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jmann
Dec 6, 2009, 01:57 PM
Say hello to Tween Dora The Explorer.

Earlier this month, PopCrunch commenters found themselves in a lively discussion about a proposed effort to turn television’s beloved Dora The Explorer into a leggings-wearing, lip-glossing popping full-fledged tween.

The move to age Dora has turned into a public relations nightmare for Nickelodeon and Mattel–with thousands parents protesting that they’re just not ready for their little girls to see Dora all grown up.

In an animated image released by Mattel/Nickelodeon on Monday, the tween version of the Nickelodeon character Dora the Explorer was revealed, and company officials say the uproar over Dora’s makeover is just one big misunderstanding.

http://www.latina.com/files/0317dora_article.jpg

I think it's funny really. :p It's just a cartoon character.

article linky (http://www.popcrunch.com/new-tween-dora-the-explorer-revealed/)

thegoldenmackid
Dec 6, 2009, 02:00 PM
Way Too Much Cleavage....

SilentPanda
Dec 6, 2009, 02:01 PM
She's showing less midriff in the new look. I'm just saying.

G5Unit
Dec 6, 2009, 02:02 PM
How exactly do they intend on animating her this way? Seems like it would cost a fortune! Unless they are moving away from traditional hand drawn Dora.

Oh and they should just keep her the same, the last thing I need is seeing 12 year olds(or younger) trying to look 5 years older than they are.

/get off my lawn

Capt Underpants
Dec 6, 2009, 02:06 PM
I think it's funny really. :p It's just a cartoon character.

I don't particularly blame the parents on this one. Sure, it's just a cartoon character -- but the kids probably spend a lot of time watching the show, and they probably see Dora as someone who they look up to/want to be like.

They're being exposed to standards of beauty that simply are not attainable -- whether they realize it or not.

Keep Dora a bit plump and awkward looking, I say.

LeeTom
Dec 6, 2009, 02:22 PM
They're being exposed to standards of beauty that simply are not attainable -- whether they realize it or not.

Really? We're at a point where being height-weight proportionate is now unattainable? Great...

ejb190
Dec 6, 2009, 02:29 PM
Sounds like this is going over as well as that "modernized" Loony Tunes a while back. There seems to be a real trend of reintroducing and updating old toy lines in the last few years. Maybe they should have waited a bit longer before reworking Dora.

Eric

G5Unit
Dec 6, 2009, 02:31 PM
Really? We're at a point where being height-weight proportionate is now unattainable? Great...

I guess what Capt was saying was that the previous Dora was not really meant to resemble a person correctly; essentially she was cartoon proportioned. So girls would most likely not be trying to look like her.

The new Dora seems to try to look a lot more like a person anatomically speaking, but she also looks to be about my age now(17).

The moms are worried that their young daughters are going to try and look like this unrealistically pretty, almost human character.


(I worded that whole post pretty bad, please give me the benefit of the doubt:D)

NT1440
Dec 6, 2009, 02:39 PM
How exactly do they intend on animating her this way? Seems like it would cost a fortune! Unless they are moving away from traditional hand drawn Dora.

Oh and they should just keep her the same, the last thing I need is seeing 12 year olds(or younger) trying to look 5 years older than they are.

/get off my lawn

Cartoons haven't been hand drawn in years and years. Even south park is computer generated. I really doubt Dora fell in that extreme minority of hand drawn cartoons.

LeeTom
Dec 6, 2009, 02:41 PM
The moms are worried that their young daughters are going to try and look like this unrealistically pretty, almost human character.


Yeah, I'm not sure that one looks any more like a real person than the other, but you're forgiven because you admitted to writing poorly. :)

CJS7070
Dec 6, 2009, 03:30 PM
Tween Dora? I wonder what she's going to be exploring now.

Capt Underpants
Dec 6, 2009, 03:45 PM
Really? We're at a point where being height-weight proportionate is now unattainable? Great...

According to the wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dora_the_Explorer), she's in middle school.

Which gets to my point about unattainable standards of beauty...

ucfgrad93
Dec 6, 2009, 03:53 PM
I think it's funny really. :p It's just a cartoon character.

I agree, it seems very silly.

Jason Beck
Dec 6, 2009, 04:09 PM
Way Too Much Cleavage....

You always make me laugh. haha That is so wrong.

dmr727
Dec 6, 2009, 04:22 PM
This is obviously a case of Conservatives getting nervous that Dora would soon start pushing a butch lesbian agenda upon our youth - forcing Mattel/Nickelodeon to doll her up a little.

sysiphus
Dec 6, 2009, 04:39 PM
Here's a better idea--instead of worrying about what stupid shows are on TV, don't let your kids watch much TV! My family let us kids watch Sesame Street (once in a while as a treat), and we'd watch the Olympics--beyond that, it was a special treat to watch a Disney tape etc...in the mean time, Legos and books made for much more constructive pastimes. Heck, my 8-year-old sister was teaching me to read/spell when I was 4. Fun game for her getting to play "school", and it was a lifesaver for my parents to have two kids who loved to read when we traveled.

Dagless
Dec 6, 2009, 05:25 PM
Here's a better idea--instead of worrying about what stupid shows are on TV, don't let your kids watch much TV! My family let us kids watch Sesame Street (once in a while as a treat), and we'd watch the Olympics--beyond that, it was a special treat to watch a Disney tape etc...in the mean time, Legos and books made for much more constructive pastimes. Heck, my 8-year-old sister was teaching me to read/spell when I was 4. Fun game for her getting to play "school", and it was a lifesaver for my parents to have two kids who loved to read when we traveled.

And I was given an Amiga and programming book when I was 5, and look how messed up I am :p.
But yea. Isn't this what kids are wearing these days? Though she does look like Barbies South American friend now.

lord patton
Dec 6, 2009, 05:35 PM
Here's a better idea--instead of worrying about what stupid shows are on TV, don't let your kids watch much TV! My family let us kids watch Sesame Street (once in a while as a treat), and we'd watch the Olympics--beyond that, it was a special treat to watch a Disney tape etc...in the mean time, Legos and books made for much more constructive pastimes. Heck, my 8-year-old sister was teaching me to read/spell when I was 4. Fun game for her getting to play "school", and it was a lifesaver for my parents to have two kids who loved to read when we traveled.

Boy, do I agree with that. My 3-year old watches TV *zero* times a day. The only electronics she gets is mommy's iPhone with videos of her cousins when she poops on the potty. Legos, reading, physical manipulation of 3-dimensional objects, etc, that's the ticket.

As for Dora, she looks like a lot of the 7th and 8th graders I teach, so it seems normal to me.

bradl
Dec 6, 2009, 05:56 PM
This is obviously a case of Conservatives getting nervous that Dora would soon start pushing a butch lesbian agenda upon our youth - forcing Mattel/Nickelodeon to doll her up a little.

Does anyone else find it ironic (Alanis) that these are the same Moms that were screaming 'Girl Power!' with the Spice Girls, and running around with different highlights in their hair with fake beautymarks on their face, legwarmers on their feet, screaming that Madonna is so hot and awesome, dressing up Barbie to be so sexy and successful, and "Jem is Truly Outrageous!" when they were the same age as their kids now? Even more so, when they went around with baby dolls in their hands and feeding them their milk bottles when they cried?

And they're mad over Dora's new look, when they're showing and giving their kids the example of being a (pre)teen mother.

Hypocrites, the whole lot.

BL.

macuserx86
Dec 6, 2009, 06:04 PM
http://s4.photobucket.com/albums/y145/jdm_ekcivic/Other/PedobearTooold.jpg

as a side note, new Dora looks really anime-esque now

jav6454
Dec 6, 2009, 06:08 PM
as a side note, new Dora looks really anime-esque now

That picture is hilarious and makes me :eek: at the same time.

obeygiant
Dec 6, 2009, 07:57 PM
I don't think it offensive at all.

Maybe Backpack will be a purse, and map will be a TomTom.

I wonder what Boots will be sporting?

Supa_Fly
Dec 6, 2009, 08:21 PM
How exactly do they intend on animating her this way? Seems like it would cost a fortune! Unless they are moving away from traditional hand drawn Dora.

Oh and they should just keep her the same, the last thing I need is seeing 12 year olds(or younger) trying to look 5 years older than they are.

/get off my lawn

This unfortunately has been going on for years now. What part of the world you live in, wish I lived there so I would be disgusted at perverts in the mall checking out my daughter who doesn't dress 5yrs older than a tween - barely showers (keeps the boys away, makes me barf during laundry).

I don't think it offensive at all.

Maybe Backpack will be a purse, and map will be a TomTom.

I wonder what Boots will be sporting?

Boots? You DON'T want to know!

SkyBell
Dec 7, 2009, 06:56 PM
I can understand why some people would be a little upset, but I do believe most of them are overreacting. Kids try to look older then they are, it's pretty much built into our genes.

obeygiant
Dec 7, 2009, 07:55 PM
From a business standpoint its pretty sound. There are enough episodes of the original Dora for kids to discover again and again and not get bored. However, viewership drops somewhere around ages 5-6 and Nickelodeon feels the need to keep up with those kids that have moved out of the prime age bracket. Kids that feel too old for the original Dora may feel better with the updated Dora. Even if they only retain half of their original following they'll be making money.

Ivan P
Dec 7, 2009, 08:28 PM
Cartoons haven't been hand drawn in years and years. Even south park is computer generated.

Bad example. Every episode of South Park except one (the pilot) has been computer generated.

yg17
Dec 7, 2009, 10:05 PM
From a business standpoint its pretty sound. There are enough episodes of the original Dora for kids to discover again and again and not get bored. However, viewership drops somewhere around ages 5-6 and Nickelodeon feels the need to keep up with those kids that have moved out of the prime age bracket. Kids that feel too old for the original Dora may feel better with the updated Dora. Even if they only retain half of their original following they'll be making money.

I've never seen more than 2 seconds of it, while flipping through channels, and even that I'm ashamed to admit, but unless they change the entire concept of the show, I think viewership is still going to drop off.

I always thought the great thing about cartoons was that the characters didn't age. I can't imagine what The Simpsons would be like if Bart was in his 30s.

gillboyswims96
Dec 7, 2009, 10:45 PM
This really is quite silly.
There is no need to worry...

She is a cartoon character, who is like 9 or 10. This is how that age dresses, I have probably actually seen much worse (gah. 9 year olds shopping at hollister...).

I don't understand the hoopla.

obeygiant
Dec 7, 2009, 11:16 PM
I've never seen more than 2 seconds of it, while flipping through channels, and even that I'm ashamed to admit, but unless they change the entire concept of the show, I think viewership is still going to drop off.

You must not have kids yet. :)

Ttownbeast
Dec 8, 2009, 03:02 PM
I think Dee Snider put it best referring to his song under the blade:

"the only sadomasochism, bondage, and rape in this song is in the mind of Ms. Gore."

I think similar applies to Dora, I'm more concerned with the vulgarity of Spongebob they need to cover all those holes before I start having bad thoughts........OK too late LOL

-aggie-
Dec 8, 2009, 03:19 PM
Okay, where's this "sexy" look?

Dagless
Dec 8, 2009, 05:46 PM
Bad example. Every episode of South Park except one (the pilot) has been computer generated.

And the Versus episodes ;).