Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a 2019 American adventure comedy film directed by James Bobin. A live-action adaptation of the Nick Jr. animated television series Dora the Explorer, the film stars Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, with Danny Trejo as the voice of Boots and Benicio del Toro as the voice of Swiper.
|Dora and the Lost City of Gold|
|Directed by||James Bobin|
|Based on||Dora the Explorer|
by Chris Gifford
Valerie Walsh Valdes
|Produced by||Kristin Burr|
|Edited by||Mark Everson|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$119.7 million|
A live-action Dora film was announced in 2017, and Moner was cast in the title role in May 2018. Most of the other lead cast members were hired throughout the rest of the year, and filming took place from August to December 2018 in Australia and Peru. This film is set after the events of the animated original television series and was also the first film based on a Nick Jr. series.
The film was theatrically released in the United States on August 9, 2019, five years after Dora the Explorer wrapped up production, by Paramount Pictures. It received positive reviews from critics, who praised Moner's performance and the self-aware humor. It grossed $119 million worldwide.
Deep in the Peruvian jungle, 6-year-old Dora Márquez, daughter of jungle explorers Cole and Elena, spends her days going on adventures with her monkey friend Boots, her 7-year-old cousin Diego, and imaginary friends Backpack and Map while thwarting Swiper the thieving fox. One day, Diego and his family leave to Los Angeles while Dora and her parents remain searching for the hidden Inca city of gold, Parapata.
After 10 years of exploring, Dora's parents decipher the location of Parapata and choose to send a now 16-year-old Dora to Diego's high school in Los Angeles while they travel to the lost city. Staying with a now 17-year-old Diego (Jeff Wahlberg) and his family, Dora meets fellow students Sammy and Randy. Due to Dora’s intelligence, the nerdy Sammy sees her as her rival. Still, Randy is amused by Dora’s intelligence and her being very nice to him and develops an immediate crush on her. Dora enjoys her new life, but Diego is embarrassed by her eccentric behavior; it culminates in mocking and name-calling by several of their peers when Dora publicly dances to a conga song at the school dance. As Diego walks outside, Dora tries to comfort him, but Diego says that she is no longer in the jungle, which leads to a fallout between them.
The following day, on a class field trip to a museum, Dora and the others are lured to its off-exhibit archives, where they are captured by mercenaries led by Powell who fly them to Peru. When they land, a man named Alejandro, who claims to be a friend of Dora's parents, helps them escape. In the process, the mercenaries, aided by Swiper, steal Dora's map.
Alejandro reports that Dora's parents have gone missing and that the mercenaries are searching for them in hopes of getting into Parapata to steal its treasures. Dora resolves to find her parents first with Alejandro's help, while Diego comes along to look after Dora, with the other teens tagging along in hopes of being rescued.
The group travels through numerous obstacles, including quicksand, Inca ruin puzzles, hallucination-inducing spores (that turned them into animated characters in the style of the original cartoon), and attacks from forest guards of Parapata. During the journey, Sammy warms up to Dora and becomes nicer to everyone. Dora and Diego eventually reconcile, and Dora notices Diego has a crush on Sammy.
After numerous hazards, Dora reaches her parents just outside the borders of Parapata, but Alejandro reveals he was the mercenaries' leader all along and captures them. The other teens are caught as well, but Boots appears and helps them escape. With Dora's parents still prisoners, Boots helps Dora to find her confidence and tells the teens that they need to find the way inside Parapata to acquire the treasure so they can use it to bargain for Elena and Cole's release.
Inside the hidden city, Dora and the others solve its temple's puzzles and dodge its traps, bringing them to the central shrine. Alejandro secretly follows them. While he thinks that the gold is the rightful answer, Dora warns him that the test could have bad answers for those who fail it and that she and her friends are safe while he stand on the trap which soon opened and falls in it. The soldiers guarding Parapata defeat the mercenaries and confront the teens. Dora speaks to their queen in Quechua, assuring that the kids only came for her parents and to learn. The Incas are grateful for saving their treasures and permit them all to have a single glimpse of their greatest treasure.
After the group leaves, Diego and Sammy become a couple. Dora's parents and the teens arrive at her jungle home, where the other teens' parents are waiting and are happy to see them. Her parents discuss going on another expedition as a whole family, but Dora decides to return to school in Los Angeles.
During the credits, Dora and her friends celebrate at the school dance while singing the extended version of "We Did It", Alejandro remains a prisoner in Parapata with some guardians by his side briefly heard singing "You'll be here another thousand years!", and Cole and Elena prevent Swiper from making off with one of their items.
- Isabela Moner as Dora, a 16-year-old jungle explorer and the main protagonist of Dora the Explorer. She is Cole and Elena's daughter and Diego's cousin. Moner also voices Dora in the spore scene.
- Madelyn Miranda as young Dora
- Eugenio Derbez as Alejandro Gutierrez, an explorer and professor at the National University of San Marcos who is the boss of the mercenaries. Derbez also voices Alejandro in the spore scene.
- Michael Peña as Cole Marquez, a jungle explorer who's Dora's father and Diego’s uncle.
- Eva Longoria as Elena Marquez, a jungle explorer who's Dora's mother and Diego’s aunt.
- Jeff Wahlberg as Diego, Dora's cousin and the main protagonist of Go, Diego, Go! who becomes Sammy’s boyfriend. Wahlberg also voices Diego in the spore scene.
- Malachi Barton as young Diego
- Madeleine Madden as Sammy Moore, a teenage girl who sees Dora as her rival and becomes Diego’s girlfriend. Madden also voices Sammy in the spore scene.
- Nicholas Coombe as Randy Warren, a teenage boy who's untrained for jungle survival and has a crush on Dora. Coombe also voices Randy in the spore scene.
- Temuera Morrison as Powell, a mercenary who serves as Alejandro's second-in-command.
- Christopher Kirby as Viper, a mercenary.
- Natasa Ristic as Christina X, a female mercenary.
- Adriana Barraza as Abuelita Valerie, Dora and Diego's grandmother.
- Pia Miller as Sabrina, Dora's aunt and Diego's mother.
- Joey Vieira as Nico, Dora's uncle and Diego's father.
- Q'orianka Kilcher as Princess Kawillaka, the ruler of Parapata.
- Isela Vega as Old Woman, a resident of Parapata.
- Danny Trejo as Boots, a monkey who is Dora's best friend and partner.
- Dee Bradley Baker provides Boots’ vocal effects.
- Benicio del Toro as Swiper, a sneaky red fox who conspires to swipe useful things from Dora.
- Marc Weiner as Map, an imaginary, anthropomorphic version of Dora’s map. He shows Dora where she needs to go. Weiner reprises his role from the original series.
- Sasha Toro as Backpack, an imaginary, anthropomorphic version of Dora’s backpack. She carries any item that Dora may need. Toro reprises her role from the original series.
On October 24, 2017, a deal was struck for a live-action version of the television series to be made, with James Bobin directing. Nicholas Stoller and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel were hired to pen a script. Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes was announced as producer, though Bay and the company were ultimately not involved.
The film depicts a teenage version of Dora. It was issued an initial release date of August 2, 2019. In May 2018, Isabela Moner was cast to play Dora. Eugenio Derbez began negotiations to join in June, and was confirmed to appear in July. Micke Moreno was cast to play Diego, though had to withdraw and was replaced by Jeff Wahlberg. Eva Longoria and Michael Peña were cast as Dora's parents that August. Madeleine Madden also joined the cast of the film. In October, Q'orianka Kilcher was added to the cast, and in November, Pia Miller was set to play Dora's aunt Sabrina. In December 2018, Benicio del Toro joined as the voice of Swiper, and in March 2019, Danny Trejo announced that he had been cast as the voice of Boots the Monkey.
In an interview with Forbes, Moner stated that she learned Quechua language for the character. She said that the film would "take audiences to Machu Picchu" to "explore the Incan culture," and commented that "Dora is very cultured and she knows everything about everything," and that she "doesn't have a defined ethnicity."
The visual effects are provided by Mill Film, Moving Picture Company and Cheap Shot VFX, supervised by Lindy De Quattro, Andy Brown and Richard Little with visualization services provided by Proof and 2D animation provided by Blink Industries.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold grossed $60.5 million in the United States and Canada, and $59.2 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $119.7 million against a production budget of $49 million.
In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside The Kitchen, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Brian Banks, and was projected to gross $15–20 million from 3,500 theaters in its opening weekend. In India the film was released in English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil languages and became a blockbuster.  The film made $6.7 million on its first day, including $1.25 million from Thursday night previews. It went into debut to $17 million, finishing fourth at the box office; 46% of its audience was Latino, while 32% were Caucasian, 11% African-American and 10% Asian. It dropped 51% in its second weekend to $8.5 million, finishing sixth. It then made $5.3 million in its third weekend and $4.1 million in its fourth, and $2.7 million in its fifth.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 85% based on 149 reviews, with an average rating of 6.48/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Led by a winning performance from Isabela Moner, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a family-friendly adventure that retains its source material's youthful spirit." Metacritic gave the film a weighted average score of 63 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported that adult and children filmgoers gave it an average of 4.5 and 3.5 stars out of 5, respectively.
Peter Debruge of Variety wrote, "Whereas most of the cast (and especially Derbez) play broad, borderline-slapstick versions of their characters, Moner has the wide eyes and ever-chipper attitude we associate with Dora, but adds a level of charisma the animated character couldn't convey."
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