But I understand that it has become quite a media empire, broadcast in 35 languages (including Irish and Maori, even though all of the speakers are bilingual in English), spun off into toys, books, games, videos, and a series starring Dora's cousin Diego (2005-2011). And now a live-action movie, Dora the Explorer and the City of Gold, with Dora as a teenager (played by 18-year old Isabel Moner, far right).
Wait -- a teenager? What audience are they trying to reach with fart jokes and hetero-horniness? Preschoolers who are still watching the show? Young adults who grew up with Dora? Teen idol fans?
Let's see if there are any teen idols or beefcake actors in the cast.
The top photo suggests that Dora goes explorah-ing with three guy friends and an adult guide. From the right, they are:
1. Jeffrey Wahlberg as Cousin Diego. Even though he's the son of former underwear model Mark Wahlberg, I can't find any shirtless shots.
2. Nicholas Coombe, "va new face in the entertainment industry," as Randy. According to his instagram, Nicholas is a "part-time actor, full time iced mocha connoisseur," and he has a girlfriend.
This is as close as I could find to a shirtless shot, Nicholas made up to be killed in the Australian zombie movie Infected Paradise.
3. Madeleine Madden as Sammy. Madeleine seems to identify as a woman, but Sammy is a boy's name and the character looks like a boy. Maybe they're nonbinary.
That's it, unless you look way down in the cast list for the Australian actors cast in "blink and you miss it" scenes:
Jace Fleming as Mean Kid
Lachlan Winters as High School Kid
Cameron Jackson as High School Student #23.
Well, maybe there are some adult beefcake actors?
5. The adult guide, Alejandro, is played by Eugeno Derbez. He's known for a lot of Mexican tv, Aztec Warrior (which is not about an Aztec), Geostorm, Overboard, and How to Be a Latin Lover. Nice hairy chest, stupid expression.
6. Michael Peña with a beard play Dora's Dad. You can also see him or hear him in Narcos, My Little Pony, Family Guy, and CHIPS (the remake; he plays Ponch, but never takes off his shirt).
We'll have to wait to see if there are any gay subtexts, but so far it looks like Dora the Explorah is a dud.