who are 11, nine and six, and may love it for different reasons than I do, but we all can enjoy it.”
Playing the iconic Latinx trailblazer is young actress Isabela Moner. She is best known for her role as CJ Martin on the Nickelodeon television series 100 Things to Do Before High School.
Moner plays a now-16-year-old Dora, who is facing her scariest challenge yet―high school.
In a school field trip to the local Natural History Museum, Dora and three of her friends are abducted by a band of thieves, who are tracking down her parents—zoologist mother Elena (Eva Longoria) and archaeologist father Cole (Michael Peña)—for information on what could be the richest archaeological find in history: Parapata, the ancient Lost City of Gold.
Transported to Peru, Dora and her friends are rescued from the bandits by Alejandro Gutierrez (Eugenio Derbez), a mysterious jungle inhabitant.
As always, Dora is joined by her monkey companion, Boots (voiced by Danny Trejo), on a quest to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a centuries-old lost civilization.
Also joining the cast are Adriana Barraza, who plays Dora’s abuelita, a.k.a. grandmother, and Jeff Wahlberg as her cousin Diego.
Distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures, catch Dora and the Lost City of Gold in cinemas on August 14.
Watch the full trailer of Dora and the Lost City of Gold below: