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Dora the Explorer Makes Theatrical Debut in New Animated Short

‘Dora and the Fantastical Creatures,’ which follows Dora and Boots on their journey through the rainforest to save the alebrijes, to premiere ahead of ‘PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie’ starting September 29.

Nickelodeon’s Latina heroine Dora makes her big screen debut in a new animated short film, Dora and the Fantastical Creatures, playing exclusively in theatres beginning Friday, September 29 in front of PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie. The short heralds her return in Dora, an all-new 3DCG preschool series set to stream exclusively on Paramount+ in spring 2024 in the U.S. Internationally, Dora will stream on Paramount+ and air on Nickelodeon channels in all markets where available.

In the short, Dora (Diana Zermeño) and Boots (Asher Spence) embark on an incredible adventure to the land of alebrijes, the most magical and colorful creatures in the rainforest. There, they must band together against Swiper (Marc Weiner) to save the beloved alebrijes and their Copal Tree Celebration. The short film also features Anairis Quiñones as Luna Arcoiris; Danny Burstein as Sol; and Kate del Castillo as Ale. Following the debut of Dora and the Fantastical Creatures, additional Dora content will become available across Nickelodeon platforms, Paramount+ and Noggin.   

Nickelodeon Animation produced the short. William Mata directed from a screenplay by Alejandro Bien-Willner and a story by Bien-Willner and Sean Gill. Eryk Casemiro, Executive Vice President, Global Animated Series, Nickelodeon, oversaw production. Miriam Ritchie and Marielle Kaar served as Nickelodeon's Executives in Charge of Production.

Voice actors joining the cast of Dora and the Fantastical Creatures in the new Dora series include Anairis Quiñones as Map and The Fiesta Trio’s armadillo; Maria Canals-Barrera as Abuela; Danny Burstein as Grumpy Old Troll, The Fiesta Trio’s frog and marmoset; Katarina Sky as Backpack; Donovan Monzon-Sanders as Tico; Tandi Fomukong as Isa; Quintún Muñoz as Benny; and Chris Gifford as Big Red Chicken.   

Dora the Explorer was created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Eric Weiner.

Source: Nickelodeon

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Whitney is a freelance writer focusing on VFX-driven fantasy film & TV as well as preschool animation.