AceShowbiz - Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for its "Dora the Explorer" movie, which is now called "Dora and the Lost City of Gold". The video highlights the titular character, played by Isabela Moner, who is separated from her parents (played by Eva Longoria and Michael Pena) for the first time as they are going to solve the mystery of an ancient city made of gold.
Struggling to adjust to the life in the city as a regular high school student with her cousin Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), Dora finds herself thrust into the dangerous adventure that her parents want her to stay away from when a group of villains kidnap her and her friends. They abduct her in an attempt to find her parents, with the hope that Dora leads them to the city of gold.
Alejandro (Eugenio Derbez) comes to the rescue of Dora and her friends, releasing them from their kidnappers, but they are not immediately back to safety. As her parents are in danger, Dora and her friends continue their journey through the jungle to save her father and mother.
According to the official synopsis, having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure ever - High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold. Diego is described as "a mysterious jungle inhabitant who tries to protect the teenagers from the marauders."
Also starring Nicholas Coombe ("Spy Kids: Mission Control"), Madeleine Madden ("Picnic at Hanging Rock"), Adriana Barraza ("Babel"), Temuera Morrison ("Moana") and Benicio Del Toro as the voice of Swiper the Fox, the movie is directed by James Bobin from the script written by Nicholas Stoller and Matthew Robinson. The film is set for an August 2 release in the United States.
Following the release of the trailer, fans took to Twitter to weigh in on the live-action take of the beloved Nickelodeon series. Most of them took issue with the fact that it doesn't stay true to the original work in terms of the depictions of some characters. "Boots isn't wearing boots. Backpack and map ain't singing. Not my Dora," one tweeted.
Another expressed a similar concern, "Why doesnt boots have boots in the dora movie what the hell am i supposed to call him?? Toes???" Another criticized the movie, "You're gonna tell me they're putting all this effort into an edgy live-action Dora movie and there's not one mention of Swiper?"
"The Dora movie is taking itself too seriously and needs to lean harder into the source material," someone else echoed the sentiment. "F**k it. Have the backpack talk. Have a giant floating mouse cursor. Have a photorealistic bipedal CGI fox in a bandit mask tip toeing around accompanied by xylophone sounds. Why not?"
Some others, however, think the movie adaptation looks good enough. "The Dora movie looks kinda cool???" one tweeted. Another agreed, adding, " 'this looks so damn rad' - a sentence fragment I never thought I would utter about a live action Dora movie, and yet--"