Sunday, February 1, 2015

'Dora and Friends' Makes its DVD Debut on February 10th (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.


"Nickelodeon’s new hit preschool series, Dora and Friends: Into the City!, starring the world’s most beloved explorer makes its DVD debut on February 10, 2015Dora and Friends features the iconic character Dora living in a city, attending school and at the center of a peer group that works together to give back to the community--having both real-life and magical adventures along the way.  The Dora and Friends DVD collection takes viewers on four music-filled adventures with Dora and her new group of friends – Kate, Naiya, Emma, Alana and Pablo – who share her passion for learning and exploring.  The series features an interactive curriculum focusing on community service, problem solving, emotional skills, Spanish language and Latino culture.

Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Dora and Friends arrives on DVD on February 10, 2015, for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

About Dora and Friends: Into the City!:Set in the fictional city of Playa Verde, Dora and her friends go on adventures, whether it’s rescuing a lost stuffed monkey for a little boy in the hospital or returning a ring to an ancient Mayan Princess.  Throughout her journeys, Dora uses Map App on her smartphone and a magical charm bracelet to navigate the city and overcome any obstacle.

Dora and Friends DVD includes the following episodes:·           We Save a Pirate Ship! - Dora and her friends are at a Pirate Festival to benefit the restoration of the city’s ancient seaside fort, and Dora promised a little boy named Jorge that he could steer the festival’s pirate ship ride.  But when the pirate ship ride doesn’t show up, Dora, Kate and Pablo must build their own. They find an enchanted ship’s wheel that takes them to a talking pirate ship with secret treasures.

·           The Magic Ring - Dora and Naiya are helping out at story time with the younger kids at school when Pablo discovers a mysterious ring that shrinks him.  Dora and Naiya search through the library and find the secret of the ring, discovering that it's been stolen and lost by an evil wizard from long ago. The only way the spell can be broken is by putting the ring back on the owner's finger, an ancient princess.

·           The Royal Ball - Dora and her friends are having a Royal Ball in honor of all the kids who helped clean up the city park.  Dora and Alana head to the costume shop to get dresses, and find a golden gift box with a beautiful dress that’s perfect for Alana.  The golden box comes to life and tells them that the dress is for the princess – it's his job to get it to her!  The box magically transports them to the royal grounds where they must escape a dragon and rescue the box from crocodiles. 

·           Dance Party - Dora and her friends are putting on a dance party to raise money for the town’s new dance school. Alana convinces Pablo to teach her a simple step as a mirror ball magically transports them and Dora to the land of Baila, where they meet Celia.  She explains to them that her overprotective father, the mayor, has outlawed dancing after she stubbed her toe at her first dance.  Celia needs Dora and her friends’ help to convince the mayor that dancing is safe and fun."


My Thoughts:

Do you kids love the new Dora and Friends animated series?  Both of my girls are loving the new Dora and her group of friends.  And, I have to say that if I had to choose between this and the old Dora the Explorer (which we still watch), that this newer, older version of Dora is more enjoyable.  Oh, yeah, and the theme song and songs sung throughout the show are really catchy, and will have you dancing and singing along to them.

My girls have watched all the new Dora and Friends episodes over a handful of times, and have them saved on our DVR.  I knew it would be a matter of time that Nickelodeon would release a DVD from this popular new animated series.  And, when they did, my girls would be quick to ask for a copy, so that they could bring Dora and Friends on the road, and watch when we run errands or visit with relatives.  They were excited when I showed them this upcoming DVD and were quick to help me review the four full-length DVDs that make up this DVD.  

If you have a Dora and Friends fan in your house, then they have probably seen these four episodes.  But, they will love watching them over and over again, just like my girls.  This is the DVD debut of Nickelodeon’s new hit preschool series Dora and Friends: Into the City!, which finds the iconic character Dora living in a city, attending school, and at the center of a peer group that works together to give back to the community. 

For those not familiar with this new animated series, Dora and Friends: Into the City finds Dora living in the city, attending school.  Unlike animals that she was friends with, including Boots, in the Dora the Explorer series, in this new series, Dora has a peer group that she hangs with.  They all work together to give back to the community.  And, when Dora runs into a problem, her friends are quick to step up and help her solve the problem and make everything right.

This is just one of many Dora and Friends: Into the City DVDs that my girls and fans of this show will be picking up to add to a growing collection.  And, like my girls, this is one DVD that will be watched over and over again -- we have already seen it half a dozen times, in less than a week's time. :-)


Dora and Friends DVD Fast Facts:Street Date: February 10, 2015
Catalog: 59164144000 (U.S.), 59164143000 (Canada)
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital & Spanish Dolby Stereo
S.R.P.: $14.99

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit  Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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