Apr 25, 2024 - World

"Dora the Explorer," children's cartoon staple of the 2000s, is back

A still photo from animated show "Dora the Explorer"

"Dora the Explorer" Photo courtesy of Paramount+

The new "Dora the Explorer" series has been renewed for a second season.

Why it matters: Dora debuted in 2000 as the first Latina leading character in a children's show. Since then, the number of Latinos in the U.S. has soared by 80%, from 35.3 million to nearly 64 million — and they've become more diverse as well.

  • The latest iteration of Dora leans into that diversity — her mother is Peruvian and her father is Cuban and Mexican. The original Dora was pan-ethnic.

Zoom in: "Dora the Explorer" was rebooted as a Paramount+ series that went on air earlier this month.

  • The new Dora is voiced by Diana Zermeño and the character's mother is voiced by the original Dora, Kathleen Herles.
  • With the exception of a few shows on PBS Kids, Latinos are still underrepresented in animation, making Dora's return to the screen significant.

What they're saying: Dora's specific ethnic identity is really important as the the share of Latinos from diverse backgrounds has soared, Herles tells Axios Latino.

  • "I think it's really smart how the show has been represented and how they're representing the Latino community throughout the years," Herles says.
  • "I really think reintroducing the show now too is so important and I think people are going to fall in love with Dora all over again and they're going to love it," she adds.

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