Thanks to Paramount Pictures, the first official poster for the upcoming live-action big screen adaptation of Nick Jr.’s popular kid show Dora the Explorer has been released. Directed by James Bobin, Dora and the Lost City of Gold stars Isabela Moner (Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado, Instant Family) as Dora, who is joined by Boots, her monkey best friend, Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez) and a rag tag group of teenagers to save her parents (Eva Longoria and Michael Peña) and solve the mystery behind the lost city of gold.
Without a doubt, this is one of the more popular kid shows to be around over the last twenty years. It ran for 14 seasons from 2000 to 2014, airing a whopping 172 episodes over that time frame. So why wouldn’t the studio just not want to title the live-action movie the same thing? Well, there’s a few reasons actually. One is that the studio wants to make sure everyone knows this isn’t the Nick Jr. show just in a movie theater. Keeping the same title would heavily imply it’s the same thing or at least, very similar to what was on television for fourteen years. Secondly, and most importantly, the studio wants to attract a far larger audience, not just young kids. Changing the title allows them to do so, blending nostalgia of the original show and creating an all-new adventure that they hope more than just elementary schoolers will attend.
With that out of the way, this is a pretty interesting project. Could I see myself walking into a theater to see this either by myself or with a significant other? More than likely not, but, I very much see this movie as another Journey to the Center of the Earth type movie. While those movies were heavily aimed at the younger generation, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t seen them a time or two before. If Paramount can capture a similar vibe to those adventure movies, they could have a decent franchise on their hands that could end up making some good money at the box-office.
With the release of the first poster, lookout for a first official trailer fairly soon. What do you think of this movie? Do you like the title change? Is it something you’d be willing to watch or a movie you’re aiming to take your kids and/or nephews and nieces to? Also starring Danny Trejo, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is released on August 2nd.