Our little niña, Dora the Explorer, is turning 10 and the famed, fabled and regular folk are celebrating her last decade on the American television landscape. The show debuted on Nickelodeon in 2000 introducing us to this good-hearted, curious 7-year old as she travels, going on adventures with her countless best friends and her handy purple backpack. The show also features her large extended Hispanic family and curious creatures that she encounters on her daily adventures.
The bilingual element of the show was groundbreaking when it premiered ten-years ago; teaching basic Spanish words and cultural concepts to the audience. There are even characters, like Tico the Squirrel that only speak Spanish and Dora translates for the audience what the words mean.
Dora and her brown bob of hair is seen in over 100 different countries and heard in thirty different languages. She is beloved by many especially Nickelodeon whom she has made $2.5 billion for with her live shows, movies, merchandise, video games and the list goes on.
Next month’s celebration, on August 15th, will include an hour long movie featuring Rosie Perez and John Leguizamo followed by a star-studded documentary with commentary from Salma Hayek and Shakira and many other fans.