Dora the Explorer

Dora the Explorer (left) and Boots are the series' protagonists. The Grumpy Old Troll lives under a bridge and requires Dora and Boots to solve a riddle in order to cross it.

Dora the Explorer is an American animated television series for preschool-age children that is broadcast on Nickelodeon in the United States. A pilot episode for this series aired in 1999. Dora the Explorer became a regular series in 2000. The show was created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner. The series not only on Nick, but also on CBS on Saturday mornings and Noggin as well.

Characters

Dora

Dora the Explorer tells the story of Dora Marquez, a seven-year old Latina who ventures forth on various simple but important quests. Dora's exact national origin remains vague because no specific Latin American country is ever mentioned. In any case, Dora speaks both Spanish and English. The location of Dora's home is also vague (however, most episodes show palm trees and mountains in the background so it is likely to be California or Mexico). Dora involves the other protagonists and the viewer of the show in the quest. At the end of each episode, Dora celebrates the completion of the quest with a song ("We Did It") and asks what the viewer's favorite obstacle or encounter was. Dora is voiced by Kathleen Herles. Dora's name is taken from the Spanish word Exploradora, which means explorer.

Boots

Dora's sidekick and best friend is Boots, a talking monkey who is 5½ years old. He wears red boots and loves to hold Dora's hand. Boots is voiced by Harrison Chad.

Swiper

Dora's quests are often complicated by a villainous fox named Swiper. Swiper is a masked thief. He usually attempts to steal an item which is necessary for Dora and Boots to complete their quest. In order to prevent Swiper from stealing whatever item Dora and Boots are carrying at the time, Dora first asks the audience if they see Swiper, then she leads them in saying, "Swiper, no swiping!" three times. In response, Swiper disappointedly snaps his fingers and says, "Oh, man!". However, if Dora and Boots fail to repeat the phrase in time, Swiper steals the item, throws it somewhere and gloats, "You're too late!" Dora and Boots must then retrieve the item so the quest can continue. Sometimes the retrieval of the item is itself the quest. Swiper is voiced by Marc Weiner.

Diego

Some more recently produced episodes have introduced Dora's cousin Diego, voiced by Felipe Dieppa. Diego is an intrepid young animal rescue worker and sometimes partners with Dora in her adventures. He has proved popular enough that Nickelodeon introduced a separate Diego series entitled Go, Diego, Go! in 2005.

Other characters

Other recurring human characters include Dora's mother (mami), father (papi), and grandmother (abuela). There are a number of minor, recurring animal characters such as Señor Tucan, Isa the iguana, Benny the bull, and Tico the squirrel. These characters can speak either Spanish or English. Additionally, the show features a number of anthropomorphic props, notably Dora's fat and ever-hungry backpack and the always-talking map. Sometimes there are also locomotives, boats and automobiles with speaking roles.

Educational value

The episodes are used to demonstrate and practice skills such as decision-making, following directions, mathematics (usually counting), music, physical coordination, and Anglo-Spanish bilingualism. While geography isn't directly taught, the concept of using a map to find one's way around is.

Dora the Explorer is currently still being produced. Dora and her companions are the subject of numerous books and other merchandise for children. The show is generally in English, although it is peppered with simple Spanish phrases in an effort to give young viewers a rather limited multicultural experience.

Foreign language versions of Dora the Explorer

As with most animated series made in the US, Dora the Explorer has been dubbed into many languages all over the world. The simplicity and repetitious nature of the episodes make this series especially well-suited for learning important phrases in a foreign language.

Spanish dub

In the Spanish language version, Dora la Exploradora, broadcast on the Telemundo network, Dora and Boots are speaking Spanish and other protagonists speaking and answering in English. Some Spanish episodes are available to US customers on VHS, and some DVDs have a Spanish track (including Dora's Egg Hunt).

French dub

In the French language version, Dora l'exploratrice, broadcast on the private French TV channel TF1, the bilingualism is Anglo-French, with Dora and Boots speaking French and other protagonists speaking and answering in English. Some French episodes are available to US customers on VHS from http://www.amazon.ca.

Japanese dub

In the Japanese language version, broadcast on Nick Japan, the bilingualism is Anglo-Japanese, with Dora and Boots speaking Japanese and other protagonists speaking and answering in English.

German dub

In the German language version, broadcast on the recently restarted German branch of Nickelodeon, the bilingualism is Anglo-German, analogously to the French and Japanese Version.

Irish dub

In the Irish language version, broadcast on the Irish Language station TG4, the bilingualism is Irish-Spanish, with Dora and Boots speaking in Irish and some other characters speaking Spanish as in the original.

Dutch dub

In the Dutch language version, broadcast on Nickelodeon (TV channel), the bilingualism is Dutch-English.

Dora the Explorer merchandise

Currently Cheerios is offering free Dora the Explorer the Game CDROMs in specially marked packages. However, customers in Quebec will only be able to use the French version. Also, there are many action figures and playsets available in many markets.

Trivia

Dora the Explorer became the first Latina balloon character in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 24th, 2005. It was the 79th anniversary of the parade.

Popularity

On one episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary friends, there is a Dora parody that Eduardo watches called Lauren is Explorin'.


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On one episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary friends, there is a Dora parody that Eduardo watches called Lauren is Explorin'.
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In the German language version, broadcast on the recently restarted German branch of Nickelodeon, the bilingualism is Anglo-German, analogously to the French and Japanese Version. The Little Artists have created an entire Modern Art collection in a Lego Gallery. In the Japanese language version, broadcast on Nick Japan, the bilingualism is Anglo-Japanese, with Dora and Boots speaking Japanese and other protagonists speaking and answering in English. Artists have also used Lego sets with one of the more notorious examples being Polish artist Zbigniew Libera's "Lego Concentration Camp," a collection of mocked-up concentration camp-themed Lego sets.[1]. Some French episodes are available to US customers on VHS from http://www.amazon.ca. For example, the Monty Python and the Holy Grail Special Edition DVD contained a version of the "Camelot" musical sequence redone with Lego minifigures and accessories. In the French language version, Dora l'exploratrice, broadcast on the private French TV channel TF1, the bilingualism is Anglo-French, with Dora and Boots speaking French and other protagonists speaking and answering in English. They usually use stop-motion animation.

Some Spanish episodes are available to US customers on VHS, and some DVDs have a Spanish track (including Dora's Egg Hunt). Such movies are called "Lego movies", "Brickfilms", or "cinema Lego". In the Spanish language version, Dora la Exploradora, broadcast on the Telemundo network, Dora and Boots are speaking Spanish and other protagonists speaking and answering in English. One hobby among enthusiasts is to re-create popular scenes from famous movies, using Lego bricks for the scenery and Lego play sets as characters. The simplicity and repetitious nature of the episodes make this series especially well-suited for learning important phrases in a foreign language. Another novel application of Lego bricks is the combination of bricks and electronic components to obtain a Lego Electronic Lab Kit. As with most animated series made in the US, Dora the Explorer has been dubbed into many languages all over the world. Because of the high degree of uniformity in Lego bricks, they have also been used in fields such as computer vision, in which knowing the exact dimensions and relative positions of objects is useful for creating test data.

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There are a number of minor, recurring animal characters such as Señor Tucan, Isa the iguana, Benny the bull, and Tico the squirrel. One such masterpiece solves a Rubik's Cube through the use of Lego motors and cameras, a task that many humans cannot accomplish. Other recurring human characters include Dora's mother (mami), father (papi), and grandmother (abuela). Large mosaics, fully functional padlocks and pendulum clocks, a harpsichord and an inkjet printer (built by Google co-founder Larry Page while at the University of Michigan) have been constructed from Lego pieces. He has proved popular enough that Nickelodeon introduced a separate Diego series entitled Go, Diego, Go! in 2005. Some sculptures use hundreds of thousands of pieces and weigh tens of kilograms. Diego is an intrepid young animal rescue worker and sometimes partners with Dora in her adventures. A cult following of people who have used Lego pieces to make sculptures, very large mosaics and complex machines has developed.

Some more recently produced episodes have introduced Dora's cousin Diego, voiced by Felipe Dieppa. The Lego Group itself has developed a form of business consultancy fostering creative thinking, called Lego Serious Play, in which team members build metaphors of their organisational experiences using Lego bricks, and work through imaginary scenarios using the visual device of the Lego constructions and by exploring possibilities in a 'serious' form of 'play'. Swiper is voiced by Marc Weiner. Lego bricks today are used for purposes beyond children's play. Sometimes the retrieval of the item is itself the quest. As of year end 2005, there are 25 LEGO Brand Retail stores in the USA, a number of stores in Europe, and a franchised LEGO store in Abu Dhabi. However, if Dora and Boots fail to repeat the phrase in time, Swiper steals the item, throws it somewhere and gloats, "You're too late!" Dora and Boots must then retrieve the item so the quest can continue. There are also several Lego retail stores, including at Downtown Disney in both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts and in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

In response, Swiper disappointedly snaps his fingers and says, "Oh, man!". Lego Group operates several Legoland amusement parks in Europe and California. In order to prevent Swiper from stealing whatever item Dora and Boots are carrying at the time, Dora first asks the audience if they see Swiper, then she leads them in saying, "Swiper, no swiping!" three times. It also allows advanced participants an opportunity to modify the Lego Mindstorms platform, adding their own sensors and actuators, as well as other mechanical, electrical, electronic and software related systems. He usually attempts to steal an item which is necessary for Dora and Boots to complete their quest. Lego Mindstorms provides primary and secondary school aged participants of RoboCup Junior an easy and intuitive introduction to robotics. Swiper is a masked thief. The international RoboCup Junior autonomous soccer competition involves extensive use of Lego Mindstorms equipment which is often pushed to its limits.

Dora's quests are often complicated by a villainous fox named Swiper. A related competition is FIRST Lego League for elementary and middle schools. Boots is voiced by Harrison Chad. The earliest, and likely the largest, is Botball, a national US middle- and high-school competition stemming from the MIT 6270 lego robotics tournament. He wears red boots and loves to hold Dora's hand. There are several competitions which use Lego bricks and the RCX, among other microcontrollers, for robotics. Dora's sidekick and best friend is Boots, a talking monkey who is 5½ years old. These programmable bricks are sold under the name Lego Mindstorms.

Dora's name is taken from the Spanish word Exploradora, which means explorer. There are even special bricks, like the LEGO RCX that can be programmed with a PC to perform very complicated and useful tasks. Dora is voiced by Kathleen Herles. There are also motors, gears, lights, sensors, and cameras available to be used with Lego components. At the end of each episode, Dora celebrates the completion of the quest with a song ("We Did It") and asks what the viewer's favorite obstacle or encounter was. LEGO recently announced the procurement of worldwide toy rights with the cable TV channel Nickelodeon for building sets with themes from two hit TV shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Avatar: The Last Airbender which will be available Summer of 2006. Dora involves the other protagonists and the viewer of the show in the quest. Sets containing new pieces are released frequently.

The location of Dora's home is also vague (however, most episodes show palm trees and mountains in the background so it is likely to be California or Mexico). Since it began producing plastic bricks, the Lego Group has released thousands of play sets themed around space, robots, pirates, vikings, medieval castles, dinosaurs, cities, suburbia, holiday locations, wild west, the Arctic, boats, racing cars, trains, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Bionicle, and more. In any case, Dora speaks both Spanish and English. Annual production of Lego bricks averages approximately 20 billion (2 × 1010) per year, or about 600 pieces per second. Dora's exact national origin remains vague because no specific Latin American country is ever mentioned. Brick decorations and packaging is done at plants in Denmark, Switzerland, United States, South Korea and the Czech Republic. Dora the Explorer tells the story of Dora Marquez, a seven-year old Latina who ventures forth on various simple but important quests. Moulding is done at one of two plants in Denmark and Switzerland.

. Manufacturing of Lego bricks occurs at a number of locations around the world. The series not only on Nick, but also on CBS on Saturday mornings and Noggin as well. It is thanks to this care in manufacturing that the Lego Group has maintained such a high degree of quality over the decades; this is one of the main reasons that pieces manufactured over 40 years ago still interlock neatly with pieces manufactured today. The show was created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner. According to the Lego Group, its moulding processes are so accurate that only 18 bricks out of every million fail to meet its stringent standards. Dora the Explorer became a regular series in 2000. Worn-out moulds are encased in the foundations of buildings to prevent their falling into competitors' hands.

A pilot episode for this series aired in 1999. Precision-machined, small-capacity moulds are used, and human inspectors meticulously check the output of the moulds, to eliminate significant variations in colour or thickness. Dora the Explorer is an American animated television series for preschool-age children that is broadcast on Nickelodeon in the United States. Since 1963, Lego pieces are manufactured from a strong, resilient plastic known as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, or ABS. In order for pieces to have just the right "clutch power", Lego elements are manufactured within a tolerance of 2 micrometres (0.00008 in). They cannot be too easy to pull apart, or the result will be Lego creations that are unstable; they cannot be too difficult to pull apart, since the disassembly of one creation in order to build another is part of the Lego appeal.

When snapped together, pieces must have just the right amount of "clutch power"; they must stay together until pulled apart. Bricks, beams, axles, minifigures, and all other elements in the Lego system are manufactured to an exacting degree of tolerance. Retail Lego sets for young children are compatible with those made for teenagers. Lego pieces from 1963 still interlock with pieces made in 2006, despite radical changes in shape and design over the years.

Since their introduction in 1949, Lego pieces of all varieties have been, first and foremost, part of a system. Nevertheless, such corporate admonitions are frequently ignored as corporate intervention in the use of language, and the word lego is commonly used not only as a noun to refer to Lego bricks but also as a generic term referring to any kind of interlocking toy brick. The company asserts that to protect its brand name, the word Lego must always be used as an adjective, as in "LEGO set," "LEGO products," "LEGO universe," and so forth. "Lego" is officially written in all uppercase letters.

Thank you! Susan Williams, Consumer Services. Please always refer to our bricks as 'LEGO Bricks or Toys' and not 'LEGOS.' By doing so, you will be helping to protect and preserve a brand of which we are very proud and that stands for quality the world over. We would sincerely like your help in keeping it special. The word LEGO® is a brand name and is very special to all of us in the LEGO Group Companies.

Lego catalogues in the 1970s and 1980s contained a note that read:. The Lego Group's name has become so synonymous with its flagship toy that many use the words "Lego" (collectively) or "Legos" to refer to the bricks themselves, and even to any plastic bricks resembling Lego bricks, although the Lego Group discourages this as dilution of their trademark. Over the years many more Lego sets, series, and pieces were created, with many innovative improvements and additions, culminating in the colourful versatile building toys that we know today. It wasn't until 1958 that the modern-day brick design was developed, and it took another five years to find exactly the right material for it.

Godtfred saw the immense potential in Lego bricks to become a system for creative play, but the bricks still had some problems from a technical standpoint: their "locking" ability was limited, and they were not very versatile. It was his conversation with an overseas buyer that struck the idea of a toy system. By 1954, Christiansen's son, Godtfred, had become the junior managing director of the Lego Group. Many of the Lego Group's shipments were returned, following poor sales; it was thought that plastic toys could never replace wooden ones.

The use of plastic for toy manufacture was not highly regarded by retailers and consumers of the time. The blocks snapped together, but not so tightly that they couldn't be pulled apart. They had several round "studs" on top, and a hollow rectangular bottom. A few years later, in 1949, Lego began producing similar bricks, calling them "Automatic Binding Bricks." These bricks, manufactured from cellulose acetate, were developed in the spirit of traditional wooden blocks that could be stacked upon one another; however, these plastic bricks could be "locked" together.

Hilary Harry Fisher Page, a child psychologist. These "Kiddicraft Self-Locking Building Bricks" were designed and patented in the UK by Mr. In 1947, Ole Kirk and his son Godtfred obtained samples of interlocking plastic bricks produced by the company Kiddicraft. It should be noted, however, that the original, Greek verb "legein" actually has the meaning "put together".

The Lego Group claims that "Lego" means "I put together" or "I assemble" in Latin, though this is a rather liberal translation; the more accepted and widely used application of the word is "I read". The company name Lego was coined by Christiansen from the Danish phrase leg godt, meaning "play well". Ole Kirk started creating wooden toys in 1932, but it wasn't until 1949 that the famous plastic Lego brick was created. The Lego Group had humble beginnings in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a poor carpenter from Billund, Denmark.

. The sets are produced by the Lego Group, a privately-held company based in Denmark. High production quality and careful attention to detail ensures that Lego pieces can fit together in myriad ways, which is one of the main reasons for the toy's success. Cars, planes, trains, buildings, castles, sculptures, ships, spaceships, and even working robots are just a few of the many things that can be made with Lego bricks.

Lego is a line of toys featuring colourful plastic bricks, gears, minifigures (also called minifigs or mini-figs), and other pieces which can be assembled to create models of almost anything imaginable. The number 102,981,504 (four more than that figure) is the number of six-piece towers (of a height of six). The figure of 102,981,500 is often given for six pieces, but it is incorrect. Six eight-stud Lego bricks of the same colour can be put together in 915,103,765 ways, and just three bricks of the same colour offer 1,560 combinations.

"Legot" (or "leegot"), plural form of "lego" (or "leego") is also used as a Finnish slang term for human teeth, because of the rectangular shape of the teeth.

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