Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure: Review by William Mortensen Vaughan

Title:   Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure

My Rating*

AdaptationDora the Explorer, by Nickolodeon

Year of Release:  2009

Format:  DVD, animated, made for television

Is this adaptation reverent?  This adaptation is not particularly reverent.  Although it is intended for children, it has an emphasis on commercialism.

Does it include the phrase "God bless us...?"  [TBC]

Does it mention "God" or "Christ"?  [TBC]

What does my wife think of it?  She's neither impressed nor amused.

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel,
by Charles Dickens?  This "adaptation" isn't a legitimate adaptation; it is an unrelated story with the phrase "Christmas Carol" incorporated in the title, presumably to boost marketing.  This story is about Dora the Explorer (voice of Caitlyn Sanchez) traveling through time to help someone get off Santa's naughty list.  Harry Chase provides the voice of Santa Claus.  The only thing this adaptation seems to have to do with A Christmas Carol is its title.

When and where does this adaptation take place?  This story starts at a modern North Pole, but Dora the Explorer travels through time and space.

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel?  No.

Is this adaptation supernatural?  Yes.  Santa is treated as a real person, and Dora has the ability to travel through time.

Is this adaptation "framed"?  No.

How many original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included?  Various original musical numbers are included, such as "Noche Buena" [Christmas Eve (literally "good night")] in mixed Spanish and English.

How attractive is the visual art?  The art is simple but attractive.

How creative and instense are the transitions?  The cartoon transitions are acceptable.

What extras are included on the DVD?  Chapter selection is available on the DVD, as well as two Special Features, which include two music videos and a behind the scenes featurette.

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