Announces TV Movie "Dora's Big Birthday Adventure" to Air August
Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Groundbreaking Preschool Series Dora the
Explorer With New Primetime TV Movie, 'Dora's Big Birthday Adventure,'
Premiering Sunday, Aug. 15
Nick also to Air Specially Commissioned 10th Anniversary Dora
Documentary, Executive-Produced By Academy Award®-Nominated Brett Morgen
and Featuring Anderson Cooper, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Salma Hayek Pinault,
Shakira, Soledad O'Brien and Sherri Shepherd
NEW YORK, New York /PRNewswire/ -- She did it! She did it! Nickelodeon
celebrates the landmark 10th anniversary of the world's most beloved
Latina heroine, Dora the Explorer, with a brand-new, hour-long primetime
TV movie, "Dora's Big Birthday Adventure," premiering Sunday,
Aug. 15, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The TV movie, which follows
Dora and Boots on a whirlwind journey through Magic Storybook Land and
guest stars Rosie Perez as La Bruja (the witch), John Leguizamo as the
Flying Monkeys and Hector Elizondo as the Wishing Wizzle.
Following the TV movie, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT), Nickelodeon will premiere
the first-ever Dora 10th Anniversary documentary, a special 12-minute
tribute executive-produced by Academy Award®- nominated Brett Morgen (The
Kid Stays in the Picture) and directed by Debra Eisenstadt. The
documentary explores the series' cultural and educational impact and
features appearances by Dora and her friends, commentary from creators
Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Eric Weiner, industry experts,
real-life kids and celebrities including Anderson Cooper, Elisabeth
Hasselbeck, Rosie Perez, Salma Hayek Pinault, Shakira, Soledad O'Brien,
Sherri Shepherd and more.
"For the past 10 years, Dora the Explorer has been a pioneer – a
symbol of empowerment, diversity and education," said Brown Johnson,
President, Animation, Nickelodeon. "She has captured the hearts of
millions of fans around the world and will continue to inspire and
entertain preschoolers for many years to come."
Since launching on Nickelodeon Aug. 14, 2000, Dora the Explorer has
emerged as a pop culture phenomenon and is currently the number-one rated
preschool show on commercial television year-to-date. (Source: NMR, Live+7
Blended with Live+SD from 12/28/09-7/20/10). Dora the Explorer, which can
be seen in 151 markets and is translated into 30 languages, has been
honored with awards including the Peabody, NAACP, Alma, Imagen, Latino
Spirit, Gracie Allen, Parents' Choice Award, the Television Critics
Association Award and has received 16 Daytime Emmy nominations.
In "Dora's Big Birthday Adventure," a twisting wind has blown
Dora and Boots into Wizzle World, a land located in the Magic Storybook.
Dora and Boots can't jump out of the Magic Storybook without first taking
Dora's crystal to the Wishing Wizzle (Hector Elizondo) so he can wish them
back home in time for Dora's birthday party with all her family and
friends. They set off an adventure to Wishing Mountain, but they better
watch out for La Bruja (Rosie Perez) and her Flying Monkeys (John
Leguizamo) who don't like wishes and try to stop Dora and Boots. In order
to overcome the obstacles, Dora and Boots reflect back on past adventures
to guide them along the way.
The premiere of "Dora's Big Birthday Adventure" will
simulcast on Nick Mobile on Sunday, Aug. 15. Additionally in August, a
selection of fan-favorite Dora the Explorer episodes will be available on
Nick on Demand and celebratory-themed episodes of Dora will be released
across Nickelodeon's Download-to-Own partners. Fans can also visit
www.nickjr.com for a sneak peek of "Dora's Big Birthday
Adventure" on Monday, Aug. 2. Created by Nickelodeon Home
Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, the
"Dora's Big Birthday Adventure" DVD will be available on Aug. 3,
Nickelodeon also is marking the 10th anniversary of Dora the Explorer,
with a multi-year, multi-platform pro-social campaign titled "Beyond
the Backpack." Named for Dora's iconic backpack, "Beyond the
Backpack," champions overall school readiness for preschoolers as
they prepare for the important adventure of starting school.
In partnership with National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and other
experts and leaders in school readiness, "Beyond the Backpack"
provides parents with tools and resources that can help kids prepare for a
well-rounded, positive experience as they enter kindergarten. The
components of "Beyond the Backpack," include dedicated PSAs; a
web site (www.dora.beyondthebackpack.com) with customized resources and
learning activities including a curriculum-focused checklist for parents
to determine if their child is ready for kindergarten, links to partner
organizations, financial resources and grants; fundraising activities; and
Also, in support of "Beyond the Backpack," Salma Hayek
Pinault along with other celebrities will be featured in PSAs alongside
Dora speaking about the campaign. Hayek Pinault, Shakira, and Slash along
with other celebrities are designing one-of-a-kind, Dora-inspired
backpacks to be auctioned globally this summer. One hundred percent of the
U.S. proceeds will benefit the Children's Defense Fund and international
proceeds will go toward childhood education.
Dora the Explorer, created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and
Eric Weiner, is a play-along, animated adventure series starring Dora
(Caitlin Sanchez). Dora is a seven-year-old Latina heroine whose
adventures take place in an imaginative, tropical world filled with
jungles, beaches and rainforests. She explores her world just as
preschoolers do everyday, and the show is designed to actively engage its
audience in an interactive quest using a variety of learning techniques.