|Dora and Friends: Into the City!|
|Also known as||Dora and Friends|
|Created by||Chris Gifford|
Valerie Walsh Valdes
|Based on||Dora the Explorer by|
Valerie Walsh Valdes
|Directed by||George Chialtas|
|Presented by||Fátima Ptacek|
|Theme music composer||Matthew Gerrard|
|Opening theme||"Dora and Friends, Into The City"|
|Ending theme||"Dora and Friends, Into The City" (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||38 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||24 minutes|
45 minutes (special episodes only)
|Production company||Nickelodeon Animation Studio|
|Original release||August 18, 2014 –|
February 5, 2017
Dora and Friends: Into the City! (or simply Dora and Friends) is an American educational children's Flash animated television series. The sequel to the original Dora the Explorer series, this series premiered on Nickelodeon on August 18, 2014 and ended on February 5, 2017 in the United States, followed by its Canadian premiere on September 6, 2014 on Treehouse TV.
Dora, who is now a 10-year-old girl, attends school and lives in the city of Playa Verde, California. She has five best friends: Emma (who has a passion for music), Kate (who has a passion for theater), Naiya (who is super smart and has a passion for reading), Alana (who has a passion for sports and animals), and Pablo (who has a passion for playing soccer). Together, Dora and her best friends work together and go on adventures while discovering the secrets of their city. Dora has a magical charm bracelet that helps her get through objects in the way and a smartphone, complete with an app version of the previous series' Map, to aid her.
The characters are all bilingual and speak Spanish in addition to English. However, the Spanish curriculum on Dora and Friends has been expanded to using simple phrases and commands as opposed to solely the single Spanish words used on Dora the Explorer.
Season two features the return of characters from the original series such as Boots, Benny the Bull, Isa the Iguana, Tico the Squirrel, Swiper the Fox, and Big Red Chicken who appear as guest stars in certain episodes such as the reunion special "Return to the Rainforest,” which involves Dora's return to the rainforest in Mexico to rescue Map and Backpack after they are swiped from Boots by Swiper, only to be carried off by a strong wind. At the end of that episode, Backpack is repaired and redesigned by Kate after Backpack is torn apart by a cliff on Tallest Mountain. The special also introduces a young flower named Bud who lives in Isa's garden and had heard all about Dora's adventures from her. Bud ends up getting sewed up as part Backpack by Kate, though he is perfectly fine with it as he gets to go on adventures with Dora and her best friends. Bud helps Backpack find and retrieve objects stored inside her for Dora.
In addition to Backpack and Bud, Map returns later in the season following the events of "Return to the Rainforest,” effectively replacing Dora's map app. In "For the Birds,” older versions of Diego, Alicia, Baby Jaguar (who now goes by just "Jaguar"), and the Bobo Brothers from Go, Diego, Go! appear as well. The series had a few guest stars such as Megan Hilty and Christina Milian.
Main article: List of Dora and Friends: Into the City! episodes
A 43-minute pilot titled Dora's Explorer Girls: Our First Concert premiered on August 7, 2011. Dora and her friends get five tickets to see Shakira in concert. When they lose them, they have to find them before the concert starts. The special was written by Chris Gifford and directed by Henry Lenardin-Madden.
A pilot episode titled Dora's Explorer Girls: Our First Concert aired on August 7, 2011, on Nick Jr. in the United States. One month later, it aired on Treehouse TV in Canada. Following the release of Dora's Explorer Girls: Our First Concert, Nickelodeon announced in 2013 that it would produce a spin-off to Dora the Explorer titled Dora and Friends: Into the City! starring Dora as a 10-year-old who goes on city adventures with a group of new friends. The series has been picked up for 20 episodes and had its prime-time premiere on Nickelodeon on August 18, 2014. The show is animated using Toon Boom Harmony. On October 9, 2014, Nickelodeon renewed the series for a 20-episode second season. Reruns also currently air on the Nick Jr. Channel. The show was canceled on February 5, 2017, after two seasons.
Dora and Friends: Into the City! premiered on Treehouse TV in Canada on September 6, 2014, and on Nick Jr. in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand on November 3, 2014. Channel 5's Milkshake! strand also premiered the show. In Southeast Asia, the series debuted on March 16, 2015, on Nickelodeon in Singapore, and in Spain on Clan TVE. In India, the show airs on Nick HD+. in South Korea, and in Korea on Skylife's Children English Channel Kids Talk Talk Plus, but not in Nickeldeon Korea due to failing of the show's broadcast.
Nickelodeon produced a number of DVDs based on the show, with Paramount for Region 1; and with Universal / Sony for Region 4.
|DVD Name||Episodes||Release Date|
|Dora's Explorer Girls: Our First Concert||
|Dora and Friends
Dora y Sus Amigos (Region 2 – Spain)
|Dora and Friends: Season 1 (4 DVD Pack)||
All episodes from Season 1
|Feel the Music
¡Siente la música! (Region 2 – Spain)
Misterios mágicos (Region 2 – Spain)