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Dora the Explorer Gets Extreme Makeover

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She's now a tweenager, goes to middle school, and has moved to the big city. Will she have acne, too?

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Mattel and Nickelodeon have announced that Dora the Explorer is growing up.

Gina Sirard, vice president of marketing for Mattel, says: "Girls really identify with Dora and we knew that girls would love to have their friend Dora grow up with them, and experience the new things that they were going through themselves."

As a tween, Dora has moved to the big city, attends middle school and has a whole new fashionable look. She will also have a rich online world, a la Webkinz, in which girls can explore, play games, customize, and solve mysteries with Dora and her new friends.

Wanna see? Nickelodeon and Mattel plan to keep Dora's new look a secret until the brand launch in Fall 2009. And start saving those pennies: The Dora Links fashion doll, for children five years and up, will retail for approximately $59.99.

We're not sure what to think about this proposed new look. We like Dora just the way she is, and are not huge fans of cartoon makeovers in general. But a kindergartener we know recently rejected a Dora toy for being too "babyish" (this, from a five-year-old), so maybe they're onto something.

Are they seriously making Dora a TWEEN?! Sound off!

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112 comments so far | Post a comment now
Lupy March 6, 2009, 10:39 PM

For heaven’s sake leave Dora just like she is. I really believe that young girls are not going to want to play with a doll or watch a show that they have been watching since they were 2.
Please let our little girls be little girls and stop trying to force them to grow up before their time. When they get into Middle School they will have other interests, like Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers. Please, please leave Dora the way she is now.

Vet March 6, 2009, 11:05 PM

This is not a new idea. The RugRats did it on Nickenoldeon. All Grown up. and we saw how that worked. I saw Tommy Pickles working at the mini Mart.

jazmine March 6, 2009, 11:24 PM


AuntKiki March 6, 2009, 11:52 PM

I think as most that this is a bad idea, My 3 yr old neice LOVES Dora, and is not interested in the same cartoons as her older siblings (5 and 7 yrs old)

FYI there was another cartoon that aged its characters to tweens….remeber Rugrats? I don’t have kids of my own, but I don’t think it to that well.

Peace all:)

Joe March 7, 2009, 12:29 AM

Nan, Nobody’s shoving Spanish down your throat. You don’t like it - change the channel. That’s the beauty of OUR country - choice & individual freedoms.

One angry mom frm Texas March 7, 2009, 12:46 AM

As a mom of a 3yr old and a 16mth old…..I think that this ideas is very bad …. my girls love to see Dora and if she grows up then they wont be able to play along with Dora on her shows….i really believe they should think twice about the change!

mothership March 7, 2009, 12:57 AM

I personally am disgusted by the changes in Dora. I’m not against her growing up, per se, although I don’t see anything wrong with keeping her little (seems like Elmo’s been a baby forever). However the mini skirt and long hair are a little too suggestive for my taste, and what middle schoolers are reportedly getting up to these days can only be reinforced by the new-look Dora. Will she be blowing Diego in the hallways? Wearing “I’m a porn star’ t-shirts and practicing lap-dancing next? Great way to show our little girls that all that hard work map reading, being adventurous and bilingual would all end up enabling them to be sex objects in two languages! Thanks Mattel.

Patty  March 7, 2009, 1:08 AM

There has been another cartoon character that went from being young to being a tween….Pebbles and Bambam!! from the Flinestones. Doesn’t work though for Dora…too many preschoolers have watched her for ages..

Anonymous March 7, 2009, 1:37 AM

Dora is one of the few educational kids programs that I feel is acceptable for my preschooler to watch. I doubt this family will watch “tween” Dora. Thanks goodness for DVDs. Good luck Nickolodeon and Mattel-you are going to need it.

sandy March 7, 2009, 6:06 AM

My one year old loves Dora the way she is. Let the younger kids have Dora just the way she is. I never cared if Opie grew up on Mayberry RFD. And I still don’t care if I watch the old programs with him still as a child. Some things are just meant to be left alone. LEAVE DORA ALONE!!! Don’t take all the happy memories away from small kids.

Glo March 7, 2009, 6:38 AM

Will she wear oversized cheap gold earrings, tacky clothes, and too much make up? Is this really the image we want to impress our tweens with?

With Barbie sporting a tatoo, I’m afraid to see what our little Puerto Rican Princess will sport.

Joe American March 7, 2009, 6:47 AM

We she also try drugs, post nude pics on my Space… watch Dumb TV-MTV like most of our dopey undisciplined lazy kids in our society. Oh, we she march with the pro illegal immigration crowd

Joe American March 7, 2009, 6:52 AM

English first, you can fight it all you want and you’ll always be the low rent culture you are.

Michelle March 7, 2009, 7:53 AM

I think Dora should stay the way she is, my daughter is 3 and won’t understand what happened to Dora, and I’d have to say she might not like Dora anymore, there is a reason that Dora is on Nick Jr. she is and always should be a toddler. Big Mistake!!!!

Anonymous March 7, 2009, 8:00 AM

To the comment above your right this AMERICA and we speak ENGLISH so get over it! this sophisicated group of people should realize they are in AMERICA WHERE WE SPEAK ENGLISH! AND NO I HAVE NEVER WISHED I WAS ANYTHING ELSE!

Anonymous March 7, 2009, 9:01 AM

Here Here Joe American I couldn’t agree more!!! Your fellow American

Anonymous March 7, 2009, 9:23 AM

I am sorry but having acne too ! It is over board my child is 12 and loved dora explorer. But when I told about dora growing up and she said “man that is soo dumm” And when they say thing girls go threw…… I dont even want to know what their talking about.

debbie hanley March 7, 2009, 9:27 AM

I think it’s stupid also,cartoons shouldnt grow older if the characters in sesame street did that it would not have lasted as long as it has.

Anonymous March 7, 2009, 9:31 AM

I can’t believe this. My daughter is only one and she loves Dora. I also have a 19 yr old daughter who loved Dora as well. To bad my baby won’t enjoy what my older daughter did. What I’m afraid of is that they will begin to talk about things that children don’t need to hear and show things they don’t need to see. So many so called cartoons are disgusting and should be rated “R” not suitable for adults let alone children. Well that’s what the world is coming to and we won’t be watching it I’m sure of that. BIG MISTAKE ON THEIR PART. JUST DUMB! PS when my older dauther walks in the room and Dora is on it still gets her attention!! Thank God I raised her with God in her life and with the new Dora she will more than likely turn her head in disgust and will not let her future children view it either.

Mom2Isa March 7, 2009, 9:33 AM

So will they keep making Dora grow older and older to keep up with this age group that they are trying to target? What about all the young girls that love Dora and are learning of her everyday? Eventually these girls that they are trying to target will grow up and no longer care about Dora and then they will realize the mistake they made. Dora as a late teen? C’mon..

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