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Berry Hunt
Airdate Monday, October 30, 2000 (Nickelodeon)
Tuesday, June 5, 2001 (VHS)
Friday, April 11, 2003 (Noggin)
Tuesday, June 3, 2003 (DVD)
U.S. Premiere Time (est.) {{{premiere}}}
Season 1
Episode 11
Written by Eric Weiner
Storyboard by:
Kelly Kennedy
Ty Schafrath
Directed by Arne Wong
Previous Wizzle Wishes (airing order)
Big River (production order)
Next Surprise! (airing order)
Wizzle Wishes (production order)

Berry Hunt is the 11th episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 1. In production order, it is the 10th episode of Season 1.



When Dora is having a blueberry snack, Boots really wants some, but unfortunately she ate them all, so they decide to go on a search for more blueberries at Blueberry Hill. However, they must be very careful because Swiper the Fox lives there!


Dora asks the viewer if he/she like snacks, then shows the viewer what her mom gave her for a snack. Dora shows the viewer blueberries and she and the viewer counted up to 5, which means her mom gave her five blueberries. She eats them all up and though they were delicious. Just then, Boots the Monkey comes along and wants some blueberries too, but Dora told him that unfortunately, she ate them all. Boots is about to cry, but Dora calms him down and tells him that they can go a berry hunt and find more blueberries, and Boots feels better.

They get out a little blue pail from Backpack and then Dora and Boots have to figure out where to go to find blueberries. So, they ask Map to give them directions on where to look for them. He says that Blueberry Hill is the place to go to find blueberries. But first, they have to row across an icy cold river and then they had to go over the prickly forest before they can get to Blueberry Hill. Map warns Dora and Boots to watch out for Swiper because he lives there. Dora & Boots picture the places they have to go in their heads.

Then, Dora and Boots sing out a tune similar to the bear hunt song. Dora says out one line and Boots repeats. Dora goes "Going on a berry hunt" and Boots repeats that line. Then she goes "Gonna pick some juicy ones" and Boots repeats. Dora goes "We're not scared" and Boots repeats and then Dora & Boots say in unison, "what a beautiful day!" Dora & Boots do it again one more time with the viewer joining in.

After the jingle, Dora & Boots make it to the icy cold river. They can't go around it and they can't go through it so there's only one thing to do: Dora & Boots have to get across it. They find a boat. They put on their life jackets to avoid sinking into the river. Dora & Boots had to row across the icy cold river. They managed to get across in no time. Dora & Boots take off their life jackets. Boots is looking forward to taste those blueberries. Dora agreed.

Now, they had to figure out where to go next. They made it across the icy cold river. Next, they have to go over the prickly forest. It was so far away. So, Dora and Boots decided to to say the berry hunt jingle again for fun. But first, they say out the places they were going in their heads. After that, they say out the berry hunt jingle out loud, then they do it softly, then they whisper the berry hunt jingle and then shout out the jingle super loud.

In no time, Dora & Boots reach the prickly forest. Boots looked at the prickly forest and Dora goes "Uh-oh" and says with Boots "prickers and thorns". Dora goes "We can't go around it" and Boots goes "can't go through it" and then Dora and Boots asked in unison: "how can we get over the prickers and thorns?". Sure enough, the viewer sees vines. Dora thought that was a great solution. Just then, a lizard does a demo by swinging over the prickly forest using the vine. Dora & Boots grabbed on to a vine with both hands. Boots holds onto the empty blue pail with his tail. They swung their arms back and forth and in no time, they made it to the other side.

So far, Dora & Boots rowed across the icy cold river and swung in sync over the prickly forest. They were getting close to search for blueberries at Blueberry Hill. Along the way, they have to open a gate that speaks Spanish. So, Dora & Boots said "abre" to open the gate. After that, Dora & Boots had to march up the hill. For fun, they say out the places and then say the berry hunt jingle fast and then they say it out even faster. In no time, they finally made it to the top of the hill.

Dora and Boots decided to pick berries from the bush with the most blueberries. Boots gets excited and jumps all around the bush yelling "I love blueberries!". Suddenly, Dora shushes him and told him to talk softer. She understands how much Boots loves blueberries, but they have to be very quiet because Swiper the fox lives there and they do not want him to hear them. Dora whispers to the viewer that Swiper lives in a fox hole and the he/she finds it. Dora & Boots had to hurry and pick the blueberries. They put the blue pail down on the top of the hill. Dora and Boots each took a turn plucking off the blueberries one-by-one as they counted softly. Boots accidentally yells out loud that they picked a total of 15 blueberries. Dora goes "Shhhhhhhh!" to Boots and thanked the viewer for helping them count. Now, Dora & Boots had to get out of there before Swiper sees them. Swiper pokes his head up from his fox hole. He disappears and reappears out of his fox hole and sneaks up behind Dora & Boots and they spoke out loud now and said "Swiper, no swiping!" 3 times. Swiper dejectedly snaps his fingers, saunters over to his fox hole and jumps back in.

Boots asked if it was time to eat the blueberries. But without looking, a deep voice goes "Mmmm, blueberries!!". Dora wonders who said that, and Boots didn't know. Dora asked the viewer who said it and it was a bear that was right behind them. Dora and Boots both screamed in unison, "Oh, no! RUN!!!" Dora & Boots started racing down Blueberry Hill to outrun the bear. Dora and Boots also had to go back the way they came. They shouted "Abre" to open the gate. Next, Dora and Boots swung over the prickly forest. Then, Dora and Boots quickly jumped into the boat, put on their life jackets lightning fast and started rowing across the icy cold river. The bear jumps into the icy cold river and shivers. But then, the bear starts swimming after Dora & Boots. Dora rows the boat as fast as she could. The boat started to tip on side as Dora continues to row. The boat sharply stops on the other side. Boots wonders if the bear was still after them. Dora said no and points out they rowed so fast across the icy cold river that the bear was giving up and was going home. Dora thanked the viewer for rowing super fast. Dora and Boots took a turn reviewing what they did. They made it to Blueberry Hill to search for sweet juicy blueberries, they stopped Swiper the fox, and they even got away from a bear. Now, Dora and Boots started munching the blueberries. They were sweet, juicy, and delicious.


Going on a Berry Hunt

Places in this episode[]

  1. Icy Cold River
  2. Prickly Forest
  3. Blueberry Hill

Items in Backpack (clockwise starting from the top right)[]

Note: All of them are pails.

  • Small blue pail (correct item for Dora and Boots)
  • Big pink pail
  • Small green pail
  • Big blue pail
  • Small red pail
  • Small yellow pail


This episode can be found on the Swing Into Action! VHS and the City of Lost Toys DVD.


  • As Dora describes the first two places, she does body talk (for the icy cold river, she shivers, and for the prickly forest, she wiggles her fingers).
  • This is the second time Mami is mentioned, first being Hic-Boom-Ohhh!. She will make her first appearance in the episode after next.
  • This episode and Sticky Tape were the first episodes that got released onto videocassette; they appeared on "Swing Into Action!", the first ever VHS tape of the series.
  • In this episode, Dora and Boots sing the first stanza of the Travel Song followed by "Going on a Berry Hunt", a retelling of the rhyme "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" with the Travel Song instrumentals in the background.
    • "Going on a Berry Hunt" has been sung a total of eight times in this episode, twice on the way to the icy cold river (normal both times), four times (once really loud, once really soft, once softest and once super duper loud) on the way to prickly forest, and twice (once fast, once even faster) while marching up Blueberry Hill.
    • It also appears in the Dora the Explorer CD album.
    • The "bear chase" scene is also a reference to the "Bear Hunt" story.
    • Altogether, the entire episode is a retelling of the children's story "Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen, except Dora and Boots are hunting for blueberries.
  • This is the 11th episode of the show.
  • This is the first episode where Dora and Boots stop Swiper at Blueberry Hill. This will happen again in Click!.
  • The bear seen in this episode has lavender fur, unlike the other bears seen in later episodes who have the typical brown fur.
  • Starting with this episode onwards, this show now includes classic Hanna-Barbera sound effects and even more sound effects from Series 4000.
  • This is the first episode in which Boots cries, but only briefly.
  • Benny, Tico, and Isa do not appear in this episode.
  • This is the second episode to use the zoom-in mechanic when Dora says, "Where do we go to find blueberries?" before the three pictures pop up and then she says the pictures. The first episode to use the zoom-in mechanic was Treasure Island.
  • This episode aired the day before Halloween of 2000.
  • This is the first episode Swiper does not make his whisking sound alerting to swipe from Dora and Boots, they instead mention him coming out to swipe their blueberries they picked by keeping a look out.
  • This marks the earliest occurrence of Dora and Boots arriving at their destination.
  • This episode reveals that Swiper lives on Blueberry Hill. In a later episode, it will be revealed that Swiper does not know Spanish. However, he lives on Blueberry Hill and in order to get in and out, one has to say "abre", which is Spanish for "open". It is possible that "abre" is the only Spanish word Swiper knows, the gate just opens and closes for Swiper, or he just jumps over the fence.
    • This is also the first episode where Map tells the viewers to watch out for Swiper. It will happen again in El Día De Las Madres.
  • This is the first time Dora and Boots are chased by a bear. They will be chased by a bear again in Baseball Boots.
  • Dora and Boots run back through all the places they went to get to Blueberry Hill but when the bear chases them through the places they went and swinging back through the prickly forest, the Fiesta Trio play their fanfare music but they only play part of it because the bear interrupted them when he swings down and he cut them off.
  • During the second travel song, Dora and Boots say the rhyme soft and even softer; this foreshadows that they have to be quiet once they get to Blueberry Hill so Swiper doesn't hear them.
  • This is the third episode in which Dora and Boots go back to where they have started after reaching the last destination on the map, first being Three Little Piggies.
  • At the end of the episode when Dora asks the viewer what their favorite part is, she asks "What was your favorite part of the berry hunt?" instead of "What was your favorite part of the trip?".
  • When Dora and Boots leave Blueberry Hill and runaway from the bear, they open the gate and say "abre" and do not close the gate so the bear doesn't keep chasing them.
  • Dora and Boots put on their life jackets and row back across the icy cold river getting away from the bear, but they don't say "life jackets so we can be safe", they had no time to say that because the bear is still chasing them. So instead, they immediately put their life jackets on and start rowing.
  • The episode ends at the Icy Cold River when Dora and Boots talk about their favorite parts.
  • This episode has two book adaptations, Blueberry Adventure and part 1 of Snack Time.
  • This is the first episode where Dora raises her arms when asking the viewer what their favorite part was during the Favorite Parts segment.
  • It is theoretically possible that Swiper hired the bear to chase Dora and Boots as revenge for stopping him from swiping the blueberries.


  • Dora has her "Season 1, Version 3" look throughout the episode; however, during the third picture pop-up sequence, she has her "Season 1, Version 2" look.
  • Due to "Going on a Berry Hunt" being a retelling of the rhyme "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen. and the bear chase at the end, this episode was titled "Bear Hunt" by mistake, but was fixed by renaming it to "Berry Hunt".
  • The little blue pail's size changes throughout the episode.
  • Dora and Boots pick 15 strawberries to put in the pail, but judging by the amount of blueberries it holds, there appear to be more than 15 in it.
  • In some scenes as Dora is facing forward, such as the scene where she asks the viewer to help them swing over the Prickly Forest, she is looking at the viewer slightly off-model.
  • In real life, one is not supposed to run away from a bear (although here it does not apply due to logic, and this episode is only going along with the children's story "Bear Hunt", where the go back the way they came from). In real life, if a bear follows, one should stop and hold his/her ground and not run. If a bear (brown or grizzly) attacks, one is supposed to play dead.

See also[]

Character Find[]


Dora the Explorer Season 1
The Legend of the Big Red Chicken | Lost and Found | Choo-Choo! | Hic-Boom-Ohhh! | We All Scream for Ice Cream | Three Little Piggies | Treasure Island | Beaches | Big River | Wizzle Wishes | Berry Hunt | Surprise! | Grandma's House | Sticky Tape | Bouncing Ball | Bugga Bugga | Fish Out of Water | El Coquí | The Chocolate Tree | To The Treehouse | Little Star | Call Me Mr. Riddles | Te Amo | Pablo's Flute | Dora Saves the Prince | Backpack!