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Benny (originally known as Benito in the late 90's pilot) is a main character on Dora the Explorer. He is a big, strong bull with a huge appetite and an even bigger heart. He often tries to help Dora on her adventures, but Benny is so accident-prone that it is usually him in need of Dora's help.

Benny lives in a large, red barn with his grandmother. Dora often goes there to visit him. Benny is a skilled dancer and loves fiesta food, especially cake and ice cream.

Description

A six-year-old bull with a big heart. Benny speaks English and lives with his grandma in Benny's Barn. Benny is also a bit accident-prone. He once got stuck in a wall and his loud hiccups are famous. But Benny can always count on the viewer to get him out of a scrape.

Benny isn't always a friend in need; he has also helped Dora in many ways. He played on Dora's Golden Explorers football team and helped them beat the dinosaur team; he took Dora and Boots in his go-kart to meet Dora's new twin siblings; and his strength helped Dora win the Super Adventure Race.

Benny loves to crack jokes, especially knock-knock jokes. Despite his clumsy nature, he is very self-confident and is never afraid to speak his mind. In the episode "Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur," Benny reveals that he can not sleep without nine dolls, which he calls his "guys."

Benny owns his own hot air balloon with a distinctive rainbow pattern on it. He loves to fly high in the sky with his friends in the balloon, as long as it doesn't have a leak that Dora needs to fix with sticky tape.

Looks

Benny is mostly dark blue, with a sky blue torso and black hooves. He almost always wears a blue bandana with white polka dots around his neck. He has small yellow horns, thick yellow eyebrows, and a yellow tuft of hair on his tail. His nose and the insides of his ears are bright pink.

Prior to the show's debut, Benny had a tomato red-colored body. His torso and eyebrows were a pale goldenrod color. He did not wear his bandana and was instead planned to wear a blue baseball cap backwards.

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Appearances

Benny appears in most episodes of Dora the Explorer. He made his debut in the unaired pilot, in which he was named Benito. His first official appearance was in the opening and credits of "The Legend of the Big Red Chicken." The first episode to feature him as part of the main story was "Hic-Boom-Ohhh!."

In the spin-off series Dora and Friends: Into the City!, Benny appears in two episodes. He plays a major role in "Return to the Rainforest." He also makes a cameo appearance during the animated segment of the theatrical movie Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

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