Dora the Explorer's Brand New Way to Play

Cousin Diego, Star Catching are new additions to show

Published on LatinoLA: October 4, 2003

Dora the Explorer's Brand New Way to Play

Nick Jr.?s Dora the Explorer, the number-one preschool show on commercial television, will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this fall with a schedule of programming festivities, including the introduction of Star Catching ? a whole new way to play along with Dora. Star Catching is a new interactive game that incorporates vocabulary, physical activity and problem-solving skills to empower kids in their search for explorer stars that help solve each day?s puzzles. The sparkling new way to play will be introduced on Monday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. (all times ET/PT) in the prime time special ?Dora?s Star Catching Adventure.?

Also in October, a brand new character will make his action-packed debut ? Dora?s cousin Diego, a nature and science expert who can talk to animals. Diego will swing into Dora?s world on Monday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. with the special airing of ?Meet Diego.? Dora?s month-long celebration continues with two more programming events: a Columbus Day marathon of Star Catching themed episodes, on Monday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. ? 2 p.m., and the premiere of ?Boo!? a Halloween special airing Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m.

?Kids love to play along with Dora and the addition of Star Catching to the show will heighten the challenge and level of game-play in each episode, only deepening kids? connection to the world of Dora,? said Brown Johnson, Executive Vice President, Nick Jr.

?Viewers have fallen in love with Dora ? and Diego will follow in her footsteps with his own signature sense of action and adventure,? Johnson said. ?They are proud Latinos who appeal to kids from all different backgrounds and cultures ? and what better time to celebrate Dora and her family and friends than during Hispanic Heritage month.?

In ?Dora?s Star Catching Adventure,? preschoolers will learn how to play the new interactive Star Catching game that incorporates three specific skill sets: vocabulary building, physical activity and problem solving. Dora teaches viewers to be on the lookout for the sparkly, giggling explorer stars that are able to share their special abilities. Each star has its own personality, specific power and name. For example, ?Glowy? is an especially bright star whose glow can light up a dark tunnel, and ?Saltador? is a jumping star that can give Dora and Boots the ability to super jump. Once the stars are found, preschoolers can work together with Dora to solve the day?s puzzles.

?Meet Diego? will introduce an exciting new character ? Dora?s super cool cousin Diego, a nature and science expert. He is eight-years-old, works at the Animal Rescue Center and has a very special talent ? he can communicate directly with the animals. Diego will add even more action to Dora?s daily adventures, along with a heightened element of nature and science.

Dora the Explorer, which airs at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. (ET/PT) weekdays on Nick Jr. and weekends on CBS (check local listings), is a play-along, animated adventure series starring Dora, a seven-year-old Latina heroine whose adventures take place in an imaginative, tropical world filled with jungles, beaches and rainforests. Dora explores her world just as pre-schoolers do everyday, and the show is designed to actively engage its audience in an interactive quest using a variety of learning techniques.

In every episode, Dora and Boots invite the audience to participate in an exciting adventure, where each step of their journey consists of a problem or puzzle that Dora and the audience must think their way through in order to solve the next problem. Dora is proudly bilingual and uses her knowledge of English and Spanish to communicate with her friends, overcome obstacles and reach her goals. In each episode, Dora teaches a Spanish word or phrase to the viewers and then asks them to use it to solve a problem and forge ahead. Ultimately, Dora and her best friend, Boots, triumph, and the story always ends with a ?We Did It!? anthem.

Twelve-year-old Kathleen Herles is the voice of Dora the Explorer. She is fluent in Spanish and has appeared on Sesame Street and in many commercials. Kathleen also studies dance, drama and voice. She currently lives with her family in New York, and her parents are originally from Lima, Peru.

Dora the Explorer was created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh and Eric Weiner. Gifford serves as executive producer, with Walsh as producer and Weiner as producer and head writer.

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