Dora and the Lost City of Gold: Teen Nancy Drew Meets Teen Tomb-Raider vibes

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: September 16, 2019

The Rundown

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a live-action adventure based on the beloved animated series Dora the Explorer.  Here’s a rundown for anyone unfamiliar with Dora the Explorer: she’s a small child whose best friends are a monkey and a talking backpack. She loves riddles, arithmetic, and Spanish vocabulary. In this movie,  curious Dora is  a teen and not the charming little 7 year old we’re used to. Previously home-schooled,  Dora is now navigating high school life and struggling with being a misfit when a kidnapping leads to the adventure of a lifetime.

The Review

Dora is just as aggressively energetic as her younger cartoon character. She still loves her nature facts, her motivational tunes and is as quirky as her animated version. There are plenty of clever, funny nods to the animated series in  the movie. For example, Dora’s talking backpack and talking map both make an appearance – although in an unexpected way. Her pet Monkey boots is quite a vision in this live action.

The movie has amazing CGI, it’s a good mix of  family friendly Nancy Drew Meets Tomb-Raider (acted by teenagers).

They have incorporated enough of the cartoon into the movie for it to still be “Dora” to the kids and enough humor to keep the adults chuckling. Wholesomeness for the entire family.

The Hits

• Dora is a great role model for kids. She’s a smart, friendly, multilingual, confident girl. Someone the kids can look up to.

• It’s a culturally enriching movie. You’ll learn a thing or two about indigenous South America Culture


OMG Scene

That scene where jungle plants cause them to hallucinate. Ummm…is that a reference to LSD??

*Get your movie tickets here 


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Maureen Kasuku


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