The character beloved by Gen Z – Tweens & Teens goes from animated explorer to high school student
Holaaa – somos your Los Tweens & Teens team! We hosted our first movie screening party in Miami with our amigos at Paramount Pictures and a group who won our movie ticket giveaway to enjoy the new Dora and the Lost City of Gold film. Our team was pleasantly surprised with the first full length, live action feature film for the lovable ‘Dora the Explorer’ character and her famous friends and familia including ‘Boots’ the monkey, her cousin Diego and even her nemesis Swiper the fox. Considering that this generation has grown up with Dora since she was launched by Nickelodeon in 2000 – it was a special treat to see her grown up as many of her original fans are now in high school as well.
The audience laughed throughout the story line and was engaged. Who was in the Miami screening audience? More diversity than expected. A combination of girls, boys, moms, dads, abuelas and even teens (!!) enjoyed the film. The almost fully Latino cast features Eugenio Derbes and Isabela Moner really delivering endearing characters while we enjoyed Eva Longoria and Michael Peña well depicted Dora’s parents (who turn out to be explorers themselves) but XX as Dora’s fun-loving kid cousin Diego turned average teenage boy worried about fitting in at high school stole the scenes many times.
Check out our video to find out about our favorite scenes and themes:
The movie is certainly entertaining and creative. Adapting an animated character and having her grow up to face a high school scenario really is creative. The theme that resonated with so many in the audience that we spoke with is that of accepting who you are and not allowing your environment to change you. The film features moments that had a High School Musical feel to them while a little bit of animation. Released on August 19th– we highly recommend you check it out in theaters with the whole familia. Vamonos!
Cristy is the founder and publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, as well as the co-CEO & partner of DiMe Media, based in Miami. Born to Cuban parents, she’s a ‘Jersey Girl’ who is the proud mom of twin teens and wife to her college sweetheart, a “gringo” with a Latino soul! Cristy is also a teen cancer survivor, lover of travel, tech, good food, all-things beauty related, family cooking and social sharing.