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In fact, by recognising the genre’s past, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is able to subvert a few of its most troublesome tropes, especially in light of the fact it’s the rare jungle adventure film with a lead who isn’t white. As Dora’s parents make clear, they’re archaeologists, not treasure hunters. That means the prized wares stay where they are. Dora is also quick to realise that her adventures are always in the footsteps of European colonisers, meaning there’s a constant threat that she’ll turn up to her final destination only to discover that the gold has already been taken by Spanish conquistadors (or the British or the French or the Americans, as is noted in the film).

The film, admittedly, does falter in a few places. The main villain from the show, Swiper the Fox (voiced by Benicio del Toro), who does exactly as his name suggests, seems awkwardly crammed in. None of these teenagers seem remotely surprised that a fox can talk (although there is a funny exchange about the mask he wears). But, considering a live-action Dora the Explorer had been, for years, thought of only as a joke concept, it’s impressive how much this film gets right.

In 1998, three writers were tasked to create the next hit show for Nick Jr., Nickelodeon’s preschool programming. They landed on creating a show centered around a young girl who would engage with an audience of kids, ages two to five, for help in solving mysteries and going on adventures.

The show would become “Dora the Explorer.” Initially, the creators had envisioned a white girl, but the creative head at Nick Jr. became aware that there were over 80 television characters under the age of 18 already on prime time television, and not a single one of them was Latinx. With the help of consultants, they changed their heroine to an adventurous seven year-old Latina girl named Dora Márquez.