The sweet, formerly seven-year-old adventurer might be entering high school in her first foray to film, but the trailer for Dora and the Lost City of Gold shows she hasn’t outgrown her zest for a thrilling journey through the jungle. The first look at the movie introduces an older Dora (played by Isabela Moner) who, despite her age, still has that can-do, positive spirit that has made her a kid show favorite, in a film that looks like Nickelodeon’s lighthearted take on Tomb Raider. Being denied by her parents (Eva Longoria and Michael Peña) the chance to go on a hunt for the famed lost city of gold, Dora meets up with her very tall cousin Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg) to try her hand at safely crossing the scary terrain of high school. Her plucky spirit isn’t ideal for dealing with those awkward years, but when her parents go missing she’ll have to lead an expedition with some of her fellow teens to find them. And don’t worry, her best friend Boots the monkey will be along for the ride.
“Michael Peña explains things” should be a part of every movie.
The film looks like it will capture the spirit of the show, even if this is an older Dora than most are used to. That could help the film be a bigger hit at the box office though, as many of the cartoon’s biggest fans are now themselves the same age as Dora in the movie. And if Dora can get through high school safely, the jungle should be pretty easy.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold, directed by James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords, The Muppets), swings into theaters this summer, August 2.
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