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Dora the Explorer and the Dump of Gold

Updated on August 21, 2009

Dora the Explorer looks for toys in the trash.

I'm all for cartoons that celebrate other cultures, but is Dora the Explorer putting a positive spin on being Hispanic or perpetuating a stereotype? Let's explore...

This particular episode started with Dora's parents taking out the trash. That seems normal enough. But then Dora, Benny the Bull (who is blue) and Boots the Monkey (who has a LA Dodgers tattoo under his fur) started digging through the garbage to look for "treasure". You read that right. This episode of Dora the Explorer was about digging through trash to find stuff of value.

How did that writer's meeting go?

"Let's emphasize the hispanic culture."

"Great idea, perhaps we can have them go to a bull fight!"

"No, that's inhumane, how about Dora's quinciniera?"

"I got it. We'll have Dora and her friends scavenge through other people's garbage to find things they can pawn to get their electricity turned back on!"

The only thing missing was Dora spray painting the junk she found purple and orange and then giving it to her Mom for Mother's Day.

One of the great finds in the trash heap is a used and tattered sauce pan, which Benny the Bull puts directly on his head. That's right, he pulls a pan out of the garbage, doesn't wash it, and places it on his head. And you thought "Jackass" did some crazy stunts.

While Benny is getting a Viral infection and possibly lock jaw, Boots the Monkey finds a horn and starts playing it. Let me reiterate that. HE PULLS A HORN OUT OF THE TRASH AND PUTS HIS LIPS ON IT. Fast Forward 10 years to Boots' after prom party:

"I swear I've never been with anyone but you. I got it from blowing a horn I found in the trash. Swear to God!"

Good luck Boots. I believe Valtrax was tested on lab monkeys anyway though, so you may be able to get that cleared up.

The show culminates when Dora and her scavenger friends arrive at the dump. Normally they go to places like Candy Island but because of the economy Candy Island was seized by the government and handed over to Bank of America in a fire sale, so they had to go to the dump instead. I guess we are all feeling the pinch!

When the three amigos open the pearly gates leading to the dump it is drastically different than what you would expect. When I think of a dump I think of Tijuana. When the animators of Dora the Explorer think of a dump they think of mountains of pristine trash that literally sparkles like gold. The cartoon dump was nicer than my house. I wanted to get a sled and ride down the rolling hills of debris and frolic in its treasures. It was so shiny I didn't even care it was filled with urine soaked couches and typhoid.

As Dora and her friends root through the garbage (without gloves) they find more of their friends who are already at the dump. Backpack and Map have been there all day and have had so much fun they are singing. Have you ever been to a dump? Did it make you want to sing? Do you know any songs about medical waste and rat shit?

"We did it" sings Dora at the end of the show. We managed to take the already dismal perception of Hispanic Americans in the United States and make it a little bit worse. Congratulations!

Future Episodes of Dora the Explorer Include:
*Dora spends an afternoon in the Home Depot parking lot.
*Dora picks oranges for 25 cents a day.
*Dora goes "Around the World" for $18 and half a bag of chips.

In addition to singing, Dora the Explorer from Nick Jr also enjoys dumpster diving.

Forget about Candy Island, Let's go dumpster diving!
Forget about Candy Island, Let's go dumpster diving!


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      Murray Diel 

      6 years ago

      It is best for all authors to post anonymously about their own work and offer themselves jobs that they could never get. It. Is. Best.

    • profile image 

      7 years ago

      1/31/11 wrote:

      WTF?! You ought to get a job writing story lines for "Robot Chicken" with that kind of parody. I think Seth Green & Mike Lazzo over at Williams St. studios are looking for smart-aleck writers of your style. Racist, but somewhat funny.

    • Carmen Borthwick profile image

      Carmen Borthwick 

      9 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Okay, Bixbie, I've been an avid non-fan of Barney that big galumph of a dinosaur with the stupid smile that is in need of being wiped off his face. I'd love to have you tackle him!

      You are a truly humourous writer.

    • arrrgonaut profile image


      9 years ago from Tennessee

      Priceless. I am going to find this episode on DVD and make my 2 year old neice take it into her preschool for show and tell. How do you say "dumpster diving" in spanish kids?

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      Noggin Addict 

      9 years ago

      (only a noggin addict because my kids are).

      Your stories are absolutely hilarious! And like someone else said, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do a write up of Yo Gabba Gabba!

      WTH were they thinking with this one? One character's name is "FUPA", which is a well-known derogatory term to call the little pudginess just below a womans tummy. Another character's name is "TOOTIE", which is a "toddler talk" term for a girls privates, like "peepee", "weewee", etc. Another character (the tall one with bumps all over it) looks like something that is hidden at the bottom of my wife's underwear drawer....

      My mind isn't perfect, but are the creators of this cartoon as sick as I think they are?

    • niguilgreer profile image


      9 years ago from Arizona

      Wow! That was hilarious. Dora makes my brain hurt anyway. The condescending little twit.

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      Ron Mariano 

      9 years ago

      I gotta say, this is very funny yet very wrong. The writers of these cartoon shows and other shows we see on TV now are just losing their mind. One of the reasons why America is in this downfall. The media holds so much control. Great hub and hahaha I'm still laughing! I'm your fan there!

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      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Ok so i've read all 3 of your hubs so far. I may have to become a fan now.

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      Adam B 

      9 years ago

      Great hub, I can't wait for the Dora episode where they hang out at a home Depot!

    • christine almaraz profile image

      christine almaraz 

      9 years ago from colorado springs

      That is just wrong, ha ha! Funny but so wrong! Not to mention unsanitary. Gross!

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      Arby Bourne 

      9 years ago from USA

      C'moooooooonnnnnnnnnn - cartoons are always shown doing asinine things that should not be repeated by the children who watch. Warner Bros. had many of us thinking that we could be shot, scalded, run over with a steamroller, and have an anvil dropped on our head from hundreds of feet above - and live to have many more zany adventures.

      Really, though, your harsh and biting wit appeal to me. If only you were a worse writer, I could resist becoming your fan.

      Oh, and have you seen "Yo Gabba Gabba?" I would get a hoot out of reading your take on that one as perpetuating racial stereotypes.


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