Dora Not the First to Show Age Adjusted Characters

image_thumb.pngAn earlier blog post was written about a new animated series that depicted Dora as an older girl. The animated series is scheduled to start airing this fall 2014 on Nickelodeon. The addition of new series that includes an aged character is not new. Updated shows like these are part of animated and non-animated programs.

Those that remember that remember the ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World”, might be a happy to know that there is a new series in the works called “Girl Meets World.” The new series will be airing on the Disney Channel and will feature some of the original cast members.

Nickelodeon has also aged the original characters from the animated series “Rugrats” when the little babies in the show were aged to middle schoolers in “All Grown Up!” The sequel ran for 5 seasons, while the original ran for 9 seasons.

Throughout television history, viewers have wondered what would become of their favorite characters as they became older. There are different sequels that have tried to answer that question. Some have been better received than others.

As “Dora and Friends:Into the City” premieres, many eyes will be watching to see if it has the same staying power as its predecessor, “Dora the Explorer.”

More Dora the Explorer with Nick Jr. in Israel

Dora the Explorer already airs on Nickelodeon in Israel, now the show, along with some other preschool favorites, will have additional air time with Nick Jr. in Israel.    Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon in Israel are Hebrew language television stations.   In this version of Dora the Explorer, Dora mainly speaks Hebrew, but also speaks English; so in Israel she is trying to teach English to the people.   Dora is seen across the globe and her language reflects that location where the show is aired.  Nick Jr. became available today Israel.

Dora’s Explorer Girls Movie

A few years ago Nickelodeon introduced the Dora’s Explorer Girls to the public. These group of girls include an older Dora the Explorer and her group of friends. As a pre-teen Dora now goes on adventures with her friends. These friends could interact in online games that could be connected to with Dora Links Dolls. Each Dora’s Explorer girl had a links doll that could connect to the computer through a USB.

Now, years later, a new primetime movie of the Dora’s Explorer Girls premiers on Nick Jr. this weekend. Fans will get to see the older Dora in action. The movie airs Sunday, August 7th at 8pm.

SpongeBob SquarePants Named Favorite Cartoon at the Nickelodeon’s Kid Choice Awards

SpongeBob SquarePants
 was named best cartoon at this year Kid Choice Awards.  The award show was hosted by Jack Black and included many different celebrity performances, of course with a youthful them.  One performance was done by Big Time Rush .

SpongeBob SquarePants "Clash of Triton," with guest stars Victoria Beckham, Sebastian Bach and John O' Hurley (PRNewsFoto/Nickelodeon)

Nickelodeon stars and music group Big Time Rush were joined onstage by surprise guest Snoop Dogg to perform their current single “Boyfriend,” off their newly-certified Gold debut album BTR.  One lucky winner from Nickelodeon’s “Kids’ Choice Big Time Sweepstakes” lived it up “big time” as she was escorted to the awards by Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan.  Willow Smith made an aerial entrance as the mosh pit moved and grooved to her hit songs “21st Century Girl” and “Whip My Hair” and even KCA winner Eddie Murphy got in on the musical action as he led the audience in an impromptu “Happy Birthday” song to himself.

Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob Among New NOOK Color Books

NOOK Color from Barnes and Nobles now feature several Nickelodeon characters including Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants.   These books are available through the NOOK Kids platform which is available on NOOK  Color and an app for iPad. 

Barnes & Noble is now offering a dozen interactive NOOK Kids Nickelodeon titles, and will expand to more than 20 next month, as the partnership continues to grow with new, exciting digital books. Camp SpongeBob, Happy Birthday SpongeBob! and others are perfect for the reader who loves zany stories. For young explorers, there are fun-filled adventures including Dora Loves Boots, Crystal Kingdom Adventures, Dora Helps Diego, Dora’s Sleepover and more.

With NOOK Kids exclusive AliveTouch™ technology, kids can easily find an exciting story, engage with the books and their favorite characters by simply tapping to turn pages, interacting with the text, and zooming in and around gorgeous graphics in SpongeBob’s world under the sea and the places on Dora’s map. Coming soon, select Nickelodeon NOOK Kids titles will also include Barnes & Noble’s exclusive Read to Me™ feature offering professional narration, so kids can choose to explore books on their own or hear them read out loud.

More Episodes of Dora the Explorer Ordered by Nick

It is of no surprise to viewers that Nickelodeon has ordered more episodes of Dora the Explorer.  20 new episodes of the show have been ordered for next season.  Dora the Explorer is not the only popular preschool show that has been ordered by Nickelodeon.   Team Umizoomi, Bubble Guppies, The Fresh Beat Band, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Max & Ruby, and Olivia have new episodes in the works.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Includes Many Children Favorites

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has always been a fun event adults and kids.  There are many different characters from popular children television shows.   The parade will air Thanksgiving Day on NBC from 9 am till noon

Dora the Explorer Float

Dora the Explorer will be there with a special Holiday parade float.

Latina heroine Dora the Explorer is returning to the Parade on a brand new float.  The colorful float features Dora, one of the most iconic preschool characters in the world, and a 12-foot tall Christmas tree decorated with dazzling ornaments and some very special gifts.  Dora and her friends will showcase their most recent adventure, where they teach their friend Swiper the true spirit of the holidays. As with every Dora adventure, there are lessons to be learned and the new float features elements of Swiper’s future if he doesn’t learn the true spirit of the season.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Balloon

See the new Diary of A Wimpy Kid balloon take flight this Thanksgiving. At 60-feet long, 25-feet wide, and 56-feet tall, “wimpy” is not the right word to describe this balloon behemoth. From the look on his face, we have a feeling Greg will be writing about this holiday experience just as soon as he makes it to the Parade finish line.

Kung Fu Panda Balloon

At more than 16,000 cubic feet of helium, Po from Kung Fu Panda™ is truly a larger-than-life master of the ancient Chinese art of Kung Fu. Designed by the magicians at Macy’s Parade Studio, Po is created with the help of more than half a mile of fabric and is covered in 17 gallons of paint. For his Parade debut, Po the Panda measures 42-feet tall, 46-feet long, and 34-feet wide, giving him the scale to take giant leaps down the route, poised to deliver his signature martial arts moves along the way.


Star of Nickelodeon’s iCarly and teen sensation Miranda Cosgrove will be riding aboard the Statue of Liberty float accompanied by the endearingly mischievous Minions, in support of Despicable Me’s Blu-ray/DVD release on Dec. 14.

Big Time Rush

Nickelodeon/Columbia Records group Big Time Rush — Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena, Logan Henderson — will perform their current hit “Til I Forget About You” on the Bridge to the Future float.


Nickelodeon’s newest rising teen star, Victoria Justice, will perform “Freak the Freak Out,” an original song from her hit comedy Victorious, on the Build-A-Bear Workshop®’s float.

SpongeBob SquarePants

Pop-culture icon and eternal optimist SpongeBob SquarePants will make his sixth appearance when he takes a special holiday trip to soak up the sights and sounds of the New York City. Based on the number-one animated kids’ show on TV, the SpongeBob balloon will absorb more than 16,200 cubic feet of helium to fly down the route.  Although it may appear square, the SpongeBob balloon isn’t square at all; it is actually a single chamber sphere, made intricately square-shaped by more than 600 internal tie-lines. Looking dapper as always, SpongeBob stands at 62-feet high, 38-feet wide and 28-feet long.

Samuri Power Rangers

The most successful kids’ action series returns with a bang when the Samurai Power Rangers descend upon the streets of New York. Utilizing their Samurai powers, which give them control over the elements of Fire, Water, Sky, Forest, and Earth, the Rangers will embark on their first journey together as they escort the Planet Earth balloon through the streets of Manhattan.

Some of the other characters in floats will include:

Some of the Floats will be

  • Snoopy’s Dog House
  • Smurf Mushroom House

So there are a lot of performances, floats, and  balloons for children to look forward to seeing during this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Big Time Rush has Big Time Album Release

Big Time Rush’s album #3

Big Time Rush’s first album , BTR, debuted  at #3 on the Billboard Top 200.  Big Time Rush is a teen and tween hit that appears on Nickelodeon.  The boy band featured on the show is trying to make in Hollywood and still have normal lives.  Music featured on the show has been included in the debut album. 

 Big time Rush Live Appearances

Big Time Rush will be making several live appearances to promote their album at several major cities. 

Big Time Rush will continue their 13 market promo tour on October 25, with an in-store signing event at the FYE in the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood at Universal Citywalk.  Other cities on the schedule include San Francisco, Phoenix, St. Louis, Chicago, and Boston. Details on Big Time Rush events can be found on

Former Dora Voice Actor Sues Nickelodeon

Caitlin Sanchez, the most recent voice of Dora the Explorer, is now suing nickelodeon.   According to the lawsuit she claims that she was entered into an unfair contract with Nickelodeon.  Caitlin was the voice of Dora since 2008, but was let go recently when her voice matured and did not have the young-child sound.    Caitlin was the second person to do the Voice of Dora, before that it was voiced by Kathleen Herles

According to the New York Daily News:

The suit charges Caitlin and her parents were pressured by Nickelodeon and her own agent – Jason Bercy of the Cunningham Escott Slevin Doherty Talent Agency – into signing a 14-page contract without the aid of a lawyer.

Bercy, who is not named as a defendant in the suit, gave the Sanchez family 22 minutes to review the contract, threatening that if they didn’t sign Nickelodeon would “pass on Caitlin for the part of Dora,” the suit claims.

Dora the Explorer one of the Characters at Guam’s MCV Kids4Kids Carnival

On September 25th and 26th the MCV Kids4Kids Carnival will be hosted at the Academy of Our Lady of Guam Auditorium in Guam.  The event will have many different activities for children.  Dora the Explorer and several different Nickelodeon characters will be at the event.  Kids will have a chance to meet Dora, Ni Hao Kai-Lan and Aang from Avatar: The Last Air Bender.

Source: Pacific Daily News