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  • Isabela Merced, who plays Dora, had earlier starred as Dora's friend Kate in Dora and Friends: Into the City! (2014).
  • This is the 15th Nickelodeon feature film based on a television show since Good Burger (1997) The Rugrats Movie (1998), Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000), Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), The Wild Thornberrys (2002), Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002), Rugrats Go Wild (2003), The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), Barnyard (2006), The Last Airbender (2010), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) and Wonder Park (2019).
  • This is the first Nick Jr. film to be released in theaters.
  • Since the movie was filmed in Australia, it has an Australian supporting cast. The local actors have a dialect coach to help them with their American accents.
  • This is Walden Media's first time working on a movie from Paramount and Nickelodeon since Charlotte's Web (2006).
  • The film is being released in 2019 which is a one shy year away before the 20th Anniversary of the original Dora the Explorer (2000) series.
  • This is John Debney's fifth Nickelodeon movie on which he worked music, after Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), Barnyard (2006), Hotel for Dogs (2009), and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015).
  • This movie marks the second time Benicio Del Toro has voice acted after voicing the Viper in The Little Prince (2015).
  • This is the first time where an animated Nickelodeon TV show becomes a theatrical live action feature film from Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon Movies since The Last Airbender (2010). Not counting the three live action The Fairly OddParents (2001) movies A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! (2011), A Fairly Odd Christmas (2012) and A Fairly Odd Summer (2014), which were all made for TV films instead of theatrical films.
  • This is Danny Trejo's fourth voiceover role in a theatrical film after Battle for Terra (2007), The Book of Life (2014) and Storks (2016).
  • This film was made, thanks largely, to the response to the College Humor Web miniseries of the same name, starring Ariel Winter.
  • Isabela Merced and Benicio Del Toro previously appeared together in Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018), a year earlier.
  • This is Isabela Merced's fourth contribution to Nickelodeon.
  • This is the first Nick Jr. film to be rated PG by the MPAA, as well as the first film based off an Early Childhood series to be rated PG by the MPAA.
  • Dora The Explorer in past programming has been portrayed as a 7 to 10 year old girl. Isabela Merced, who portrays her in this movie, turned 18 on July 10 2019.
  • Weeks before the film's release, a pair of red boots were digitally applied to Boots after it was found he wasn't...wearing any.
  • MRC's third family film after Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018).
  • Sasha Toro and Marc Weiner reprise their roles as the Backpack and Map from Dora the Explorer (2000).
  • Although this is a live action film, this is the also final film of the 2010s to use hand drawn animation after The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) Peter Rabbit (2018) My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018) Mary Poppins Returns (2018) and Winnie the Pooh (2011); it is also the second film from Paramount and Nickelodeon Movies to do so.
  • This is the first production of Dora since 2000 where Swiper is voiced by someone other than Marc Weiner.
  • This film is released in the U.S. on the same day as the original U.S. airing of Let's Go to Music School (2019), the series finale that transitions into the second spin-off series Dora and Friends: Into the City! (2014), which takes place years after the original series.
  • At 83%, and fresh, this is the highest-scoring live-action film adaptation of a cartoon on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • As part of the series' time line, this film is a bridge to transition from the original Dora the Explorer (2000) series to the second spin-off series Dora and Friends: Into the City! (2014).
  • This is the second live action film of the 2010s to include brief hand drawn animation after Peter Rabbit (2018).
  • Benicio Del Toro and Michael Peña have appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Toro as The Collector and Peña as Luis (a costar of Ant-Man).
  • When Alejandro is getting supplies from the back of his vehicle, the Pitch Perfect trilogy DVD can be seen amongst other items.
  • One of two live action films of the 2010s where the characters at one point in the film enter a traditionally animated environment, the other being Mary Poppins Returns (2018) released 1 year prior.
  • This is one of the only theatrical films of the 2010s to use brief moments of traditional animation, the others were, Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), The Croods (2013), Monsters University (2013), Minions (2015), The Peanuts Movie (2015), Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), The Angry Birds Movie (2016), Sausage Party (2016), Trolls (2016), Moana (2016), Sherlock Gnomes (2018), Peter Rabbit (2018), and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).
  • Parapata is a fictional name for the Lost City of Gold. It may be loosely based on Paititi in Peru; a city that may have had more gold then the entire Inca empire.
  • At the end credits, you see the little critters playing their Accomplished the Goal music, like in the cartoon when she did something correct.
  • Steve Carell, Joel McHale, Jason Lee, Robert Downey Jr., Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, David Cross, Ashton Kutcher, Will Ferrell, Sean Hayes, Seth Rogen, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key, Jack Black, Steve Buscemi, and Chris Pratt, Louis C.K., and Patton Oswalt were all briefly considered for the role of Professor Alejandro Gutiérrez.


  • When Dora, Diego and Alejandro get high, they see the world in Dora the Explorer (2000)'s art style. Note: they get "high" from accidentally inhaling plant spores.
  • Although Boots made real monkey sounds, Danny Trejo only gave him a couple of speaking lines when Dora and the others were taken by Alejandro and his helpers.
  • This is the second film from Paramount and Nickelodeon to feature a character who turns out to be the main villain of the movie after The Wild Thornberrys (2002).
  • Some parts of the film have similar references to Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie (2017) which are a group of friends ending up in the jungle then being captured and taken by the main villain a boy and a girl share their first kiss while a friend of theirs is watching the whole thing and meeting the leader and guards of an Ancient lost city.
  • Randy randomly tells Dora at the Winter Dance he can hold his breath for up to seven minutes. That skill comes into play when they group is trapped in the water and he becomes the hero that saves their lives.
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