Dora the Explorer is a little girl with plenty of friends (human and otherwise). She invitespre-school viewers to learn basic Spanish and arithmetic with her, along with exploring herworld: her mother is having a baby, her sister is playing soccer, and so on, with Dora helping out.Viewers are encouraged to participate in that Dora addresses them directly, and pauses afterasking questions, waiting for a response. The effect is a bit odd, but maybe the post-Teletubbies…set eats this up.
The 2.0 sound is certainly enveloping, with bright, sprightly music on all sides.Unfortunately, the bright, sprightly dialogue is also coming from all directions. It’s not like thetarget audience is likely to complain about such stereo quirks, but the flaw is there all thesame.
The colours are as bright and cheery as everything else. There is no grain, but the pictureisn’t as sharp as it might be. It is actually quite surprising (and disappointing) to see an animatedfeature that is noticeably on the soft side.
There’s a very simple find-the-object “Big Sister Search Game” which should amuseyoungsters once. The “Nicktrition Tips” for adults are insultingly obvious and simple. There isa bonus music video, and a fair number of previews that one has to wade through before gettingto the basic menu.
It’s all very laudibly multicultural, but I also get a bit of a sense of the disc talking down tothe kids. It certainly does so to their parents.
Special Features List
- “Big Sister Search” Game
- “Nictrition” Tips
- Music Video