The character beloved by Gen Z – Tweens & Teens goes from animated explorer to high school student
Holaaa – somos your Los Tweens & Teens team! We hosted our first movie screening party in Miami with our amigos at Paramount Pictures and a group who won our movie ticket giveaway to enjoy the new Dora and the Lost City of Gold film. Our team was pleasantly surprised with the first full length, live action feature film for the lovable ‘Dora the Explorer’ character and her famous friends and familia including ‘Boots’ the monkey, her cousin Diego and even her nemesis Swiper the fox. Considering that this generation has grown up with Dora since she was launched by Nickelodeon in 2000 – it was a special treat to see her grown up as many of her original fans are now in high school as well.
The audience laughed throughout the story line and was engaged. Who was in the Miami screening audience? More diversity than expected. A combination of girls, boys, moms, dads, abuelas, abuelos and even teens (!!) enjoyed the film. The cast was composed primarily of Latinos and featured Eugenio Derbez, who played the mysterious tour guide Alejandro, and Isabela Moner, who played Dora. We also loved seeing familiar faces like Eva Longoria and Michael Peña depicting Dora’s parents (who turn out to be explorers themselves).
However, Jeff Wahlberg as Dora’s fun-loving kid cousin Diego turned average teenage boy worried about fitting in at high school stole the scenes many times and was one of our favorites (many of our girls thought he was quite the cutie Lol!).
Check out our video to find out about our favorite scenes and themes:
The movie is certainly entertaining and creative. Adapting an animated character and having her grow up to face a high school scenario really is creative. The theme that resonated with so many in the audience that we spoke with is that of accepting who you are and not allowing your environment to change you. The film features moments that had a High School Musical feel to them while a little bit of animation. Released on August 19th– we highly recommend you check it out in theaters with the whole familia. Vamonos!
As a mother of twin tweens in 2011 and an active Girl Scout Troop leader, Cristy realized there was a need to develop bilingual digital content and foster a community facing the challenges of raising kids after first grade. That year she founded and remains co-Publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, to support multicultural parents and mentors with content related to raising Gen Z- tweens & teens ages 7-18. Through the Los Tweens & Teens LIVE events such as Teens & Me – the growing team aims to provide our community with essential resources from chats with therapists to battle anxiety and bullying, to understanding social media and technology.
A New Jersey native of Cuban decent, Cristy is a board member of Amigos For Kids – a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse in the South Florida community. She is a teenage cancer survivor and speaks nationally at conferences and volunteers with cancer-awareness organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida.